I’ve been a little snippy lately. While yesterday’s Paper-Pieced Pop-Art Penguins for The Paper Players card left my fingers sore from snipping every little piece of those stylish little ice birds, the three penguins were simple compared to the snipping efforts it took to crop a single Santa the day before. Today I’m going to share a couple of snip tips, along with a method I developed for consistently lining up the “H” and the “O” on these squares. First, here’s my card from Sunday:And here’s a closeup of the adorable St. Nick. This is a frightening photo to share. It’s like posting a closeup photo of the pores on your face – it shows every blemish that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Anyway, here he is:
To achieve this look, I stamped Santa in Real Red and then again in Basic Black. This photo shows how I snipped the two Santas. The one on the left is a little disturbing (I cut right into his face), and the one on the right is a bit haunting and ghostlike.
As you can see, I snipped the red Santa as the base for the image, and I snipped all the white pieces (bordered with black) to glue on top. So that I didn’t have any places where the black pieces might end up smaller than the red, I cut into the red Santa a bit where the black pieces would be placed (e.g., I cut into his face so that the black and white pieces would cover the entire shape of his face, and I cut his mittens off). In all cases, though, I left enough of the red Santa to glue the finely cut black and white pieces down (see the stub of his mitten?)
I have fumbled around with trying to get glue on tiny, little pieces of snipped cutouts. This might seem obvious to you (but I’m telling you so you don’t have to figure this out the hard way like I), but the easiest way to adhere the tiny snippets is to drop a little liquid glue onto the base [in this case, the Red Santa] and then drop your little snippet on top. Since the glue doesn’t dry immediately, I slide the piece around with the tip of my paper snips (they are already on the desk) or paper piercer.
Consistent Letter Placement at an Angle
The greatest inventions are found out of necessity. OK, so this isn’t that great, but it was pretty fun to figure out. I wanted to make sure my HOs were consistently lined up on the white squares each time. This would be difficult to eyeball since they are at an angle and run off the sides of the square. I created a little “cheat sheet” in the form of Post-It Tape. I placed a strip of the removable tape along the bottom of one of the squares and placed the H and O where I wanted them. I then marked the bottom, right corner of the square (see the little “reverse L” shape on the bottom of the strip? That’s the corner of the square.) I then marked the right side of the H and the center of the O. I glued them down, turned the square over and snipped off the overhanging edges. Best part – I now have a template to complete the lineup of the HOs on the other two squares. Yipee!
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