Hopefully my hunnie doesn't read this before I give him this card : \ I love paper piecing and often use the technique including my stamps or sometimes designing from scratch like I did for this card. We have a new fabric collection with Riley Blake designs that ships in October 2014 and it features our owl designs - so while I had the little guys on my desktop, I thought I would incorporate the art into a Valentine's Day card "use what you've got around the house" I always say. If you want to make this card too you can follow the step-by-step tutorial below and download my pdf file here: Download KPOwl_AlwaysCard Just a little Valentine LOVE from me to you!
Download the pdf file and print (black and white) onto plain white paper (don't scale the image). My printer is an old HP laserjet. It can handle cardstock and different thicknesses of paper. For this technique you will tape scraps onto the first print-out; so make sure your printer can handle that.
Cut scraps of paper to fit over the images and use clear tape to hold them down as they pass through the printer - use small pieces of tape at the tops of images and make sure to stay away from printed areas.
Here is the print-out with scraps of paper taped down - I placed it in the manual feed tray and it's ready for me to press print.
I love my fine tip Westcott scissors - great for cutting around the small areas! I also cut out a 1" strip of green patterned paper for the grass border and a 1" circle shape that I'll use for the leaves on the stump. Don't forget to cut out a couple of tiny strips for the owl's legs.
Glue the owl together and assemble the pieces of the card. I used a tape runner for the larger pieces and liquid glue for the small bits.
Here's a fun trick I've tried many times - you can insert the punched circle back into the circle punch and cut away bits to make nice leaf shapes.
You can see here that I trimmed the grassy border then used a corner rounder punch on each of the corners of the white card before adhering the completed piece to the folded kraft colored card (5.5" X 4.25").
yup - I just had to add wiggle eyes!