If you live outside of the UK where do you buy your card blanks?

cartToday I have received enquiries from customers in Canada and France on where to buy greetings card blanks suitable for card embroidery. Unfortunately I do not have any experience of buying blank cards overseas so it is difficult for me to answer these kinds of queries.

Card blanks are best purchased locally since they would cost a lot to post overseas relative to their actual cost. If I try searching for blank cards the results are dominated by British suppliers since search engines tend to give local links first.

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Finding a substitute pricking tool

You want to try the prick and stitch technique but do not want to spend out on a purpose made pricking tool until you are sure you will enjoy this card making technique. The solution is to look for a sharp pointed object that you already own. Here are some suggestions:

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The crossing fill stitch

This post looks at a method of stitching that is often used to fill areas and shapes with colour. I call it the crossing fill stitch as that is what it does. I try to work this method of stitching into my pattern designs as it gives an attractive finish and is popular with stitching card makers.

The instructions for this stitch often read as follows:

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What thread do I use for my stitching cards?

A question I am often asked by friends who want to try prick ‘n stitch card making is what thread do you use? The answer is Kreinik metallic 1 ply cord.

This is the thread I use to test stitch the patterns on the Stitching Cards web site.

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Prick and stitch flower pattern. Download it free.

My prick and stitch flower card.I have just designed a prick and stitch flower pattern for visitors to the Prick And Stitch Is My Craft web site. You can use this simple design to try out the stitching card technique.

Prick and stitch flower card.I have used Kreinik metallic thread in green, red and gold on a hammered white card. The stem and flower outlines are worked in stem stitch. The flower centre and leaves are worked in crossing fill…