Paper piecing- Build a roo – Miriam Thomas

Paper piecing- Build a roo

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Some of the stamp sets in the catalogue are great to use directly on your cardstock base.  Other stamp sets lend themselves well to “Paper Piecing”.  This involves stamping your image and then cutting it out and attaching it to your card.  I find I will often stamp onto different coloured papers and when you build up the image to a completed image it will include lots of different colours. The best scissors by far are the PAPER SNIPS in the main catalogue.  If you do not have a pair of these scissors you MUST get yourself a pair!

Here is a simple example of “Paper piecing” using the “Build a roo” stamp set to create a bright, fun card for a child’s birthday.  You can see where I have stamped and cut out the kangaroo, balloon and even the child’s name.  You could even add things like a joey in the pouch.

This card was an irregular shape so I had to make my own envelope using a matching sheet of designer series paper

I find that making envelopes can be easier than people think. You can discard any confusing measurement conversions and you simply use your completed card as a guide of where to fold and cut.  It is just a matter of leaving flaps on all four edges of your card and then folding them over.  Honestly it is that easy!

I started by folding my designer series paper in half and made sure my card would fit inside the fold


I then used my paper trim to cut the paper down to the size of the card (of course leaving room for flaps) I used the paper trimmer and bone folder to add fold lines.  So that your card will fit nicely inside your envelope don’t forget to leave about 5 millimetres (1/2 cm) between the edge of the card and where you make your fold lines.

I find  it can look effective to use a corner rounder punch on some of the corners of the flaps.

Add sticky strip the flaps you have created and secure all but one end (The end I left open for this envelope was one of the shorter ends)

Pop your completed card inside

and seal to close

Too easy! 🙂

1 thought on “Paper piecing- Build a roo”

  1. Caroline says:

    Lovely fun card Miriam! What a great way to use Build a roo – I’ll have to get my set out again now!!

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