Paper Piecing Technique, A Masculine Card

I saw Jennifer McGuire make cards that were similar to these, by using her paper shredder and cutting thin strips. I thought it would be really fun to use my guillotine paper trimmer to create similar strips of paper. When you do this process, you need to remember that when you lay your paper on a diagonal, you have to be careful to ensure your strips will be long enough and that you cover all the way to the edges of the card with the strip. If you still see white, you need to either add more card stock or move your strip to cover it, or in my case, trim your front once you are finished. My card base was 4″ across and I used strips that were 5 1/2″ long. Some will not be long enough if you make your diagonals steep, so you might need to piece papers together if you make that mistake. Another option is to use longer paper strips to avoid having to piece them on the ends.

I used a Xyron machine to turn my strips into stickers, but you can use any kind of glue to attach them to your base. I started with 80 lb white card stock that was 4″ x 5 1/4″ and then laid my strips in rainbow order. Rainbow order is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, lavender and purple. The only color I did not use was orange, but stuck to the order anyway.
After attaching my strips, I turned the white paper over and trimmed all of the edges then laid the “You” from Simon Says Stamp You Matter stamp set die on the paper where I thought I would like it and then used my Vagabond to cut it out. Make sure you keep the piece of paper that cuts from the loop of the “Y”, as you’ll need to reinsert it into your project. I used additional sentiments from the same stamp set and stamped them on the card front with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then used Ranger clear embossing powder over it and heat set it.
Take a piece of scrap paper and lay it on the back of the paper where you cut out the “You” and make sure you really coat it with tape runner, so the You will attach to it and stay in place. Then die cut another You out of yellow card stock so it shows well on the background and lay it in place and take the loop from the first die cut of the Y and put it inside the yellow die cut on the card base. Then put three rows of foam tape on the back to make it stand up on the card.
I used 110 lb. Recollections white card stock that was 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ and color the sides with a matching ink which in my case was Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber on the first card and regular Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink on the second card. Additionally on the second card, I cut out the Enjoy die from Hampton Arts Enjoy Stamp set and the words Happy Birthday from Stampendous Say it Today.
This is a fun and easy card to make and by changing the colors, you can make it look more masculine or feminine.


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