Easy Paper Piecing
I was searching for ideas using a new stamp set called Vivid Vases (you’ll see it soon in the new Occasions Mini catalog due out January 3rd 🙂 and came across one by Sandy Mathis using a technique called paper piecing. I searched for a definition of paper piecing but everything I found pointed to quilting, not card making. Isn’t that how crafters are? Take something designed for one thing and use it for another 🙂
Basically, stamp your image on cardstock and also on patterned paper. Trimmed the stamped images from the patterned paper and glue it to the stamped image on the cardstock. That’s it 🙂
I used our Paper Snips and tried to trim right on the line. It’s OK if you trim in the middle of the outline because you’ll still have the outline stamped on the cardstock and it’ll look like one outline when you line it up. You don’t really want to trim too far inside or outside of the outline.
All the patterned papers are from the “Sweet Sorbet” Designer Series Paper that you can earn for free from the upcoming Sale-a-bration promotion (starts January 28th).
The card has a base of Whisper White (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″) and the first layer is trimmed to 4″ x 5 1/4″. The center panel (also in Whisper White) measures 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ and the image (from a new stamp set called Vivid Vases) is stamped in Black Stazon. After paper piecing the vases, I colored in the flowers and stems with markers (Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Soft Sky and Crisp Cantaloupe) and popped it up with Dimensionals.
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If you enjoyed this project featuring the paper piecing technique, give it a try and share your projects with me – I’d love to see your creativity!