Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mo's Skating pictorial: heat embossed paper piecing & fake french knot snow

Dear Subscribers, SO sorry for the extra double email post this morning. I'm sleep deprived LOL.

Mo's Digital Pencil Skating mel stampz

First off, you guys give me too much credit! You may be very happy to know that these are not french knots. They're plain old knots with embroidery thread and you'd be surprised how quick & easy they are (all the details are at the bottom of this pictorial) :o)

1...heat embossed paper piecing Mo's Digital images tricks (fake french knots for snow)

...and now for my #1 addiction: paper piecing Mo's stunning images


heat-embossed paper piecing with Mo's Digital Images:
(If you'd like to see a larger picture please click the photos)

(listed in the instructions) :o)

making the paper piece layers:

("Skating" from Mo's Digital Pencil) is embossed from my printer on Incandescent cardstock from Paper Temptress [using clear embossing powder & a heat gun (just print, sprinkle e.p. quickly when it comes out of the printer & heat set.]

BELLA's COAT: BasicGrey patterned paper Urban Prairie Paper: Petticoat--shaded with
Prismacolour pencil crayons. The bottom of her coat (on the main image) is stitched with a row of turquoise embroidery thread.

COLOURING... is all done with Copic markers since the Incandescent paper needs the permanence of them. It gives it a really unique sparkle.

Laying down the paper piece layers:

Layer #1:

The first layer... is all one piece with the main embossed image, & just the bits you see coloured here.

The only real tricks to the cutting (assuming you want to piece Bella's scarf & the hand-warmer) are to cut away the hand warmer, and cut a line under Bella's hair, so it can go over the scarf:

(just don't glue it down yet) :o)

I also later cut away the insides of the skate bottoms with an exacto blade (silly afterthoughts!)

Layer #2:

Bella's coat goes on next...

It's printed on BasicGrey Petticoat patterned paper (stuck to a piece of copy paper, it goes through the printer like a dream!) It's shaded with Prismacolour pencils, coloured with Souffle pens & stitched.

Layer #3:

Bronte the doggy. Holding on for dear life (methinks he is afraid of the dark!) He's just all one layer (embossed) and coloured with Copic markers.

Layer #4:

The fourth & final layer is simply the two scarves. I cut bits of embroidery thread & glued them to the back to make scarf fringe in green & turquoise to match the Copic colours. (Oh, and his blue skate too!--the skate blades are coloured with silver gel pen.)

The Snow stitched Background
(+how to make fake french knots)

SKY: Frosty Downhill Glittered Paper BC-P-084 by Best creations inc.

SNOWY HILLS: (bottom):
GCD Studios Paris Nights collection
It's stitched with white & cream thread along the hilly parts.

and more thread for the snowflake knots:

how to make fake french knots
(warning, may be habit forming)

A) Make holes in your image wherever you'd like knots. (This is my all time favourite paper piercer--I've bought 5 and it's the bestest of them all.)

B) Thread your needle through to the front & secure on the back of your image

C) Tie a plain old knot on the front of your card

D) Go back down the hole you came up

E) Travel to the next hole on the back of your project

F) Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat... heehee

Here's a pictorial (+a whack of examples)
in case you're curious how to do it:

If you missed the hop this morning, then you're in for a treat. The other members of Mo's Dream Team will are sure to blow away with their AWEsome colouring & crafting talents!

Please click here to go to this morning 's
Mo's Digital Image

post for the link list

Thanks a million for visiting!


Dawn said...

you're just BRILLIANT!!!

Manu said...

FANTASTIC!!! I LoVe it!!!

Dawn said...

have I mentioned you're a genius today?...well, not meaning your one JUST today...but everyday... now go take a nap!

Dawn said...

think I need a nap...typos!
YOU'RE one... peeve, drives me crazy when people use the wrong word


Unknown said...

This is a great way to add highlights. I just followed some of you links to some of you past projects, and you've given me some great inspiration.

Sue said...

YOU ROCK!!!!! You are a "One Blog Inspiration", thank you for sharing your talents, Happy Crafting, Sue xxxxx

Suzanne J Dean said...

Wow Mel this is full of wonderful ideas--chock full indeed! I love the snow drifts and those lil' snow knots are fabulous--wish I actually liked to use a needle & thread, LOL! Wonderful & beautiful winter scene--I just love it!


Judi M said...

Okay, now, those faux French knots are just too cute, cute, cute on this.

Kim Etherington said...

Gorgeous card! I love the background papers, they are beautiful and go so nicely with your image!

Anjou Krelovich said...

I'm just in awe!

scrapblu said...

How cute! I would have never thought of the french knots!

DB said...

I love the background paper and the french knot technique is sooo clever!

susan m said...

Oh my - how lovely is this!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us (and the knot technique!!).

Unknown said...

Your are so creative, beautiful, thankyou, I love the way you show yours tutorials.

peggysue said...

So cute and this card rocks!

Darla said...

Love the look of the French Knots - so cool. Great piecing too.

Linda Carson said...

What FUN!! I love it!

Jessie said...

Your card is amazing! Thanks for the tutorial!

Kim Dellow said...

Fabulous Mel! I agree - French knots are extremely addictive LOL! Kim

Lauretta See said...

Mel, you amaze me.. so much detail in all your work.. i love you! :)) keep it up!!


The Art of Being Kelcified said...

Beautiful! Love the fake snow knots!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your snowfall technique.
What a great idea.

moknowsall said...

your photography and instructions are wonderful. glad i found you through the blog hop.


Debbie said...

I love it. Great job.

Turnedgypsy said...

beautiful mel. thanks for sharing


Lee - grandmalee said...

I love medallions, so you're layering techniques are right up my alley. The best part is people can do this w/digis! Love your snow...guess what I'll be doing now?????

The Wired Angel said...

You just never cease to amaze me Mel... !! I want to come and stay at your house and just soak up everything I can. WOW.. you always rock!!

Huge hugs, Peggy

Anonymous said...

Very cute project. What is the background.