To start, I chose to stamp it using Distress Ink - Walnut Stain. I wanted a stamped image which doesn't give me a crisped image and Distress Inks are perfect for this.
I stamped at the corner of the card and start to poke holes. I used the lines in the stamp as a guide. If you have a thick thread like I do, don't poke the holes too close to each other. For the first round, I only have 5 rows of "lines".
This is how it looks from the back. As it's a simple design, it doesn't create too much bulk at the back.
After finishing the 5 rows, I decided that it wasn't enough. Or maybe I was having too much fun and wanted to sew some more ;)
So, I added more stitchings in between. As you can also see, I was a messy stamper and got some inks outside the stamps.
To fix this I cut out the Mandala leaving a narrow white border around it. And add some Distress Ink below the image so that it would stand out.
I hope you'll give this technique a try and share it :)
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