OK I admit it. I may be slightly obsessed with the Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set. But can you blame me when those animals are so cute? Today I wanted to use the llama image and see how it would work with a paper piecing technique. Suffice to say, it works well and adds a whole new dimension to the wall.
PEEKABOO FARM AGAIN
Why the llama? Well simply because it’s one of the animal images in the Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set that I haven’t yet used. Seemed a good enough reason at the time. That’s not to say everything went according to my original plan, but it came pretty close.
With paper piecing I find the best way to start is to choose the various colours of card or paper for the project then to stamp all the images. That way I can see how and where I want to cut them apart.
So for the wall I chose Gray Granite and Cinnamon Cider Card. and for the llama I chose Sahara Sand and Soft Suede Card. Then I stamped the images on all the pieces using Tuxedo Black ink. I also stamped the hooves of the llama a second time on Soft Suede Card and made them darker using a Blending Brush and Tuxedo Black ink.
My original plan was to have the Gray Granite background wall as part of the tag base so I cut it out using the #4 (largest) flat topped die from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. Then from Cinnamon Cider Card I die-cut the coordinating reinforcing pieces with the oval holes. Finally I fussy cut the stamped images with Paper Snips and laid them out as I went along.
With all the pieces cut I then began to use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix everything into place.
First I attached all the individual Cinnamon Cider stones into place on the Gray Granite wall. Then I slid the top of the llama’s face into the hole I’d created in the Soft Suede llama image. This was designed so the fringe / bangs would sit on top of his face.
It was only as I prepared to fix the llama behind the wall that I realised my mistake, with the wall part of the tag base that wouldn’t be possible. So I went back to the Tailor Made Tag Dies and cut another tag from Thick Basic White Card. Then, using a Blending Brush, I turned the bright white card into a sky with a light layer of Night of Navy ink.
With that done I cut the Gray Granite tag along the top of the wall image. Then I was able to slip the llama behind with his hooves in place on the front. Next I added the separate darkened hooves on top of the lighter ones so they really stood out.
Now the llama and wall were all connected I simply glued the assembled pieces to the bottom of my new tag base. Then I attached the reinforcing pieces on the front and back of the tag.
Finally I threaded some Very Vanilla twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack through the hole and tied it in a simple knot. In no time at all my cute no sentiment gift tag was done.
I love how this project turned out, even if I did have to rethink it in the middle. Paper piecing is more fiddly than difficult, but does add great texture to a project so for me it’s definitely worth the effort. What do you think?
For another example of paper piecing a stamped image see my earlier blog post Snail Dies but without the snail.