Oh I have so fallen in love with these adorable images from the Not2ShabbyShop — C.C. Designs Cupid, Pixie, and Garden Party Olivia. I wanted to use them in a Easter/spring wreath that I could use to decorate our front door for our upcoming Easter Sunday brunch.
I colored them all up with Copic markers, paper pieced each of them from a scrap of strawberry print patterned paper, added glitter glue to all their wings (I made Olivia’s using the medium Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch), and Wink of Stella for shimmer to their hair.
The following are the Copic colors I used:
Skin: E50, 51, 53 with blush R30
Pixie’s black hair: C7, C9 and B00
Cupid’s green hair: YG01, 11, 25 and 17
Olivia’s purple hair and wings : BV00, 02, 04 and 08
Shading everywhere: W1
The paper piecing was probably the most time consuming. I wanted to use the same sweet strawberry print paper for all their dresses and shoes. However, the pattern was not tight enough to get a strawberry on each section so I stamped out smaller sections like Olivia’s shoes and shoe straps, Cupid’s wing, and Pixie’s dress sections multiple times. That way I could pick and chose the stamped sections I wanted to fussy cut them out to piece together.
Also when I paper piece images, I make sure I use Copic W1 (or another soft grey color) to add shading to the patterned papers. Then I use a black marker along the edges of each piece (no matter how tiny) so that the white of the paper edge does not show. This order of shading before edging is important so that the shading does not pick up and smear the black edging ink. Finally after I glue each piece into place, I again go over the entire image (which I have also fussy cut), along the edges with a black marker.
The following is a process video sharing the entire wreath assembly, including all the laces, trims, bling, and the single and triple loop bows:
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This Easter wreath is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Pastel Challenge
The Pink Elephant Anything Goes Challenge
MarkerPOP Easter Challenge
Craft-Dee BowZ Anything Goes with a Bow Challenge
Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day! WOOF