Digital Paper Piecing

by Tiffany Richards

Learn how to paper piece digital images.


  • Digital Image, Sailboat image from TiffanyDoodles used here

  • Printer

  • Copy paper

  • Cardstock

  • Patterned paper

  • Removable tape

  • Adhesive

  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Decide how many patterned papers will be needed for your design. For the sailboat 4 different papers were used, so 4 sailboats were printed onto a sheet of regular copy paper.
    Be sure that each image is the same size.

  2. Step 2

    Cut your chosen papers into pieces that will fit over the different sections of the image. Use removable tape to hold down all the corners.

    Make sure it is secured down well so that it doesn't get hung up in the printer.

  3. Step 3

    Put the copy paper back into the printer (make sure it's facing the correct way) so that it prints over the patterned paper. Print the same sailboat images again.

    Pay attention to where you place the removable tape. If you notice on the first sailboat (light blue checkerboard paper) the top right piece of tape almost got too close to the the line of the sail. If it had gotten any closer I would have have to re-print that one. So when you are taping be sure not to tape over the piece that will be cut.

  4. Step 4

    Remove the paper pieces from the copy paper.

  5. Step 5

    Cut your pieces just outside of the print lines.

  6. Step 6

    Print your image one more time onto a piece of white cardstock. Make sure it is the same size as the others you printed.

    Die cut around the image and color all the parts that don't get paper pieces. Assemble the card.

  7. Step 7

    Adhere the pieced paper pieces over the image printed on cardstock to finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Digital Paper Piecing. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Very neat! I love digital stamps and it's great to see other fun things you can do with them. Thanks!
Tracy Fabian  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 3:59 AM
This is so creative! I've not ever tried digital images with my cards, but I'm thinking that you could do the same thing with a Stamp-a-ma-Jig from Stampin' Up! Thanks for the great idea. I look forward to trying it soon.
Lynn Wynn  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 6:47 AM
I have thought about this so many times.....copy paper is the answer. Thanks for making this crystal clear!
Karen Reynolds  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 6:48 AM
this is a great way to do this, thanks for the information and the how to do directions.
colleen howell  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM
GREAT idea. Wonderful instructions. Thanks.
Kathleen  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Thank you Tiffany---this will be so much fun to try!
prissequito  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM
Great card from a great idea. Thanks
Donna Friedrich  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM
can anyone please tell me the specialty of "copy paper" ?
madsanjiv dharmasena  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Copy paper just means basic plain paper that is nothing special really! You might use it to fill up a copy machine to print 100's of pages!
Tiffany  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Thanks so much! I love digi stamps,so would appreciate any more ideas on how to use them in creative ways:-)
Ann Barrow  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love to paper piece with digis. One thing I do to avoid the "where to put the tape issue" is to use a swipe of ATG tape (or whatever tape runner you prefer) along the edge of the paper that goes in the printer first. If it's a very small piece, I've been known to run my scrap thru my xyron first and just adhere the whole piece down.
Stephanie Wright  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Can your tell me what kind of printer you used?
Love the card and such good info. Thanks
Honor Jacobson  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM
My printer is an HP 8600 (all in one printer). But any printer can do this trick b/c it's simply a black and white image on regular printer paper! Nothing special is needed! =)
Tiffany  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM
I think I might try putting slightly larger pieces of the deco paper on the copy paper; then using the "extra parts" to make additional cards -- you know, kinda rotate the pieces around.
Connie Duckert  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM
How good is this. Thanks soooooooooooo much for a great turorial. Can't wait to try it.
Susie Williams  |  Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 3:14 AM
could you just put patterned paper on the back side of the printed image and then cut out from the front?
Kari Elmer-Rodgers  |  Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Is there anywhere to get a free digi image so that I could try this out? I have never purchased digital images before - do they cost much? any suggestions? thanks. Ginny
Virginia Pender  |  Fri Mar 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM this site
Kari Elmer-Rodgers  |  Fri Mar 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Hey, thanks for the reply, but I don't see any free images. everything I clicked on had a price, I guess I am not with it.
Ginny Pender  |  Fri Mar 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Couldn't you just stamp an image on 4 different pieces of paper? and do the same thing?
Ginny Pender  |  Mon Mar 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

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