When the Splitcoaststampers Technique Lover's Challenge TLC485 of 'paper-piecing' was posted back on the 10th June, I decided to make a card for the challenge. I forget to do paper-piecing so the challenge was a good reminder. You can see the details on the challenge here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/fo...a-t588517.html
I made a birthday card for my soon-to-be 11 yo daughter whose birthday is in July - except I couldn't post it here until AFTER my DD's birthday because it would spoil the surprise. And then life got in the way and I am only just getting around to posting it here. Thank goodness there are no time limits on the SCS Challenges!
I used a Penny Black stamp called "Well Wishers" and stamped it onto watercolour paper using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured it with various mediums: Lyra, Inktense and Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Tombow pens and Winsor and Newton watercolour paints using a #2 sable paintbrush.
The stamp just had the mouse holding one balloon but I thought it would be fun if the mouse held a bunch of balloons and decided to paper-piece each one. I repeatedly stamped just the balloon onto various designer papers from the Echo Park Hello Summer pad and fussy cut each one then popped them up on dimensionals. I popped some of the balloons up higher than others. I drew in the balloon strings using a Copic waterproof multiliner 0.05 black pen. I did run around the left-hand edge of the balloons with a pale grey Tombow pen just to make the balloons look a little more rounded. I also paper-pieced the present that the hedgehog was carrying.
For my sentiment, I thought it would be fun to add a speech bubble which I hand-cut then ran around the edges using Sky Blue pigment ink which hid any uneven cutting as well as making sure the speech bubble stand out a little from the background. I used my Martha Stewart Stars edge punch to punch some tiny stars from the designer paper (they are the leftover punchies after using the punch) which I glued around the sentiment.
It's a bit hard to see in the photo but I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the stars on the sentiment panel, around the pink icing on the cake and the candle flame, the highlights on the balloons, the ribbon on the present and the cheeks on all the animals.
The card base was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools and the main image panel was diecut using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Rectangle dies.
Because the image panel was quite large, I kept the rest of the card simple and just added the bottom panel and tied on some The Twinery Shore twine. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from unravelling/fraying.
Registered: July 3, 2006 Location: where the desert meets the mountains Posts: 3205
Thu, Aug 07, 2014 @ 8:18 PM
WOW, this is a fantastic card!! I love all the little extras you put into it, that really made it stand out. I also appreciated your outlining what you did for us. It was fun read about the creative process. I am sure your daughter loved it.
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