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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Splash Dance: Paper Piecing Cards

What is paper piecing?
According to Vonda Kirkpatrick at Scrapjazz, "Paper piecing is simply putting together different pieces of paper to form a unique design. Paper piecing, in regards to scrapbooking, entails using different color solid and patterned papers to form eye-catching objects, borders, or designs. It is a fun and creative technique that can be used not only to enhance scrapbook layouts but also cards and gift bags. While paper piecing isn’t a new trend, it is one that seems to be quite appealing to many scrappers and allows them to add a special touch to their layouts."


Melinda Spinks created these darling cards using the artwork from the Splash Dance Collection. Here's the Fantastic Friends Rub-ons she might have used to created her crab and jellyfish.  

Remember whether  you are using a paper piecing pattern, scrapbooking embellishments or paper, a coloring book, stationary or some other source, that the original pattern can be enlarged or reduced using a copying machine or your scanner and a graphics program.  

Helpful Hints: For shading some scrapbookers use chalks to define the edges. Lining with a black or white pen also helps define the edges of each piece.

If you're interested in learning more about Paper Pieicing, we found a couple of great articles online that cover all the basics. 

GIVEAWAY: Would you love to play with the fun Splash Dance Collection? Tell us if you've ever tried paper piecing and what you thought about it and you could win. We'll pick a winner on Monday! 

73 comments:

swellscrapper said...

Cute!

craftymom205 said...

These are so cute. I just paper pieced a flower I stamped for a card last night to make it a 3-D flower. I love to paper piece images.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

I do paper piecing every now and then. Not that often, only when I have extra time, as usually I do this when I want to create something that really special. :)

Irene Lenihan said...

Love paper piecing. You can add so much depth and texture to cards and layouts with it.

karahoward said...

I've only done it once, with an older stamp of yours (some crayons). It was very basic and simple, but turned out cute. I'm excited to try more. Thanks for the ideas.

Manhattan Mandie said...

I love paper piecing! I made a layout with a Cozy Coupe with a Teddy Bear that I paper pieced. It took a while but was well worth the effort. It's one of my FAVORITE layouts! You can see it on my blog here: http://mandiesscrappin.blogspot.com/2009/05/scrapbook-pages.html It's the last layout...

pdrnc said...

I've seen the term 'paper piecing' but was never really sure what it was. I might give it a try now.

Sassette said...

OH I LOVE to paper piece and play with shapes too! It is one of those fun projects that is only limited by the imagination. I love to use chalks to enhance all the pieces and I tend to use pop dots too for added dimension. It is a nice way to give a custom look to your projects!

Janette said...

I paper piece all the time-- I do it using fun pattern papers, like the Splash Collection, and with the help of my cricut!

Dress To Scrap said...

I love paper piecing because after i've cut all the pieces & put them together, the result is always amazing. It is also economical since I still can use my left over papers.

Plus, if you need to improve you scissors' skill, try paper piecing!

ShoppingTamii said...

I've tried a little....it's more work, but I love the way it looks! You have inspired me to do it more often!

A Sarasota said...

I'm learning to do paper piercing. Since I live near the Gulf Coast in Sunny Sarasota, FL, I really could use the Splash papers!!! Lots of beach and pool photos need scrapping at my house! Thanks for the chance...

This N That said...

I love paper piecing. It adds so much to a project! Thanks for the chance to win!

Laurie! said...

I have never tried paper piecing, but after looking at those cute, cute cards, I might have to give it a try!

marla said...

I like to paper piece using stamps where you stamp a particular stamp like a person onto different colors of paper and then put the pieces all together!!!

Drika said...

I have never tried paper piercing. Im tooo lazy!!
I think I should give it a try!!

PamD said...

I have paper pieced before, but don't do it as often as I should. It's a really great technique!

Eveline said...

I did some paper piecing on a Chrismas card last year but I used a small stamp and the cutting of all the parts took ages. But my sister loved it and wanted 10 more to send to friends! She didn't get them.
Eveline.

Laura Stewart said...

I think it's fun - it's amazing what you can do with just paper!

Dee said...

I have done some paper piecing. I do alot with stamps. Stamping them, coloring and cutting apart and reassembling.

Shalah said...

I have done some paper piecing and love the way it adds dimension to the card or layout! My only problem is that I am very slow with the scissors!

Creative Char said...

The cards are adorable! I've done some paper piecing in the past. I really like the dimension it adds to projects.

Amy said...

I do paper piece occasionally. I think it adds a great personal touch to projects. I love the cards that Melinda created. Thanks for sharing!!

KariLynn said...

I did a lot of paper piecing when it was extremely popular years ago before the cricut/slice. I might just have to give it another shot. Those cards are adorable.

Laurie (Wally) said...

I have a friend that teached paper piecing classes and have a done a few of her ideas on layouts..
Melinda. I love the cards that you created wow...TFS

Carmen said...
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Carmen said...

I love drawing my own designs and piecing them together into a card. It's time consuming (not confusing...as I had in my earlier post), but it adds a special detail all my own!!

Fraismoulu said...

Ohhhhhhh! This is what i,ve learned first in paper crafting... Paper piecing! I just luv the dept it shows on my cards...

abbeyviolet said...

I do it a little bit, but usually on a rather modest scale.

Big Red Scraps said...

I like to paper piece with my Cricut... and I do it with stamped images as well. It's fun and helps to use up the scraps!

mow180 said...

