Stampin’ Up! has a fantastic designer paper sale going on right now. Because of this, I’ve decided to do a mini blog series on ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking. In my last post, we learned how to use patterned paper as card front backgrounds. Today, I’m sharing tips and trick for using pattern paper to create borders.
DESIGNER PAPER TIP: The number of border pieces you get out of a strip of designer paper depends on the orientation of your card (landscape or portrait). You can get FOUR 4″ portrait pieces from a strip of 12″ paper or TWO 5 1/2″ landscape pieces. NOTE: if you choose to have 4 1/4″ length portrait pieces, you will only get THREE from a strip.
Here’s my first card. It uses a strip of Quilted Christmas designer paper (144617).
- The width of this pattern paper border piece was determined by the paper pattern design. I cut one row of the design to create this border. The length of this paper border is 4 1/4″. You can see it goes from edge to edge on the card front.
- Other card elements were made using the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673) and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708).
- The pattern paper border helps to bring attention to the square focal image on this card.
Here’s a second card that uses a portrait orientation. It has a 4″ long pattern paper strip.
- The Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper border (144147) on this card has a gold foil matte piece behind it. Matting the pattern paper border helps to define the border and make the pattern paper “pop” and stand out.
- The gold foil matte around the black cardstock coordinates with the gold foil matte behind the pattern paper border, bringing unity to the card design.
- Other card elements were created with the Night in Bethlehem stamp set (Wood 144809, Clear 145282).
The last two cards I’m sharing today show more ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking. Both of these cards use the landscape orientation.
Here’s one card:
- As I did in the card above, the Spooky Night Designer Series paper strip (144610) on the card was matted, this time using a piece of Basic Black cardstock. The matte piece gives definition to the patterned paper, as well as coordinating with the other Basic Black elements on the card.
- Pumpkin image and sentiment is from the Seasonal Chums stamp set (Wood 144945, Clear 144948).
- Here’s how I colored in the pumpkin. I used Clear Wink of Stella (141897) to add some sparkle to the face (hard to see in the photo).
Here’s my final designer paper border card.
- The pattern paper border goes across the center of this card, drawing the eye into the center focal image. Your border doesn’t have to be continuously visible to be a border!!
- Other new products used: Labels to Love stamp set (Wood 144970, Clear 144967), Everyday Label Punch (144668), Leaf Punch (144667).
Then, stop back next Monday when I will continue to explore ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.