The House That Stamps Built; Project for the week of 4-13-15

Hello stampers!  Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here.  It’s my turn for The House that Stamps Built project of the week!  I hope you’ll find some helpful information in my post today that moves you forward on your crafting journey.

Have you ever seen paper pieced or fuss cut images that look as if they are just plopped on a card as an afterthought?  Do you feel like you can’t cut out your images because you don’t have a steady hand and you always get a white edge? Do you know why?  Your images aren’t grounded.  You don’t have to be a perfect fussy cutter if you follow some of the tips below for both fussing cutting and paper piecing.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:

Fussy Project Pic 1

The first step for paper piecing is to chose your pattern paper and stamp the portion of the image you want to be patterned.  I’ve used the top of the ice cream cone of “Cool Treats” from Repeat Impressions Stamps.

One of the best tips to fussy cutting is to hold your scissors straight and move your paper as you cut.  That allows for better control when you are cutting around curves.

Fussy Project Cutting 3

Next, take your black permanent pen and begin lining the edge of your fussy cut piece.  The best way to avoid accidentally slipping and marking the top of your image is to start away from you and pull toward you slowly.  Do this around the entire image.

Fussy Project Marker Lining

This technique works for colored images as well.  If you notice in the picture below, you can have a rather large white edge as you cut and don’t have to worry about it because the the marker will cover it up.

Fussy Project White Edge             Fussy Project White Line Gone

Before you add your paper pieced section onto the stamped base, you’ll want to also edge around the base of your project.  Again, remember to start away from you and pull towards you. If your pen slips, it will glide on the back of the project instead of the front.

Fussy Project Pull away from you

Now, apply some adhesive to the back of your paper pieced project and apply on top of your colored image.

Fussy Project - Apply to bottom

Another trick some crafters use once they apply their paper pieced element down on their card is to come back with a light grey marker and edge the entire image, this time on the actual card base to give it further depth with shading.  Or, if you’d like, instead of going around the entire image you can take the grey marker and apply it only to the transition between the paper pieced element (the ice cream) and the base (the cone).  This also helps blend the two together so they don’t look pieced together.

Here’s a top view of my completed project so you can see the nice shading around the image which helps it look integrated into the card instead of laying right on top of it.

Fussy Project - Final

Well, I hope you’ve gotten a few tips and tricks this week at The House That Stamps Built and we look forward to seeing your cards in our current Heat Embossing challenge that I am also hosting this week.  I hope you’ll give this technique a whirl.  I’ll leave you with my final project and wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

Fussy Project Card-wm


About urrn4u

Hi! I'm Kathy, a Southern Californian native who has also lived in Northeast, Southeast, and now Midwest. I'm a Registered Nurse who lives to create. I have enjoyed being a part of several Design Teams including Cards in Envy, From The Heart Stamps, Technique Junkies, A Blog Named Hero, A Day For Daisies, Creative Vision, From the Heart Stamps, Open-Minded Crafting, Repeat Impressions Stamps, Sketch Saturday, Send a Smile 4 Kids and Try Stampin' On Tuesday. I've also guest designed for Crafting By Design, Kenny K, The Alley Way, and Simon Says Stamp. I've been married for 28 years to my soulmate, Bob and we have two very special grown sons, Dan and Matt.

Posted on April 13, 2015, in Repeat Impressions and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Great tutorial, Kathy!!


  2. Danielle Vincent

    I liked your tutorial Kathy. Fussy cutting is challenging for me because of the uneven white edges. I like the idea of running a black marker around the edges. Thank you.


  3. This is one of my all time favorite technique! Love your tutorial, Kathy! And who could resist those sweet ice cream cones? Hugs!


  4. Thanks for the great tutorial with so much detail Kathy. I love paper piecing and I think our friend Karen Is the Queen of paper piecing as she does it so well. Love your super cool card so colourful and inviting.


  5. such a great project! Your card looks so yummi 😀
    Thanks for playing along in the Design Team Showcase.


  6. Cute! Geat tutorial. Thank you for entering Design Team Showcase.

    {Craftisan Studios}
    Design Team Showcase


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