Cards

Paper Piecing

May 2, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m paper piecing a card today, and thought I’d share the technique with you.  This works with most stamps, but ones with simple shapes are best.  I’m using a Newton’s Nook stamp set called Newton Loves Coffee.  Isn’t that cat cute?

The first thing you’ll need is patterned paper.  I’m using this set from Recollections, but any lightweight paper you have will work.  I love that all the colors in this pack are designed to work together, so I don’t have to try and match patterns and colors myself.

 

I stamped 2 of the coffee cups on each of my papers.  When choosing papers, it’s important to remember the scale of the design.  A large scale pattern wouldn’t work on such tiny cups.  I ended up not using all the papers shown here, but it worked out in the end.  You can see I stamped the orange cups diagonally, so the stripes are even across the sleeve.  I also stamped the cups and the cat in white.  The cat didn’t stamp perfectly, but I’m only interested in the lid of the cup, so I don’t mind.  I also stamped the cups on craft cardstock, and the cat’s ears on pink paper, and the cat on gray paper, but I forgot to take a picture of it.  Oops!

The next step is simple:  cut out the pieces you want from each paper.  I recommend a sharp pair of scissors, and a little patience.   I trimmed a piece of craft cardstock with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I stamped my coffee loving kitten in the corner and started attaching other pieces over it with tape runner.  It’s like putting a puzzle together.

I added a strip of pink cardstock along the edge of my white card base with tape runner.  Then I trimmed my brown panel to fit beside it.  I attached coffee cups to the pink strip, and added white lids and colorful sleeves.  I cut out 2 sets of gray paws, to give them some dimension.  You could attach some of the layers with foam tape, too.

I don’t have this sentiment in a stamp, so I printed it out on my computer, and attached it to the card with foam tape.  I printed out another strip for the inside that reads, “Awesome, I’m gonna live forever!”  I have a coffee loving friend who will love this card, and I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

P.S.  I’m playing along at Fusion Card Challenge.  Hope you’ll check it out!

 

 

  1. I’ll be honest Michelle! I HATE paper piecing.. but it is always so beautiful! You’re reminding me that all that extra effort is so worth it! Great card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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