Today’s card is another from my personal “24 cards in 24 hours challenge” for World Card Making Day. This was number 15, and the one that I created just before midnight, prior to taking a 5 hour nap. It’s been ages since I’ve used the By My Side Stamp Set and I have no idea why. I really love the three characters, each one with an animal companion by their side. The only issue I have is how skinny their arms and legs are, which makes fussy cutting somewhat challenging.
Despite the potential challenges I had a plan, but first I needed to cut my background paper. So I chose the grey abstract wash pattern from the Winter Meadow 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.
First I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and fixed it to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then I trimmed off the excess paper with my Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut and scored some Smoky Slate card for my A2 card base. After folding the card along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Now for the inside I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card along with a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the grey DSP. Using liquid glue I attached the DSP down the right-hand side of the card. Then with more liquid glue I added it to the inside of the card base.
All I needed was one final piece of the grey paper and I cut this 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
Turning to the By My Side Stamp I chose the “Thinking of you today” sentiment. Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped it in the bottom left corner of the DSP layer. Then beside that I stamped the girl with the bird.
It was time to break out the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and I started with Ivory for her skin. On her face (inside her glasses) I coloured a second time with the Ivory marker to darken that area a little more. For her hair I chose light Pecan Pie. Then for the robin I used a little light Poppy Parade, before going over the whole bird with light Crumb Cake.
Finally I used the light Crumb Cake marker to scribble a little ‘ground’ beneath her feet. Then with that done I glued the coloured DSP layer onto the front of my card base.
That just left the girl’s dress and I wanted something striking. So I went back to the Winter Meadow DSP and found a scrap of a bright blue background design. Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the body section of the image onto the DSP. Then I simply cut out the dress section with my Paper Snips before gluing it onto the coloured image on my card front.
In next to no time my card was done and I could finally take a break.
Paper piecing is a fun way to add instant colour or pattern to an image. Plus by stamping the girl and bird directly onto the DSP background I didn’t have to cut out those skinny arms and legs.