Both Jules and Sally used this fabulous stamp last Christmas, and being a greedy little piggy-wiggy I just had to have it too. Shame on me though, it just had its very first outing in the 11 months since I bought it :( It just cries out to be paper pieced and you can bling it up, do a modern twist as I did, make it 'country' - endless possibilities:
- 5" x 5" square white card blank
- Woodware 'Tipsy Tree' stamp, the trunk was coloured with a Pro Marker and the rest paper pieced using papers from Wild Rose Studio's 'Wintry Christmas' Paper pack
- plain turquoise card, topped with backing and a 'belly band' from the same patterned paper pack
- sentiment was going to be a separate embellishment but in the end I got very brave and stamped it directly onto the finished image - without the aid of a safety net or even a stamp positioner - using a stamp from the 'Tipsy Tree' set plus Memento 'Elderberry' ink pad
- white Josy Rose nail heads
A couple of tips about paper piecing. One I bet you all know is to pop the glue onto the stamped image and not the little scraps you're trying to stick onto it - I use a Quickie Glue pen and learnt this trick from Jules ages ago.
The second tip is really how to cheat a bit. If you look closely at the top card you will see some white showing at the bottom edge of the lowest (purple) layer of the tree. It isn't there now - as soon as I saw the enlarged image I polished me specs and realised there were a few teeny white bots?!?!?!?! showing - so funny, I just left that typo, I meant to say white BITS!! Anyhow, they're easy disguised using a very fine liner to carefully fill in any small gaps - I used my Black Whispers pen which has a very fine nib at one end, or a micron pen such as you use for Zentangling would work well. That's one reason why I generally use a black ink pad when paper piecing.
Oh, and don't even think about using a Pro Marker or similar as it'll just bleed and you won't have a nice crisp line - sigh, another one I found out about the hard way ages ago.
I'd like to enter this into the current Artistic Inspirations Challenge, which is 'Anything Goes/Spots and Stripes'.
Yay, it's Friday and I bet many of you are on the starting blocks to let the weekend begin - have a good one!