Have you ever wondered how to make handmade cards using patterned paper in an easy way? well today I am going share with you some tips and tricks to help you. Even better you will want to be using that patterned paper you have been hoarding all these years… Yes, I know you have a pile of patterned paper you are collecting and not using.. But believe me you want to use it and share it with your loved ones on each card you send.
Making handmade cards using patterned paper
Making handmade cards can be at times challenging, specially as coming up with ideas can be somewhat a problem. However using patterned paper can help you a lot in your crafting, mainly because majority of the times all paper packs coordinate one way or another.
Stampin’ Up! for instance have patterned paper packs, also called designer series paper (DSP) which coordinate in colors and/or in design elements. For instance sometimes they coordinate the DSP with a suite of products, which is specially best to use when you are struggling with ideas. Mainly because everything coordinates beautifully. When you select a suite you most likely will be able to have a stamp set that coordinates, as well as embellishments, making the designing process much easier and more enjoyable. You can see an example of this on this post, where I made cards using a suite of product, so the paper and the stamp set coordinate.
On other instances you can just go and use as inspiration the designer series paper as inspiration, like I did on the cards you see below. I love doing this for papers where I might not have a whole suite of products available to me, or when I don’t want to invest on the coordinating stamp set. (shocking! I know…😱 😉)
A few tips for designing with paper
When I was designing these cards I wanted to use a stamp set I already have, rather than buying the coordinating stamp set. When you do that, there are a few of things to consider
- Are there images in the patterned paper you can cut out to use as an embellishment
- Can you mix and match patterns on the paper pack that look appealing to you
- Do you have a stamp set that can be easily incorporated. TIP – Sentiment stamps set are usually best as they coordinate with almost everything
- Pick easy sketches that can be used with the designer paper. TIP – the simpler the sketch is, the easier will be to incorporate the patterns
Thinking on these points will help you in the designing process, as you can see which sheets you want to use for your projects. By selecting these sheets, you will be able to come up with the color combo.
The Color Combo, Sketch and other details
Here you will see the color combo of each of the cards shown on this post for your reference, as well as the Sketch I used as inspiration and other details for the card. All cards were created using the Best Dressed designers series paper as well as the Abstract Impressions stamp set.
At the end you will also see the video tutorial, if interested in learning how I made each of the cards.
Handmade Card #1
Color Combo: Purple Posy, Mint Macaroon, Whisper White
For this card, I picked two paper patterns that would go best together, and then looked at sketches that I would like to try. For this particular card I did not have a stamp set that had the same type of flowers, but there were little roses on the patterned paper, so I decided to cut them out. These added a really nice embellishment without too much trouble. Also to add a little bit more, I added a piece of Mint Macaroon ribbon since I realized there was some Mint Macaroon leaves in the patterned paper. This was the trigger for me to add Mint Macaroon to the color combo.
Always look for the colors on the patterned paper, I feel like that always help me to get nice color combinations. this is easy, just look at the colors you have in the patterned and then bring the coordinated card stock to see if you like them together.
To finish off this card, I added a little of Wink of Stella on the roses, this added a nice shimmer look without the mess glitter would generate 😁 so definitely a great idea if you like to have shimmery images.
Handmade Card #2
Color Combo: Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White
Same as with the previous card, I picked two sheets that coordinated well together. In this case I picked colors from the floral pattern to come up with the combo. I knew I wanted to show more of the floral patterned so that was my main element. The second pattern then became more of an embellishment to the card.
As for the stamping, I made a similar look using the flowers and leaves images from the Abstract Impressions stamp set. I used the same colors from the patterned I chose, this make it look very coordinated. To finalize this card I added a little bow using Old Olive linen thread.
Handmade Card #3
Color Combo: Petal Pink, Purple Posy, Pear Pizzas, Gold, Whisper White
For this final card, I did exactly the same as with the previous cards, I paired two designs that look nice together, and then looked for embellishments to compliment it. In this case I used the gold ribbon as it went really well with the yellows on the roses pattern. This pattern was actually the one that inspired me to pick the Abstract impressions stamp set! if you see it closely, there are some circle flowers that reminded me of the same image on the stamp set.
