Article courtesy Scrapjazz.com; by Jennifer Sizemore

Paper piecing has always been one of my favorite techniques in scrapbooking for customized embellishments. Paper piecing is basically the use of paper and a pattern to make a layered graphic image. There are several terrific articles at Scrapjazz about the traditional form of this technique.

While I still love to cut a pattern from paper and piece it back together, I have been playing with a fresh look to this technique: using stamped images to paper piece an embellishment. To do this technique you will need the following supplies:

  • a stamp whose image has strong lines
  • detail scissors
  • various cardstock and patterned paper
  • ink
  • adhesive

There are two variations of this technique, one which shows the lines of the image, and one that does not.

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For the more traditional look of paper piecing, stamp your image on different colored cardstock or patterned paper and use the lines of the stamp to cut out the pieces. For my sample I used three different colors, one for the cake, one for the icing and one for the strawberry. Once your pieces are cut, use a fine pen to draw detail lines. Adhere the pieces together to create your embellishment.

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My second sample uses this technique in a somewhat more simple way by layering the different elements of the stamped image, using the stamped image on different papers. For this look, stamp your image on three different sheets of cardstock. Set the image aside that will be used for your largest bottom piece. In my sample, this was the yellow cardstock. Cut pieces from the other two papers and adhere those pieces to your background image.

Supplies used:

  • ink
  • cardstock
  • stamps: Inkadinkado

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