OK, I'm really liking this PTI sweater background stamp, it's so versatile! I stamped an entire background in orange and then drew a jack-o-lantern on top of it. Then I figured out which stitches should be cut, and which should be colored brown. Just like counted cross stitch! You could totally do this with a counted cross stitch pattern, as long as it was a one color + black design. Or you could paper-piece any additional colors.
It did take awhile to marker over these teeny-tiny stitches. After I colored all the stitches, I drew a thin line down the middle of each stitch with a white gel pen to clean it up a little. Now that I think of it, paper-piecing might have been a little quicker. Next time : )
ETA: Huge thanks to Tracey McNeely who had the brilliant idea to just cut a column off the sweater stamp! Of course, it makes so much sense now that she says that!! I'll have to measure to make sure, but the strip is so long I'm sure it would not matter to cut the last column off. Then I'll have 3 individual stitch stamps. So much easier than using a brown marker. This is exactly why I LOVE this paper crafting community. We all get and give ideas. So darn cool!
Thanks for looking!
stamps: PTI Background Basics Striped Sweater
other: brown marker, white gel pen