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Sunday, 15 April 2018

International Art and Soul Challenge 31

Our challenge for this fortnight is Paper Piecing. (Not to be confused with Paper Piercing!) Other than that requirement, you can make anything, any theme, any colours, so long as there's a piece of paper pieced in somewhere.

This is a technique that I've only tried once or twice before, and I've never liked the result, so I embarked with some trepidation. To my rescue came my last visit to Crafting at Ally Pally where at the Every Craft's a Pound stall, I bought several sets of Gorjuss stamps. I haven't used them much yet as they're quite big - the images are big and the frames supplied with them are huge. But, one of them seemed pretty much made for this technique and this is the result.

I also struggled to find a paper which had a small enough pattern to be useful here, and the one I found here is the last sheet of the design from a pad which was a magazine freebie several years ago. Because it's the last sheet, I've actually had to cut a piece out of the centre of the sheet for the paper-piecing! I coloured the rest of the image with Spectrum Noir pencils, although I did add a little colour to the skin tones with Promarkers too. Mat and layer dies are from Spellbinders. The flowers use dies by Sizzix from the Susan's Garden range, and I've added shading with Pan pastel and completed with a little Liquid Pearl.

I actually quite like the result. The images in this range are sweet, but the Santoro colours are dark and dingy, and if you know me at all, you'll know that's not my ideal!

I've made a box for this too, and if I get a chance, I'll add a photo to the blog later.

I hope you can join us this time!

4 comments:

Hazel said...

Its a lovely image and her pieced dress looks beautiful. The patterned paper is perfect for the background and the dress. Hazel x

Mimi said...

Such a sweet image but have to admit it is the paper piecing and your final find of the perfect piece of paper that has caught my eye along with your perfectly matching flowers which are so beautifully made. Love it when a freebie from a magazine come to the aid, makes the purchase of the magazine worth while lol. A stunning creation all round :) :) :) xxxxxx

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

What a sweet card... the paper-pieced dress is perfect!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Well, you certainly found the perfect paper for this gorgeous card Josephine!! The image is so cute and adorable and her paper pieced dress looks fabulous .. I love how you matched it to the background!! Absolutely gorgeous card! hugs x

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