Hello friends!  It’s time for a technique challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and it’s a fun and fairly popular one – paper piecing.  It’s a great one for using up scraps of designer paper!

It took me a while to get everything planned out in my head for this card, but once it all took shape, the card came together pretty easily.  I debated using one of my digital images, but I opted to use traditional stamps instead because I felt that would be simpler to work with all the different parts I wanted to piece.  I used two different mostly solid papers for the owl’s body and a striped paper for his scarf.  For the beak, I just colored the one I’d stamped on the off-white piece of paper.  The sky blue background was splattered with white shimmer paint to look like falling snow.  I wasn’t sure if the blue background would alter the color of the tree branch if I stamped directly on the blue, so I stamped the branch on a piece of white paper and (verrrrry carefully) cut it out and glued it to the background.  Then I added the sentiment and put the owl into place.  The layout for this card is from the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!

52CCT 03-26-2016

The rest of the 52CCT design team and I are looking forward to seeing what paper pieced Christmas or wintry cards you’ll share with us this week!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 1 to link your card to our challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn); Season of Friendship (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky (SU); scraps from Blush and Blitzen collections (Basic Grey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Frost White shimmer paint (SU); marker (Copic)

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