A Paper Piecing Technique with a License to Grill, and So Much More!

A Paper Piecing Technique with a License to Grill, and So Much More! #bbqboss #bbq #papercraft #cardmaking #cards #paperpiecing #summer #grilling #picnic #tailgate #stamping

We love exploring the techniques and tricks on display in the “flippin’ awesome” artwork from our different publications. A couple of especially eye-catching pieces that we’ve been getting questions about recently are the two cards that were created using the BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, in the July–September catalog.

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(The outlined shapes in this image represent the shapes that can be cut with the Thin Cuts metal dies.)

Several techniques went into creating these two cards, a few simpler than others. We will go through each of them, step-by-step, so you can feel confident in replicating our cards or applying these techniques to other projects.

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The first thing to notice on this Thank You card is its layers. We didn’t stamp those “hot stuff” sausage links directly onto the card base, but rather on a smaller piece of White Daisy cardstock that we then attached on top of two other cardstock pieces. Covering the base with two colored cardstock pieces, one smaller than the other, creates a frame to contain all of the excitement of what is happening in the center of the card. It also helps create visual balance.

One way to tell if something is visually balanced or not is to simply look at it. In this case, the color Sapphire included in the frame, the sentiment base, and as the Exclusive Inks™ color used to stamp the sentiment, lends to this sense of balance. Had we only used Sapphire on the sentiment, the card wouldn’t look quite complete. Adding those minor additions of Sapphire, through the frame, the sentiment banner, and even the enamel star, makes it feel more complete—and since art is subjective, feelings definitely count!

A rule of thumb we have shared before is to count your elements and stick to the numbers 3 and 5. Odd numbers are just more visually satisfying when considering accents and embellishments, which is why we used Sapphire in three places: the frame, the sentiment, and the star.

Next, let’s talk about how we created our own patterned paper on that top White Daisy cardstock layer by “random” stamping the sausage image throughout. When random stamping, you don’t have to only stamp the image upright! Turn the stamp upside down, sideways, and on random angles to create an interesting and playful pattern. Stamp some of the images off the edge, even, to make the pattern look like it continues into a space you cannot see.

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This “random” stamping technique, however, isn’t as random as the name implies. While you may be creating a pattern that isn’t perfectly uniform, there is still some uniformity that keeps the “random” from being just plain chaos!

For starters, at least in this case, the images are stamped with approximately the same distance between them and in the same ink color and opacity. Be consistent with your “randomness,” in order to preserve a sense of pattern. That means that if you’re stamping with different colors or in different opacities (generational stamping) or your images are overlapping, or whatever it is that you’re bringing to the table, then continue to replicate those ideas through the piece.

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We’ll wrap up talking about this super cute card by focusing on all of the goodness happening around the sentiment.

As you create a card, we suggest making your different elements separately and then playing with placement to see if you really like where your creation is going before attaching anything. You may notice that something may be missing or that you have too much of another thing. It is much easier to remove or add pieces when none of the things are attached yet.

While taking this approach with this card, we noticed that it needed something more to bring the focus to the sentiment. As a result, we added two strips of cardstock (Lemonade and Nectarine) behind our sentiment banner. The cross section of these cardstock strips marks the spot of where your eyes will naturally look because of the additional visual noise they create. Your eyes will then rest on the white space surrounding the sentiment.

Next, we added a little “smokiness” to the “HOLY SMOKES” sentiment by adding a layer of  Glisten Stickles™ glitter glue over the stamped image. The fire coming from the grill was colored similarly, using the Glisten and Steel glitter glues.

With your sharp eyes, you likely noticed that our fire was stamped in more than one color, too. To learn this neat stamping technique and the promised paper piecing technique, follow along with Close To My Heart’s Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, in the video below, where she recreates the gorgeous Licensed to Grill card.


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Holy Smokes Card (Vertical)
Z8023 BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3558 Glisten Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3786 Steel Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Licensed to Grill Card (Horizontal)
Z8023 BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9042 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush, Z3558 Glisten Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3787 Platinum Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Join Us for Our National Scrapbooking Day Celebration!

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It’s that time of year to show some extra love to the art of memory keeping! There’s nothing quite like seeing all your favorite memories come together in a one-of-a-kind scrapbook display! By creating scrapbook pages and crafts to help us remember these precious stories, we’re not just memory keepers—we’re memory makers, too!

With National Scrapbooking Day right around the corner, we’re excited to make some new crafting memories this year! While National Scrapbooking Day is primarily about celebrating our love of memory keeping, festivities don’t have to be restricted only to scrapbooking; today, we’re going to give you an insider’s look at two 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking workshops, a mini album workshop, and two cardmaking workshops that we’re offering to help you celebrate this crafting holiday! In conjunction with these workshops, we’ll also be hosting a special 2-day virtual crafting event; keep reading for more details!

