Monday, March 8, 2010

(Faux) Stitching with Lindsay & a Paper Piecing Tutorial

Update - Please stick with me to the end of the post to see how one lucky winner will get the Doodle Flowers digital stamp set.
This week Lindsay challenged her DT to use stitching in our projects. I made this card using her Doodle Flowers set. Since the images already incorporate stitching, I just added some faux stitching to the various layers to pull it together.

Here is a better look at the Doodle Flowers digital stamp set. Isn't it a great set? It is very versatile and both coloring or paper piecing work really well with it. Stick with me to the bottom of this post to find out how one lucky person will win this set.

'I have had a few friends ask me questions on how to paper piece using digital stamps. Since I love paper piecing and wanted to share the fun, I put together a little tutorial to show how I do it.

First, pick out the image you want to use and decide how many layers you want. If you decide to add a layer later is it no big deal but I try to get it done all at once.
For my card, I decided I wanted 4 layers so I printed the flower out four times on a single page of cheap, printer paper. I always write the size of the images somewhere on the page in case I close out Word and then need to go back and reprint something. This has saved me a lot of frustration in the past whether I was paper piecing or coloring the images.

Next, I cut the pieces of CS or DP that I want to use for my pieced layers. Cut them slightly larger than the portion of the image you want to piece. Remember you will need enough around the edge to adhere your tape with out it covering the lines of the image. (My pieces are a little big but I wanted it to look nice for you.) I usually use painters tape because it comes off easily with out tearing the paper at all. Scotch tape also works but sometimes it does not come off as easily as the painter tape for me. The tape should be on the edge of the paper that feeds into your printer so that the pieces of paper do not jam your printer. Print your image(s) again.

This is what it looks like when it comes out of the printer again. At this point you cut out your images and adhere together. Trust me, it is easy peasy. (Note: If there is any printing on the tape, be careful, it can smear. This is the voice of experience talking.)
Now for the good stuff. Do you want to try your hand a paper piecing with this digital stamp set? Lindsay gave me a set to give away. (Thank you Lindsay!) Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win the Doodle Flowers digital stamp set. I will pick one lucky winner Sunday evening and will announce it in my post next Monday.
Thank you for sticking with me. I hope you will give paper piecing with a digital image a try.
Now on to some other DT news. Sadly, Nettie is leaving the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT. We all enjoyed seeing her lovely creations and will miss her. We also have a new member on the DT. Jessica is joining us starting today. Please stop by the rest of the DT to see how they used stitching on their projects. They are:
Lindsay (Owner)
  • Images: Doodle Flowers from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff on
  • Papers & CS: Perfect Day DP, Tulip, Sorbet, Cocoa, Juniper CS all from Close To My Heart, Stampin' Up white CS
  • Inks: Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa
  • Embellishments: K & Company Wild Saffron adhesive paper ribbon, Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip marker, DMC floss, paper piercer
  • Techniques: Faux stitching, paper piecing
CHALLENGES for this card:


Pretty-In-Ink said...

It's gorgeous Cheryl! Your faux stitching looks absolutely fabulous!

Nettie said...

Great card Cheryl and I really love the tutorial, great way not to waste paper.x

Jacquel said...

Hi Cheryl!
Love your card and paper piercing! Great work my friend!!!

The background on that card is scored. Very easy to do & you can do different patterns if you want!

Stef H said...

wow cheryl! this is gorgeous! i just love the colors and that stamp set is fabulous! must check it out.

thanks so much for the tutorial. helps tons!

hugs :)

Unknown said...

This is so beautiful Cheryl! I love the colors so vibrant and warm! Great tutorial too! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love it Cheryl--it's absolutely adorable. I love the colors and the mats layed on diagonal.

Purrs & Kisses,
Kristal of Digi Kitty

Joanne Gilch said...

And I thought it would be hard to paper piece a digi. You made it look easy. Your card is amazing and I just love how you used the paper as your photo's bg.

jrmathers said...

This is so awesome I defintely will have to try this

Marlene said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial on paper piecing a digi! Who knew?! Thanks for the opportunity to win, too. ;)

Cheri W said...

Cheryl, I just love the color choices on this card and the layout is so fabulous. You always do beautiful work. Hey, have you ever tried using repositionable adhesive on the back of the cardstock? I just used that recently for a layout I was working on and it worked great... then you just rub it off as soon as it is out of the printer.

Deirdre said...

