My friend, Susan Mast, sent me an image she was tracing to create the card above. She was stuck on the raccoon’s tail. She had it designed so that there were 5 individual pieces, but what she wanted was just two pieces… a solid gray piece and then a black overlay piece with sections cut out. This makes a lot of sense, especially when designs have many smaller interior paths that would require an insane amount of arranging and gluing.
So, as usual, a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth ten thousand! lol So, here’s the video to show you how I took Susan’s tracing of the tail and then turned it into the paper piecing she wanted. Note that this example is a little more complicated than most because we needed to do what I call a die cut weld, in order to get the individual pieces first. Thus, in many situations, you would be starting with just an image with lots of little parts and then creating the cut-out overlay and the slightly shrunken background piece.
Simplifying a Paper Piecing
A big thanks to Susan for allowing me to use her question for today’s post! If you happen to live in Arizona, note that Susan teaches card and mini-album classes at Scrapbooks, Etc in Mesa. Her classes are always so much fun with adorable projects to make! You can also visit her web site and blog to see more of her adorable work.
It’s official! We’re having a KNK Retreat in Florida!
If you plan to attend, please make a $100 deposit to hold a spot:
A maximum of 25 people can attend!
Come join us in Tampa for a weekend of rockin’ Klic-N-Kut classes, demo’s, and loads of fun! Julie, Barbie, and I can’t wait to meet you!
Event: “Klic-N-Kut Spring Forward Retreat!”
Date: Friday, March 18 3:00 pm – Sunday, March 20, 2011 1:00 pm
Location: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
The cost of the retreat, excluding hotel, is $395. For this price, you receive 5 excellent meals, free goodies, 6 – 7 classes, 3 – 4 demos, class notes and files, dozens of free videos to take home, cutting materials and prizes! The room will open at 3:00 pm with the Meet and Greet starting at 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, followed by a class, demo and workshop. Saturday the 19th will be action packed with classes, demos, challenges, games, and 3 full meals. On Sunday the 20th, after breakfast, we’ll have one more class and workshop or demo. Participation in all classes and demos is optional, so you can head out, at any time, to enjoy some local Tampa attractions. We also encourage you to bring your laptop and/or cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us, as we will have extras available and will seat everyone for sharing, as needed.
Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate. We have a wonderful deal with the Hilton of $109.00 per night single or double occupancy. If you live locally, you are not required to stay at the hotel. If you want a roommate, please note it in the form below and return to Barbie and she will help match up attendees. Rooms must be reserved no later than March 1 to lock in this rate. You must mention the “KNK11” when you call the Hilton directly at 813-877-6688 (our reservation contact is Nan Graves). If your spouse would like to join us at mealtime, let us know as soon as possible, and we’ll find out the cost for that.
This weekend retreat is available for up to 25 attendees and we’ll have a waiting list in case of cancellations.
So reserve your spot by:
(1) Emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you want to attend. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, then please post a message at the bottom of this post and I’ll email you directly. Sometimes emails get lost! I’ll then send you a short form to complete.
(2) Sending a $100 check or money order to our event organizer, Barbie Creech. I will send you Barbie’s address privately after you let me know you plan to attend. : ) If you prefer, we also accept Paypal payments.
The deadline for making the deposit is January 20th and the $295 balance will be due by February 20. If you need to pay the balance in installments, then two $100 payments may be made by the end of January and the end of February, and then a final $95 payment made at the retreat..
Details on classes and demos will be provided after I have gathered information about all of you and what you want to learn! : )
Can’t wait to see you in Tampa!