It’s easy to create great looking cards when you use patterned paper to create an impact. Today I’m beginning a mini series on ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking. Currently Stampin’ Up! has a fantastic sale on select packs of their Designer Series Paper. So….
I though it would be fun to explore different ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.
The simplest way to create stunning cards is to use a piece of designer series paper as the background for your sentiments or stamped images. Here’s an example
- Sometimes the patterned paper has beautiful, stand-alone images that are perfect for card backgrounds. That’s the case for the sunflower paper piece in the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper pack (144613).
- This card was easy to make, because all it needed was to have a sentiment added. I used a greeting from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (143662).
- To make the sentiment more of a focal point, I used Layering Oval Framelits. (141706 )
- Other details to note: Notice the narrow cardstock matte behind the designer paper. This helps to “pop” the paper and make it stand out. I also added a piece of 1/4″ Copper Trim ribbon (144179) as an accent.
- Designer Paper Size: 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ ; Matte Size: 3 7/8″ x 4 7/8″
Here’s another card that uses pattern paper as a background.
- Symmetric patterned paper also works well for a card front background and helps the stamped images to stand out. This designer paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack (144621).
- The stamped candles from the hostess exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set (144973) make a great focal point for this card. Notice how the lines on the background design paper help to make the image pop.
- Tips for using 12″ x 12″ sheets for card backgrounds: If you cut your background piece 5 1/4″ x 4″, you can get 6 card fronts from each sheet of designer paper. Determine the direction in which you want your pattern paper to be cut (portrait or landscape). Make the two 5 1/4″ cuts first, and you will have a leftover 1 1/2″ paper strip to use on other projects. Then, cut each of the three wide strips into 4″ lengths.
My final card uses TWO pieces of patterned paper.
- On this card, the two pieces of designer paper serve as a way to draw the eye in to the card focal point.
- TIPS FOR USING TWO PIECES OF PATTERNED PAPER: My best advice for using two pieces of paper is to start with a coordinated paper collection. These paper collections are designed to take the guesswork out of coordinating products. In this case, I used two pieces from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack (144185).
I hope you have enjoyed learning about ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking. As I mentioned above, Stampin’ Up! is having a great sale on select Designer Series Paper packs during the month of October. Click here to get details of the sale. Or, if you prefer, go and check out the paper in my online store.