Ilda here from I Love Doing All Things Crafty, and I am super excited to share with you my first card on the Studio Katia Blog featuring the new Kobi Bearing Gifts Stamp Set. I wanted to create a doorway scene where Kobi is coming to your house with his arms filled with presents and balloons.
For this card, I began by coloring out Kobi and his gifts using Zig Pens and then used the Coordinating Dies to dies cut the images. Next, I worked on the card background, I wanted to make it look like Kobi was also carrying a bunch of balloons with him. So I used the Bubble Stencil and Distress Oxide inks and blended out a bunch of different sized bubbles to create the balloons in the background. For some extra sparkle, I used some multi medium matte glue and added some drops here and there to glue down some sprinkles of the Just Chunky Glitter.
Did anyone notice my doormat? In hindsight, I wished I had filmed the process, but my time is so limited these days so the next best thing I could do was to take process pics. This way you can refer to them if you want to do the same. I had so much fun making this cute little mat and it was super easy to do!
The first thing I did was die cut the middle sized Stitch Border Die using a similarly colored piece of paper of the string I was using. I then trimmed length of the mat to a size that would fit the window of the card. BTW, I did not use embroidery string as I didn’t have the color I wanted, so I used a crochet yarn which worked just as well.
Here is how I achieved the carpet-like effect.
I doubled up the thread, this way it fills up the entire mat with minimal effort.
As I worked on each row of stitches, I used a crochet needle to lift up the thread from the die cut. You could use a thin straw or a skewer to do this as well (see image below).
As you can see from the above image, I have an odd number of rows. So I just did the same thing with the crochet needle and wrapped the thread around it without creating a cross stitch.
Now that the mat is all stitched, I used a sharp pair of scissors and cut down the center of each row. I had a few spots that the lengths of the thread were longer than others so I trimmed as I found necessary.
I also used strong double sided adhesive to hold the stitches in place from behind. I then removed the adhesive backing and then stuck it down to the card base.
Next, I added doubled up foam tape behind Kobi and adhered his feet to the carpet using some multi medium matte glue and attached the gift to the carpet/mat the same way.
To finish off this card and to create the illusion of a doorway, I used the largest die from the Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon Dies and also the largest frame die from the Dotted Patterns: Set 2 Dies and used foam tape to pop up the frame. Before adhering it to the front of the card I stamped one of the sentiments from the Birthday Greetings Set.
I hope you learned something new today and were inspired by my Kobi Bearing Gifts Card. Until next time have a great crafty Day!