Wednesday, May 4, 2011

52 Weeks of Wonder

"Perfecting paper piecing can be a pretty perplexing project. Almost as tricky as saying that first sentence. However, let me give you some hints that are sure to make this great technique purely peaceful. First off, paper piecing is a more-time consuming effort but yields great results. Paper piecing is basically cutting and layering pieces of stamped images together to create visual depth. It makes the stamped images come alive when they are layered and gives dimension and color using a variety of papers.

Let me break down how this technique came together on the cupcake treat box. First, stamp the image you are going to paper piece on each color of cardstock that you will be using for the layers. Used here are White Daisy, Hollyhock, Vineyard Berry and Grey wool cardstock.

Now, cut the detail of the image from the other colors. I recommend using Close To My Heart’s Micro-tip scissors. These are a must have for any craft room because the sharp blade and fine tip make cutting detailed images a cinch."

I love the look of paper piecing!  It can be a little time-consuming, but the look is so worth it.  Become friends with your exacto blade and your projects will take on a whole new look.

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