Saturday, 26 March 2016

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter!!  Today I'm sharing this paper-pieced chick design using one of the new Simply Creative paper pads from +Trimcraft Ltd called ‘Folk Song’.  Paper piecing is ideal for simple stamped images such as this chick design.  You can add colour and pattern by simply stamping on the papers instead of colouring with markers or pencils.  Using a window aperture adds extra interest when the card is opened or displayed, and there is room at the bottom inside to write a sentiment or you could write on the back if you prefer.

Step By Step:
  1. I am using a Dovecraft 5” x 7” white Window card as the base and cut a panel for the inside of the card using the FE Postage Stamp nesting die set, cutting the shape from the blue floral paper from the ‘Folk Song’ 6 x 6 pad.  Carefully adhere the panel inside the card, towards the top so it will be seen evenly through the aperture.
  2. Cut another of the nesting stamp die shapes from pink ‘Folk Song’ paper and then cut it into a frame by using the next size smaller die and positioning it centrally on top, using a little washi tape to secure.  Run through your die cutter and you will have a pink pattern paper frame, glue to card front to frame the window aperture.
  3. Using the FE Modern Sentiment die set, cut ‘Be Happy’ from pink Folk Song paper and snip off the ‘be’ to leave just the ‘Happy’ word.  Cut letters to spell out ‘EASTER’ using the FE Varsity alphabet set and glue the word and letters onto a strip of white card long enough to fit across card front.  Trim card and then adhere to strip of yellow polka Folk Song paper approx. 1 ¾” deep, then mat then again onto black & white pattern Folk Song paper approx. 2”deep. Attach the sentiment panel across bottom of card front using double sided tape and trim sides flush with card.
  4. Stamp the ‘chick’ image onto white card to create the base for your paper pieces.  Stamp again onto different pattern papers from within the Folk Song 6x6 pad.  Cut out the body and glue to white card image, cut out wings, feet, bowtie and beak and glue them all onto the white card stamped image until it is all coloured.  Cut out completed image into an egg or oval shape, using a template if you prefer.  Add Dovecraft Gold glitter glue to the crown and also to outline around the edge of the egg / oval shape and leave to dry.
  5. Take 2 small adhesive pearls and colour them black with a Trimcraft marker, when dry add to chick image.  Mount the chick oval inside the window aperture onto the blue pattern paper using 3D foam pads.
  6. Cut 2 small egg / oval shapes from Folk Song patterned papers and edge with gold glitter glue, when dry add to left of sentiment.  Add 3 flower shaped plastic buttons (Belle & Boo) to right of sentiment, highlighting those with gold glitter glue to match.  To finish glue a little polka dot bow (Belle & Boo) to top of window aperture.

Products Used:
Simply Creative FSC Paper Pad 6x6 Folk Song
Dovecraft Clear Stamp - Chick
First Edition Dies - Sentiments Modern
First Edition Dies - Varsity Alphabet
First Edition Dies - Nesting Stamps
Dovecraft Christmas Basics Glitter Glues - Gold and Silver
Belle and Boo Plastic Buttons
Belle and Boo Mini Ribbon Bows