Paper Piecing Technique

Beautiful You Paper Piecing Technique for Card Making

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

The Paper Piecing Technique in card making is adding colorful and patterned paper to a stamped image. 

When it is paired with the images found in Beautiful You, it's kind of like playing paper dolls when you were a child but with a grown up appeal.

For details on how to do the Paper Piecing Technique, please visit my posting HERE

For this card, I paired the "dancing girl" image from  Beautiful You with designs found in the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. 

Her dress was cut from the Delightful Dijon polka dot pattern, and her hat was cut from the sunflower design.  I popped the pieces up using Dimensionals.

The beach background also comes from the same paper stack.

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Add color and dimension to your stamped images! 

Give the Paper Piecing Technique a try.

I can't wait to see your creations.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Archival Gray, Island Indigo

Paper: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: scissors, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Piecing using Beautiful You and Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper


Paper Pieced Beautiful You


The Paper Piecing Technique in card making is adding colorful and patterned paper to a stamped image. 

When it is paired with the images in Beautiful You, it's kinda like playing paper dolls when you were a child but with a grown up appeal.

And by using the patterned pieces found in  Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper ( found in this month's sneak peek bundle from Stampin' Up!), the images now have a bold, colorful look.

The Paper Piecing Technique is easy to do. 

Here's how:

Stamp your image onto a neutral piece of card stock.  For this card, I stamped the woman with the umbrella image on Very Vanilla card stock using Basic Gray ink.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, I stamped her body and umbrella on different patterned Eastern Palace DSP using Basic Gray ink.

For her dress, I used the deep colored, Fresh Fig lined pattern.  I think this is going to be one of my new favorite colors!

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

For the umbrella, I used the fun Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim polka dot pattern. 

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, with a pair of scissors, I cut out the individual pieces.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, it is just a matter of piecing them onto the stamped image.  You can pop them up with Dimensionals if you'd like.

I popped up the umbrella but decided to use SNAIL Adhesive for the dress.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

With the images in Beautiful You, the possibilities are endless for the Paper Piecing Technique.  You can make different "outfits" to match the mood of the card.  Or use your recipient's favorite colors.

See, just like playing with paper dolls!

And what is the Eastern Palace Suite anyway?

Stampin' Up! is offering customers a sneak peek of the bold and exotic product found in the Eastern Palace Suite before the release of the Annual Catalog on June 1. 

Two bundles will be available for purchase May 1-31. 

While the a la carte items will be available in the upcoming catalog, the bundles are exclusive to the Sneak Peek period.

These bundles consist of a new stamp set, thinlit dies,  Designer Series Paper, accessories and 3 of the 5 new In Colors:  Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, and Tranquil Tide!  

And depending on the bundle, SU! will include a gift of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes OR Very Vanilla thick card stock and envelopes.

Online ordering

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Basic Gray, Dapper Denim

Paper: Very Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper

Accessories: scissors, Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Paper-Pieced Sleeping Cat-Nacho Average Color Challenge #114

We have a soft and subtle color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site:

Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, and Very Vanilla

Here's my contribution:

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I've been in an Iris Folding frame of mind lately. I came across this fun sleeping cat pattern by Maureen Sparrow on Pinterest .  Although Maureen created it as a quilting pattern, I immediately thought I could work it into an Iris Folded project.  I printed the pattern out on copy paper, reduced it to 65%, then printed it out again to use for my project.  After a couple of tries, I decided that I liked the plain Pool Party background rather than having the separate sections for the background as shown on the pattern.  

After I finished paper-piecing the sleeping cat, I embossed it using my Big Shot and an embossing folder to give it some texture and to make it look more like a quilt.

The greeting came from the My Digital Studio download Cute Cats.

Baked Brown Sugar was one of the colors in the challenge, but once I started on the project I realized that I didn't have ANY Baked Brown Sugar card stock on hand.  So, I switched gears a little bit and used Soft Suede.  I think it will be ok :)

So, it ended up not being an Iris Fold project.  It is more of a paper-pieced faux quilt project! It was a little time consuming, but fun to do.  I hope it will make you smile!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Cute Cats (My Digital Studio download)

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

Paper: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Park Lane Designer Series Paper

Accessories: My Digital Studio, printer, sleeping cat pattern, Big Shot, embossing folder (sorry, I can't remember what this one is called.  It is retired and isn't labeled with a name), sponge, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Basic Black marker


Happy Stampin'!

Paper Pieced Vivid Vases

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For this card, I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Vivid Vases and the Paper Piecing technique.

Paper Piecing: Vivid Vases image was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Black Stazon ink. Vivid Vases images were stamped again on various pieces of Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.  The images were then cut out using scissors and layered onto the main image.

Stamp Sets: Vivid Vases

Ink: Black Stazon, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Gumball Green

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Blender Pens, Candy Dots

Happy Stampin'!