I was intrigued by this month’s AEIHeartUChallenge: Paper Piecing. It’s not something I’d ever tried but it looked interesting. By far, my favorite Avery Elle stamp sets are Storybook and More Stories and I knew I wanted to use them in some way. I decided to try and give some of the animals the look of vintage stuffed animals made up of patterned fabric but using patterned paper. Something sort of like this:
I love the way the ears on the deer (I think it’s supposed to be a deer) are a different fabric than the rest of the animal. I definitely didn’t own any stuffed animals from a 1943 McCall’s sewing pattern but I remember owning a stuffed bunny that had pastel dots (maybe they were supposed to be jelly beans?!) and man, I loved that bunny! Did you own any stuffed animals like this?
Anyway, here’s my interpretation of the patterned fabric stuffed animals:
I used various Lawn Fawn papers to die cut the animals. Then I stamped the images in Versafine Onyx Black and fussy cut them. I really liked the look of two “fabrics” on one animal so for the animals that had clearly outlined tails, beaks, chests, or faces I cut a second image on a different paper, fussy cut it and glued it over the first paper. I also used my black copic marker to go over the edges of the animals so there wouldn’t be any white edges showing. Thankfully there was a new episode of Dance Moms on tonight because it took me about an hour to do all the cutting…
Then for the assembly…I used a top folding 5.5″x4.25″ card in Neenah Desert Storm. I cut a frame from Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy cardstock using two Stitched Rectangle dies (also from Simon Says Stamp). For the banner, I used the curved edge of a die from the Avery Elle Custom Panels set to cut both sides of the banner and then I cut the notched ends. I stamped the ‘Welcome Little One’ sentiment from the Avery Elle Storybook set and heat embossed it with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.
I glued the penguin and rabbit under the frame and the duck over the frame. Then I popped up the hedgehog and fox with foam mounting tape. I also attached the banner with foam mounting tape for a little extra dimension. I’m REALLY happy with the way it turned out. It was definitely a little labor intensive…especially that hedgehog but I think it was worth it. Hope you enjoy!
I’m entering this card in the AEIHeartUChallenge #20: Paper Piecing, the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!