Monday 18 April 2016

Adding a little sparkle

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Another of my Fiskarettes DT project to share today.  I wanted to add metallic thread to my card and I came up with the idea of punching holes along the edge of a square piece of pearlised card. I thought it might give the same effect as 'Pin Thread Art' which was very popular in the 1970s!

 I used a 1/16th inch hole punch to punch fifteen holes, 1/4" apart along one edge, then repeated along the adjacent edge.

I repeated on the opposite corner and the card looked like this.

 I attached the end of the thread on the back with tape.  To get the pattern, I brought the thread up the first hole at the top of the vertical line of holes and down through the first hole on the left of the horizontal line.  I then put the thread up through the second hole on the horizontal line and down through the second hole at the top of the vertical line. This was repeated along the holes until the end of each line. I turned the card around and repeated on the second corner. 

I punched two butterflies from a snippet of white card, using a Fiskars Intricate Butterfly punch.  A piece of wire was threaded through some gold beads and the ends curled round for the antennae.  This was attached to one of the punched butterflies to form the body.  The butterflies were layered on the card and tiny white pearls added to show the flight path.

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges:


  1. Oh you clever girl Liz! What a terrific card and such memories it brought back as well. I remember making a couple of pictures - pretty large ones in fact - way back then, using crochet silk threads and little pin tacks. Ha, and what dust traps they were :)

    Thank you for coming to play in the Snippets Playground :)


    Di xx

  2. Oh wow, this looks amazing!! I love the thread!! It looks so beautiful and frames the butterfly perfectly!! Gorgeous card!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. This is beautiful Liz. I love stitching on cards and a long time since I did it. I do remember making those pictures back in the 70's as I remember !!! The butterfly is a lovely punch too and what a super body you've made for him. Love it. Barbxx

  4. I remember doing that with thread - back when!! It is an awesome idea for the card. So creative along with your fun little butterfly.

  5. Oh this is so clever. Gorgeous gold thread with the red card...Fabulous and so creative! x

  6. Not only very creative but beautiful as well! Awesome looking card. Love it!

  7. Punching those holes look like they were a labour of love! Very effective card though, definitely worth it. Cara X

    1. Punching the holes with the hole punch was so easy, Cara. I drew pencils lines on the back of the card, then put a pencil dot every 1/4 inch. I just lined up the punch with the dots and punched away! xx

  8. What a lovely card Liz. I love the gold thread work, it makes a super frame for the pretty butterfly.
    Jean x

  9. Beautiful card design Liz, love the thread work.
    Pam x

  10. A lovely design - how I remember the pin art and thinking how wonderful my picture were!
    Kath x

  11. Lovely card Liz, the stitching is really pretty and makes a lovely frame for the butterfly.
    Janice x

  12. Beautiful,love the

  13. Beautiful Liz, I love the stitching and the gold thread.

    Sue xx

  14. What a gorgeous card Liz. That gold thread is beautiful and the pattern of it is just gorgeous. I've always love string art and you nailed it with this card. The butterfly is pretty too with its gold spine. I love the shark bookmark you made too!

  15. This is fabulous Liz. Love the gold against the red and such a clever idea to use the thread.

  16. What a great idea Liz, I love the use of thread work to enhance your card. Very inspirational. Thank you, I hope you do well in the Challenges.

  17. I had to pop over and see what you did with the wire, Liz! You know as soon as I posted my dragonfly, I slapped myself for not using the wire to make an antennae! But then I asked Mr. Google and he said dragonflies don't have antennaieeiei, so that was a relief!!

    And I have to say that this card blew me away?!! The intricate detail and the elegant design are just stunning!! Hugs, Darnell

  18. Love your beautiful card! Great design. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  19. Love Pin Thread art it creates such a great feature on your card and haven't seen it used for ages. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us and playing along with Bizzy Becs for our Anything Goes Challenge this month.

  20. This is beautiful Liz and I love the gold thread on that bright red. What a great idea to make the holes with a small hole punch which makes them so neat. x


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