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Paper Quilting 101

Shelly, our Tips and Tricks expert is back in grand style sharing with us the technique of Paper Quilting.  This is a five-part series, so be sure to check back often to catch the next lesson!

By: Shelly Newkirk

Many paper crafters have paper scraps that you just hate to throw out.  So here is a way to use those scraps to create beautiful paper quilted cards.

Photo 1 shows the various punches that I use for paper quilting.  For the beginning class we will use a 1 inch square punch.   Shown in the picture are two of Creative Memories punches, the squares and the octagons, and a diamond punch by Emaginations.  Emaginations is out of business, but I believe these type {"quilting" punches are available through Punch Bunch.

Photo 2 is an example of how to start.  I sponge the edges of all of my squares with Ranger Archival Coffee ink to add depth and definition.  A dark brown card stock  is used as the base on which to attach the squares.  This will give you a little wiggle room if you have a slightly off  "seam" line.  I use Crafters Pick Ultimate glue applied with a toothpick to the four corners of the square as my adhesive method.  Others use various types of double sided tape.  Use what works best for you.  The paper for the squares is from DCWV Old World Stack.  I prefer using scraps from a collection because they are made to coordinate well.

Photo 3 is the finished rectangle.  Note that by using five different squares in sequence a pattern emerges.  It is also very attractive to alternate two colors.  After trimming off the excess card stock from the base this rectangle will fit an A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) card base with only a narrow  surrounding border.


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8 Responses »

  1. Thanks for the directions--was hoping to see that done soon!

  2. Wonderful tutorial and I love any ideas that help me use scraps!! Your card is beautiful!!

  3. thank you for the wonderful tutorial!
    Hugs,
    marie

  4. Ah, a use for some of my scraps and a way to combine my love of stamping and quilts.

  5. Very nice.. and it gave me a great idea on using Inchies too!!!

  6. Love this idea! What a great way to use up paper scraps and the resulting card is amazing!

  7. great idea to use those scrap!! Off now to cut some shapes!

  8. wow..that is gorgeous! Going to have to try this technique