Becca Bit: Piecing Card Bases

Hi there friends!!  Oh my goodness it is glorious outside today!!  I had some errands to run before I made myself sit down and finish up, but I do have a card to share today.  I’m sure by now that you have no doubt which is my favorite of the new releases from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Bingo, the background stamp called He Shall Be Called is magnificent.  I only hope I haven’t worn it out, lol!  Overstamping with text is so big right now and this it is the perfect stamp to add a little bit of character without being too distracting.

This is much easier than it looks.  My recommendation is to use an image on the back that has no orientation, like a random pattern.  When you try this with words,  there is a certain way you need to stamp if you want the words to flip up in a readable orientation.

I cut a slit in my design paper and stamped the text on the backside of my paper and then smudged it with distress ink.  See my diagram for text orientation — the arrows point to where the top of the text of the stamp should be.  I used a stampamajig for alignment and stamped the text four times. Then when I curled each edge up, I had a finished look.  To hide the edges of the cut I made, I centered it all within the circle of Spellbinders Heart Circles hollowed out using Spellbinders Standard Circles LG.  I ran a border across bottom of the card and tied a Peg Bow.  It’s made just the same as the double bow I did with my Peg Bow Maker  however I wrapped one additional time.  Since there were so many layers to work with, I adjusted each loop while the bow was still on the pegs.


Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs – Anchor, He Shall Be Called
Paper: Bazzill, K & Company – Julianne, 140lb Strathmore Watercolor Paper (tablet from Michaels or HL)
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders Heart Circles, Spellbinders Standard Circles LG, Ribbon (Michaels), pearls, 3L Tape (HL)

My card size is 5½” x 7½”.  That’s one of my favorite sizes because it gives me room to work and I have envelopes that fit that size.  Many people ask how I get a card base that is 15″.  Well, that leads me into today’s Becca Bit.    This technique will work with any card size especially when you want to economize on  paper.  So have a look and see if this will work for you and your favorite card size!

By the way, we have all our winners for the Blogaversary!!  Thanks so much for participating!!  You, the readers, make Amazing Paper Grace everything it is and hopefully a fun place to be!!  Thank you again!!

  • Olga JewellFebruary 19, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    Fantastic tip! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Patty ChapmanFebruary 19, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    A lot of this is new to me and I want you to know how much I appreciate your instructions. It is so helpful to me! Thanks again…Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Susan GFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    Great tip! It looks like your card base was white and you added the colored cardstock layer on the front. Am I seeing that right in your photo? You mentioned water color paper or tag board. Will just regular white cardstock work for this? It would be less expensive than watercolor paper, but would it be sturdy enough? Some of the white cardstocks are flimsy.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi ArmentaFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    wa beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • AntonellaFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    beautiful as always!!! love the card… hugs, antonella :-)ReplyCancel

  • bonnie weissFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    Yet another unique creation that we have come to expect from you, Becca … it’s sooo beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Tami BFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    Gosh that’s a beautiful card. I wish you use some of your cards as prizes in one of your giveaways.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    WONDERFUL CARD!!!! SO VERY ATTRACTIVE!!! Love how you peeled back the corners….and framed it with the circle die!!!! AND Thank You for sharing your tip!!!! I am ALWAYS looking for ways to conserve my paper!!! ( I’m cheap!) I like the idea also in that I can get a sturdier card!!! Thanks Becca!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    This is just beautiful! I love the center with the corners of the circles turned back- lovely!!!ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)February 19, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    I just love the over stamping part of your card, as well as the whole card, of course. Who wudda thunk to over-stamp the back and peel back the edges? It’s just so cool.

    Also, many thanks for your Becca Bits. They are all so helpful. You’re the best!ReplyCancel

  • Mary H.February 19, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    Such a complex & beautiful card. Each card you share seems to get just better & better. Could you please do a tutorial on the way you ‘split the center’ paper???Loved the paper piecing tutorial. Thank you for doing so many wonderful tutorials lately. They are just great!ReplyCancel

  • Mra DomeneFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:25 pm


  • Peggy MullenauxFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Becca, You are very clever and creative. Love your work and bits. TFS {{ }}ReplyCancel

  • Lisa RoskamFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    Hi Becca: My daughter’s name is Becca also… Thanks for your Becca bit on piecing your cards. I have water color paper in a tablet from Michaels, is that what you use? If not, does it come in bulk? Does it just come in white?

