Sunday, November 17, 2013

Patchwork Stocking Card

My dear friend Alice Golden is the Queen of card making and Scrapbook layouts. She is also a very generous person and shared her pattern for a patchwork stocking. It was easy to turn it into a cutting file once I remembered to do a few things. Of course when I saw her beautiful card I decided to make my own.

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you will know that I dance to my own music as well as experiment. I started out by taking a pre-made card base and sponging gold glitter glue around the edges.

I experimented with embossing tissue wrapping paper. I discovered it worked best if I glued the tissue paper on cardstock and then embossed. The embossing folders I used are two retired Sizzix Christmas folders. I especially like the Merry Christmas one. To be honest I had forgotten I even had Christmas embossing folders or I would have used them sooner. I also embossed the middle shape on the stocking.

The stocking is cut out of vanilla cardstock. I then stamped using my lace background stamp and Antique Linen distress ink. While unpacking things and sorting through scraps I found some from Recollections Frosty Collection as well as some shimmer scraps from DCWV.  I also went ahead and used one piece from MAMBI Specialty Cardstock. The stocking cuff is cut out of a scrap of white cardstock left over from a print and cut. I then used Martha Stewart glitter flocking on it. The Dear Santa is from MAMBI Soft Spoken. It is an older product so I'm not sure it is still available but something similar could be done if you wished.

The pattern for the stocking can be found at Alice's blog

After downloading the pattern I went and traced it in Studio. Then in order to get the separate pieces I had to release compound path. I went ahead and deleted the numbers which traced. 

It only took me four cups of coffee before it dawned on me how I could make faux stitching. I have made faux stitching before with a pen but I really didn't want to do that this time. I have also used my sewing machine without thread but sometimes she is demon possessed I think and rips things. I took the individual pieces and did an internal offset. Then it was easy to change the line setting to a dash line. Now if I remember how to do this next time I want the look of stitching but don't want to do it. LOL!

It was a pain to try to get the pieces glued down in the right position. I think it would be easier if you printed out the pattern and cut around the stocking. Then you would know exactly where each piece goes. However, I seem to always do things the hard way. Then think of an easier way later.

I think it would be fun to do the stocking in nontraditional colors. You could even use the stocking for cards besides Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by and do come back again. I'm off to see about making a paper bowl I saw on a craft show. If it works one of my granddaughters can make one for a Christmas gift. :-)

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. This is adorable and your tutorial is sooo easy to follow.
    Sure wish we were closer so you could give me some lessons. :)

  2. You are truly the queen of cut files. Nothing is too hard for you to tackle. Thank you for explaining how you stitched. You put a lot of time and effort into this adorable card. Good luck with your bowl.


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