Monday, September 5, 2011

Paper Piecing with WOW ....

Well here goes for my 2nd blog post at WOW .... another set of cards today, which is funny as I don't really consider myself a cardmaker as such. I sit nicely in my comfort zone as a scrapbooker but when Suzanne sent me these wonderful little boy silhouettes I just knew they would be perfect for birthday cards for my nephews. You could certainly use them on pages too but my little man doesn't partake in any of these activities yet ;)

So, paper piecing isn't a new technique and certainly something that's not forefront in the industry at the moment but it has been around for ages and is a technique that is simple yet effective. I decided to team the technique up with my chipboard for a WOW effect on something that could have been quite plain.

To start I simply placed the chipboard shapes face down on the scanner and did a simple black and white copy. I then sketched in the details with a black pen.

Thinking ahead, I knew I was only going to paper piece the elements so I started by inking the face and body parts in pink ink. I also inked the wheels on this one as I decided they would be too fiddly to cut out.

Next I cut the pattern pieces apart and stuck them to the papers I wanted to use using a repositionable glue. If you are not familiar with this type of adhesive, it works in a way that turns the paper into something much like a sticky note. It will hold in place while you cut but not damage the patterned paper when you pull it off as you place the pattern pieces on the front.

As you can see from the picture, this is a great technique for working your way through that mountain of scraps we all seem to hang onto :)

Now you can see the finished piece, after gluing the pieces to the chipboard I simply added in some details with a fine black texta.

Here he is added to a simple card front.

And two more cards I made using the same technique.

So there you go .... paper piecing with WOW. I hope I have broken it down enough to show you that even though the finished product looks intricate, it is in fact quite a simple technique. A great way to add interest and detail to those plain chipboard pieces.

Amanda :)


  1. Thanks for sharing the step by step! I love your easy photocopying method, I would have fiddled with it a lot more.

  2. awesome idea Amanda! Beautiful work :)

  3. thanks for sharing the sbs Amanda, very creative indeed :)


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