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Paper-pieced Holiday Cards

Spread holiday cheer with these pretty paper-pieced cards. Download free patterns to make your own holiday cards for everyone on your list this season.

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    • Use Patterned Paper to Create a Petite Angel Paper Piecing

      Design by Melissa Inman

      Melissa traced the pattern for this little angel piecing on patterned paper and solid cardstock to make a colorful angel embellishment for this holiday card.

      Editor's Tip: Use a pen to add detailing to paper piecings as a finishing touch.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Ta Da Creative Studios. Rub-ons: American Crafts. Pattern: Helen Naylor.

    • Ink a Paper-Pieced Hanukkah Card Embellishment

      Design by Deb Berger

      Deb used a paper-piecing pattern to create a dimensional menorah on the front of this classic Hanukkah card, coloring the candles cut from white cardstock with inks.

      Editor's Tip: Deb wanted to add golden shimmer to the candle bases but didn't have metallic paper, so she used gold ink to color the paper pieces.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Piggy Tales. Shimmer paper: Canson. Font: Cenzias by Umbrella Fonts. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Punch: EK Success. Adhesive foam squares: Stampin' Up! Pattern: Erikia Ghumm.

    • Turn a Paper Piecing into a Shaped Card

      Design by Gabriella Hunter

      Gabriella modified a classic tree-shape paper piecing to create the front panel of this holiday card, making the tree literally pop off the background.

      Editor's Tip: Back your pop-up tree with contrasting cardstock so it stands out.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Punches: Emagination Crafts (star), EK Success (small circle).

    • Embellish Paper Piecings with Buttons

      Design by Cathy Blackstone

      Cathy added buttons to her snowman paper piecing to make the spunky character on this card.

      Editor's Tip: Don't feel limited to traditional Christmas colors when making holiday cards. Cathy introduced a dose of aqua to this playful paper-pieced greeting.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Daisy D's Paper Co. Rub-ons, brad: Making Memories.

    • Use Chalk to Enhance Paper Piecings

      Design by Helen Naylor

      Helen gave her paper-pieced Santa face rosy cheeks by gently applying chalk to the design after adding it to the card front.

      Editor's Tip: Frame it with solid cardstock and make your card base from patterned paper. Letting a bit of pattern peek through adds pep.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI (circles), Paper Fever (stripe), Kopp Design (squares). Stamps: EK Success.

    • Cut Paper Piecings from Tones of the Same Color

      Design by Erikia Ghumm

      Erikia cut the layers for this Christmas-tree paper piecing from two shades of green cardstock to add depth and make it pop off the front of this holiday card.

      Editor's Tip: Dress a paper-pieced tree as you would a real one. Erikia decorated her tree with a gold heat-embossed garland and metallic paint ornaments.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap (green, teal, pink, white), Bazzill Basics Paper (dark green). Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (pink dot), BasicGrey (lavender). We R Memory Keepers (teal dot). Stamp: Club Scrap (swirly lines), Provo Craft (letters). Ink: Ranger Industries (embossing ink, gold embossing powder), Stewart Superior (brown). Paint: Making Memories (blue, aqua metallic). Ranger Industries (teal metallic).

    • Add Stitching to your Paper Piecings

      Design by Helen Naylor

      Helen outlined the paper-pieced mittens on this card with hand stitching to add a homespun feel and texture.

      Editor's Tip: Use stitching techniques in other spots on your holiday card. Helen used stitching to decorate her stamped sentiment and add silvery detailing to the mitten cuffs.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Colorbök. Stamps: Night Media. Punches: Stampin' Up! (large snowflake), Marvy Uchida (small snowflake).

    • Mount Paper-Piecing Designs with Adhesive Foam

      Design by Helen Naylor

      Helen mounted her completed nativity-scene paper piecing on a deep blue cardstock using adhesive foam to give this holiday card even more dimension.

      Editor's Tip: Cutting tiny paper-piecing parts like the ones on this nativity can be tricky. If scissors aren't giving you the control you need, try switching to a craft knife.

       

      SOURCES: Textured cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Punch: EK Success (star). Chalk: Craf-T Products.

    • Ink the Edges of Paper Piecings

      Design by Jodi Sanford

      Jodi inked the edges of her Santa paper piecing, the sentiment, the patterned-paper mat, and the card base to give this card a warm, homey look.

      Editor's Tip: Print your card sentiment on a transparency or piece of vellum and layer it over your paper piecing to create a greeting that doesn't interfere with your design.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Paper Adventures. Stamps: Hero Arts. Brads: Memory Lane.

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      Highlight Paper Piecings with Punched Shapes

      Design by Gabriella Hunter

      Gabriella drew attention to the holly-leaf paper piecing on this card by mounting it atop a simple round mat made by a circle punch.

      Editor's Tip: Use decorative scissors to add fancy edges to holiday cards. This card front was cut shorter to allow the large scalloped edges of the back panel show off a custom look.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Charlemagne Bold ("Deck the halls"), Berkely Italic ("with boughs of holly") by Agfa Monotype. Punch: EK Success (circle).

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      Cut Paper Piecings from Craft Metal and Transparencies

      Design by Helen Naylor

      Helen mimicked the look of a snow globe by cutting parts of this snow-globe paper piecing from thin craft metal and a transparency for a playfully festive holiday card.

      Editor's Tip: Add glitter flakes between the two layers of transparency for a realistic snow globe. Stitch around the edges of the plastic, leaving a small opening through which you add the glitter. Seal the opening once you're done.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Fabulous Fifties ("celebrate the season") off the Internet. Flitter flakes: Magic Scraps.

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      Make a Window to Show off a Paper Piecing

      Design by Gabriella Hunter

      Gabriella used a square punch to make a window in the front panel of this holiday card, allowing the paper-pieced bells to peek through.

      Editor's Tip: Print your card sentiment directly on your card base by running a sheet of cardstock through your printer before punching out the window.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Charlemagne Bold ("A Merry Little Christmas"), Berkely Italic ("have yourself") by Agfa Monotype. Punch: Family Treasures (square).

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      Frame Paper Piecings with Shaped Mats

      Design by Gabriella Hunter

      Gabriella drew attention to the stocking paper piecing on the front of this holiday card by matting it with an oval-shape piece of cardstock that also contains her greeting.

      Editor's Tip: Add interest to a simple card design by layering paper piecings with punched shapes. Here, Gabriella tucked clusters of punched holly leaves under and around her stocking.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Charlemagne Bold ("Happy Holidays") by Agfa Monotype. Sticker: EK Success (gingerbread man). Punches: The Punch Bunch (holly leaf), EK Success (circles).

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      House your Card Greeting in a Paper Piecing

      Design by Helen Naylor

      Helen adhered the white acrylic letters used to spell out her greeting to the bellies of the petite paper-pieced snowmen on this card.

      Editor's Tip: Look for alternatives to cutting supersmall pieces. Helen opted to add arms to her snowmen with simple floss stitches rather than mere strips of cardstock.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Paper Fever. Acrylic letters: Doodlebug Design.

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      Back a Paper Piecing with Patterned Paper

      Design by Rhonda Bonifay

      Rhonda used a graphic patterned paper as a backdrop for this simple Christmas-tree paper piecing on this holiday card.

      Editor's Tip: Simple paper piecings like this one are a great way to use your scraps. Don't have green scraps to make trees? Try making colorful versions in other hues for a fun twist on the norm.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Kopp Design. Fabric label: Me and My Big Ideas.

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