Now did you notice the little white border I added to this card? this is from a new suite that will be available in April, so stay tuned my friend as there will be a release of new products on a few days 😁
The Video Tutorial
As promised, here is the video tutorial to show you how to make handmade cards using patterned paper, on this video you will see step-by-step instructions on how to make the three cards shown above.
Please note that because I show you how to make the three cards in this tutorial, the video is long. So make sure you watch it when you are winding up from your day 🙂
The supply list
Below you will find the supply list for all the cards shown in this post, you can click to any of the images and it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. When you purchase thru my online store you support my online business which helps me to keep bringing more card ideas for you!
Today I am showing you how to make birthday cards using one stamp set! After all, Birthday cards are usually the most popular card we need to make, and every month we have people in our live celebrating their birthday!
How to make Birthday cards using one stamp set!
The first think you need to do is actually selecting an stamp set that is catching your eye! the one you have been dying to use! For me it was the Timeless Tulips! not sure if I have share this with you, but Tulips is my favorite flower! And when I saw this stamp set on the catalog, I knew I have to have it.
Then try to stay with one color combo, so the creative process is easier. If you stay with one single color combo for your projects, you don’t have to be thinking in multiple alternatives for each card.
Once the color combo is selected, then grab all your supplies in those colors. For instance patterned paper, card stock, embellishments, and any other coordinating item for the stamp set you selected. Of course make sure that you have a Birthday sentiment to go with it, this might or might not be on the stamp set you selected.
Finally start going thru sketches, cards, or any other sources of inspiration to get ideas for the cards you want to create. Most of the times, I prefer simple sketches, as I find it easy to incorporate any stamp set that way. If I see a finished card, then I want to recreate the same card.
You will see below the sketches and how these were incorporated in the cards I made.
The Color Combo
For thee cards I used the following colors:
- Poppy Parade
- Daffodil Delight
- Old Olive
- Basic Black
- Whisper White
Birthday card #1
I used the following sketch to come up with the first card. As I mentioned before, I find it easier to use simple sketches to come up with ideas for cards, since it can be adapted to any stamp set you can think of. Don’t you think? 😉
The tulips on this card were done with an easy technique using two color of ink pads. Ink your stamp with the lighter color, and then using a sponge add the darker color onto your stamp, and then stamp your image. you get this nice two color effect on the tulips, making them look very realistic. 👉TIP: Make sure you clean your stamp in between each time, as you would stain your light ink pad by not cleaning before inking!
In the video tutorial below you can see how this is done in case you have any questions. Also play with different colors to see what other combinations you like.
Birthday card #2
For this second card I used as well as simple sketch, however this card has a WOW factor when you open it! This is an easy to make pop-up card!! see the pictures below to see how it looks when you open this birthday card!
Same as the previous card, the tulips were stamped following the same technique. For the instructions on how to make this pop-up card make sure you watch the video, as it is best you see how to put it together than me trying to explain it with words 😉
Birthday card #3
Same as with the previous two cards, I used as well a simple sketch. For this card I embossed the card front using the layering leaves 3D embossing folder. I love how this adds dimension, especially when you are using mainly one color. In this case there was a lot of white when I first lay out this card, but after adding the embossing on the first layer, it really made it pop a lot!
I used poppy parade texture weave ribbon for the two lines on this sketch, but I could have used card stock instead. Always be thinking how to change elements on the sketch with embellishments, card stock or even designer series paper a.k.a. patterned paper.
If you like this way of creating cards using sketches, you might want to check this other post where I show how to make three cars using the same sketch!
Step-by-Step Video Tutorial
As mentioned before, here is the video tutorial for you to learn how to make these cards step-by-step, I go over measurements and instructions in more detail on this video. This video is part of my Facebook live that happens every Thursday at 7pm CST, so if you ever have time at this time make sure you join me live on my page!
