Monday, August 10, 2009

Clean and Simple Cards with Patterned Paper

At Gingersnaps during August we have a passion for patterned paper and this is the focus of my clean and simple feature this month.

Sometimes we can devote an hour or more to making a beautiful card using creative techniques with stamps, ink, paint and more. But other times we just don't have a minute to call our own. In these instances, why not let someone else do the work for you? Take advantage of the amazing patterned paper on the market to whip up quick and easy cards that are beautiful and still reflect your style.

Here is a simple design that can be replicated over and over again with a patterned paper, embellishment and sentiment of your choice. The finished cards measure 5.5" x 4.25" and the strips of patterned paper measure between 1" and 1.25" wide. You will need to plan your strips before you cut them, so you don't slice straight through an image you want to feature.

The first two cards use paper by Graphic 45, Birds in Paradise from their Botanicabella collection and Hey You from their Times Nouveau collection. The final two cards use Doubletake Cardstock from Collage Press's Scrooge & Marley Collection.

Next time you need a card in a pinch, reach for your patterned paper and save yourself some time and stress!


  1. These do not look clean and simple at all!! Totally GORGEOUS!!

  2. These are very elegant and what great use of paper! These are awesome!!

  3. These are great. Love the gate one. It looks like white embossing!

  4. Thank you for your sweet words on my blog. Your cards are just gorgeous! I love the detail. The last one is my fave because of the "heart"! Have a wonderful Tuesday! :)

  5. I love these!! I tend to buy beautiful paper that isn't necessarily practical... stuff with really large designs that are gorgeous, but then what? This is a perfect way to use it. If I can stop hoarding it. Hmmmm...

  6. Beautifully done, who would have thought that just using paper would come out this gorgeous!

  7. This is such a great way to use patterned papers, which I usually stay away from. Had to give it a try, loved it!! One of my finished cards is on my blog. Thanks for sharing this technique now those patterned papers will be put to use.

  8. Gorgeous....I am a paper hoarder, perhaps I will "release" some by making some of these....I love the layouts!


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