    Love, love love your blog, have been following you for a couple of years now. Thanks for all you do, you are a blessing to so many!ReplyCancel

  • Carol LFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    Who knew you could use watercolor paper!? You have so many wonderful techniques and ideas…….TFS all of them!!ReplyCancel

  • AudreyFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    Becca your art is so precious, outstanding and down right beautiful. I sure appreciate your posts, as it is giving me a lot of incentive. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • AnneFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    What a beautiful card, Becca. you never cease to amaze :o)
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Peggy MullenauxFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    Becca, You are very clever and creative. Love your projects and bits. {{ }}ReplyCancel

  • Pat KinserFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:44 pm

    As always, such beauty. This card is absolutely lovely! In the tutorial for piecing the card base you mentioned water color paper or tag board. What brand and where do you normally buy them? Also, I wondered about the tape. It seemed like a large roll. Is it less expensive than sookwang or the sticky red tape and where can you purchase the Crafty Power Tape?
    You lift me up each day. I have a health issue which causes me to be in pain constantly and your beautiful artwork always makes my heart smile. Thank You for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • emilyFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    I love this card! How beautiful and how creative. Your cards never cease to amaze me.
    Since I got a Crafter’s Companion with the built in enveloper, I never worry about what size card I make since it’s so easy to make the custom envelope to match. (And just so you know, I am NOT connected with this company. I just really like making my own envies!)
    Thank you for sharing! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Valerie MatinFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Hello my Friend!!!
    I LOVE this card!!! I Appreciate your tip today. I would have thought that watercolor paper would be to thick to score??? But apparently not. Thank you for your generosity to share your talent with us. I agree with one other poster…You SHOULD offer some of your cards a a “prize” (wink, wink)
    Thanks Becca,
    Valerie MartinReplyCancel

  • TammyFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    Love the card I may have to add this stamp set to my others from Our Daily Bread Designs and thanks so much for the tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    This is beautiful Becca!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:06 pm

    I love the Becca Bit today Becca, so cleverly you have put your card together. Your card is gorgeous. I love how you have folded back the paper so the sentiment shows thru. Love the die-cuts used today very pretty. Beautiful color combination. It’s all topped off with that beautiful pretty in pink bow. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Lori EllFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Beautiful love the 3-D effectReplyCancel

  • Carole (FibreJunky)February 19, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but I do have a quick question – where do you get all of your gorgeous ribbon???ReplyCancel

  • LorraineFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    ths is beautiful Becca i just love the way you use nesties and tie a great ribbon you rock lady xxxReplyCancel

  • MarisaFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Great tip, Becca, thanks :) Lovely card as well.ReplyCancel

  • annette klasinzFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:43 pm


  • Rachel BrooksFebruary 19, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    Your site is well named – AMAZING – to say the least. Thank you so much for sharing so willingly with such clear directions and beautifiul inspirations!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.February 19, 2011 - 8:24 pm

    Beautiful card layout.
    Thank U 4 the wonderful Becca bit as well; even tho the video was running a bit slow today on my end. Was catching bits and pieces of what you where saying but I do think I got the general idea…. Hopefull anyway.

  • Cindy WelchFebruary 19, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    Becca, this is an absolutely stunning card!! As always, I appreciate your recipe and I will defintely be making a card like yours. I love your punched border but I don’t think I came across what you used to do it in your recipe. Would you mind sharing? Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • paulaFebruary 19, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    Great card Becca.

    Thanks for the tutorial on how you make your cards. By and large – in the UK, most cards start off from a piece of A4 card (similar size to the US letter size), using a medium to heavy weight card stock. From that one piece of paper, we can get most of the various card base sizes – the most common sizes used are the A4 folded into what we call the A5 size card. If we cut the A4 in half we have 2 x A5 pieces of card – one of those folded in half is known as A6 card base. We also make most of our square cards from the A4 piece of card too.

    I find it very interesting that you paper piece your cards – i would never have guessed that you did that – so that means you do a fab job to hide it. Well done and thanks for the information as usual.