Warning – because on this video I show you how to make the three cards, it is a bit longer, so I would suggest to watch it when you are winding down. 😁
The Supply List
Also if you are interested in getting the products I used to make these cards, by all means please click on the pictures below, they will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of this items!
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Hi friend! I am so glad you stopped by today to my blog as I will be sharing with you some tips to learn how to make Birthday handmade cards using patterned paper. I know you will see how easy these are to make.
Three Birthday Handmade Cards
On the picture below you can see the Three Birthday cards that I will be showing you how to make. As you can see, I am using the same paper collection.
I love using the same paper collection as I get a lot of inspiration from the colors included in the paper pack, usually that is how I start designing to be honest. I usually pick a designer series paper (DSP) a.k.a. patterned paper collection and then I see which colors call my attention.
In this case, the paper collection includes cherry cobbler, petal pink, pool party, basic black, whisper white and a light silver foil. Since I loved how the petal pink, pool party and whisper white look together, I decided to go with this color combo for this set of cards.
From here, I start playing with sketches or past cards to get ideas for the layout of the card. I usually cut a few things just to help me visualize how things look together and once I like how it looks then I cut the actual paper for the cards.
Details on the birthday handmade cards
To make easier how to make this birthday handmade cards, I added some details of each of the cards on this set.
Please note that at the end of this post there is also a video tutorial to show you how to make these birthday handmade cards step-by-step. Especially if you are a visual learner.
Birthday Handmade Card #1
The first birthday handmade card uses a very simple layout as you can see. The focal point on this card is mainly the designer series paper. I love how the whisper white frames highlighted both the larger piece and the square of DSP.
For this card I added the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set on a whisper white circle that was then layered on a larger basic black circle. Also I colored two little flowers from the Free as a Bird stamp set using the stampin’ blends a.k.a. alcohol markers and fussy cut them. I then added a champagne jewel rhinestone to the center of the flowers and added them as embellishments to the card. Finally I added a bow using the petal pink metallic edge to the card.
Birthday Handmade card #2
For the second Birthday handmade card, the layout is still using still a lot of the designer series paper as you can see.
The sentiment on this card is from the So Sentimental stamp set, I love the font on this sentiment. I think it goes really nice with this DSP, don’t you think?
One thing you can note, is that this time for the embellishment I fussy cut the flowers from the same DSP. I love, love, love, when I can cut images from the same patterned paper! as this coordinates perfectly with the card I am making. So one of the things I pay attention is finding paper packs where I can cut images, as then the designing of the cards is even easier!
Birthday Handmade Card #3
For this last birthday card I used way less DSP compared to the last two cards, however the focal point was still using elements from the DSP.
On this one card you can see that almost all layers are cardstock, however note that I embossed both cardstock layers with embossing folders! I love using the embossing folders as these add a lot of dimension.
I think this is my favorite card from this set!
So with this set of Birthday handmade cards you can see that using a designer series paper to make a set of cards makes the process super easy! You can see another example here. On this post I show how to use the designer series paper as well as the same sketch and get a different look on your cards, I know that you will love seeing the cards on this post.
Step-by-Step video tutorial
As mentioned previously, you can learn how to make these birthday handmade cards step-by-step following along this video tutorial. You will see that these cards are super easy to make 😉
If you enjoyed this video, you need to know that this was one of my Facebook live shows. Every Thursday at 7pm CST I go live on my Facebook Page. During this live I show you how to make three cards using a specific suite, or bundle or a set of products. I would love to see you on the next Facebook live here!
Finally here is the full supply list of items that I used to make these birthday cards. These images will direct you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items.
When you purchase thru these links you support my stamping business. This helps me to keep sharing with you more projects on this blog. I really appreciate your support! 🥰🥰🥰
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Hi there!!! – Here we go again, it’s me participating in the Stampin’ Dreams blog hop for January!! make sure you hop with us as you will get lots of inspiration as you visit all participating blogs!!
I know it seems like lately I am participating in a lot of blog hops, but honestly I have fun at these and I get lots of inspiration when I play with them.
