Top Cat- Paper Piecing

This was so much fun, if you like doing something different. I created a page using Paper Piecing to compliment my photos using Stampin’ Up! ® Products

Going through all my photo’s I came across these of my 2 eldest boys all dressed up for School Mufti Day. The theme was to go dressed up as a cartoon character. Aaron wanted to go as Batman and Hayden as Top Cat. Top Cat wasn’t a cartoon that was on TV but Joe and I grew up with Top Cat and we had introduced the boys to this cartoon show. Hayden really loved the story and fun of Top Cat, Benny and Officer Dibble…so he had to be TC-Top Cat.

Over the last few days I have been playing with Paper Piecing….What is Paper piecing? Simply, Paper piecing is where you take an image and break it into sections e.g colour or Top Cat’s body and vest. Cutting out each layer in coloured cardstock or Designer Series Paper and then putting all those individual parts together to form your image.

How I created my page…

Paper Piecing

To create my paper piecing images

  • I down loaded images from the internet and printed them to the finished size I wanted.
  • Traced off each section onto tracing paper or you can cut your printed image up and use as a pattern. I used a mixture of both to get the details in the face and hands.
  • Using a Stylus trace each section onto cardstock, this will leave an indentation (score line) on the cardstock. Go over this lightly with a pencil.
  • With either scissors or craft knife cut each piece out. I like to leave a tab or extension piece. For example I extended the neck up so that I could attach the head, extend the tail to attach under the body. The feet to the neck is one piece. Where as the arms, tail and head are separate
  • Trace off any features you want with stylus and pencil in, these were later drawn in with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • I like to piece mine together as a separate piece to my page, that way I can move it around to where I want it
  • To give a cartoon effect I went around everything with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker


Photos I just kept simple by just matting with Basic White


For my layout I created a scene.

The scene was broken up into 3 parts with strips of Black added around the edges to create a boarder.

Sky – Basic White Cardstock.

  • Using a mask from a Discontinued Die- Basic Boarders, I created clouds with a blending brush and Balmy Blue Stampin’ Pad. The mask I had used before and some of the previous ink transferred to the Basic White with the Balmy Blue and gave a great effect…even if not planned.
  • I did do Light Beam lines to the Batman Logo but they got a bit lost…opps!

Fence – Pebble Path

  • For the fence and then created palings by cutting strips of Pebble Path cut slightly longer
  • Using the wood grain stamp from Country Birdhouse Stamps stamp each paling
  • Each paling was brushed with ink, Pebble Path Stampin’ Pad to add an uneven texture.

Ground– Granny Apple Green

  • To add texture to the ground I die cut grass and leaves using the Fluffiest Friends Dies and Granny Apple Green and Old Olive Cardstock.
  • These were added around bottom of fence line and scattered around.


I used the alphabet dies – Alphabet a la Mode to create the title ‘Mufti Day’ with just a little bit of hand written journaling.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my Blog. I hope you have enjoyed my projects & that you’re inspired to get crafty!  

If you’re in Australia and need help with your crafting needs and don’t have a Demonstrator, I’d love to assist you. Feel free to reach out to me at 0408868771 or Cheers!

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