Cards With Paper-Piecings

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    Add Flock to Create a Fuzzy Texture

    Design by Jennifer Perks

    Jennifer added white flock to her bunny's cheeks, tummy, and tail to create a fuzzy paper piecing. For additional texture, she cut and sewed several types of green patterned paper together to form grass under the bunny's feet.

    Editor's Tip: If you don't have egg-shape brads, simply fold the bunny's arms for a hug-ready pose.


    SOURCES: Add Flock to Create a Fuzzy Texture

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    Create a Quirky Housewarming Card with Paper Piecings

    Design by Cindy Tobey

    Cindy pieced together a cute cottage from patterned paper and cardstock. To create the finishing touch, she fashioned a doorknob on her cottage door from a brad.

    Editor's Tip: Layer supplies to add dimension to your card. Cindy created a layered felt sun topped with a cute yellow button.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Hambly Screen Prints (wood grain), KI Memories (blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (brown dot), We R Memory Keepers (stripe, red). Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: American Crafts. Brad: Queen & Co. Button: Autumn Leaves. Floss: DMC Corp. Ink: Clearsnap.

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    Use a Cluster of Piecings to Accent Your Greeting Cards

    Design by Jennifer Pebbles

    Jennifer grouped her paper pieces together to create a three-dimensional effect on the front of her card. She added a ribbon that wraps around the entire card front for a cohesive look.

    Editor's Tip: Emboss each section of your paper piecing to add subtle detail to your card.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: A Muse Artstamps. Brad: Autumn Leaves. Glitter: Stampendous. Stamps: Impress (bird), A Muse ("friend"), Martha Stewart Crafts ("hello"). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.

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    Give Your Valentine Card Dimension with a Bouncing Bumblebee

    Design by Jennifer Perks

    Jennifer fashioned a bobbling bee by attaching a piece of cardstock folded accordion-style behind the paper-pieced bee. She also added small details, such as the wire antennae and vellum wings, to enhance her Valentine's Day greeting.

    Editor's Tip: To create the flight path, pencil a curvy line. Then pierce holes along the line and stitch them with black floss.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (hot pink), Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow, light pink), Stampin' Up! (red, white). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Decorative paper: Die Cuts With A View (white glitter), Doodlebug Design (pink glitter, red glitter), Prism Papers (metallic). Stickers, pen: American Crafts. Ribbon, decorative-edge scissors: The Paper Studio. Pearls: Queen & Co. Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts for EK Success (red on card), Sulyn Industries (black on card). Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.

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    Embellish Your Paper Piecings with Texture

    Design by Cathy Blackstone

    Cathy embellished her pink cat with scraps of pink ribbon, a gem collar, buttons, and brads to give her piece a whimsical personality.

    Editor's Tip: It's easier to trace and cut a design from ribbon-covered cardstock by working on the back. Just remember you may need to flip your pattern over.


    SOURCES Font: Airplanes by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Brad: KI Memories.

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    Build a Paper-Pieced Rocket Ship on a Birthday Card

    Design by Cathy Blackstone

    Cathy made this fun, detailed rocket ship from colored cardstock. She added a robot brad for character.

    Editor's Tip: To create an evenly sparkled look, cut cardstock that matches the color of the glitter and apply an adhesive sheet to the cardstock cutout. Don't remove the liner until it is time to add the glitter.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (orange), K&Company (stripe), Making Memories (olive), Sassafras Lass (blue). Font: Airplanes by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Brad: Eyelet Outlet (robot), KI Memories (flower). Gems: Westrim Crafts. Glitter: Tinsel Trading.

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    Create a Paper-Pieced Card for Baseball Lovers

    Design by Valerie Salmon

    Valerie pieced a baseball cap from red and blue cardstock to create this layout. She added machine stitching to highlight the top layer.

    Editor's Tip: To create a sturdier embellishment, layer pieces of cardstock and sew them together with floss, as Valerie did with the star on this card.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Decorative paper: Die Cuts With A View. Epoxy accents: Cloud 9 Design (phrase), Lil Davis Designs (letters). Floss: DMC Corp. Punches: Fiskars (star), Marvy Uchida (circles).

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    Embellish Cards with Contrasting Colors and a Touch of Glitter

    Design by Cathy Blackstone

    Cathy created the blades of foliage from white cardstock. After cutting out the shapes, she smeared them across various green ink pads to create shading.