Also being very honest, I have my new resolution for 2020 that I need to step up on my blog and be more consistent with posting my cards in my blog.
Committing to the blog hops keeps my behind on task. It forces me to write even when I don’t feel like doing so to meet the deadline and therefore it helps me with consistency and accountability.
Don’t get me wrong, I create cards on a regular basis, and in fact I share lots and lots of ideas on my Facebook page but I know I can do way better if I share those ideas as well in my blog!! what do you think?
What do you do to keep yourself on track on your NEW YEAR resolutions? for me is commitment with others.. It always force me to do better as I know others are counting on me and I definitely don’t want to let them down.
Blog Hop Theme – CASE a card!
OK, so back to our card project!!! The theme for this blog hop is actually CASE a card. If you are not familiar with this term, let me explain it a bit.
CASE means Copy and Share Everything! To be honest this is my favorite way to design cards! there are so many ways to CASE that I can go on and on for hours, but today I want to share with you one way I design my cards using patterned paper and CASE-ing (is that a word??? 🙄 )
Designing your cards with patterned paper
For my cards today, I want to show you a quick an easy way to come up with your ideas with the CASE method.
First you find an idea for inspiration, in my case I found this Pin on Pinterest.
Then, you see the elements that you like in the idea you are using for inspiration.
In this case, I loved the layout and the fact that it was a card set. I also loved the use of designer series paper (DSP) for the background and the focal point.
Finally, I loved how easy and simple these cards looked. So when I decided this was the idea I wanted to CASE, I created an sketch to follow for my cards.
Below is the sketch that follows the basic elements on the cards from the pin I wanted to CASE.
Please note: I do not add all the elements from the card into the sketch, as you want to have a simple sketch to stretch your creativity, by thinking how you can play with it, how you can change it, or how you can exchange elements.
Having a sketch always helps you to follow a layout for a card. Additionally, it helps you to focus on the products you want to use. I tend to do this a lot, to avoid copying exactly the same design.
You see, when you are watching the original card it sometimes can overwhelm you, thinking you might not have some elements on the collection of items you want to use to replace the ones you see in the card you are casing.
Therefore, having a sketch takes that noise away, as a result you can think of what you have from the collection of products you want to use into your card.
For example, the cards on the pin used linen thread under the circle, and in my case, I did not add this to the sketch. Similarly, you can see that for the sentiment, I added a banner on the sketch, however the cards on the pin do not have banners for the sentiment.
Different sources to help you design your cards
Since we have been talking about getting card ideas for you to CASE, I thought it would be helpful to share a list of sources you can use.
- Old cards you have made in the past
- Stampin’ Up! catalogs (past or current)
- Card magazines
Additionally think of other ways you can CASE, in these cards, I used the layout for inspiration and that is what I copied for my cards. However, you can copy other things when CASE-ing.
The following ideas might be something to consider when designing your cards and CASE-ing.
- Color combos you liked
- Layout – as shown on these cards
- Copy the same card, but change the colors or stamp set
- Rotate the layout – if the card was made horizontal, try to make it vertical
- Make the same card using another patterned paper collection
I am sure these ideas will help you get your mind thinking on other ways you can design cards and make it easy, while getting a lot of sources to get lots of inspiration.
Products used in these cards
In the cards I am showing today, I wanted to focus on the Bird Ballard Suite from Stampin’ Up!, as I adore the designer series paper (DSP) and stamp set included in this collection. I then used the Follow your Art embellishment kit to compliment the cards.
As usual, I looked at the back of the patterned paper pack (DSP) to get the color combo for my cards. This is the number one tip I can give you if you struggle with color combinations. Believe me, it never fails!
For these cards I used the following color combos:
- Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Pool Party
- Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
- Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party
At the end of this post you will see the full supply list of the products used for my cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click at the pictures, and you will be taken to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items. As always I truly appreciate your support, this keeps me motivated in creating and sharing card ideas with you.
