Our January Saturday Stamp Club card swap theme was "Happy Birthday." The challenge was also to use paper scraps to create the cards. This is my kind of challenge as I love using up the little pieces of paper scraps in my stash. For this challenge, I thought creating quilt blocks using the faux quilting technique would be a great way to use some of those scraps. Since I have a huge supply of retired Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, I decided that I would use different paper for each of the 9 cards I needed to create. It was fun going through my stash looking for colors and patterns that would coordinate together.
First you have to start with a pattern. I found the quilt block pattern I wanted to use on equiltblocks.com. This great website has pages and pages of quilting patterns. Of course, they are meant for fabric quilting, but most can easily be adapted to paper.
I used the pattern called Variable Star
If you look closely at the pattern, it consists of squares, some whole, some cut in half on the diagonal. Normally for fabric quilting, the individual squares would be larger by quite a bit. But for paper, they need to be scaled down so the block would fit on a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base. So, my squares measured 3/4" x 3/4". I used my Stampin' Up! grid paper as a guide and attached the star pattern right on the grid. Once complete, I then cut the grid paper down to match the completed block.
Once the quilt block was assembled, I did the faux quilting technique by running the piece through my Big Shot using the Finial Press Embossing Folder. This is a WOW Technique! Any embossing folder will work. Experiment for different patterns.
Then it was time for a little embellishment. I wanted the design to be clean and simple with the focus on the colors in the quilt block, so all have white card bases with color coordinating quilt matting and centers.
Here are a few of the cards:
Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations
Paper: Whisper White, various colors of card stock and retired Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, various circle punches, paper piercing tool and mat, various brads, Dimensionals