Adding prick and stitch words to your greetings cards

Emma J, who is a member of my Stitching Cards forum, suggested that I design some art nouveau style text to go with the rose patterns that I recently added to the Stitching Cards range. The proposition appealed to me because I believe that a hand stitched greeting can add the finishing touch to a hand stitched card.

I started by looking at some pictures of the handwriting and drawings of Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who was much-admired for his highly innovative buildings, interiors and furniture produced in the early 1900s in Glasgow, Scotland. I wanted to capture the spirit of his lettering whilst designing an alphabet that would suit the constraints of stitching.

Art nouveau greeting with a rose designWhen my alphabet was complete I used it to produce an assortment of greetings messages.

There are a couple of ways that a stitched message can be added to your card. If the design allows you could move the main design down the card to leave room for the greeting above. The illustration on the right shows an art nouveau greeting combined with one of the rose designs.

Happy Birthday greetingIf there is no room for the lettering within the space of the main design another option is to mount the design on a larger greetings card and put the words on the border. The illustration on the right is a custom made greetings card prepared by folding a sheet of card of the required size.

There are a number of other word styles available from the Stitching Cards web site. They range from clean modern styles to the more formal script faces. I find that the right choice of type face is an important part of the card making process.

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