Ideas for Using Patterned Paper


Card makers love a good patterned paper pack and are always looking for ideas using it! Don't hoard it…take it out, cut it up and and create gorgeous hand made cards.

Here are a bunch of great ideas for using patterned paper on your next project!

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper with cover plates

Inlaid Die Cutting

The Capture the Flag Cover Plate is PERFECT for creating a card like this! I cut several triangles at once out of different patterns and pieced them back together like a puzzle. It was such fun and you can view the Facebook Live Replay here to see how it was done!

Try patterns with a smaller scale for a card like this to really show off the patterns.

I used shimmering watercolors from Gansai Tambi and Art Philosophy for the moon and stars which is a great detail! These paints are both shimmery and wonderful and either is a great choice! The Gansai Tambi are more translucent and the Art Philosophy are a bit more opaque.

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper on cards

Adding a Patterned Accent

Just by cutting a strip of paper, you can quickly add a colorful patterned accent to your card. You can place it vertically or horizontally or even cut out shapes or background frame layers.

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper on die cuts

Create a Focal Point with Patterned Paper

Adding a popped up shape of patterned paper to your card can create a fantastic focal point. This piece can anchor images, word dies and sentiments in an eye-catching way!

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper cut through paper

Backgrounds with Patterned Paper

Patterned paper often makes a fantastic background! Show a lot or a little- adding patterned paper is a quick and easy way to add color, pattern and interest to any card! I love how the die cuts were cut out of the patterned paper and the coordinating stamps were stamped on the layer beneath.

I hope you are inspired by these ideas using Patterned Paper!

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