Here is the Video tutorial where I show step-by-step on how to make these cards, I go over how I create the sketch from the pin I found in Pinterest and how I go about making decisions on mix and matching the designs from the designer series paper a.k.a. DSP or paper pack collection.
Also, I go over the measurements and colors of the ink and cardstock. As a result you will get lots of information on this video. However, the downside is that the video is around 42 min. Therefore, I recommend you watch this one when you are winding down from your day so you can relax and enjoy it. 😉
Blog hop line-up!
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, make sure you visit the rest of the participant blogs.
Full Supply List of Products
And as promised, you can see below the full supply list of products I used when creating these cards. Thank you so much for your support and for stopping by today!
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Hello there!!! Today I am again participating in a blog hop to bring you lots of ideas from around the world!! Believe me you will get tons and tons of inspiration when you hop with us and visit all blogs from my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators!
I have no doubts that you will find lots and lots of inspiration and after visiting all the blogs you will want to go to your craft room and case some of the ideas from these blogs!
Now, as you can imagine, I have been saying a lot on my videos how much I love the Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up! and I have not been able to stop creating cards with this suite, so today, I am going to share another project using the Peaceful Poppies Suite.
Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up!
If you are like me, I know that you will love all the elements from this suite! I am particularly drawn to the designer series paper in this collection, because the colors are just so bright that makes me happy!!!
All the designs from the Peaceful Poppies designer series paper are just perfect for stand alone cards, meaning you don’t need much to make beautiful cards! You can see it today with my easy to follow design.
You can mix and match this same layout with all the different designs in this paper pack, in fact that would be a great challenge to see how many cards we can make using this same layout!!
If you are up to it, let’s play and share some of your creations on the comments!! I know you will love all the cards you make with sketch/layout!
Information about this card
Anyway, back to the card project I am sharing today. I used both of the stamp sets included in the Peaceful Poppies suite, which are the Painted Poppies and the Peaceful Moments.
I love that one of the sets is sentiments only and the other is poppies images! this really helps so much with the designing of the card, as everything coordinates nicely!
As far as colors being used, I used the Blackberry Bliss for the card base, and Old Olive for the mat, as both colors were included in the DSP color palette. I don’t you if you know that but that is my biggest secret when it comes to color coordination.. I always look in the back of the paper pack to get colors that can go together. After all if these are great on the design of the sheet, it will as well on a card!
Now as far as the sentiment, I die cut it with the brand new Stitched So Sweetly dies! which are fantastic!! seriously! they have some many images for labels plus the cute set of scallop rectangles that are so in trend!
For the stamping, I stamped off the poppy image with Gray Granite in a scratch paper and then stamped (without re-inking) onto the whisper white label, and then I stamped the sentiment with Rich Razzleberry.
And to embellish this card I added a little zigzag with the Poppy Parade Textured Weave Ribbon, it adds somethings and pulls all colors together, don’t you think?
Step-by-Step video tutorial
As usual here is a video tutorial in case you want to see step-by-step instructions, I go over measurements for all the pieces of the card.
If you are interested in knowing all the specifics of the products I used I have added a supply list at the end of this post, as well as a Pinterest image in case you want to save this card idea for later in one of your favorite boards.
Blog hop list!
And as discussed at the beginning of this post, here is the listing of all the blogs participating in the blog hop! Make sure you visit all of them as I know that you will love getting all the ideas from this talented group!
Here is the list of all items used in this card, if you click to any of the images it will take you to my online store, where you can purchase any of these products. As always I truly appreciate your support!
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We all love sending and receiving Christmas cards. However, making Christmas cards can be a challenge when you are running around all the time. After all, we all are busy with all the things in life. Family responsibilities, an 8-5 job, kids activities. I totally get it, and so this is why today I want to share with you a way to make your Christmas cards quick and easy!
Certainly, this process has helped me lately with designing quick and easy Christmas cards. And when I need to make a good number of Christmas cards, this is a good way to tackle the task!
