I am terrible at matching patterned paper. TERRIBLE, I TELL YOU! I find it really difficult, and the number of times I have finished a card with multiple patterned papers on it, and I’ve just looked at it dejectedly and sworn never to try to mix and match patterned papers again – well, you get the drift.
Anyway, I love a challenge, so I challenged myself to use at least 2 (but preferably more) patterned papers on a bunch of cards. A Blog Named Hero is collaborating with Basic Grey at the moment, so I pulled out some new and some not-so-new paper pads and got to work.
I started with a discontinued collection, Fact and Fiction.
The edge puch that I punched the red paper from is meant to make an edge like on a roll of film, or on a ring bound pad – I decided to use the bit that is punched out by the edge punch, rather than what is left on the edge of the paper.
Ok, so this next one, I went for a masculine card, and used the new 6×6 paper pad, Hipster. I just punched a bunch of little squares and stuck them down.
I cut the clear stamp of “happy birthday” in half – I’m doing that more and more these days, once I got over the horror of cutting a stamp in half!! (Seriously, people, it’s just a stamp. Cut it if you have to.)
And, before you say “that stitching line is crooked”, yes, I know – I should have got out the stamp of a stitched line from the HA set, “Sew Artsy”, but I didn’t. I did it by hand. Stupid me. Anyway, don’t you think that mustache is so cute!?!?
Next, I pulled out the 6×6 paper pad, Kneehighs – so cute for girly cards.
I used the party streamer stamp from “celebrate all day”, along with 2 patterned papers, and a die cut “Happy” from Papertrey Ink. The small red hearts are from a Simon Says Stamp die, and the larger pink hearts are from a Stampin’ Up/ EK success punch.
OK, so I didn’t know where to stop with challenging myself with patterned papers because I have a couple more Basic Grey paper packs, but I had to stop somewhere, so I thought “why not try to make a card using papers from ALL THREE PAPER PACKS! Yes, from Fact and Fiction, Hipster and Kneehighs. They’re not sets that jump out at you and say “we match!” – actually, they do the exact opposite!! But what’s the fun of a challenge unless it’s challenging, hey!!
Here’s what I came up with (and, strangely, it’s my favourite of all 4 cards!)
One thing you may notice – NO STAMPS!!!! Shock horror!! I used a little strip from the Fact & Fiction pins & tags embellishment set for the sentiment. I was tempted to stamp the butterflies (I used the small butterfly die from HA/Sizzix Antique flowers and butterflies stamps and dies set), but I decided I liked them white and glittery.
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