    Editor's Tip: If the colors on your card are dull, consider injecting a bright element to lighten the mood. Glitter and gems also help to dress things up.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Sticker: FontWerks. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (crown), Maya Road (wing). Brads: Making Memories. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Glitter: Tinsel Trading. Stamp: Hero Arts.

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    Add Dimension to a Baby Announcement with Paper Flowers and Stitching

    Design by Jodi Sanford

    Jodi selected matching paper flowers for her paper-pieced card and fastened them to the cardstock with decorative brads. She used a label maker to punch out the words "Welcome Baby."

    Editor's Tip: Use cross-stitching to add detail to your paper piecings. First, pierce the holes, then sew the stitches.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper, paper flowers: Fancy Pants Designs. Brads: Making Memories. Floss: DMC Corp. Label maker: Dymo.

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    Fashion a Patriotic Invitation with a Paper-Pieced Flag

    Design by Erica Hernandez

    Erica pieced together a flag and accented the top with a festive chipboard star. She used a paint pen to color the chipboard.

    Editor's Tip: Use chalk ink to help define the edge of the stripes on the flag.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Script Hand by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Paint pen: Permapaque.

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    Piece a Cupid for a Cheerful Valentine

    Design by Valerie Salmon

    Valerie designed this cute cupid for her Valentine's Day card. She paired a colorful polka dot ribbon with a blue button to accent the patterned paper running along the top of the card. She embellished the card with cheerful red gems to add dimension.

    Editor's Tip: To create contrast between cupid's wings, use two different colors of cardstock. When placed together, they stand out against the background better.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, blue, red), Prism Papers (pink, light gray). Patterned paper: Reminisce. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design. Gems: K&Company. Ribbon: Offray. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.

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    Use a Variety of Patterned Papers to Make a Spring Greeting Card

    Design by Valerie Salmon

    Valerie crafted an umbrella from patterned cardstock and centered it over a paper background. She added small gems to the tip of the umbrella to finish the look.

    Editor's tip: To make the umbrella pop off the page, use small adhesive foam sections.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Fairy Princess from Two Peas in a Bucket. Stamps: Indadinkadoo (pink umbrella pattern), Technique Tuesday (blue umbrella pattern), Fiskars (umbrella handle). Ribbon: May Arts. Decorative tape: Doodlebug Design. Gems: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Ancient Page by Clearsnap. Decorative-edge scissors, adhesive foam: Fiskars.

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    Paper-Piece a Simple Valentine's Card from Patterned Paper

    Design by Erin Roe

    Erin used plaid and houndstooth patterned paper to design this cute Valentine greeting. She added a quote bubble and chipboard accents.

    Editor's tip: Download the pattern from to make this quick and easy card.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design (pink, blue, red), Making Memories (brown). Stickers, chipboard, rub-ons: Cloud 9 Design. Punches, shape template: Fiskars.

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    Build a Paper-Pieced Hamburger for BBQ Invitation

    Design by Vicki Boutin

    Vicki used liquid adhesive with a fine-tip applicator to attach the tiny bun seeds, olive, and toothpick on this summery BBQ invite.

    Editor's Tip: Modify the burger toppings in this piecing by selecting different colors and textures of cardstock and patterned paper.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (brown, tan, lime, yellow), Prism Papers (all other). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (red, blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (brown). Stickers: American Crafts. Stamps: Gel-a-tins. Ink: Ranger Industries.

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    Make a Batty Card for Halloween

    Design by Cathy Blackstone

    Cathy designed the bat's wings to act as flaps on her Halloween card. She sprayed black glitter on them and strung white thread through holes poked into the bottom of each wing to complete the design.

    Editor's Tip: Use embellishments, such as mismatched buttons and googly eyes, to give your paper piecings quirky character.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Glitter: Doodlebug Design. Sequins: Jo-Ann Stores. Floss: DMC Corp. Stamp: Hero Arts.

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    Create a Quick Paper-Pieced Thank-You Card

    Design by Christina Cole

    Christina designed this paper-pieced chick card to say thank you. She finished the card with a teeny eye and stitched shoelaces to add flair and texture.

    Editor's Tip: Make a quick background by stamping fun flowers and a brief sentiment on the front of your card.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (blue), Daisy D's Paper Co. (red). Stamps: PSX (letters), Magenta (flowers).

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    Create a Woodsy Card Just to say Hello

    Design by Erikia Ghumm

    Erikia used patterned, multicolor fabric to create this mushroom. When paired with the nature-inspired background, it creates a delightful greeting.

