Welcome to the April 2022 Technique Squad Blog Hop! I’m excited to be a part of this fun collaboration with fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. This month’s theme is Paper Piecing. Keep reading to see my project below, then make sure to hop over to the other blogs to check out more great projects featuring the Paper Piecing technique.
Paper Piecing Technique
Paper Piecing is a type of technique where you stamp an outline type image on white cardstock and again on patterned paper. Then you cut out a portion(s) of the stamped image on the patterned paper and adhere that piece(s) to the stamped image on the white cardstock. The result is a “colored in” image by piecing the papers together.
For the Paper Piecing part of making this card, I stamped one of the images from the In The Moment stamp set on two pieces of paper using the Memento Black ink pad. One piece is Basic White cardstock die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies (I also stamped the sentiment from the Happy & Heartfelt stamp set on this piece). The other piece is a sheet from the New Horizons Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I stamped the image by overlapping the horizon line so that the hat area would have a slightly darker color compared to the dress area.
Next, I cut out the dress and the hat with my Paper Snips. Follow along the outline of the area you are cutting out, and for spots that don’t have a line (like the bottom of the dress) make a cut connecting the two sides. Since this image is for a dress, I made the cut line slightly curved.
The final step for the Paper Piecing portion is to glue the cut-out pieces onto the corresponding areas of the stamped image on the white cardstock. The Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue works best for this part because it allows you to slide the pieces around to get them lined up just right.
With the Paper Piecing done, it was time to assemble the card. I used a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″ on the long side) piece of Thick Basic White cardstock for the card base. Then I added a 5-1/2″ x 3″ strip of the Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the paper I used for the Paper Piecing) along the left edge of the card base. Finally, I added the stamped stitched rectangle to the card using Dimensionals and overlapping the right side of the DSP piece.
I followed the same process for this next card. This time I used the A Good Man stamp set and stamped the image over the horizon line so that it would make his shirt and shorts look like different colors.
This is a fun technique to try for a different way of “coloring in” your stamped images.
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