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Quick Tip: Accent Stitching to Highlight an Element

We all know that stitching is my #1 go-to technique. If it's made by me, it's got stitching on it. What can I say? I love me some hand-stitching both in look and in the process.

Typically when you have something that you do often you find yourself searching for different ways to use it or make it new again.

One of those ways I like to incorporate stitching it using it to highlight a certain element on my layout. Today's layout is a good example of that.

I had a 6 x 8" piece of paper that had this large and super cute "LOVE" cut out of it. A simple way to highlight that word was to add a patterned paper behind the cut out to really make those letters pop out. I decided to take it a step further and use some hand-stitching to outline the letters.

I chose to add my stitching on the inside of the cut outs, but you could also highlight them with stitching by going around the outside of the letters.

A little extra stitching tip: whenever I am adding my hand stitching to frame something I typically aim for my lines to be about 1/8" away from the edges. On this piece I went a little closer since the letters where kind of on the thin side. Usually 1/8" is good standard, but you might have to adjust to fit what sizes you are working with.

Product used: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard pieces: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

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