Saturday, 23 March 2013

Paper Tumbling Blocks...

 I'm trying to catch up with my "homework" for the Online Card Class Pattern Play, this weekend.
Friday's class was all about weaving, folding and fussy-cutting patterned paper. A LOT like quilting techniques with fabric... A couple of the cards featured involved basket-weaving with strips of paper, at 90° angles. That reminded me of a reversible quilted wallhanging I did several years ago, with three different fabrics at 60° angles, which formed a tumbling block pattern.  I thought I'd give it a try with paper!

 I cut 1/2" strips and laid them out parallel, at a 60° angle to the vertical lines on my self-healing mat. My trusty Omnigrid 6"x6" ruler was invaluable for this job. Washi tape was used to temporarily adhere the strips to the work surface.
Then I laid out the next set of strips, following the opposite 60° angle,
then started weaving in the third set of strips vertically. I wish I could tell you a quick and easy rule on how to do this, but I basically just eye-balled it, developing a royal head-ache in the process!

Love the effect, though!  I ended up with a 2"x4" useable strip of woven paper, which as I had used two-sided paper, had a completely different design on the back!  I machine-stitched the edges together, and trimmed them with pinking shears, in keeping with the textile theme.  Here's the finished card:

The poster-style stamp is from Close to My Heart, entitled Home Sweet Home. I gave it the on-trend blackboard treatment, heat-embossing with white and then rubbing on some white pigment ink with my finger. The embellishment was fussy-cut from coordinating paper and layered with foam tape, along with a die-cut flourish from Marianne Design.

Here's a final close-up of the woven panel, with its intriguing 3D tumbling-blocks effect. 10-minute Craft-Dash this was NOT! More like an hour+. However, an interesting experiment...

Happy crafting!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock from CTMH in Black & Slate
Patterned Paper from CTMH, For Always
Stamp set CTMH #S1302, Home Sweet Home
Black and Grey sparkles, CTMH
Versamark Ink, White Daisy pigment ink
Superfine white embossing powder and heat-tool
Washi tape
Omnigrid 6"x6" ruler, available at JoAnn's
Marianne Designs CreaTables cutting die
Red gems, Michael's


  1. I totally love this! The effect you ended up with is crazy beautiful. Also love how you pinked the edges and sewed on it. That was totally a lot of work!

  2. This is so cool! I really love that paper weaving technique, I am going to have to try it and I am pinning this card!

  3. I love this variaton on the Patchwork techniques shown in class! Gorgeous results!

  4. Beautiful card, Caroline! thank you for the tutorial for it too!
    :) Marie

  5. Wow the 3-D quilting technique turned out simply amazing. Thank you for sharing your how-to.

  6. Liner this takes the example quilt block from Patterned Play to a whole new level!! Love the tumbling blocks. The end result IS gorgeous!

    I can't quite get my head around what you did so hopefully we can go over it online sometime.

    xox, Muggie

  7. Oi! Just looking at the process gave me a head-ache. I'm with Morag, I'm not following completely, but I think it's because I've never done any quilting. At any rate, the finished product is amazing. Absolutely amazing!!

  8. Wow, gorgeous card! That technique is really cool!


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