Spellbinders Stitched Fan Cardfront Dies – All, Some, and One Die by Joan Bardee
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Stitched Fan Cardfront Dies – All, Some, and One Die

Welcome! Joan Bardee is here today. I’m so happy to share 3 completely different ways to use the beautiful Stitched Fan Cardfront Etched Dies. I’m also going to share some tips for using stitching dies for those of you with little to no experience with them (that’s me!). Warning: it’s addictive.

All the Dies

This card uses all 5 Stitched Fan Cardfront dies – they cover an A2 card perfectly.

Spellbinders Stitched Fan Cardfront Dies – All, Some, and One Die by Joan Bardee

  • Die cut in blue cardstock and stitched each of them with blue embroidery floss. I like the tone on tone for this card.
  • Hot foiled “thank you” from Mini Everyday Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die using opaque white hot foil. Because I knew I was going to frame the sentiment with some birds and flowers, I placed the hot foil plate a little to the right of the center to make space for the bird.
  • Die cut bird from Sweet Birds on a Branch, and some leaves and flowers from my Spellbinders stash.
  • Adhered all to a Spellbinders A2 white card (next time I’ll use a blue card front underneath the stitched pieces).
  • Adhered bright white embellishments.
  • Showed my husband, who is painfully honest about my cards. He liked this one and wanted to know how I got “all that thread on the card.” Let them think it’s harder than it is!

Spellbinders Stitched Fan Cardfront Dies – All, Some, and One Die by Joan Bardee

Some of the Dies

It’s fun to play around and see other ways to use a set of dies. This time, I opted to use only 2 pieces and place them on the top and bottom of the card.

Spellbinders Stitched Fan Cardfront Dies – All, Some, and One Die by Joan Bardee

  • Indulged my pink-a-holic addiction and used Spellbinders Pink Sand and Fruit Punch cardstocks and DMC Color Variations pink floss to stitch the dies. The darker Fruit Punch half circle is a separate die and is adhered on top of the paler Pink Sand.
  • I love these sentiments from Hello, Friends Glimmer Hot Plate. Hot foiled and die cut them and adhered to the middle of a white A2 card.
  • Glued 2 strips of Mirror Gold Cardstock on the top and bottom of the card.
  • Adhered the pink stitched dies about a ¼ inch above and below the top and bottom of the card so that the gold cardstock would peek out.
  • Added gold gems.
  • Didn’t bother asking the husband his opinion because I LOVE this card.

One Die/No Stitching

Well, this was fun.

Spellbinders Stitched Fan Cardfront Dies – All, Some, and One Die by Joan Bardee

  • Cut the half-circle die in a variety of rainbow colors.
  • Placed the half circles on a cut piece of typing paper until I liked how they looked. (This took way longer than it should have.)
  • Adhered all the pieces.
  • Die cut with a rectangle die.
  • Hot foiled and die cut sentiment from Making Me Smile Hot Foil Plate & Die.
  • Looked through my stash and found the perfect little heart to snuggle into a space on the sentiment die. Decided hoarding perfect little hearts is a smart idea.
  • Adhered panel to a white A2 card.
  • Added clear drops from my stash.
  • Husband commented “I like the colors.” Translation: I like the colors, but card is so-so. Whatever, dude. I love the card!

Stitching Tips:

  • Buy DMC embroidery floss. I promise I’m not saying this because this is what Spellbinders sells. The blue card uses floss I bought at a big box store – I think I paid $2.00 for 10 colors. It’s difficult to separate or thread onto a needle, and it tangles. Honestly, after making this card, I threw out the cheaper stuff. Use DMC. (Also, the DMC floss that Spellbinders sell matches Spellbinders cardstock…)
  • Do what Spellbinders suggests and separate the floss so that you are using 2 strands at a time. I thought it would look better if I used more and it didn’t. I ended up starting over.
  • Stitching on cardstock means your hands will be holding the cardstock as you stitch. Wash your hands before and during. You’re welcome!
  • I use a good amount of Bearly Art Original Precision Craft Glue to adhere stitched elements to cardstock. Whatever you use, place an acrylic block or something heavy on top and leave it there for 5 minutes to dry. Otherwise, the pieces will pop up.
  • Use firm, not flimsy cardstock. Spellbinders cardstock is firm. If you are using floppier cardstock, use 2 layers and adhere together before stitching. I used 2 layers on my pink and gold card simply because I wanted the dimension, but it’s not necessary when using the right cardstock.
  • Watch this video from Spellbinders.

Thanks so much for checking out this post and thank you to Spellbinders! I would love to see anything you make with this die, so feel free to tag me on my Instagram account. I’m Dear Paperlicious if you are looking for me.

Spellbinders Supplies:


Other supplies

Paper trimmer, cardstock, embellishments.

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