When Suzanne our Design Team leader announced that we'd be doing tutorials, I went ACK! LOL! But after I had time to think about it, I realized that it's okay, it doesn't have to be "perfect" it's just how "I" do something. Cool. LOL!
I decided to show you how I do paper piecing. I remember a few years ago when I had only been stamping a wee bit someone told me that something would look great if I had paper pieced it. Say what? I nodded my head and said, okay thanks. I just brushed it off and thought yeah right, whatever.
Well, fast forward to recently when I discovered the world of blogging and saw all the inspiration out there and guess what, people were paper piecing!!! OHHHH, so that's what that is! It really is a fun way to add a little "wow" to your images.
For my tutorial I'm going to be using Bunnie. Isn't she just too fun?
I thought the best way to show you the extra little "wow" this gives your image is to show you both ways--just colored and then paper pieced.
Both ways start the same way--with a stamped image.
When I paper piece I always color under where the paper is going to go but I know some people don't, just your own personal preference.
For the next step you need to choose what paper you want to use. I chose some gorgeous Laura Ashley Traditonal paper. The pattern I chose has a look to it just like fabric, perfect for Ms. Bunnie's robe.
Once you have your paper you need to stamp your image onto it, if you're just piecing a small section--just stamp that part. (Don't you love the green face? LOL!)
After I get the section cut out, I take a black pen and on it's side, or if you have a brush tip, I go around the image to fill in any places that maybe I cut too close--this just gives it a more finished look. (Sorry no photo--couldn't do it and hold the camera at the same time!) I did try to do a before the pen and after....
Next you adhere your sections to your image. I know some people use pop dots to give a bit of dimension, but for this example I just adhered it right to the image.
And that's all there is to it!!
Here's the image just colored-
And then here's the image paper pieced-
And the finished cards-
I also used fun flock on her cute bunny slippers, and some Oyster Bella Baubles on the flowers.
The possibilities are endless with this technique! We'd love to see your paper pieced creations! Leave a comment with a link so we can check them out!
(whew, I made it through my first tutorial! How'd I do?)