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Patterned Papers

Patterned Papers

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  5.5" x 4.25"

Supplies for Card #1
Pamela (About Art Accents)
Sentiment (Inkadinkado)

Chocolate Kiss (Gina K Designs)
Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)

Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper (Hot off the Press)

India Ink Black (Stewart Superior)
Dies:  Maga Deckled Rectangle Small, Labels 4 and Labels 4 small (Spellbinders)
Embossing Folder Swiss Dots (Provo Craft)           

Ocean Tides Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Copic Markers (.too corp.)

> E00
> E11

> E53
Double Sided Adhesive (Scotch 3

One of my favorite stamping supplies is patterned paper and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  Yes, sometimes I stamp my background paper, but since I can’t bring myself to resist buying stacks of the lovely designs out there, I might as well use some of it.

There are many ways to mix pattern paper with stamping.  The easiest is of course to use the patterned paper as a background.  This is so common, that I didn’t make a sample for it.  I’m sure we’ve all done this at some time.  I’ve included supply lists for all 3 cards, but no step by step directions.  None of the cards are difficult and I mostly wanted to show ideas for using our patterned paper stashes.

My first card (shown above) demonstrates a different, but still popular way to include patterned paper—paper piecing.  The girl’s dress is paper pieced and then I used the same paper as part of the background.  I must confess I feel the same way about housework and although I’ve had this stamp for ages, this is the first time I’ve used it.

Card #2 

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 6" x 6" 

Supplies for Card #2
Clown, Words (Hampton Art Stamps)
Pink Cardstock (Bazzill)
White Cardstock (scraps from my stash)

Patterned Paper:
Le Cirque (Graphic 45)

Annalee (Prima)
K & Company (Que Sera Sera)

Lace Trim (Webster’s Pages)
Rub On (Fancy Pants)

Adhesive applier (Xyron)
Miracle Tape (Viva Las Vegastamps)

Double sided Adhesive (Scotch 3 M)


Another very trendy use of patterned paper is to fussy cut objects, such as flowers, out of the paper to use as embellishments on cards or scrapbook layouts.  In my example, here, I actually use the cut out as the focal point.  I cut the girl out of Graphic 45 paper and layered her over the compass from the K & Co paper.  I added some stamping from the matching Le Cirque stamps.

 Card #3

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide


Finished Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Directions for Card #3

Butterfly (Flourishes)
Crackle Background (Impression Obsession)

Sentiment (Stamp Attack)
Lemon Tart Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
Solar White Card Stock (Neenah)

Patterned Paper Brenda Walton Mira (K & Company)
Memento Lady Bug, London Fog and Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Versamark (Tsukineko)

Distress Ink Pumice Stone (Ranger)
> Eyelet Pendant, Double Ended Tags (Spellbinders)

>  Frou Frou Circles (Stamping Scrapping)
Honeycomb Embossing Powder (Powder Keg)

Baker’s Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Brads (Making Memories)

Blending Tool (Ranger)
Double Sided Adhesive (Scotch 3M)

My final card shows yet another use for patterned paper-using it in your die cutting machines.  In my example I cut the eyelet pendant out of patterned paper, but while I was playing around in my craft room preparing for the article, I cut many dies out of patterned paper which are now ready to be used on other projects.  You may have noticed that I also used die cut patterned paper in my circus card behind the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed exploring this topic and that it helps you to remember to use your stash and get more out of your collections.

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5 Responses »

  1. LOL...Love that sentiment! I just "glanced" my house this morning as well. 😀
    Great inspiration and beautiful cards.
    Lisa xx

  2. Wonderful card! Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Love those cards. The sentiments are just great! TFS

  4. Cathy,
    Lovely cards and great examples of how patterned paper adds so much to the overall design. You are not alone stampin' sister! :o) Thanks for sharing the great ideas and inspiration!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!