February 10, 2011

Thursday's Tutorial from Tracy !!

Hi all! Tracy here with this week's Papercraft Star tutorial. Faux stitching on cards and page layouts is a popular form of adding a little something extra. I've been using a piece of regular plastic canvas for a long time to make my straight row faux stitches, but you don't have to just stick to straight lines. You can find plastic canvas in several different shapes. For this tutorial I'm going to use a circle as my template.

Supplies you'll need include the plastic canvas template, your image or whatever you want to add the stitching to, a paper piercer, some masking tape (scotch tape doesn't stick to the plastic very well), an old mouse pad (excuse my grungy one), and a detailing pen if you want to add "thread" between your stitches.


Find the circle width you need, center your paper piece, and tape it to the back of the plastic canvas template.

Turn the piece over and using your paper piercer poke holes in whichever row of the template that you want your stitching in. An old mouse pad really comes in handy for this technique.


Voila'! You have a nice neat even row of faux stitches around your circle.


If you want to add thread, just use a fine line marker to draw in between each hole that you pierced.


Hope you found this tip useful. You can find the plastic canvas in heart shape and hexagon among others.
Happy crafting!
 Tracy

We would love to see you use this tutorial in combo with our sketch challenge this week !! Don't forget to link up, and vote here at Papercraft Star !!

18 comments:

Karen McAlpine said...

Great idea. I konw I have some plastic canvas in my craft room. Thanks!

Kim said...

What a Super Creative Idea!! Thanks for sharing:)
~Kim

goatesgirl said...

what a fabulous idea...faux stitching is a technique I have used ever since I started scrapping 13 years ago...but I never thought of this...amazing!!!

Diana Joy said...

That is so cute and it adds a lot of character to the embellishment. Thanks for sharing.

Angelica said...

WOW!! fantastic idea =)

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Super idea Tracy. I need to get some plastic canvas for sure. :)

Grace McNaney said...

Great tip! TFS.

Marg said...

Thanks Tracy! I'll be using this on my next challenge projec for sure.

Arlene said...

Great tutorial. Thank you so much. It adds so much to the project.

cgl1539 said...

I am so mad at myself that I got rid of all my plastic canvas, this is an ingenious idea! Luckily its so inexpensive. Thank you for the idea!

Leanne said...

Thanks for sharing this. I must find out if plastic canvas is available here.

Kimberly Anne said...

Tracy, I so needed this tutorial because I cannot sew a circle to save my life! Thanks for sharing!

Allison H. said...

That is the second time I have see that plastic canvas technique. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

shelly said...

i tried linking my card but i couldnt find the linky thingy...

shelly said...

oh i love those plastic canvases..works perfect every time :)

Caroline Hallett said...

how clever is that! thanks for sharing

Kate said...

This is SUCH a fabulous idea - and one I know I can do!! Thank you so much for this tip!!