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All of the workshops we’ll be showing you today are available through our National Scrapbooking Day Celebration special, but the designs featured in each kit can easily be adapted into other projects and most of them include an exclusive stamp set, enabling you to craft with them for years to come! (Click here to view each of these workshop kits.) Let’s dive in!

First on our list is the Circles and Patterns Scrapbooking Workshop Kit! This fun and fresh workshop incorporates paper cutting and piecing techniques into its design and provides a gorgeous backdrop for all kinds of photos and memories.

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Delicate floral designs from the In Full Bloom collection add to the beauty of this workshop, making for some truly unforgettable memory keeping.

Next up, we have an adorable food-themed cardmaking kit, A Toast to You! With food puns for days, this card kit is sure to bring joy to both the crafter and the card recipients!

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In addition to the exclusive My Acrylix® A Toast to You stamp set, this kit includes a selection of patterned papers from the Smarty Pants collection in our 2021–2022 Core Products catalog. (To view this gorgeous catalog in its entirety, click here!)

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The Smarty Pants collection provides some additional whimsy to accompany the stamp set and turns the A Toast to You Cardmaking Workshop into an all-around smorgasbord of crafting delights!

Keeping things going on our cardmaking kick, we continue our National Scrapbooking Day celebration with the Many Wishes Cardmaking Workshop! This elegant workshop incorporates the use of stencils and includes two exclusive floral patterns.

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 These beautiful stencils allow you to create gorgeous flower patterns on your cards in whatever colors you choose. The workshop also features some innovative inking techniques that will have you finding new ways to add color to your artwork.

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With this option to customize your cards with various flower colors, you can create your very own card garden! (For more fun ideas about how to use stencils in your artwork, check out this blog post from a few months ago!)

Moving right along with our workshop wonders, we’ve got the Good Vibes Scrapbooking Workshop. This kit includes the option to create additional 6″ x 12″ Flip Flaps™ to accompany the two 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking layouts! Incorporating Flip Flaps™ into your scrapbooking layouts is an excellent way to maximize your storytelling capabilities by creating space for more photos and journaling.

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With these coordinating 6″ x 12″ Flip Flaps™, which practically constitute an entire extra page, the Good Vibes Scrapbooking Workshop Kit is perfect for crafters looking to perpetuate the memories of good times with family and friends!

Rounding out our National Scrapbooking Day celebrations is the adorable Little Penguins Album Workshop! This 6″ x 6″ album features its own stamp set with a too-cute waddle of penguins! Designed to capture everyday memories made with loved ones, this album kit features our May–June Mix-in Paper Packet and is full of fun patterns and colors.

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From the sweet penguins to these eye-catching pattern and color elements, the Little Penguins Album kit is a delight to make and a treat to look through time and again!

With so much to love about this year’s National Scrapbooking Day, it’s sure to be an unforgettable celebration and we can’t wait to craft with you! One of the best things about crafting is being able to do it with friends and people you love. In the spirit of crafting and connection, we will be hosting a 2-day virtual crafting event on May 6–7 on the Close To My Heart Facebook page! Along with this opportunity to come and craft together, we’ll also be offering some exciting giveaways for attendees. Ask your Close To My Heart Maker for more details about how you can join us for this celebratory event! We can’t wait to see you there!

Which workshop kit are you most excited to craft with? Let us know in the comments below!

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Scrapbooking Technique for 12″ x 12″ Pages Using Paper Strips!

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Ask and you shall receive!

A couple of times on this blog we’ve shown you how to make the pages of an entire 6″ x 8″ album using the 3-2-1 paper strips formula. We don’t always have the time to design elaborate pages to keep up with all our photos and, as fellow scrappers, we get that! With this super speedy technique, you can create 10 two-page layouts in as little as two hours!

Since publishing these posts for the 6″ x 8″ pages, we have received several requests to adapt this formula for 12″ x 12″ pages—and we did!

The formula for the 12″ x 12″ pages isn’t as clean as “1-2-3,” so we don’t have as catchy a name for the bigger pages. For today, we’re simply referring to this technique as paper piecing, or paper strips, scrapping.

As we’ve implied, what we’re doing today is providing a simple formula for cutting your patterned papers and assembling 12″ x 12″ layouts. Even with this formula, you will continue to have a lot of creative freedom to add your own personal flair to each of your pages. No two layouts will look the same, unless you make them that way intentionally!

Here’s what you’ll need to make three 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts. (Make as many multiples of three as you’d like, this is just a starting point!)

*For those of you not familiar with Close To My Heart products, all of our cardstock and patterned papers come in a 12″ x 12″ format, and that is what we will be using to make these layouts.

Step 1: Base Pages. To keep things simple, we’ve suggested using White Daisy cardstock as the base pages for all the layouts using this formulaic technique. Once you’re familiar with the technique, or if you’re feeling confident from the get-go, switch up the color to make your pages even that much more unique!

