Paper Piecing Holiday Cards

Hey everybody!  I hope your Thursday has treated you well- just one more day in the regular work week!  Who’s ready for the weekend?  I know I am.

Today I sat down to start a custom order, holiday greeting cards that will be given to kids.  Since I’ll be making several of them I wanted to keep them pretty simple, but when I was looking through my supplies I kept getting ideas involving paper piecing.  It’s one of my favorite techniques but takes considerably more work depending on the stamp you use.  I managed to make 3 cards of varying paper-piecing-difficulty, and here are the results:

Pretty simple layouts with some features in common.  Let’s look at them up-close.

This one was the simplest.  I stamped the mug twice, once in green and once in blue.  I cut out the entirety of the green mug but only the whipped topping from the blue, then glued the blue topping on top of the green topping.  Easy peasy.  Paper piecing 101.  Next card.

See how those adorable little penguins pop out from the card?  A little more difficult.  I stamped each penguin twice, embossed one copy and then fussy cut each embossed penguin…I might be insane.  They’re so cute and I love the result, but cutting out each little toe and feather?  A little frustrating!  All I can do is shake my head at myself because I know I’ll do it again…I mean, just look how adorable they are! 😉

And now the final card:

I’m really really happy with how this one turned out, and of course it’s the most detailed.  I stamped the snowman 4 times, once on white with blue ink and the entire sentiment, again on white in black ink, on green, and on red.  I then cut out the whole snowman from the white/black ink, the vest from the green, and the scarf from the red (I could have stamped the hat on different paper, and made a little paper carrot nose, but even I have to stop somewhere) and layered each piece on top of the blue snowman.  Involved, but totally worth it!  Making the pieces out of paper gives more dimension than just coloring the stamped image, don’t you agree?

Let me know what you think, and have a wonderful Friday!

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