I first hear about paper piecing from my mother. She was learning a new quilting technique and was thrilled to discover how fast paper piecing was compared to other methods. I really hadn't made the connection to paper crafts though, until I saw some on Pinterest. It opened up a whole new world of design for me.
This last weekend at the beach, I spent a lot of time working with the Beautiful You stamp set and a variety of designer series papers. I like them all, but the one using red and white Sending Love paper one is by far my favorite. She'd make a perfect Valentine's card for your mother, sister, or best friend.
Paper Piecing is a two-step process. First, stamp your image on cardstock. Then, stamp the same image onto designer series patterned paper. Carefully trim the parts you wish to keep, in this case, the dresses and hats, and adhere them directly to the image on the cardstock. I used Tombow liquid glue so I could have a little maneuverability to align the pieces just so.
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White
Layer 1: Real Red 5 3/8 x 4 1/8" Real Red
Layer 2: Whisper White 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Real Red 5 1/8 x 3 7/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Sending Love Designer Series Paper
Layer 6: White and Silver 3/8" metallic ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp images in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Layer 4 and onto designer paper. Cut images out of designer paper and adhere to cardstock images.
2. Adhere layers 1-5 and wrap ribbon around them, tying a bow in the lower right hand corner.
3. Adhere to base.
As you may know, I had the pleasure of attending Stampin' Up!'s Onstage event in Atlanta on November 5th. It was the perfect way to spend my birthday! There is always on stamp set in a new catalog that takes my breath away. This time, it was the Beautiful You set. I absolutely fell in love with it and when they announced it as the very first Prize Patrol, I held my breath and absolutely squealed when they called my prize group!
It made sense then, that I reach for it first. I love the simplicity of the line drawings, and the heartfelt messages that every woman needs to hear.
Paisleys...they're everywhere! When my sister and I were in high school, paisleys were all the rage! Paisley shirts...paisley jeans...we had it all. My mom just laughed and said that paisleys were popular when she was in school, too. Well, guess what? They're back!
The Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper is perfect for later summer and fall cards. I love the regal, deep colors of the Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry, with the bright crispness of the Mint Macaron keeping it from becoming too somber. This particular pattern is quite bold, so I kept the design simple, letting the paper speak for itself.
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