Step 2: Cutting Patterned Paper. Before measuring and cutting anything, trim all the zip strips from each of the patterned paper sheets and set them aside. The zip strip is the extra ½” accent paper along the top of each Close To My Heart patterned paper sheet. Next, cut the remaining 12″ x 12″ paper into 5″, 3″, 1½”, and ½” strips. (There will be a 2″ strip leftover that we will not be using for these layouts.)

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Step 3: Creating Photo Mats from Cardstock. For a more polished look, we like to add photo mats behind most, if not all, our photos. That is what we will be making with the 3 sheets of coordinating cardstock, using one sheet per layout**.

Cut each cardstock sheet into three 6¼” x 4½” and two 4¼” x 3¼” rectangles. The photos that you will be mounting on these mats will be three 4″ x 6″ and two 3″ x 4″.

**When we made our 6″ x 8″ albums, we cut the cardstock into 6″ x 4″ rectangles and then trimmed the photos down ¼” in both height and width to make them work. If you prefer, you can cut your cardstock into six 6″ x 4″ rectangles, then cut two of these down in half to 3″ x 4″. In the end, you will be using half as many cardstock sheets, but you will have to trim your photos down.

Step 4: Putting It All Together. You’re going to need some space for this part, so make sure to clear your table or a place on your living room rug or somewhere else you can keep your project safe. Lay out all 6 White Daisy cardstock base pages. Next, distribute the strips of patterned paper and cardstock photo mats. Each page should get three 4″ x 6″ mats and two 3″ x 4″ mats, and one pattern paper strip of each size, 5″, 3″, 1½”, and ½”. (For the ½” strip use the strips you cut from the patterns interchangeably with the zip strips you trimmed off the top.)

If you’d like for the pages that will be facing each other in your album to match, keep that in mind as you distribute your papers.

Lastly, decide how you want to attach these pieces to your pages and get to it! Move the components around until you are happy with your design. Experiment with different arrangements and consider whether you want to use exactly three 4″ x 6″ and two 3″ x 4″ photos per layout. Trade mats between layouts or cut a few extra if you’d like.

Step 5: Embellish! Using coordinating embellishments add your finishing touches!

To show you just how easily this technique can be applied to a variety of subjects, we’ve got three mismatched layouts that we made using this formulaic approach.

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If you like our finished layouts and would like to recreate any of them using our same papers and embellishments, take a look at our “Recipes” section at the end of this post for a list of linked products. If you don’t, that’s okay, too! The beauty of this technique is that it can be applied using any coordinating papers you like!

Your pages and layouts can look very differently depending on how you choose to mix and match the various components of your pages. Have fun creating pages like these using the combinations that you love!

If there’s anything you want to learn more about or would like to see featured on this blog, make sure to let us know! We absolutely love publishing posts like today’s!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Love You Forever Layout
X8020S As You Grow Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6061 Mulberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Let’s Get Spooky Layout
CC8211 Boo Crew Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Comfort & Joy Layout
X7273S Holly & Ivy Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7273E Holly & Ivy Die-cuts, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Map Your Journey with a Paper Piecing Stamping Technique!

September is a very exciting month for us at Close To My Heart. Not only do we celebrate National Stamping Month, but it’s also the month that we launch our new annual catalog!

In this year’s Core Products Catalog, you will find lots of new and exciting products, among them a new series of stamps called Map Your Journey. With versions for all our current markets (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan), we thought these stamp sets would be a fun way to share with you yet another stamping technique, in addition to the 10+ techniques we shared last week. (If you missed it, make sure to check that post out: Stamping Techniques to Keep Up Your Crafty Sleeves!)

Today we will take the imprint of a stamp that has many parts or lines to it, like a map 😉, and create a final image by piecing together a variety of papers, kind of like a mosaic. This technique is fittingly known as paper piecing. The technique is much harder to describe than it is to do, so let us show you and see for yourselves!

The first thing you’ll want to do is figure out what colors or patterns you want incorporated into your final design. In our case, with the map, we thought it would be best, because of all the details that we are not cutting out, to use four solid cardstock colors.

Once you’ve chosen your color and pattern scheme, stamp your image onto all your chosen papers using the same ink color. We used White Daisy, Shortbread, Scarlet, and Papaya cardstock and the Exclusive Inks™ Mocha stamp pad.

This next step is also easy, but maybe a bit more time consuming, depending on the image you are working with. Cut out all the shapes from each of your papers, except one. The one you do not cut into pieces will act as your base later, when you put it all back together.

When you are cutting your shapes, make sure to cut them out exactly the same between papers. For example, our cutout of California should be the same shape and size in each of our cardstock colors. Essentially, we are creating a puzzle and its puzzle pieces. The pieces need to fit together for this technique to work.

The final step is to put those puzzling skills to use and assemble the paper pieced image on your base.

As a tip, we suggest playing around with the placement of your paper pieces, first, before attaching them.

And there you have it! Another stamping technique to add to your repertoire!

How are you spending your National Stamping Month? Let us know in the comments below, and, as always, happy stamping! ❤️

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