Wow - thanks for the step by step - really useful as I was unsure how you did it. Beautiful card - love it. Fab paper piecing. AMAZING digital stamp set.

Thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay this week and especially as it was my first time setting the challenge - a big thank you from me. ♥

kimmenburke said...

Lovely! You are so ambitious!
I like how you're enhancing your pictures with coordinating backgrounds. :)

Micki said...

OMG girl this card rocks. I LOVE it. And when I saw your tutorial, I had a 'Duh' moment..... of course, using masking tape.... duh me. Why didn't I think of that..... THANK YOU!!!!!

Your card really looks awesome!


Pat (mspfd) said...

Can't wait to give it a try! I absolutely love your paper pieced Doodle Flower. What a great set. Thanks for a chance to win!!

Nishant said...

I love the colors and the mats layed on diagonal.
work at home in india

Anne said...

Wow Cheryl, gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing with us at OLL. Hugs xx

Karin said...

Such and outstanding card and your tut is so helpful and informative! Well done :)

Tiffany said...

You just gave me some FAB ideas with this tutorial!! What a fantastic idea!! I totally love this!! can't wait to use it!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I love your card, and such a great tutorial!!! I can't wait to try this! Hopefully I can try it with those wonderful digi's! Thanks!!!


Anonymous said...

the tip on taping the pp to the copy paper, brilliant! I will be doing that for sure!

Liz's creative corner said...

Hi Cheryl, lovely tutorial and card great stitching effect, thanks for your comments hugs Liz xx

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jjcreations said...

Thank you for showing this - I just may be brave enough to try it tonight. I always feel like I'm wasting paper because I cut the sheets full size for my piecing - I fill the sheet with images - but still. This looks easy enough. Thanks for the inspiration.

Becky said...

Gorgeous card, and thanks for the tutorial on how to get this effect

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks for playing along at C.R.A.F.T. this week in our Mothers Day / Flowers challenge. Fabulous flower - love it! Cheers Claire x

Chris said...

Now that is simple. What a terrific tutorial. Thanks and I just love your final flower.

Ginny said...

gorgeous, love the colour combo, great tute :)

Susan (peebsmama) said...

What a great idea to save paper by using scraps to paper piece. Great colors on your card.

Gina Lindsay said...

Love the faux stitching on your layers. Thank you so much for that tutorial!

jimlynn said...

Lovely card! Love your "stitching" too.

Elisabeth said...

Lovely card!

Shannon - Desert Designs said...

Hooray Cheryl! I wouldn't have thought of this approach. When "paper-piecing" with digistamps, I've been known to use my digi papers in photoshop and then combine the layers like you did...but now I'll have to give your tutorial a try too. :)

Donna said...

Super sweet little card, gorgeous choice of papers and colours and a fab image...thanks for joining us at Cupcake :) Donna x

Dawnll said...

This is a wonderful tutorial ...I am such a fan of paper piercing and I enjoy the stitch look.

Mrs. Fence said...

Love the bright orange with the dark browns...This is so pretty! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. :)

Helen said...

Gorgeous card - the paper piecing looks fab!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Challenge!
Helen x

Tanya said...

Beautiful card Cheryl!

Thanks for tutorial on this.

Kathy said...

Great tutorial Cheryl, I'll have to give this a try. I was never sure how to pp a digi. Love your card, too, really gorgeous colors.

Trimgym said...

Great card, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge and good luck!

Jo and Tigerlover.

Beryl K said...

Great card Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing it with us at OLL this week
Beryl x

Tracey said...

This is beautiful Cheryl, that stitching looks so real :)

Hope you're having a good week.


Kruemel said...

Oh wow - what an awesome card! Those colors are beautiful, love how you left a white spot for the sentiment and those beautiful stitched flowers are perfect for our Flower Power challenge at Cupcake Craft. Thanks for playing this week!

Kathrin aka Kruemel

Andrea said...

This card is so beautiful, the colours and image are gorgeous.

Marsha said...

Thank you for the tutorial. It is great. I wondered how to do this without wasting a whole piece of DP. Love your work.

Wendi said...

Your card is beautiful I love the rich colours and stitching
Thank you so much for sharing with us at Ooh La La I hope we see you again

Georgia Ehrmann said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I paper piece and never would have thought to do it the way you've shown! Your tutorial is wonderful and will save me a lot of aggravation in the future! Your card is wonderful and I love the faux stitching!

Vera said...

Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing!