For this month’s project, we will be learning a technique called “paper piecing” – not to be confused with paper piercing. This can be done in a simple way (as shown here) or you can go more elaborate by using a sewing machine and the whole nine! I learned this technique from a wonderful crafter on Youtube. Here is her link: http://youtu.be/fnJD6r0iNqU
I began by finding an image online and printing it on my printer. I printed about a half-dozen copies of the same image for this technique. The image I used was Hello Kitty, but you can use any image you like. Okay, okay – so here’s my disclaimer: If images are found online, please restrict it to personal use only. So, now that the legalities are out of the way – let’s get started!
*Light pink cardstock
*Dark pink cardstock
*Pink glitter cardstock
*Ribbon (You choose color/ribbon sentiment)
*Printed images on white computer paper or cardstock
*1 small pink gemstone (flatback)
*Thin black ribbon
*Fiskars Paper Trimmer (or scissors)
*Rubber Stamp (with sentiment of your choice)
*Purple ink pad
*Step One – Cut light pink cardstock base to desired size. Cut coordinating dark pink to go in center and adhere down with glue runner (see image above). Cut 3 thin strips of pink glitter cardstock; this will frame your ribbon up top and the bottom of the dark pink cardstock. You can adhere ribbon with glue runner as well as the glittery strips.
*Step Two – Stamp your sentiment on the bottom of the card in the center. I used “Happy Birthday” but you may use whatever you like. I also used purple ink – but again, you can use whatever color you like the best. Now that the base of the card is complete, you may round your corners with a corner punch. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch I bought at Michael’s craft store, but many brands make these.
*Step Three – Now it’s time for the paper piecing technique. Look at your image in sections. For example, I looked at this Hello Kitty image as a bow, a dress, a shirt, and balloons and picked out the colors I wanted for each section. Using the color of cardstock you choose, place the colored paper under the image you printed and cut out (tracing lines on printout) one section at a time. This is why I printed more than one copy of the image. After you cut out all sections, adhere down onto a whole/uncut image with glue runner or glue pen (see images below for detail). Use your fine point Sharpie to finish the edges or to outline.
*Step Four – Place some Pop Dots (dimensional foam) under the image to “pop it up” off the card base. This will make your image stand out. I also used Glue Dots to secure her gemstone in her bow and the tiny black ribbon to her balloons. Depending on your image, you can decorate as you like.
~For small pieces, it is best to adhere with a glue stick or a Zig 2-Way Glue Pens.
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