Friday, July 6, 2007

Paper Piecing

Paper Piecing is the art of taking small pieces to make an object. "Pick a Petal" from the new Fall/Winter Collection is a prime example of this technique. The stamp set includes several pattern petals in two different sizes to make flowers or objects of all kinds. The set also has several flower centers to complete the look.

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This card is a prime example of paper piecing to make what the stamp set was intended to do. I stamped the petals with Brilliant Blue onto Whisper White carstock and cut them out with my sissors. The leaf is a different petal design that I stamped in Old Olive ink.

I punched the flower center out of Tempting Turquoise with a 3/4" circle punch. I used a scrap strip of Tempting Turquoise to make the band on the flowerpot and folded another piece for the bow. The stem is a scrap of Old Olive. The flower pot itself is pattern paper from the Polka Dots & Petals Designer Series Collection. I also added a rhinestone brad to the flower center for decoration. The rhinstone brads come in Fire or Ice and Circle or Square. This is an ice circle.

Images Copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2007
This card uses the same stamp set. The wings and body of the ladybug are also flower petals. The flower the bug is going to is one of the flower center options. The wings are stamped in Purely Pomegranate and the flower is Groovy Guava. The head is basic black punched with a 1 3/4" circle punch that was cut to make the flat edge and layer on the wings.
The center of the flower is a neutral button tied with linen thread. It is on a glue dot and placed atop of the vines from the "Baroque Motifs" stamp set in Wild Wasabi ink. The "thanks" is from the "Much Appreciated" stamp set in basic black ink.

The "Pick-a-Petal" stamp set is also perfect for making butterflies and bumble bees. You can layer up the petals to make huge flowers or one last petal on a stem. The ideas are endless.

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