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Midweek Media: Don’t Forget About Patterned Paper!

Hello crafty people! Today’s post features a couple of cards using patterned paper as the focus.

Sometimes, I need a reminder about products that I can use to make cards. Today I wanted to make a couple of quick cards to add to my stash, and decided that I should use my patterned paper as the focus of these cards. It was a great way to use some pretty paper in my stash as well as use up a couple of scraps of patterned paper. (A win-win!)


Card #1

When I am trying to use some patterned paper in my stash, I have to decide if I actually like the patterned paper as is, if I want to enhance the pattern, or to cover up the pattern. On this first card, I decided to enhance some of my patterned paper (the pink floral paper) and mostly cover up another piece of patterned paper (the brown matte layer).

I die cut the floral paper with a stitched rectangular die in my stash, and then enhanced the patterned paper by swiping some light pigment ink around the edges of the panel to then heat emboss the border of the paper with holographic embossing powder in my stash. I also used a sparkly gel pen to add sparkle to the anthers of several of the flowers.

I then added some sparkly brown washi tape along center of the patterned paper, and then attached a pre-stamped sentiment using some foam tape over the washi tape strip.

I then added some brown sparkly embossing powder along the edge of the brown patterned paper matte layer panel to mask the paper.

To finish the card, I added some pink and brown sequins to the pink card panel, glued the pink floral panel to the brown matte layer, and then glued the whole thing onto an A2-sized white card base.

Card #2

This card features a lot of the same elements as the first card (including using the reverse side of the floral patterned paper for this card, which is a very similar pattern of pink floral paper). The two panels were made in the same way as the first card.

The sentiment allowed me to mask a scrap of light brown patterned paper, die cut it and then heat emboss it. I decided to do this twice, once with the dark brown embossing powder used on the matte layer, and a second time with some copper embossing powder. The two layers of sentiments were glued together so that you can see the copper embossed one to stick out on the left side of the top layer. I added a sub sentiment from the same stamp and die set with some brown pigment ink and then heat embossed it with more of the holographic embossing powder.

I hope that these cards inspire or remind you to dust off some of those patterned papers in your stash and get crafty!