designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone! It’s Channin and I’m here to share with you a couple of cards that I created with Waffle Flower Crafts’ awesome First Step Stamp Set and the paper piecing technique. I don’t know about you but I have tons of pattern paper just sitting around collecting dust in my craft room. I love their designs and patterns (so I can’t just throw them out) but I really struggle using pattern paper in my card design especially with stamped images but then I discovered paper piecing. If you have never heard of paper piecing before its basically stamping your image on pattern paper or colored paper and then fussing cutting out sections and then piecing the sections back together to create the image again. This technique is often used for the clothing of people or animal images, it’s a very clever and easy way to make your images more interesting. When I saw the First Step Stamp Set I knew it would be a great set to use paper piecing with. The large white space of the shoe images is just perfect for pattern paper. I had so much fun with the shoe images and my pattern paper that I actually created two cards to share with you today! I mean pattern paper and shoe images how could anyone resist playing shoe designer!! wfc-927-1a For this first card, first I stamped the pair of shoes on 4 sheets of pattern paper, all from the same paper pack, and 4 times again on a sheet of tan paper in black. I then dry embossed the tan shoes using embossing folders. Next, I fussy cut the all the shoes out but on the pattern paper shoes I cut out the sole portions. wfc-927-1b Then took my black marker and colored the edges of the paper of all the shoes so that the images had a looked nice and clean. I then adhered the pattern shoes onto top of the embossed tan shoes. Next, I splattered some watered down black paint onto the outer portions of a 5” by 6 ½” white card base. wfc-927-1c I then stamped my sentiment, which I created, from the Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set and the Purse-nality Stamp Set in black in the center of my splatter card base. Lastly, I adhered my shoes around the card base and then cut away the overhang with scissors. wfc-927-2a I followed many of the same steps for the second card however, I didn’t do any dry embossing this time. I stamped the pair of shoes 8 times again but this time all on pattern paper. I want the soles to be patterned this time as well. I then fussy cut all my shoes out and again cut the soles out of 4 pairs of shoes. I then colored the edges with a black marker and adhered the shoes and soles together. wfc-927-2b I then splattered a 5” by 6 ½” kraft card base with watered down black acrylic paint. Side note here, I had been using black watercolor paint to do my splatters but I found my paint would smear after it was dry when touched. So now I use acrylic paint and I don’t have any more smearing. wfc-927-2c I then stamped my sentiment, which I created, from the Purse-nality Stamp Set in black ink in the center of my card. Lastly, I adhered my shoes around the sides of my card and then trimmed the overhang off with my scissors. I hope you enjoyed and I inspired you to dig into your pattern paper stash and create some fun cards with the paper piecing technique! Products: First Step Stamp Set Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set Purse-nality Stamp Set