Hello, Jo here with a layout using a technique Niki taught at a GoGo Dayaway event; ‘Cut & Stitch’, a stitched shape filled with paper. Well I might have taken the idea literally by stitching a mason jar ‘filled’ with stitched paper hearts. This was her layout, see the technique for the large feather stitched in black?
I found a free ‘cut file’ from the Paper Issues store called ‘Mason Jar Stitch Free Cut File’. I resized it for my Silhouette Portrait Die Cutter and cut it on white cardstock, when I say ‘cut’ it actually made the holes for the stitching. I back stitched around the mason jar with pale blue embroidery floss. (If you don’t have an electronic die cutting machine you could sketch out the shape on to the reverse of a piece of cardstock and pierce holes at 5mm intervals around the lines.)
Then I cut it out with scissors, leaving a thin border around the outside and inside the jar itself.
I adhered vellum to the back of the mason jar to make it look like glass, then trimmed around the edge. I decided on vellum (or tracing paper) rather than acetate because it was really easy to pierce with a needle, acetate would have been really tough. Another idea could be to trim a piece of acetate size, placing it over the jar for a glass effect finish once the hearts were stitched inside.
Next I punched lots of 1″ hearts from patterned paper, the pinks and blues came from the Pink Paislee ‘Moonstruck’ 6×6″ paper pad, the polka dot is from an old Pebbles paper and the text is from an old Maggie Holmes paper. Paper scraps are the perfect thing for this! I adhered these ‘inside’ the jar and pierced holes around each of them.
And then I stitched around each of the hearts in different coloured threads. I would have used white embroidery thread, however I found out I’d run out! With my jar of hearts complete I mounted it on a piece of white wood paper by Fancy Pants called ‘Boardwalk‘ from the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection which can be seen through the vellum, love that. I added a family photo from our 2017 holiday to Cornwall which I mounted on foam pads. Tied bakers twine around the top of the mason jar and added a tag with the holiday on it in old October Afternoon Market Letter Stickers.
I added a title in lovely new chipboard thickers from the 2017 Pebbles Christmas collection ‘Merry Merry’ which picks up the kraft colour of the tag. Finally I embellished the page with some spare punched hearts and puffy stickers from the Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection.
It wasn’t a quick layout to make, but I absolutely love it!
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