How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

By | October 16, 2017

This post is part three in a mini series on how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  The Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper packs contain gorgeous pattern papers that add beauty to your handmade cards.

So far, we’ve looked at:

 

As I said in my post on using designer paper as a background, Stampin’ Up! paper has so many GORGEOUS designs that contain stand-alone images.  My cards today use these kinds of papers as a secondary focal point.

Here’s the first card that uses Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Paper (144110).

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

  • One “trick” to using designer papers on your handmade greeting cards is to coordinate the solid color cardstock with the colors in the designer paper.  On this card, I pulled out the Pool Party and Tranquil Tide colors.  Coordinating the colors brings unity to the card design.
  • To make the paper more of a focal point, I cut a wider strip of pattern paper and placed it in the center of the card front.

 

Here’s another card that uses the same principles:

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I used a wider piece of the Be Merry designer paper (144111) on this card.  Notice how I used the same concept of a larger pattern paper piece, but changed the side of the card I placed in on.  Also, I didn’t extend this piece all the way from the top to the bottom of the card front like I did on my first card.
  • Check out this card that shows how to use patterned paper in cardmaking using the exact same layout as this card.

 

You can also use a narrower strip of designer paper as your secondary focal image.  The designer paper strip on this card looks more like a border, but also serves as a focal piece.  This card was made by Brenda Cardinal.

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Here’s another trick to use:  matte the designer paper with a piece of coordinating plain color cardstock, leaving just a narrow border.  To get a narrow border of this size, cut the width of the designer paper 1/8″ LESS than the cardstock size.
  • Designer paper used: Painted Autumn (144613)

 

Here’s the final card I have for you today.

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I placed the designer paper strip all the way to the edge of the Whisper White cardstock piece, almost like a border.  But notice how I incorporated it into the layout as a secondary focal image.

 

I hope you have enjoyed learning more of how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  Make sure to stop back Wednesday as I have one more post of pattern paper card ideas to share with you.  See you then!!

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