Friday, April 29, 2011

Always Be Yourself Sign

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I made this little sign for my craft room.

It's about 8 and 3/4 inches wide by 8 and 1/4 inch tall.  Weird size I know.  I started putting everything on a 12 by 12 sheet and then trimmed it down to size afterwards.

The paper is from the We R Memory Keepers - Tiffany's stack.

"always" is spelled out in some foam Thickers.

"be" is spelled out in plain white alpha stickers from my stash.

"yourself" is spelled out using some letter's from the Echo Park Little Girl Collection Pack.

The flower is from K & Company.

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The girl is from Sassy Studio Designs - she's a digital stamp and her name is Denim Debbie.  Isn't she just to die for cute?!  I printed her out many times to get all the layers.  Basically what I did was print her on a regular piece of printer paper first.  Then I saw where she printed on the paper, and taped the patterned paper I wanted to print on over the image of her.  The image tended to shift to a slightly different spot each time - so I was a little generous with the paper - and did each piece one at a time.  

I also printed her once on a white piece of cardstock and colored her shoes, skin & hair with Copics.  I also colored her jewelry using gel pens.  I cut out the white layer and then added all my layers.  Her shirt and purse are patterns from the Basic Grey Kioshi 6 by 6 paper pad.  I added some Irock gems as well.  Her jeans are a textured piece of cardstock to help them look and feel more like denim.

I just love this project.  So much fun to put together!  Cutting the layers does take some time - but I think it adds so much to the image.  I am just BARELY getting started with Copics and not only do I not know what I'm doing - but I have very few colors.  I figured if I started off with some skin and hair colors I could paper piece many other parts of images.  Also - it's just a different look than using all Copics and I will probably continue to use this paper piecing even after my Copic collection and skills expand.

I'm hoping to do more paper piecing, Copic coloring, and digital image stuff in the future.  Video tutorials are coming back one of these days - I promise!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you feel inspired and have a fabulous Friday!


Love That Bug said...

Super cute. This would be great for a tweens room

Dilsaver Designs said...

Love all the details you put into it and her sassy stance! Great coloring with her :)

Tracy ~ Craft Junkie Too said...

She is soooo stinkin' adorable Amber -- I can see why you fell in love with her. :)

Kate said...

This is fantastic, Amber! What a great message. It's perfect for your craft room!

Love That Bug said...

Just me again
I wanted to let you know I have a blog award for you

Cindy said...

Great project!Have a super day! :)

Amber said...

What a fun project! I love that image!

ScrappingStephanie said...

Wow Amber you have been really busy! I love your sign. That is one of my favorite saying ever. Perfect for you craft room!