How To Paper-Piece A Digital Image
Paper piecing is a lovely technique to use with digital images. There are several different ways to do it, including paper-piecing digitally by filling your image with pattern in a Graphics Program before you print it to add to your card.
Personally, I never do that. I much prefer to stick paper to paper because I like my cards to have the hand-crafted feel of paper layers. So I prefer to paper-piece by hand, letting my printer do as much work as possible : )
But that's just my personal choice. And this is how I do it ...
You will need a card base and the printed image you're using, ready to create your card.
And then print the pieces you need for paper-piecing ...
For paper-piecing a single image
1. Create a template for your patterned paper by printing your sheet of images in a Draft Printing Mode.
2. Using a temporary spray adhesive, stick your piece of patterned paper over the image you'd like to paper piece, and pop it back into your printer.
3. Revert to Photo Printing Mode, and print your image again.
Your image will now be printed onto your patterned paper, ready for you to cut out. Don't forget to keep your sheet of images. You can reuse this when you want to paper-piece it again.
And for paper-piecing a sheet of images ...
1. Print your paper design & pop it back into your printer.
2. Print your images on the top.
You can see this technique done in pictures on *this* post.
Then, whichever way you've chosen, you just cut around the pieces you want to include on your card and stick them down.
And that's it! I think paper-piecing is a really simple way to finish images. And a really lovely way to create with paper.
Papers: 'Sweet Flourishes' in Putty & Cream (negative design) & a solid colour in Pretty Pink
Image with Sentiment: 'Tweet Thoughts' paper pieced with 'Sweet Flourishes' in Putty & Cream (positive design) & highlighted with chalks
Scallop Edge: Fiskars Threading Water Punch
Ribbon & Beading : from my local Haberdashery