This Farmyard friends kit is just too cute for me to stop playing with. Gotta love this little piggy and all her possibilities. Here, she's living out a fantasty and glamming it up as the princess of
1...make a layered flower mat (without die cuts)
2...paper-piece a piggy
3...make a be ribboned princess hat
4...create a simple paper jig for spacing gems/brads
(All these come in the Paper Garden Projects Farm Friends Stamp Kit)
Stamps: Piggy (Designed by Pink Cat Studio) & round "Happy Birthday" sentiment
Wedding White Cardstock (to print out text patterned paper)
Raven Bazzill cardstock (black textured)
Basic Grey Urban Prairie Paper: Petticoat
(from your stash or Paper Garden Projects)
For the Piggy:
Black ink & clear embossing powder
Copic Markers: (BG-15 Aqua, & RV-11 Pink, Frost blue B00, & a colourless blender)
May Arts ribbon: Sheer dotted swiss Black
Black thread & needle
Clear seed beads
Just because you may not have Nestabilities doesn't mean you can't have shapes! (Don't get me wrong, I luv my Nesties)...but not having them doesn't limit you to square mats on your cards.
Here's one way to make a shaped, layered mat:
Step 1) Print or trace flower template on back of patterned paper or cardstock.
Step 2) Cut flower out.
Step 3) Adhere flower to black textured cardstock.
Step 4) Cut around (using the patterned paper flower as a guide) to make a black mat layer. If you're not comfortable cutting freehand, you could print the flower template using scaled printing just a bit bigger than the original.
Step 5) Cut black mat & patterned paper square:
For a 5 2/8 inch square card: the black mat measures 5 1/8 inch square (A circle is cut out of it using the gutting technique to save paper & reduce weight in the layers) The patterned paper measures 5 inches square
Step 6) Adhere the patterned paper to the black mat & pierce, if you like.
TIP: If sewing or faux-sewing, add adhesive where you won't hit it when you pierce holes around your square... I've had many a mucky needle from adhesive, LOL.
Step 7) Bead it if you like
Step 1) cut a circle & stamp just the curly tail on it.
Step 2) Stamp part of piggy on wedding white cardstock & cut out her snout & hat
Step 3) cut out and Colour the little snout & hat
and Stamp a whole piggy on the patterned paper
Step 4) Glue piggy to the circle & glue her nose on (if you are making a princess hat, wait until later to stick her hat on.) :O)
Step 1) Pierce hole at top of piggy's hat
Step 2) prepare ribbon:
A) Cut ribbon (to 3 inches) with ends on an angle, and B) gently singe both ends of ribbon with a lighter to melt (makes it easy to put through the hole)
Step 3) Thread ribbon through hole at top of hat. Adjust length to please (trim if needed)
Step 4) trim end of ribbon at back of image
Step 5) adhere end of ribbon at back of image
Step 6) Add a little dot of adhesive behind dot on ribbon (let dry a little)
Step 7) Position ribbon & Hold down until adhesive sets
Step 8) Glue hat on (trim top of hat if needed)
Step 1) Cut circle of black textured cs for mat
Step 2) Adhere glam piggy onto the black mat
Step 3) Use a small piece of paper to make a homemade paper jig for spacing gems or brads
Step 4) Repeat, moving the jig & adding gems
Step 5) Pierce around image between gems (pins in fun foam hold it steady)
Step 6) Add a shadow to ground image (this is Frost blue B00, softened with a colourless blender)
The round sentiment is from the Farmyard Friends kit too.
Gotta love the teeny cupcake on it!
P.S. Here's a matching envelope tutorial: