Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pattern Play Day 3

Today's class was about ways to use those bold prints that you just had to have and then didn't know how to use them.  I've used this technique before and was going to link the cards up but couldn't find them in my list. I'm afraid to say I have a large number of these papers that I bought in a Recollections "great value" stack.  I guess it wasn't such a great value since I hardly even use any of them.  Oh the mistakes you make when you first start card making.

Here's my card for today.  I have someone in mind to send it to.

I cut the flowered paper into strips and attached them to a card stock that was near the background color.  I used a coordinating paper for the shadow around the sentiment that is hand cut.  (I NEED to get one of those banner dies.)  The sentiment is stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and the same ink was used to antique the edges to make it stand out  - an idea from an earlier lesson.

I do have a little hint to pass along that I used, which comes from my quilting experience.  I have a 4.25 by 5.5 piece of transparency that I use to audition the sections of large prints that I want to use.  I just move it around the paper until I like what will show on the front of the card.

Now that I look at this card, I probably could have used the paper whole instead of cutting it into strips but that wasn't the lesson now, was it?  For some reason, when I see my cards on the screen I can think of better ways to do them.  When I have more time, I'm going to try paper piecing some of these large flowers - also from an earlier lesson.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Bobby, I love your card and I love your tip about the transparency. Thanks for sharing. I do the same thing when I see my cards posted, think of something else to add or do differently. haha :) My card for today will be posted tomorrow.

  2. I'm exactly the same with my cards Bobby, and I stick things down too quickly so it even happens to me while I'm making the card. I really like how you've cut the paper into strips - I think it gives the image more punch :)

  3. GREAT tip with the transparency! And I do like the added interest with the paper strips.

  4. I actually love that you cut the paper into strips. I think it's a great way to break up a bold print and I'm going to have to remember this. Your card is so pretty!

    I have heaps of paper that I've never touched as well - so I laughed at your "great value" comment! So true!!