Believe it or not - this is my very first ever attempt at paper piecing. I have always liked seeing the technique on other people's stamping, but never felt moved to try it myself. I often need a little push to try something different. I finally got the push I needed with this week's Simon Says Challenge, which is to use the paper piecing technique. How fun! I can't believe I never did this before. :)
The image I used is Magnolia - Rainy Tilda, and I paper pieced her raincoat and boots. I was going to also paper piece the umbrella, but I thought it was getting a little too busy, so I just left it plain red. I colored the non-paper-pieced parts of the image with my Prismas. I kept the layout and embellishments simple this time. I was still hungover from my snowflake extravaganza last night. :)
I 've also been giving myself little color challenges from time to time. I'm trying to challenge myself to use different color combos or colors that I might associate with one thing for other themes. I usually think of red and green for Christmas cards, so I challenged myself to use these colors for a non-Christmas theme card. These little self-challenges kind of take me out of my comfort zone a little bit.
Stamps: Rainy Tilda (Magnolia); Sentiment (Hero Arts)
Paper: Green and red cardstock (DCWV); DP - Wild Asparagus (My Mind's Eye); the paper used for the coat and boots is a digital download called Nanny's Garden from Raspberry Road Designs
Embellishments: Circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder); buttons, ribbon
Techniques: Prismacolor pencils blended with mineral spirits; paper piecing
Finished Card Size: 6" square