Hey there! It’s Kira and I am so excited to be sharing my first project as part of the Cardstock Warehouse team! To really challenge myself this month, I made an entire layout using only card stock. And to really go the extra mile, I tried a technique I’ve never done before: paper piecing!
- Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers
- Lemon Drop
- Gumdrop Green
- Sour Apple
- Madero Beach
- Stamp and ink
- Scissors (smaller ones work best for fussy cutting)
- Liquid adhesive
Honestly, I thought this technique would take forever, but overall, it came together fairly quickly, so I hope you decide to try it yourself! First, you’ll need a clear stamp, or a digital stamp could even work and of course, your choice of paper. I chose this gorgeous floral stamp from The Stamp Market and my papers are from the Island Breeze Cardstock collection.
You will need to decide what colors you want each piece of your stamp prior to stamping. I wanted cream flowers with yellow centers, and wanted to mix up the greens for my leaves. Then you will stamp your image on each piece of paper. A clear image isn’t necessary here, but making sure your ink is dry and smear proof will help! Multiple stamped images may be necessary depending on your image.
Now, it’s time to fussy cut! Since you will be piecing the paper back together, cutting more of the image than necessary will help. And when you are cutting part of an image that is “behind” a different part, cut as if it's not covered (ie. if a flower petal is covered by another petal, cut as if you can see the entire petal. It will be covered by another piece of paper so perfection isn’t required, it just makes for ease of piercing the image back together).
Once you have all of your pieces cut out, add a little dimension to them by folding up and curling the edges.
To piece everything back together, I first stamped the entire image on some vellum. Then you are going to flip the vellum over because your pieced image will be a mirror image of the original.
Then start layering on your pieces and use your favorite adhesive to adhere everything together. Do not glue the pieces to the vellum, just glue them to each other to create your embellishment.
Once everything is glued together, you’ll have this cool, dimensional embellishment for your paper crafting!
I decided to use mine on a layout about my son, and it is seriously so beautiful that the page didn’t need much added to it.
On the reverse page, I added my journaling, typed directly on the Madero Beach card stock. Using the same color, I cut out my title on my Cricut.
I decided to bring in some of the green from the left page and freehand cut some leaves to tuck under my title as well.
Thank you so much for stopping by!
You can also find more inspiration from me on my Instagram!
YouTube: Create. Craft. Repeat.