I thought I would share one of my favorite stamping techniques- paper piecing. I used to see cards that were paper pieced and I loved how they looked but I wasn’t quite sure how they were made. I finally figured it out and I’ve loved it ever since. To start with you need to pick your image and make sure it has a large enough area to paper piece. You don’t want to drive yourself crazy when it’s time to cut it out. Then you need to pick a patterned paper with a pattern that is small enough to repeat inside your area. Papers with small patterns or 6 x 6 papers are great for this. For my card I chose to paper piece the egg part of this Tilda stamp. I started by stamping the image on my white paper.
Then I stamped the same image on my patterned paper. I printed a small rectangle on my Imagine and filled it with a pattern from the Hop Scotch cartridge.
Next I colored the parts of my image that weren’t going to be covered with the paper. I used copic markers to color Tilda. Her shirt is a combination of R24, R22, and R20. Her skin is E02, E00 and E000, and her hair is E37, E35, and YR23. I also added a little R20 to her cheeks.
Then I cut out the egg part of the image stamped on the pattern paper. You need to use some small sharp precision scissors to do this. It is also good good to cut a little bit inside the stamped line or right on it so that it will fit just inside the part of the image it’s intended to replace when you piece it together. For this image I needed to cut the bottom and the top half of the egg. This is what my image looked like when I had the bottom of the egg in place.
Finally I glued the top half of the egg in place and assembled my card. All papers are from the Imagine Hop Scotch cartridge. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and that you give paper piecing a try. It is great to cover large areas you don’t want to color or an easy way to add pattern to an image.
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