Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paper-piecing with Digital Paper

People have asked how to use digital paper for piecing, so I thought I'd post a short 
written tutorial on the technique. 

I love using digital paper for paper-piecing because it can be re-sized....small for the image and
 larger for the background. Also, if you use a black and white print, you can print it in any color of the rainbow!
It's really fairly easy. I won't go into the details of the program I use, but I'll tell you the general steps.

First, print out your image on card stock in the desired size. Next, print your DP on a light weight computer paper, shrinking it to the right scale for your image and making sure the printed piece will be big enough to cover the area that will be pieced. Place it back in the printer and print your image again on top of the printed paper. All that's left to do is to color the image, carefully cut out the parts of the DP you'll be using (scissors or a very sharp craft blade will do), then glue them in place!
I sometimes use my Copics to shade the DP so that it gives the folds more depth. Just choose a color a bit darker than the DP.
I love this technique, and I think you'll be hooked, too, when you give it a try! If you have any problems, just ask, and I'll try to help.

(PS: I used Jak Heath's Double Bow tutorial to make the bow)


Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nestibilities, and Marianne corner dies

Papers: SU! Poppy, Neenah and PTI white, Digital DP

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Tiny pearl cabochons, 'Love' charm, Bead

Have fun,

1 comment:

  1. This is wonderful, I even enlarged the image by clicking on it yo see closer how you paper pieced. It looks amazing especially using the same paper only a smaller digital pattern of it. Truly a great technique that I hope to master after seeing this.
    Hugs, Janie