First, you'll need a few different sheets of your favorite patterned 6x6 papers. I chose the Free Bird Endless range. Cut these papers up into 1.5" square pieces (approximately 24 are needed, depending on the size of quilted area).
After cutting the squares, you will then cut a piece of cardstock that is slightly smaller than the card base. My card base was 4.5" x 6.5" so I went 4.25" by 6.25".
Take one of the squares you cut and place it near the top left on the diagonal.
Then build around it placing your other squares in a line. When placing adhesive on the squares, use a very minimal amount. I did a strip of adhesive with my tape runner down the middle of each square. This is in anticipation of machine stitching and wanting to avoid gummying up the needle.
Keep doing this until the entire paper is covered. This will involve placing some papers over the edge of your cardstock.
Now, you will trim the cardstock and the patterned paper squares down to their original size (again, mine is 4.25" x 6.25").
Trim all edges of the paper until it is back to its original size. When you are finished, you will have a paper-quilted background.
Now, use your sewing machine (or hand-stitch) to complete the quilted look. I sewed on the diagonal lines of the squares.
Sew all the diagonal lines using a zig zag stitch from left top to right bottom. The key to keeping such straight zig zag lines is to let the machine guide the paper for the most part. Barely touch the paper as it stitches.
Once that is finished, sew on the diagonal lines from top right to left bottom.
Once your card is finished, adhere the cardstock to a pre-scored card base.
Finish off the card as you please. I wanted to keep mine really simple since I wanted to let the quilted background shine.
There you have it! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time!
Paper: Authentique Freebird (Endless)
Alphas: American Crafts