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Creating With Patterned Paper - Quick & Easy Holiday Cards

Creating With Patterned Paper - Quick & Easy Holiday Cards

Hi everyone!  It's Carissa Wiley here with you today.  I'm glad you've stopped by.  Today I'll be sharing a couple of holiday themed cards featuring patterned paper.

Patterned paper is a quick and easy way to add color, pattern and layers to your card projects.  And the best part about using patterned paper is that a little goes a long way. All of the patterned papers on these projects come from the Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Vibes 6x6 Paper Pack.

In today's cards, you'll see that I used the patterned paper as inspiration for color choices.  Since these patterned papers are designed by the professionals, I know that the colors in the palette have been carefully chosen to work together.  And even if I wasn't using patterned paper on the actual cards, patterned paper can provide great color palette inspiration.  The Holiday Vibes paper pack features greens, pinks, reds and blues.

The first card combines both patterned papers and stamped images.  In addition to the Holiday Vibes 6x6 collection, I'm also using the Happy Hugs stamp set and coordinating Happy Hugs die.

I did some quick Copic coloring and partial die cutting to create my focal image.  Then I added it on to a white linen card front and finished it off with some enamel dots from the Holiday Vibes collection.

I'm going to walk you through the first card today in the video tutorial, so be sure to check that out.

When I'm choosing patterned papers from within a collection, I like to make sure that I have one patterned paper that's larger in scale, and one that is smaller in scale.  That keeps the patterns from fighting each other.  I also like the patterns to vary.  In other words, I try not to use two stripes together or two plaids together.  While this may work in some cases, generally, two patterns of the same kind will want to distract from each other.

The second card today is all about the patterned papers and a couple of die cuts.  The die cuts are from the new Dainty Blossoms die set.

You'll see that this card features a large pattern (the red chevron patterned paper) and a smaller pattern (the mixed Christmas images) and finally, a patterned paper that could almost be considered on the "solid" side.  The navy and white doesn't have too much going on, and almost lends itself to a solid paper or tone on tone feel.  These patterns work together because the colors relate back to each other, the patterns are different and the patterns vary in scale.

I opted to keep the shapes simple and added a touch of greenery from the Dainty Blossoms die set.  The sentiment comes from the Holiday Vibes 6x6 Patterned Paper pack as well.

Patterned papers are a great way to create quick and easy card this holiday season...or year round for that matter.  Keeping the tips in tricks I shared above in mind will leave you with cards that are balanced and beautiful.  A little goes a long way.  Small strips and shapes are enough to leave you with a fun and festive feeling card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed these projects.  Don't forget to check out the video tutorial.  Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!




2. Nov 05, 2018

This is so adorable, love how you colored those bears!

Kelly Schirmer
1. Nov 01, 2018

Thanks for all the useful tips on using patterned paper!


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