Tips Week: Day 7 – Part Three

Ok, finally! Here it is. The last day of Tips Week! I hope that you have found some of them useful – or at least enjoyed the cards! Today, I’ll show how to do faux stitching 4 different ways.

First off: Blanket Stitch


To do this faux stitch, line up your cardstock (the piece you want the stitching on) with the black line on the SU template. (You may do this with any template that will give you a straight line of holes.)


You will need to go all the way around the piece so it looks like this when you’re done.


Then take your white gel pen (you could do this in any color if you wanted) and draw a line from each hole to the edge of the cardstock.


It should look like this.


Then, gently draw a line around the edge of the cardstock. This will “connect” your lines.


And this is the blanket stitch! It should look like this when you’re finished. After that – make your card!


Supplies: soft sky, groovy guava, white, and A Muse square card; all images and sentiments from A Muse; groovy guava, stazon, soft sky, and mellow moss ink; niji waterbrush; polka dot organdy and grosgrain ribbon; white gel pen; dimensionals; post-it for masking; and piercing tool.

Next Stitch: Zig Zag (I apologize for the blurred photos in this one – I had camera issues!)


For this stitch, I used the Lasting Impressions template. You could use any template that will allow you to pierce two lines (same size) at one time. I lined it up where I wanted it and taped it on the back. This helps since you can’t see through the metal.


Using the two evenly spaced lines, pierce them zig zagged. Meaning, pierce the top hole in the first column, the bottom hole in the second column, the top hole in the third column, the bottom hole in the fourth column….etc. Repeat on the opposite side of the cardstock.


And when you’re done, it should look like this.


Take your white gel pen and then connect the dots. You can use other colors for this too.


And it should look like this when you are done.


Supplies: image and sentiment from A Muse; regal rose, white, soft sky, and A Muse square card; stazon, regal rose, and soft sky ink; niji waterbrush; white gel pen; rose grosgrain ribbon; and dimensionals.

Next Stitch: Straight Line

First, pierce a straight line around your chosen carstock. Using the SU template, you may have to move it several times if you pierce a long length.


It will look like this when you are done.


Using your white gel pen, connect the dots. You can use any pen for this.


And that’s it! It will look like this when you are done.


Supplies: sandbox stamp – unknown (it was a RAK’d image from my Secret Sister); blue bayou, real red, and white cardstock; stazon, close to cocoa, river rock, blue bayou, real red, wild wasabi, and going gray inks; white gel pen; piercer; cuttlebug; grosgrain ribbons; and dimensionals.

Last Stitch: Cross-Stitch


This stitch can be done with any template that has two evenly spaced lines of holes. I used the Lasting Impressions template because I wanted to use the wider spaced holes. I taped the cardstock to the back to keep it in place.


Pierce both sets of the widely spaced holes. You will need to do this along each side. When moving to a new side, make sure the last holes from the previous side line up with the template for the new side. (Does that make any sense???)


It should look like this when you are finished.


Draw X’s between the holes with whatever color you would like. (I used close to cocoa on this project.) Go all the way around the image.


Supplies: Garden Silhouettes, paisley, and linen from SU; sentiment from A Muse; almost amethyst, mellow moss, and white cardstock; amethyst, close to cocoa and mellow moss markers; creamy caramel and close to cocoa inks; dimensionals; piercer; daisy crazy prima; and SU bling brad.

Whew! That was longer than I expected! So, I hope that was helpful! And this concludes Tips Week (or Two, lol!). Watch for a Blog Goody tomorrow night to celebrate!

32 comments to Tips Week: Day 7 – Part Three

  • kauai17-kim

    Em this is a WONDERFUL tutorial. I will definately be trying some of these out. Super cute cards! Thanks!

  • super cool tutorial. I’m just in love with the cards you made. Thanks!!!

  • Lori

    Thanks so much Emily! Great work and awesome cards! You have given me many ideas!

  • Wow, thanks for this tutorial, you have sold me on these piercing plates.

  • WOW! Your tutorials just get better and better! I can’t wait to start trying out all these techniques.

