Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Let the paper do some of the work

I love patterned scrapbook paper. I loved it long before I ever started scrapping. I fell in love with the colors, the patterns and the textures. I also love the way the pattern can fill in the background of a card so beautifully.  Some papers can practically do the work for you. You gotta love that, right? I do.

I had to whip up a couple Mother's Day cards to send out. A sheet of Bo Bunny's "Welcome Home" really stood out...blues, greens, a hint of white, flowers and swirls. It seemed so feminine and "mothery". (I know that's not really a word...but I like to create...including words.) The inspiration for this card came from the blog of KittieKraft. You are going to drool when you see what this woman does with punches and dies! I found out about this blog from one of my fabulous customers. Thank you, Donna!! This is one of my all time favorite blogs right now.

Here are the cards:

I only needed two...but I couldn't stop. That paper is so perfect for creating cards with! (and I ADORE that little bird!!)
Each card is a little different, but I basically used the same supplies on all three. 

Bo Bunny "Welcome Home" patterned paper
Bird stamp from Layers Of Color Backyard Birds set
Sentiment is from Skipping Stones Designs Beautiful Botanicals set
My Favorite Things Leafy Flourish Die
Martha Steward branch punch

Look what a beautiful, subtle back drop that paper gives. Each card is from a different part of the same sheet of paper, and I was able to work that sweet little bird into each of them. I found cardstock that blended well with the greens and light yellows in the patterned paper, and added the white flourishes to pull out the bit of white in the paper and the base card. 
When I first decided on this piece of paper for my cards, I didn't really think I would be able to use the corner with the white bench in it...but I cut it down and laid the birdy and flourishes down just to see...and I loved it!  When you start to think "What if I...."  - RUN with it!! Do IT! You never know what wonderful discovery is just around the corner! (They won't all be wonderful discoveries, but you will have learned something from it, so it's never a loss)

The way they make scrapbook paper these days, there is always a great flourish, flowers or image that will make a beautiful background for your cards. No muss, no fuss! 

I've heard a lot of you say you aren't creative...you don't have to be...let the paper do the work for you.  No need to fret about the color combination...the paper already picked your colors for you. All you have to do is add more of the same....and that can be card stock, ink, paint, sprays, colored pencils, markers, ribbon, lace, buttons, twine....the possibilites are endless!! (I used Tumbled Glass and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to add just a hint of color to my bird so he didn't look like a bird stamped on white card stock...even though he is. :o)) 

So grab a sheet of beautiful scrapbook paper that you love, find colors in your stash that blend well with the paper, find a stamp, sticker, dies and punches that you love and see what you come up with.  I DARE YOU! 


A few years back I started to organize all my embellishments by color. When I need a green embellishment, I go to my green box and there is a plethora of green to choose from.  This works so wonderful for me and the way I work. I currently use photo boxes with lids to hold my colors. I now realize I should have used something a little larger and maybe see-through. 

If you have a few uneven spots when you cut out your images, especially detailed images, use a marker to go around your image on the sides and color in the top along the edges if you have to fill in a bit.  For larger, less detailed images, I use a blending tool and ink and just smoosh it.

That's all for now....have fun "what iffing" your way to a new discovery!!


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