Paper Piecing

by Beate Johns

Use patterned paper to add color and patterns to line images.


  • Outline stamp
  • Ink
  • Patterned Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image on cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp same image onto patterned paper.

  3. Step 3

    Cut image pieces out of patterned paper.

  4. Step 4

    Sponge and/or color parts of the cardstock image that won't be covered with the patterned paper pieces.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere patterned paper pieces over the card stock image.

  6. Step 6

    Finished project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Super paper piecing tutorial, Beate!! I can't believe you even did the little! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 9:09 AM
So cute. Haven't paper pieced forever. Gonna have to give it a go.
Mary Jo 2  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 9:26 AM
love this card.. I am assuming that you pierced the paper around after you did the chalking? It looks like it but not mentioned.
Tracy  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 9:41 AM
I always save 'scrap' pieces to use on something. You have given me a great way to use them. Thanks
Barb  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:22 AM
I just paper pieced for the first time over the weekend and had looked for a tutorial here first. I muddled my way through it but it's fun to see an expert tutorial!! (Actually, my muddle turned out great and I'm obsessed with the technique now!) Thanks for sharing!!
Shay (serialcrafter)  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:33 AM
OHHHHH! I get it, I had heard of paper piecing but didn't really know what it was. Thank you for your direction! It's a very cute effect and since I save all my I know how I can use them! :o)
Valerie  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:47 AM
Did something get left off my instructions? I didn't see anything about the piercing part.
Martie  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:25 AM
Tracy and Martie,
the tutorial only shows step by step instructions for the technique, not how I finished the card. Yes, I paper pierced the edges of the oval. You can always find all the supplies I used for my tutorial cards in the gallery listed on the bottom of the tutorial.
beate  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM
The directions don't mention piercing the paper anywhere??!?
S Carter  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM
How did you make your oval? It also looks like it has an embossed edge? How did you paper pierce all the way around so evenly?
Dawn  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM
I am confused by the tutorial as there is no mention of the paper piercing technique used around the oval and the orange card stock.
Lori M  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM
From the comments above, I think some people are confused between paper piercing (with and R) and paper piecing. The tutorial is about stamping an image, cutting a portion out and then attaching it over the same stamped image...not about poking holes through c/s with a tool.
Cheryl R  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM
I was wondering how others got that look, can't wait to try. And I love the finished look with the paper piecering. Thanks for the tutorial.
Paula  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 2:46 PM
Lori, the tutorial was for the paper piecing technique shown on the bird.

You can see how to paper pierce in the first step of the Faux Stitching tutorial.
You can read a mini tutorial on paper piercing curves here.
beate  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 3:00 PM
I use Nestabilities die templates with my Cuttlebug to cut all my shapes and most of my scalloped borders.
Read which Nestabilities I have, how I store and use them and where I bought them here
beate  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM
Darling card and design Beate, Jennifer smile
Jennifer Meyer  |  Thu May 29, 2008 at 6:50 AM
this is so cute will surly make alot of these.
JoAnn Echols  |  Thu May 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM
hi beate that is awwsome work now i have tot ry it onone of my set wow which one i don't know we have like 57 or more set's wow now ihave to choose smile
Roberta  |  Thu May 29, 2008 at 1:32 PM
Love the look! I used to quilt but stopped when I started stamping. Now I can put some of my old art into stamping. Thanks for the great idea and instructions.
Candy  |  Thu May 29, 2008 at 2:54 PM
You are the Beate BOMB, Missy!
So sorry to have failed you on this ... but at last we have a gallery for paper-piecing!!

TexasGrammy  |  Sat May 31, 2008 at 1:08 AM

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