    Editor's Tip: Add a modern touch to your cards with a label maker. Type out your sentiment and attach it with adhesive.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: Club Scrap (green fern), BasicGrey (olive). Label maker: Dymo. Adhesive: Xyron. Fabric: Wal-Mart (green), vintage (flowers, red).

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    Feature Your Home Team on a Party Invitation

    Design by Jodi Sanford

    Jodi created an invitation using the colors and logo of her home team. She paired a fun football paper piecing with chipboard brackets to look like goal posts.

    Editor's Tip: If you are looking for your team's logo, try to find one that is a sticker to make attachment to the card easy.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (brown), Prism Papers (blue). Sticker: Sports Solution. Ribbon: Offray. Chipboard brackets: Fancy Pants Designs. Label maker: Dymo. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko.

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    Make a Fun Father's Day Card with Paper Piecings

    Design by Vicki Boutin

    Vicki pieced together a tie for a spin on the traditional Father's Day card. She created a pattern on the tie by first stamping the green circles, then placing brads through the center of each circle.

    Editor's Tip: Use scraps to create fun patterns on your cards, such as the elements of the tie or the background circles.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Brads: Imaginisce. Stamps: Gel-a-tins (stars), Kelly Panacci for Sandylion Sticker Designs ("thanks"). Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Sakura of America.

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    Paper-Piece a Thank-You Note

    Design by Erica Hernandez

    Erica created a steaming cup of coffee from patterned paper. To make the cup stand out against the background of the card, she inked the edges of her piecings.

    Editor's Tip: Add a digital element to your paper-pieced cards. The digital stitching on this card complements the font.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (red), My Mind's Eye (brown polka dot, green stripe), American Crafts (green with dots, lines). Font: Adler off the Internet. Digital stitching: Two Peas in a Bucket.

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    Use Scraps of Ribbon to Dress up a Paper-Pieced Card

    Design by Christina Cole

    Christina added flair to her hedgehog by attaching scraps of ribbon to the top of the card. She downloaded the font from the Internet to create the background.

    Editor's Tip: To make fun, slightly imperfect titles, cut the letters from patterned paper, then paste them to your layout.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Fonts: MA Sexy off the Internet. Ink: Tsukineko.

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    Piece Together a Turkey for a Festive Thanksgiving Card

    Design by Valerie Salmon

    Valerie chose rich fall hues for her Thanksgiving card. She alternated colors for the tail feathers and wing.

    Editor's Tip: Keep the sentiment simple. Valerie chose to create a small circle that said only "Gobble, gobble." She embellished the circle with a gem that matched the eye of the turkey.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Butterbrotpapier off the Internet. Gem: K&Company. Punch: EK Success.

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    Create an Out-Of-This-World Birthday Greeting with an Alien Card

    Design by Cathy Blackstone

    Cathy designed her cute alien card from patterned paper and small metal embellishments. She used mismatched googly eyes to give her alien spunky character.

    Editor's Tip: Use a hardware-store spring to create the alien's bobble head.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (graph), BasicGrey (blue). Sequins: Darice. Eyes: Westrim Crafts.

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    Wish Someone a Happy Birthday with Paper-Pieced Lion

    Design by Cathy Blackstone

    Cathy cut the lion's nose, head, ears, and mouth from scrap paper. She added brown brads as eyes and fashioned a mane from bright orange faux fur.

    Editor's Tip: To create a twist on this card, consider making the lion's mane from scrap lengths of orange ribbon instead of faux fur.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Nicotine Stains off the Internet. Fur: Jo-Ann Stores.

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    Add Pizzazz to Your Paper Piecings with Embellishments

    Valerie used tiny rhinestones, mini brads, and paper flowers to accent her paper-pieced desserts on this cute card. She also mixed patterned paper that matched her color choices to add variety.

    Editor's Tip: To add texture to your design, run elements of your paper-pieced creations through a crimper.


    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Glitter paper: Doodlebug Design. Gems: Heidi Swapp. Brad: Making Memories. Flowers: Prima Marketing. Rickrack: May Arts. Stamp: Michaels Stores. Ink: Ancient Page.

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    Paper-Piece a Traditional Graduation Card

    Design by Jodi Sanford

    Jodi designed a cap and gown with a rolled diploma on her graduation card. She tore the bottom of the gown to imitate fabric and tore and inked the diploma to add interest.

    Editor's Tip: When tearing cardstock or paper, tear toward you if you want the rough edge to appear. Tear away from you to create a single ripped edge. Tear along the side of a ruler to make a clean edge.


    SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko.

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