Boddington Hillside
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello everyone! Thank you so much for joining us today! Today, I'm showing you a fun card I made with the brand new Poppystamps die, Boddington Hills! Isn't it amazing! It's one of my favorites from the new release. Take a close look at the sneak peek close-up photo above, and you'll see two different kinds of paper piecing techniques.

The first is in the fresh spring grass, where large pieces are cut and inserted into your image like pieces of a puzzle. This works quite well for larger shapes and areas.


The second technique is a little different, but it works well when you have small or intricate openings you'd like to fill with colorful paper to create your design. You can take pieces of colored card stock and insert them behind the main cut. This works well with so many of our beautiful Poppystamps dies with multiple images on them, like a cascade of daisies or falling leaves. The main die is more like a cover plate with a second layer of paper behind it.

But sometimes, a more complex or intricate design calls for yet another technique, which is what I used for most of this springtime card. It's easy to learn, but sometimes a little tricky to execute, which is why I don't have a really good photo of it! Would you believe this sweet little card caused me one big mess?

For each colorful tree on the card, a separate piece of card stock is used in your die cutting machine, so that means cutting your die multiple times in multiple colors. When your tiny squares of paper are in place, carefully tape them all down with removable blue tape before running the die through. Then carefully remove the pieces so that all those tiny triangles and shapes will remain adhered to your blue tape. Carefully trim off any visible tape, add a little adhesive, then adhere the tiny tree tops behind your main cut. When all the pieces are blue taped together, then you can adhere the entire piece onto your card base. I will be honest, this might go very smoothly, or it might feel like one of the labors of Hercules! But 2016 is a new year and a great time to try new techniques that you can quickly master with just a little patience and a little practice. The blue tape method works well on very tiny designs, but also with the larger dies too to make beautiful colorblock patterns that are so trendy right now.

I hope I have inspired you to try something new this year, and Poppystamps has such a wide variety of brand new dies there is something for everyone!

Thanks for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Michele Signature copy 1





Jak kolorowo....klimatycznie ...uroczo ...Amazing:)

A fabulous scene here and love the work you put into this..aweseme dies.xx

Such fun, such vibrant colours and just perfect on a very wet, cold and miserable weather day where I am!Thank you for making me smile x

Love this bright scene. That is a lovely die. Hugz

WOW! What a beautiful card. It really more of a art piece, it just gorgeous! Beautiful job!

So springy! I love these colors and the layout as well - nice job on this creation with those lovely dies! TFS

So fun!

Two fabulous scenes, love this die.

What a refreshing card...loved your blue tape idea. I love solving puzzles, so this just might work for me...LOL TFS

Love the scenes you have created! Definitely need to add this die to my collection! TFS!

OMGoodness, I just love this...so full of Spring beauty!!

This series is one of my favorites. It's fun to work with and is so versitile.

Oh my goodness this might be my favorite of the whole hop! I love this Michele! My die came too late to use it! Beautiful and looks like fun!

I've been waiting to see this one and it's terrific! I always loose the little pieces, so will have to try the tape method. Thanks for the tip.

Love the colours, beautiful card!

Hi Michele, A beautiful card, love the paper piecing, and I can understand this technique will be quite time-consuming, but the outcome is beautiful.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Michele, even thought this card was fraught with complexity, THANK YOU for persevering! The results: gorgeous! I want to go live in that sweet house and enjoy the colourful, pretty surroundings. LOVE this!

What a fabulous card...so much work but well worth it!

Such a fun and colourful card - great stuff!

What a delightful scene!!! Well worth the effort!

Great colors in your card!!!! Love it :)

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