If you don’t know what the cretan stitch looks like (which I didn’t) it is the green stitching running down through the center. I added the detached chain flowers along with french knots and cross stitches as well as the blanket stitch edging.
As I mentioned in earlier posts the FiberArtFriends group (see link in sidebar) is trying a different technique each month. For January it was combining paper and fabric. I never really got around to actually doing this at this time, so I am going to cheat a little and count this sample I did a couple of years ago. I made it using a piece of brown paper towel. I painted the paper with moroccan red acrylic paint, let it dry and then crumpled it up, smoothed it out and fused it to a piece of felt. I then used rub‘n buff to add the gold highlights. The motif was stitched separately on another piece of felt and then stitched onto the paper. I used gold rayon embroidery thread in the center and copper metallic thread to attach it.
It measures 3 1/2 inches by 5 ¾ inches. Not quite postcard size. :)