I had a fishing photo that I wanted to use on a layout. For the embellishment I paper pieced some little fishes that I stamped and cut out. I coated them with a couple layers of crystal clear and hung them by little connecter 'thingies' I found in hubby's fishing box. It made a really cute page.

serena said...

I used to paper piece a number of years ago for my scrapbook pages. I haven't done any lately. it is a lot of fun and looks like it is making a come back. I may have to give it a try again.

Carla said...

I do paper piecing occasionally - particularly on stamped images of people - I like to peice the clothing.

Lesley from WI said...

I love paper piecing. I think it just makes a page pop! I use my cricut a lot for ideas. Love the Splash Dance collection!

danielle said...

I do some paper piecing. its great for when your looking for something original!

kmp1515 said...

So cute! When I first started scrapbooking...10 year ago...I hosted a Sesame Street paper piecing swap. I love paper piecing.

Val said...

I haven't done paper piercing, think I should try it out!

Marg said...

So so cute Melinda....I have done paper piecing before and love the end result...Marg x

slpollard69 said...

I did some paper piecing about 7 years ago. There were some pretty neat patterns out there at the time. My favorite was a ocean theme for my daughter's swimming lessons. And even though I no longer do piecing from patterns anymore, I can usually find a lot of it on my layouts. Guess I kept doing it and didn't know it!

Jenn said...

I have to admit I am a bit of a paper piecing addict!! I love being able to create whatever embellishment I need and make it to match I am working on! I love to cut up die cuts from my SLICE and or my CRICUT and then layer them to get some great pieces!

Janet Z said...

I do paper piece and I love the effect!

Cindy said...

I've done paper piecing before. I love the look and it's great to create a totally customizable accent.

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I have completed a little but I want to do more. These are so cute and I love them!

Rebecca said...

I love the way paper piecing looks and have dont it on occasion, but I have to say it requires way more patience than I can usually muster ;)

Ashly said...

havent really tried it. . . . i always felt like you had to be an "artist" to pull it off. But I might have to try a pattern first :) Really LOVE the end result!!!

Aline Fonseca said...

I didn´t know paper piercieng until now. Well, didn't know the definition, but I never tried anyway.I want to try now, for sure! These look pretty nice!

Thanks!

XOXO

SummerDay said...

I do it occassionally. Though, I do tend to cheat by using my Cricut and die cut machine.

Lili® said...

I'm pretty new in scrapbook work and I'd never done paper pearcing... But I think I'll love it!! It's really cute! Congrats!!

Lydia said...

I am a regular paper piecer, I have done all sorts of cool critters and trucks, I love the custom touch!!

PJ said...

I love paper piecing I did a canvas last year for Halloween that turned out adorable would love to share it with you.

Vicki said...

I've never tried paper piecing, but after seeing this I'm going to give it a try.

Sweetpz said...

cute! i try to paper piece cuz i do have lots of scraps, so its perfect!
thanks for the chance to win!
juli

Angie said...

I absolutely love the finished look of paper piecing, however do not do it that often since it does take a bit more time. Beautiful expamples! I would love to play with your collection Splash Dance!

Jackie said...

i love paper piercing. i how it creates texture and interest in a design.

Iris said...

I haven't tried paper piecing yet but it looks like a fun technique. Thanks for a chance to win. Splash Dance is so cute. Iris

Kelly Massman said...

Darling paper piecing! I would love to win some Splash Dance! It's so cute! Love your project!

nathalia said...

amei esses papeis...interessante essa técnica nunca fiz...
beijos

Lisanne, aka Lilou said...

Woww, those cards are so cute!! I did paper piecing when i start scrapbooking but it's been a long time. Might try it again soon :D

Deborah said...

I use to do paper piecing back in the day..maybe it's time to go Old School :)

CraftyGirl said...

I have not done it yet... I think it is pretty but seems to be so time consuming!!
Barb :)

Donna said...

love, love, love it :)

HeatherC said...

I've only done this with my Cricut, but now I want to try to do it without it!

TraceyT said...

This is the kind of paper piecing I enjoy. FAB cards!!!

Kim. said...

These are beautiful card, I love the effects of paper piecing and with these papers it looks great.
Kim xXx

Scrap Happy said...

I have done lots of paper piecings I love the extra "splash" it gives the page

Fabi Ormerod said...

Great tips!!! Im not much into paper pierce but loved the tips and would give it a try, but only with gorgeous papers like this lol :)

Teresa Jaye said...

I enjoy sort of a "cheater" paper piecing! I like to take a finished embellishment and add to it by pop-dotting different paper over parts of it!
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Irene said...

I've pieced together a sunflower card before. I love the way to looks and I felt extremely great to be able to use up all my scrap pieces of papers!

Angie said...

i've done it before, but not as often as I'd like- love the look, but I cant get it to look as good as some I've seen- its fun though!

Yara Faleiros said...

I like paper piecing very much, and this collection is wonderful!

Cindia Fallgatter said...

Os papeis são muito lindos! Acho essa técnica muito fofa em páginas de criança!
Eu quero!

www.cindiafall.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

paper piecing was one of the very first techniques I learned when I started scrapping 11 years ago! I return to it again and again! I've done everything from a piano keyboard to NHL team logos! But that "Birthday squishes" card is a definite scraplift! It is sooooo adorable!

Brittney said...

I've tried paper piecing, but I would love to get back into it - especially for cards!

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