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.

I loaded a card to the gallery, it had 3 comments and then it disappeared. Can anyone tell me what happened or make the card reappear? I would appreciate help.
tonda baldwin  |  Sat May 31, 2008 at 6:17 PM
Hello I would like to know what brand you use for cardstock.,and what size. thanck you
nancy  |  Tue Jun 3, 2008 at 3:31 AM
When images dissappear after they were approved, they were deleted during a scan for duplicates in the gallery. Before uploading it again, make sure you change the file name of the picture on your computer with something more specific.

I use Stampin' Up! cardstock. Check the gallery for this technique (link is under the tutorial) for a complete list of the supplies I used.
beate  |  Tue Jun 3, 2008 at 7:51 AM
I really want to know how to do paper piercing. Although this technique is named Paper Piercing, it doesn't say anything about HOW to do it???????????? Nice card, though!
Suzanne  |  Wed Jun 4, 2008 at 12:07 PM
The technique is Paper "R"....
Beate has a comment (3:00) with links for piercing.
Tanis  |  Thu Jun 5, 2008 at 7:32 AM
Thanks! This is exactly the technique I was looking for. Great video and cute Pumpkin Card : )
Cam Grant  |  Mon Feb 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM
Beate why dont you just use a sewing machine that has not been threaded? I like the way you did the chick!

Sarah H (age 13)
Sarah H  |  Tue Jun 1, 2010 at 11:25 AM
Sarah H;
Efellanza  |  Tue Jun 1, 2010 at 2:34 PM
Sorry I made a mistake. But you could still use my idea for paper pierceing with a sewing machine.

Sarah H (age 13)
Sarah H  |  Tue Jun 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM
Sarah H:
I do the same thing for paper piercing. It works great! Also try a fancy stitch on your machine (no thread) and it looks even better than just the normal piercing. Try sewing with no thread on a fancy stitch, then tearing on your "dotted line" so to speak. Look awsome!
Rebecca H  |  Thu Jun 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM
I love the paper piercing, I just have to try it!
Everything is new to me but I am going to learn to do it! Little Pumpkin is darling!
Thank you for sharing, Patricia
Patricia Froeschner  |  Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM

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