    Paula, Derbyshire, UK. x x xReplyCancel

  • MickieFebruary 19, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    So pretty, pretty, pretty. Your bows are beautiful!! Another lovely by a lovely lady.ReplyCancel

  • Debby WaltersFebruary 19, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    Now this is absolutely breathtaking. I adore the paper you have used. Thank you for sharing with us once more. You know, you are going to have to blog the rest of your days on earth. What would we all do without you? Hugs,ReplyCancel

  • CarolFebruary 19, 2011 - 9:30 pm


    How lovely, simply lovely. Can’t wait until my heart die cut arrives! Love what you did with this card. Thank you, thank you! So inspiring! Also, a big thanks for the You Tube directions and the other tips and diagrams…always very helpful. Keep up the creativity!

    Kindest Regards, CarolReplyCancel

  • Karen LinarezFebruary 19, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    Becca, I love your awesome card. From the minute I saw it, I was saying to myself “how on earth did she get those words to all be right side up after flipping up those corners”, so I’m very glad you showed us. That is so
    creative. I’ve got to find some stamp I can try it with. And, I love that frame around it. Even the border tops it off just right. I would love to spend a day stamping with you and just try to see if I could detect how your brain works, haha!ReplyCancel

  • JaneyFebruary 19, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    The card is beautiful. I sometimes can’t understand the ‘how to’ statements and so with this one, I will have to stamp the words on the inside myself just to understand how you really did it. Thanks for sharing this card, Becca.

    And Thanks for the Becca’s Bits, too – really cool how you do this.

    I also enjoy your Amazing Quotes each day – meaningful to me.


  • Kristen ConantFebruary 19, 2011 - 10:22 pm

    Becca! Thank you so much for that info on your peg bow maker!!! That is FANTASTIC! I am going to run right out tomorrow and get some stuff to make one myself. I am so excited for this. I too do not like the looks of the glue dotted bow. This will solve that issue!!!! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Elissa LymanFebruary 19, 2011 - 10:37 pm

    I love the card! Thank you for video on making a bigger card.ReplyCancel

  • Heather (Montreal)February 19, 2011 - 11:27 pm

    Thanks for the great tip, Becca!
    I’ve used watercolour paper for ages and can often buy it in a 17″ length. Makes a much sturdier (think topple-free) card. Besides, I love the texture of watercolour papers!ReplyCancel

  • LeanneFebruary 19, 2011 - 11:46 pm

    Beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial. Love the ribbon.ReplyCancel

  • KelleyFebruary 20, 2011 - 1:13 am

    Becca, your card is beautiful! Thank you for showing the layout. I would have puzzled over that for a very long time. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dianna N.February 20, 2011 - 1:21 am

    Hey Becca,
    This card is sooooooo beautiful! I absolutely love the way the lettering comes peeking out from the other side. It’s just mind-boggling how you figure out how to fold, cut, layer, stamp, and piece objects together! I am trying to figure out which border punch you used to trim the paper strip behind the ribbon. Thank you so much for another gorgeous card.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaFebruary 20, 2011 - 1:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful card. There is a lot to learn here, and I appreciate your willingness to let us all know how you achieve these wonderful results. I would have struggled for ages trying to figure out how to stamp those words correctly (and wasted a lot of paper!)
    And I am one of the people who wondered how you did the 15 inch paper for your card base. Brilliant!! Thank you so much for answering my question!ReplyCancel

  • Carol WestFebruary 20, 2011 - 1:37 am

    I am always amazed by your gorgeous creations and your God given talent Becca. This is one totally awesome creation. “Hugs” CarolReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanFebruary 20, 2011 - 2:02 am

    Thank you Becca for sharing this….I had often wonder how you got all you did on the face of a card…..I like this idea….thank you so much…ReplyCancel

  • LizetteFebruary 20, 2011 - 2:57 am

    Thank you for another GREAT tip!ReplyCancel

  • Jane KFebruary 20, 2011 - 4:03 am

    Beautiful, as always, Becca! I love the ribbon, have never seen this type before at Michaels. Can hardly wait to get the new Spellbinders Heart Circles. This one should maybe compliment with some of the Martha Stuart heart punches? Hmmm, my mind is whirling with opportunities. Well done, again!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - UKFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:02 am

    Thank you Becca for the great tutorial on the sizing if your card amd oh your card is simply amazing.