Let me summarize this process in the next bullets for you:
- Select a focal point
- Choose the patterned paper of your choice
- Look out for sketches for your cards or layouts
- Schedule some time to cut and ensemble cards
Select a focal point
This my friend will make a big difference. Before you get into making Christmas cards, you need to choose what you want to use as you main focal point. The idea here is to cover the majority of the space you typically have in a Christmas card canvas (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). Having a good focal point always helps in designing a card.
One thing to take into consideration is the number of cards you need to have ready, to make sure you have as many focal points available. For instance, if you are making 20 cards, you would need to consider what you want to do for the focal point 20 times. For example if you are fussy cutting something, do you want to do this 20 times? do you have 20 of the same image to be able to make 20? if not, what would you use to substitute this focal point?
In the Quick and easy Christmas cards I show in this post I decided that the focal point is the Christmas Tree. However, I know that the designer series paper I am using will not let make 20 trees. Therefore, I know I have to make some other with regular card stock. The good thing though, is that because this is a large die cut, I can make as many as I want, I just need to decide what paper to die cut.
A few examples of focal points for your Christmas cards can be
- A die cut or a sticker – In my example I am using a large die cut. The Christmas Tree.
- An image you can cut out of your patterned paper
- A stamped image
- A large sentiment
Choose the patterned paper of your choice
Once you know what is your focal point, then you can look for a patterned paper that goes well with the focal point. In all honesty, I typically do this process hand on hand when selecting the focal point, that way I don’t waste too much time in matching things.
For instance in the cards I show in this post, I knew I would use the Wrapped in Plaid designer series paper (DSP) as I was going to die cut the large pine tree for my Christmas cards. Therefore, it made sense to use the same patterned paper for the cards.
One great tip when choosing the patterned paper, is to use one from a collection or pack. In my case I always use Stampin’ Up! designer series paper packs because these always color coordinate very well. This definitely makes the designing process very easy.
Try to not go by the one sheet stack, though you can find gorgeous paper, you will waste way too much time trying to match it with other papers and most of the times you can’t even find one that coordinates perfectly.
Look out for the sketches for your cards or layouts
The next thing to do is to look for sketches or layouts that are simple to follow, that way you can just just the paper accordingly and start making your Christmas cards.
The big tip I can give you when making quick and easy Christmas cards, is to look for easy sketches. Try to avoid going for overly complicated sketches with many layers. In fact the less layers the better. I share more about sketches on this post. And while this post is about Halloween cards, I know you can apply the same tips when making quick and easy Christmas cards. By the way on this post I share a link to my Pinterest board for sketches. So, if you are interested in easy sketches make sure to follow it on Pinterest.
Also try to go for a sketch that showcase or displays the patterned paper you selected. This easy trick will make the big difference, as you make your Christmas cards.
All the sketches I used on these cards are extremely simple, yet the cards look stunning, as these showcase really well the patterned paper. Don’t you agree?
Schedule some time to cut and assemble cards
Now the fun begins!!! Once you have decided on your sketch and the designer series paper and the focal point, it is time to make your Christmas cards!
First step is to break the card into tasks. For instance, cutting the patterned paper, die cutting the focal point, stamping, tie bows, etc. Schedule some time to be making each of the tasks you identified on the first step. Secondly, once you have all the different elements, then schedule some time to assemble all your cards. You will see that you will make quick and easy Christmas time, without any trouble! believe me 🙂
Tutorial on how to make Three quick and easy Christmas cards
Now regarding the cards I show on this post, let me share the following video tutorial, where you can see specifically how these cards were made!
I go over measurements and colors for these cards step by step. Additionally, on this video tutorial I share some tips and tricks on how to use the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint! So if you have been wondering how to use the puff paint, make sure to watch the video!
Please know that this is what I showed last week during my FB live, if you are interested in catching me live, you can like to my page https://www.facebook.com/CreatingWithAllie/ and you can turn on the notifications to let you know when I go live! which is typically on Thursdays at 7pm CST.
Here is the supply list as well as the links to all the products I used to make these cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click on the images and these will take you to my online store. I truly appreciate your support 🙂
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