Chickadee Paper Piecing on an Art Postcard

Chickadee Paper Piecing Postcard

I worked with Art Papers Online in December to help host an Art Postcard swap using handmade postcard blanks from Thailand. I had to art on 9 postcards to send to other swappers.

I knew I wanted to do something with a paper piecing. I especially love small projects and detail work, so a 4″x6″ postcard was the perfect canvas. The Zing cuts so precisely, you can really work with some tiny pieces and cutouts.

After looking through bird pictures on the web, I decided to go with a Chickadee on a branch. As with most piecings, the challenge is trying to decide what pieces to layer on top and where to “cut through” so you can see a larger piece underneath. In this case, I decide to put most of the pieces on top of a black silhouette. Just a small portion of the eye is layered. You’ll need to attach a scrap of white under the eye to get the little highlight. And the branch actually goes between the birds claws.


Here’s how I created this postcard:

  1. Cut the pieces of the chickadee from black, dark grey, light grey and white.  Although there are shades of tan and brown on the chickadee, those pieces were cut in white. The branch is cut out of brown. You can download Chickadee Paper Piecing and import it in to Make The Cut (MTC).
  2. Shade parts of the chickadee in tan and brown PanPastels using a cotton ball or Q-Tip.
  3. Tear a piece of sheet music to fit the postcard. Collage the torn piece on to the postcard blank using Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) Matte. Since sheet music is thicker than tissue paper, dunk the piece in some water to relax the fibers and then collage it on to the postcard.
  4. Use a 1/2″ Bright Brush to apply Titanium White Perfect Pigment Pure Liquid Acrylic Paint to the area where the sentiment stamp is in the upper right of the postcard. This will “knock down” the music so the sentiment is clear when it’s stamped.
  5. Wash the postcard with a mixture of Deep Sky Blue Perfect Pigment Pure Liquid Acrylic Paint and Clear Perfect Glaze – Translucent Acrylic Glaze. Go a little bit heavier in the upper right to give the sentiment a solid base.
  6. Adhere the paper pieces to the postcard. Pay careful attention to the order you adhere the pieces in. Remember, you might want to put a small scrap of white behind the eye. To fit on the postcard, some of the pieces were so small I had to work with tweezers!
  7. Stamp a sentiment using Staz-on ink.

The chickadee looks great! And would scale up well to make a fantastic canvas as a home decor piece.

Happy Crafting!
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About Joe Rotella

My mom always enjoyed crafting so I grew up in a crafty home. I love detail and 3D work and paper piecing is my specialty. My work has appeared in Scrap & Stamp Arts and Just Steampunk! magazines. I've filmed a segment of Crafting at the Spotted Canary with Joy Macdonell (airs on PBS Fall 2011) and won Archiver’s One-of-a-Kind Wall Art contest (Ohio, August 2011). I'm on the Viva Las Vegastamps! and USArtQuest Design Teams. When I'm not designing paper art projects, I works as CTO at Delphia Consulting. I'm the Web Optimization Expert for the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) for 2012.

7 thoughts on “Chickadee Paper Piecing on an Art Postcard

  1. Thanks, Joe!! I am sure the photos do not do justice to your postcard. It is beautiful! Thank you for sharing all of the details of its creation and for the cutting files. I enjoy doing small projects with fine detail so this is right up my alley.

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