    Love Sheila xxReplyCancel

  • MarilynFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:38 am

    I think I may be the winner :) Marilyn from Lavender CottageReplyCancel

  • MarilynFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:40 am

    Hi I think I may be the winner of your giveaway :) Marilyn xxReplyCancel

  • Sandra ltbFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:08 am

    beautiful Becca!
    Thanks for the tips.
    Sandra ltbReplyCancel

  • sandyh50February 20, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Thanks for sharing how you make these big cards! I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • SusiFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:43 am

    Oooh .. I just LOVE your tutorials! Even if I don’t feel I can tackle them right now, I know that I can reference them anytime. Your card is BEA – U – TI – FUL, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Beautiful card, that technique is so cool, love the look of the paper folded back with the text! Neat tip on the card base tooReplyCancel

  • JessicaFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Hey Becca, I didn’t realize your cards were so big. But if I had really thought about it… well how else can you get so much on card! lol
    I have used the larger sizes too. Most of my cards are A2, but every now and then I just need to make a bigger statement. Thanks for sharing the way you do it.
    Hugs, JessicaReplyCancel

  • Monica MFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Oh my, Your card is stunning–just beautiful. I love your cards, your details are always perfect. You come up with the best ( and different) techniques. Thank-you so much for giving us tutorials to study and follow.
    Hugs MonicaReplyCancel

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  • pamela watsonFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Becca, every card I see, I think, “this has to be the best” but then the next card just goes beyond and I wonder how you do it. You truly are talented and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with us. I love all the ribbons you use. Gorgeous !ReplyCancel

  • MarieFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:57 am

    Beautiful card and sentiment! I looooove your tutorials, Becca. So when/if you find the time, please keep them coming xxReplyCancel

  • MichelleFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Beautiful! I love the tutorial. I love that die with the heart edge and that bow is to die for. I really need to make one of those peg thingy’s! :) Have a great dayReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanFebruary 20, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Such a lovely card. How detailed. Thank you for sharing with us the placement of your wording. It makes sense to see it that way.ReplyCancel

  • DelamaFebruary 20, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    I like it when you give a show on how you make your thing. Thank you it help out alot on how you make them. And I love the card special when the paper look like is explosion out. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Have a great day :)

  • Marcie SmithFebruary 20, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    This is such a rich and elegant card. Paper is just gorgeous. I like how you have taken beautiful single sided paper and created what looks like double sided paper by using a background stamp and distressed it. Thank you for your tip on creating large cards. I prefer them also so all the layering and details aren’t scruched together. Makes for a more professional look. What beautiful ribbon – love the different texture on each side.
    I just wanted to share with you that you no longer have to hear me moan and groan about not being able to play with all the fabulous winter release dies. I just got my shipped message that they are in route and that I will get them sometime this week. I am so excited!!!! Sorry if I drove you nuts complaining. Three months just seemed like such a long time when you prepaid for something. But now that they are on their way earlier then expected, I am a happy camper again.

  • MoniqueFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Wow Wow Wow.. this is spectacular Becca… I love this!!ReplyCancel

  • KathyFebruary 20, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Very nice Becca…. love the look..ReplyCancel

  • Deebi27February 20, 2011 - 11:49 pm

    Awesome as usuall! That card base is awesome. No wonder your cards are sooo sturdy looking. Fantastic! Thanks for the link to your peg bow wood box and tutorial. I need to make one…your bows are sooo perfect in every way! Maybe mine will be too!ReplyCancel

  • Miss GFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:50 am

    Thank you for the video on pleating. the card is beautiful..
    Have a great week! Happy Monday to youReplyCancel

  • Miss GFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:55 am

    I’m back, Becca
    (LOL) the word, hearts, pearls and bows, what more can a girl ask for.
    Just Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • E.TFebruary 24, 2011 - 7:29 am

    another gorgeous creation! I was just browsing through your blog and WOW there are some beauties here! You are very talented!ReplyCancel