Tutorial - Paper Piecing

This week's tutorial comes to us from Jennifer. She volunteered in response to my appeal during the Memorial Day blog hop! Yay! You can see Jen's creations at her blog, The Sparkle Within. What a great name for a blog!

Paper piecing is a simple technique that can add some visual interest to your stamping. Basically, the technique entails stamping once on a solid background and then stamping again on colored paper, and cutting out a section of your stamp to place over your original background. This is a especially fun for people or clothing stamps, rather than coloring in the clothes!

1) Choose your stamp carefully, unless you like making a lot of fussy or tiny cuts! Some stamps lend themselves very well to this technique, others do not.
2) use darker ink colors. You'll want to be able to easily see your ink lines for cutting.
3) Choose your solid or patterned papers. Again, be careful of choosing very dark paper or patterned paper with dark areas. Using patterned paper adds an interesting look - you can experiment with large or small patterns!

Stamp your image. Here I stamped mine and then cut it out with nesties.

Then stamp it again on your colored paper. I stamped the swimsuit twice to show you how it looks with a patterned paper versus solid card stock.

Cut out your stamp area. This one was easier to cut off the strap and glue it on again later.

Use your adhesive. I find it easier to put adhesive right on my original stamped area and then lay the colored area over the top to get it on perfectly.

Finish off any parts of your stamp. For the blue suit, I paper pieced the flower in green as well and then added the brad. I also colored the clothespins.

Voila! Finished cards:

Super easy and look at how it totally changes the stamp!

Here is an example of a great stamp to paper piece - see all those straight lines?

I pieced the chimney in solid green and colored the heart.

Some other examples:

Thanks again to Jennifer for This week's tutorial! Remember, if you see a cool technique or if you have one you would like to share, please email me at kate@operationwritehome.org. Also, you can find archives of our previous tutorials at the Cardmaking Resources page of the OWH website, and lots of great information in the Cardmaking Glossary.

Nancy Keller  – (July 12, 2011 at 6:16 AM)  

Way to go Jennifer!!! I love those suit cards and that butterfly tree is just my favorite thing ever!!!

Rachel  – (July 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM)  

Thanks for the tutorial, Jennifer! I've seen paper piecing a lot and kind of figured out what it was, but I really appreciate seeing each step laid out and shown. Thanks again!

Sherry Hickey  – (July 12, 2011 at 11:09 AM)  

Jennifer, thanks for the tutorial and your great tips on successful paper piecing! Love the vintage bathing suit stamp. And your blog name IS one of my faves.

Donna Hanley  – (July 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM)  

Jennifer, Thank you so much for the tutorial. I really need to practice my cutting skills so that I can try this technique more often. For now I'll stick with the straight lines. Very nice tutorial. Thanks again.

Zingaro Skoolie  – (July 12, 2011 at 6:54 PM)  

Love this!! I didn't pierce mine, but it solved the way I wanted to highlight this pumpkin - great tips and love how you laid out the photos to walk us through it.

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