Celebrating Dads

This layout features in the new kit booklet this month and here's a bit more of an in depth look at it.

The background has been created with a texture paste and one of the sheets of lace paper from the embellishment kit. They're quite thick card so they lend themselves to be used like a stencil quite well and then what's been spread over the lace paper can then be painted over or if you've used something like a spray ink carry on covering the whole lace paper piece in the spray so you get the stencil and then the coloured lace paper piece to use.

The title has been created with the hand stitching thread in the main kit. The title was sketched onto a piece of white cardstock and then an old T-shirt was put underneath to provide some cushion and then the holes made. I'm using a darning needle for the nice large eye to use with the thicker thread and it's also not sharp so there's no danger of a sharp prick!

The stitching has then been added leaving no gaps so it's easy to read your word. You just use a regular back stitch for this, (coming up with the needle on the hole before your stitch then back down the hole behind it).

Once it was completed I've tied the end and added some tape to fix all the thread ends and then cut it out around the edges.

Here's the layout base before the photo and little embellishment bits have been added. I've cut out the the texture paste section to use as a matt.

To add some extra details I've added a line of hand stitching. This was achieved using a light pencil line drawn on the layout down the left side. As with the stitched word the holes were pierced first with a needle and a soft T-shirt underneath to add cushion.

To complete the layout the butterflies were cut out from the main kit paper and some of the main kit tags and labels were added. The 'thankful for you' paper piece was cut out from one of the lite kit papers.

Hope you decide to embrace hand stitching on your projects! I made sure everyone has some thread in their kit boxes so you can have a play and the ideas here show it can be really simple to add just a little bit to your projects.

Have fun with your new kits!
x Leo

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