Howdy everyone! Welcome to the February edition of Stamps & Scraps! I’m your host Ally and today we’re going to talk all about paper piecing and your stamps. Paper piecing is the process where you cut individual paper pieces to combine to create one finished image. Stamps are a fabulous way to complete this technique! So grab your cup of coffee and let’s get started.
With Easter fast approaching and all of the fabulous Easter inspired stamps sets released this month, I thought I would use that as my theme inspiration this month.
I began creating by first stamping the egg image from our NEW stamp set “Easter Wishes” onto Flourishes Classic White Cardstock using Memento “Black Tuxedo” ink. I also stamped the image onto several scraps of patterned papers. This is a great way to use up those tiny scraps of paper you have stashed away.
I then proceeded to “fussy cut” each of the aspects out of their coloured papers and applying them to original stamped image with wet adhesive. Some areas I used multiple layers of papers to make the image appear more 3D in nature hence the overlapping of the pink paper on the egg’s tag and the green paper over the large bloom. You can see my finished Easter egg at the bottom of this post!
Then I began creating my layout background. I first grabbed a piece of the fabulous Flourishes Classic Black Cardstock. This cardstock is a dream to stamp on! It’s super smooth!
I grabbed my Perfect Printing Pouch and applied a generous amount to the surface of my black cardstock in preparation for heat embossing. You can see the subtle white wash it leaves below in my photo. This tool is SO handy to have and almost eliminates those stray embossing powder flecks that get stuck in places you don’t want them.
Then I stamped multiple daffodil images from the “Signs of Spring” stamp set using Versamark ink and white embossing powder. I used a repositionable mask to create over lapping flowers to create an allusion of depth. Typically I would stamp things in odd numbers, like 3′s or 5′s but I thought I might loose some detail on the fifth bloom so I left my stamping at 4 flowers.
Then I took my craft knife and carefully cut out the insides of all the flower petals, leaving the center of the daffodils untouched. I have backed the cuts with some red cardstock so you see them clearly.
By cutting out the insides of the flower petals I lost the petal detail so I decided to stamp the flowers with black ink again onto 4 different patterned papers to ensure I had the detail returned to the layout but just in a different color.
Leaving some paper around the stamped images, I adhered each one to the back side of the black background, ensuring each flower was carefully aligned again. I’d call this technique almost a reverse paper piecing.
Then I began creating the remainder of the back ground of the layout.
The left hand photo shows my next step: a layer of white and gold mist over a mask. The right hand photo shows multiple layers of patterned paper pieces stitched over top of for texture.
I then added a digital die cutting machine design backed with matching patterned papers. I added a few strips of paper, a die cut title and my son’s photos. Here is the end result of all of my fun…
Here’s a close up of the finished paper pieced egg…
I hope you have enjoyed my little paper piecing tutorial today! Try this fun and easy technique on your next layout, card or altered project. You’ll love the results!
Happy stampin’ everyone!