Old School Stamping: Paper Piecing

Old School Stamping: Paper Piecing
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There's a new girl in town and she's crafty! (Does anyone else have that Beastie Boys song in their head now?)

The first in a series of - oh, yes, there's more to come -  "Leading Ladies" by Brandi Kincaid for the Essentials by Ellen line at Ellen Hutson. And while this little beauty is in a set with some laugh-out-loud crafty goodness, she's great for "everyday" cards like this one too.

What I dig most about Brandi's Crafty Lady is that she can be ANY lady. I see a lot of my friends in her (and once I have a stash of Leading Ladies with different hairstyles? There they'll be - every lady I know)!

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I wanted to give her some funky clothes and went to one of my favorite old-school techniques to do it: paper piecing. In this case, I picked up a few digital card kits from Brandi's website and used the 3x4 card designs to dress her up, mixing lots of different patterns.

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All those little rectangles in the bottom of the shot above are different digital cards I printed and stamped on like any other piece of patterned paper.

I opened the files in Photoshop and resized them to print smaller so the scale worked a bit better for her clothing. (Not a step you HAVE to do - you could just download, print, and stamp - but I thought the scale worked a bit better smaller.)

To finish her look, I did a little coloring with Copics, adding a few freckles with a fine tip brown pen, and adhered the pieces I stamped and cut. (Heather Campbell has a great video on paper piecing in The CLASSroom this week if you'd like a little refresher.)

The final touches were layering her over a galaxy background made with a bit of watercoloring and adding a DIY typewritten sentiment to fit the cosmos theme.