This project post is a part of a paid marketing campaign with Snap. Although this post is sponsored the project idea and all opinions expressed are my own.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently got some super exciting happy mail – a sampling of the super fun Amy Tangerine Plus One paper craft collection (the top-selling signature line of Winter 2014 that was so awesome it sold out pretty much everywhere). Just look at this box of happy:
Yeah, there’s some good stuff in there. This collection has lots of fun bundles including a basic kit, an embroidery kit, an embellishment kit, a stamping kit, and the sold out Project Life mini kit (which will be available at a discounted rate starting March 24 at HSN). Right away, I was drawn to these fantastic embroidery stencils:
I have always loved the look of embroidery and needlework on paper. And this kit was just so handy with the little mat to lay beneath your work and the piecing tool. I just couldn’t wait to try them out, and since it is now officially Spring, I decided to make a little Springy banner.
I started off by painting some pinky-peachy washes on watercolor paper to be the base of my letters.
When my watercolors were dry, I used the stencil to pierce the shapes into my paper.
I tried to place my letters on parts of the watercolor that had interesting color variation or texture. I stitched the letters using a back stitch. Embroidering into a thick paper like this is really easy and fun. It reminds me of the lacing cards I did as a kid. This is perfect for keeping your hands busy when you’re watching trashy reality TV or whatever your thing is.
I used little pieces of the adorable super thin washi tape to secure the ends of my embroidery floss on the back of the letter.
And then, to make sure everything stayed stitched and looked pretty from the back, I glued some of the pretty paper from the collection on the back of each letter and attached it to some baker’s twine with that cute washi tape.
Then all that was left to do was hang it up on my faux shell wall hanging with a few other Springy touches.
I really love the way the white embroidery looks against the watercolor background – soft and pastel and perfect for Spring. And if you want to make your own and try out these fun embroidery stencils, hop on over to HSN to pick up one of the five bundles (starting at under twenty buckeroos!).
Happy Spring, friends!
I’ll be linking up at some of my favorite parties.
Comments + Project Love
Amy W says
I just love how this turned out! Great supplies, too!!
Jennifer Menteer says
SOOOO in love with this!!
Amy @ Homey Oh My! says
That is so neat!!!! Didn't know about embroidery stencils. I'm in love.
Aki Altuna says
Aaack! So many pretty things! So lucky, Alexis! I love the embroidery stencils – to think of all the projects I could do with that 🙂 Good job on the Spring banner!
Britni Vigil says
This turned out so cute Alexis! And I swear I'm the only person in the world that doesn't know how to use embroidery stencils.
For My Love Of says
SO pretty! What a creative banner, i havent seen one like it yet! Its perfect for spring!
I love how you cut out each letter, such a pretty spring banner!
Amy Lee Scott says
Girl, this just makes me grin from ear to ear! I love the watercolor and embroidery floss combo. So cheerful!
This is tooooooo cute! I love everything about it, fabulous job! I really like how you hung it across your previous artwork (loved that post as well!) I def need to sign up for SNAP, this is a killer happy mail collection
Chelsea @ Making Home Base says
so, so cute!!
Katie Nathey says
This is just so pretty and that embroidery detail is incredible! Pinned 🙂