We will be featuring March's SOTM, which is Happy Place, a set of seven
As I was playing with this set, I realized that I wanted color but didn't want to "color" so I used a technique called paper piecing. I selected the paper from the Ivy Lane paper packet and stamped the dolls on the Champagne cardstock, green pattern paper and pink patterned paper. Then I cut out the elements I wanted and adhered them to the Champagne base. Done! With color!
Now some of you might think all that cutting is crazy, you'd rather color but here are a couple of tips for you.
- Use a small, sharp set of scissors. I love our microtip scissors just for projects like these.
- Hold the scissor hand still and turn the paper as you cut around the image. I am right handed so I hold the scissors in my right hand and just use that hand to control the "open & close" motion. I use my left hand to twist and turn the paper around. Try it...it might take a little practice but I can get my best cuts and now it comes naturally. (I had to stop and think about how I do this so I could explain it.)
- To cut out a piece that is in the center, like the face out of the scarf element, I used a regular hole punch to create my first "cut" or two and then I can easily get my scissors into the center and create a smooth cut.
- Finally, have fun! Paper piecing is a great way to get color in your art!
Want to learn other stamping techniques and practice your paper piecing? Sign up for my technique class on Saturday May 17th where I will teach you multiple tips and tricks to use your acrylic stamps.
You can purchase this set alone for $17.95 or get it for just $5 with a $50 purchase.