Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wedding Card

So this is the third summer in a row that I have a received a wedding invitation.  I won't be attending this long-distance wedding, but of course I've made a card to accompany a gift ($$).   For a long time I have wanted a reason to stitch Luli's heart design.  Click that link to get the free pdf chart if you are interested.  It's perfect for a wedding card, but to make it fit, I had to stitch it over-one.  It's done on a light mocha 28 ct count Cashel.  I changed the main color to blue (DMC 322) after I saw a finish using blue on someone's blog.  It's always so hard to find the right fabric to get enough contrast for white designs without killing my eyes.  Over-one is hard enough.  I added a few white seed beeds and I'm not sure they even show up all that well.

I did a free hand drawing and cutting job to make the skewed heart-shaped window.  Worked out pretty well.  The mat looks really nice with the cream-colored border.  I thought about doing a ribbon bow or something, but those add bulk and since I'm mailing it, I preferred that it be as flat as possible. That little trail of multi-colored hearts had to do for the understated embellishment.   While looking for inspiration, I did see a nice scrapbook punch that can make little slits that would allow you to thread a ribbon through the card nicely.  But I resisted the urge to add yet another tool that I would use infrequently to my limited storage space.



21 comments:

Margaret said...

It came out beautifully! Over one drives me nuts. I love the look, but it takes so much effort! I admire anyone who can do it. Beautiful job -- I bet the couple will love their card (and the $$!).

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wow - how gorgeous! blessings, marlene

Cindy's Stitching said...

really pretty. You have done some pretty cards.

Vickie said...

Excellent job my friend!

averyclaire.org said...

I have seen this pattern...it is lovely and you chose a lovely
setting for this. What a beautiful wedding card and so personal.
I can see the beads and they are a super addition.
Love the tiny flowing hearts at the bottom as well.
Nice job as always!

Mii Stitch said...

What a lovely card!!
The design is so pretty & your finish, perfect as always :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

How perfectly finished!

Nancy said...

A beautiful card and gift! Wouldn't it be fun if the newlyweds framed this!

Jane Galley said...

That's pretty card, love the shape of the heart. Beads often don't show up well in cards, but do look good in real life. I'm sure they'll be delighted to get such a unique card

Anna van Schurman said...

Lovely card. So happy to be out of this stage of life. Soon enough it will be my friends' kids' weddings. :o

Karen said...

So pretty, Annie! I really like the design and the way you made your own card with the heart shape. Very imaginative!

ArchangelDecker said...

Wow! It turned out gorgeous. :)

Carol said...

How pretty that turned out, Annie--I know they will love it! Your free-hand heart is perfect--so much better than a traditional heart shape. I do love Luli's designs so much--thanks for the link...

Hope you're having a good rain-free week? We are actually due for two days in a row without rain this week--a real miracle for this "summer!"

Kirsten said...

So very nice! And looks so familar that I would swear you stitched this design before.
Kirsten

mainelystitching said...

That is, seriously, the sweetest thing ever, Annie. I love it!!

Annette-California said...

Beautiful beautiful card Annie! Love your cut out heart shows off your stitching just perfectly. Yes 1 over 1 is alot of effort but the results are stunning. Well done!
love Annette

Annette said...

What a beautifull card you made, love how you cut the heart.
It will be a awesome gift, and the reciever will be in love.
Never stitched 1 over 1.. can't imagine ow that will be.. very very hard......

Holly said...

Simply beautiful, Annie, and I agree with Nancy in hoping that this sweet thing gets framed.

Preeti said...

Your card is very beautiful !!:) you have done a perfect finishing! I have never made a cross stitch card but I intend to someday.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great card! I love the way you mounted it too. Unlike Anna, I still get wedding invitations, it is just that they are for the second or third attempt!!

Brigitte said...

What a great idea to use this heart on a wedding card. I have the freebie as well but never stitched it. So lovely how you used the colours on the heart and how you made up the card with the apertures.