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4/8/11

Hello Perfect Angel ~

Happy Friday, iCopic friends!  It's Alyssa here sharing another Thursday girl from the Greeting Farm's Creeper Crew.   Sometimes these images with large pieces to color can be a bit intimidating.  I'm here to show you a little trick that will make these areas easier and give your crafting a little texture too!  I'm talking about paper piecing!  So simple!  Since I wear a lot of plain colored shirts, I tend to utilize the plain, distressed papers that come in the Basic Grey paper packs for piecing...I don't know what else to use them for!  lol

Thursday's shirt and hat are pieced with a distressed orange paper from the {retired} Basic Grey Archaic line.  To give them a bit more life, they are shaded with Copics that matched - YR12, YR15, YR18, YR61 & YR65.  Her shirt needed a bit of spunk as well, so I added a fun image from the SP & Company clear set Rain Boots in Ranger Distress Tea Dye ink.  One tip I have for paper piecing is to shade your area, cut it out and then line the sides of the cut out *very* lightly with a black Copic.  It helps the piecing to blend in with the original stamped area instead of giving a white or ratty line against it.  Because most pattern papers are more flimsy than regular cardstock, you have to use a light hand to line the edges; otherwise, the black Copic will bleed into the pattern paper ruining all your hard work!  We just don't want that!!  lol 
Here is the finished piece.  The base panel was sponged with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain ink.  It helps to soften the strong pattern so all the intense patterns don't compete too much with each other. 
I wanted the inside to be decorated as well, so I used another distressed plain piece from the paper pack, a scrap of the base mat and some fun stamps.  Thursday is stamped lightly in Tea Dye ink.  She's not fully stamped to flow with the whole *Grunge* look!  The 'hello' sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Just My Type, stamped at an angle in Walnut Stain ink.  'Perfect Angel' is from The Greeting Farm's Naughty or Nice set.  Such a wonderful way to combine sets and fonts for something fun...kind of a play on words since her little kitty hat looks like devil horns!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I always love your comments and encouragement!  Let me know if there is something more you would like to see here on the iCopic Lover blog!  Have a super weekend :o) lyss

Copics {B95, B97, B99, C1, E000, E00, E09, E11, E29, E33, E37, E43, E44, R20, YG63, YR12, YR15, YR18, YR61, YR65, 100 Black}; Copic Multiliner
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Thursday; The Greeting Farm Naughty or Nice; Lawn Fawn Just My Type; SP & Company Rain Boots

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