May 25, 2011

A Gentle Breeze

Along with a combination of new stamp images from Penny Black’s “Touch of Whimsy” catalog, today’s card demonstrates how to create your own paper-pieced elements.

The first example of paper piecing is the balloon.  When you view the links for the stamps listed below, you'll notice that a only a small portion of the kite string was inked giving me the opportunity to substitute a balloon for the kite.


Traditionally paper piecing is done by stamping the image multiple times on different papers to piece the main image with solid cardstock or patterned papers.  Here I used a variation of that concept.  The paper-piecing elements were created by stamping the image on watercolor paper.  The elements were then water colored and layered without dimensional foam.

These are the detailed instructions for today's card:
  • Create a 3 ¼ x 5 1/8-inch top fold card from white cardstock.
  • Stamp Paisley Outline with Toffee ink on a 3 ¼ x 5 1/8-inch piece of olive cardstock.  Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Adhere to the front of the prepared card.
  • Stamp the sentiment at the top of a 2 ¾ x 4 5/8-inch piece of white cardstock in black ink and heat emboss with clear powder.
  • Ink the bear and a small portion of the kite string with black ink and stamp under the sentiment.  Heat emboss with clear powder.
  • Add highlighting around the bear and color the grass with Copic markers.  Mat with a 2 7/8 x 4 ¾-inch piece of dark blue cardstock.  Attach to the front the prepared card with dimensional foam.
  • Stamp the bear three times on watercolor paper with black ink and heat emboss with clear powder.
  • On the first image, color the bear’s head, arms and shoes using water coloring techniques.  Trim the full image and set aside.
  • On the second image, color the shirt.  When trimming, cut out the shirt along with the connected portion of the overalls.  Set aside.
  • On the third image, color the overalls.  Trim the overalls.
  • To assemble the layers with adhesive, start with the full image and place the shirt with the overalls on top.  Place the third layer (the overalls) on top.
  • Using the stamped image on the front of the card for alignment, glue the paper-pieced accent into place.
  • Stamp the balloon from “Scooting Along” on watercolor paper, color and trim.  Attach to the card with adhesive.
  • Use a fine-tipped black pen to add additional string to connect the balloon to the bear.

Thank you for your visits.

Have a beautiful day,

Penny Black “Mix & Match” Cardstock: Sticks & Stones 01-001, Olive Grove 04-001, Clear Skies 10-003
Canson: 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Toffee VersaFine
Tombow: Dual Brush Pens, Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive
Ranger: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
Copic Markers: B0000, B000, B00, YG03, YG05, YG07 (sky and grass backgrounds)
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam Tape