  • Kacey

    Thank you soooo much for doing this tutorial. it has certainly given me some new ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ You make it look so easy! Love the cards – too cute, especially those first two!

  • Great tutorial, Emily! I love all the different stitches and your cards are so very nice!!

  • Great tips! I love the end result on each one…wow! These tutorials have been reminding me to pull out my faux-stitching more often!

  • Ann i

    WOW! Fabulous tutorials and beautiful cards!! Everything was so helpful and clear and the photos really help for someone like me who is a visual learner. Love your Blog! I read it everyday. I can’t wait to try some of your faux stiching tips. Thanks for sharing.

  • Julie C. (afancycat on SCS)

    Thanks, Emily, for all the tips!

  • Alison

    thanks so much for posting these tutorials/tips. They are wonderful. I check your blog everyday and really enjoy what you have to share! Thank you again.

  • Thanks for the wonderful ideas! Fantastic as always!

  • great tutorial! I always love doing faux stitching, and I’m sure this tutorial will inspire many others to give it a try, too! Wonderful job!

  • Jessica

    Emily – Thanks so much for the tutorial…it is fantastic!

  • Your tutorials are amazing. How sweet of you to share these with everyone. I know how much time they take to make. Thanks.

  • I really love your teaching tutorials! You have awesome pictures of the step by step technique and its easy to understand. I need that! LOL1 Thank you so much!

  • Thanks for the great demo! Love the blanket stitch. Looks wonderful. I must try it. T again FS!

  • Shawn Kreig

    Thank you so much for the wonderful demos! I’ve been attempting faux stitching, but it looked BAD ( I mean really bad), but now I think I can do it right! Really love your blog!


    Stampingshawn on SCS

  • Beth B.

    Emily – this was very helpful information – thank you so much for putting it all together!! have a great day!

    Beth (mommy to a busy 3 3/4 year old)

  • Gosh, I am absolutely LOVING this run of tutorials! I’ve just ordered my new SU piercing mat set…I cannot wait to use them! Thanks so much.

  • Very cool! I never think to do anything other than a straight stitch. I love the look of the others too.

  • Wendy B.

    Thanks for the tutorial. The only faux stitching I’ve ever done is straight. I loved the blanket stitch!

  • Melanie

    These tutorials are great. I can’t wait to try them out. I love the blanket stitch.
    Thanks again

  • Cindy H.

    Thanks sooo much for that great tutorial! I just purchased the Lasting Impressions template and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I knew it would assist in creating something cool just wasn’t sure what it was (of course I had to have it any way, lol). I just found your blog but I’ll be dropping by on a regular basis now that I’ve discovered you!

  • Diana D.

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial!! You are soooo good to share this with all of us. This is my first time on your blog…but it won’t be my last. Thanks again!!! Now I’m off to find the Lasting Impressions template!

  • bip

    What a wonderful tutorial…i had to go and order the tools you used i really did not want to sew on cards, to run my machine needles , etc. but this is just great. thank you so much for the information and also a great site….

  • Ok I just got my order today from Stampin UP for one of the templates and I also got the other template from Lasting Impressions today (I’m using the Stampin up first right now) and I am having too much fun right now! LOL.. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SHARING! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • ~PPD~

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent & knowledge with us. Great BLOG & I have to visit here quiet often to see what beautiful things you’ve created *รœ*

  • jogry

    Thanks for your excellent tutorials I love your cards, I have ordered the template from stamping-up, can you tell me please what are the large opening used for.

  • […] supplies: Simple Little Things – PTI anniversary set; DUDE papers by Just Corina for Prima; aqua mist PTI cardstock, ribbon and ink; white cardstock; ruby red andย  pumpkin pie SU inks; palette noir ink; circle punch 3/4 SU; classic circle nestabilities; label trio nestabilities; dimensionals; paper piercer and template; and American Crafts marker for faux stitching. […]

  • Hi with your permission, I will mention this tutorial on the trimcraft website, under the,”hosted Oct technique swap=ATC featuring stiches faux or real”

    I’m sure it will help us will the challange

  • Mary

    My priinter is making a copy of all of this!!!!! Thank you so much for the time you spent to give us this information!!

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