Friday, March 29, 2013

New Techique for Patterned Paper

So I recently signed up for an online card class that was taught by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire called Pattern Play. It was a class about how to use patterned paper. I wanted to share with you one of the techniques I learned in the class. For this technique the goal is transform patterned paper to give it an entirely new look. To make my card, I stared with a piece of white card stock cut and scored to make a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card. I added a dark blue mat cut at 4" X 5 1/4". For the orange mat, I stared with a piece of patterned paper cut to 4 1/4" X 5 1/2".  I used a Hero Arts Leaf and Branch background stamp (yes, Kim can get Hero Arts products, just ask) and stamped it on my patterned paper with some Versamark. I added some Clear WOW! embossing powder. Here is a before and after shot of the paper I used. Next I used some Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon and my blending tool to apply some ink to my embossed patterned paper. The embossed areas will resist the ink.  On the left is the paper I started with, on the right is what I ended up with after I embossed it and added the ink. The other step that I did based on what I learned in the class was to take my iron set on dry, medium heat and some printer paper and I laid the printer paper over my embossed patterned paper and ironed it a couple of times, moving the printer paper as I did this to take off the glossy embossing powder.
To finish my card, I cut a fan from the Cricut Pagoda cartridge (yes, Kim can special order this for you, just ask) at 3". I added it to my card front with some foam tape. Then I took a Tim Holtz ticket that said Dream and inked it with some Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress ink ad added it to my card. Finally I added some dark blue pearls from my stash. Kim has a wide selection of pearls in multiple colors and sizes here in the store. I hope you will give this technique a try. It is a great way to change up a patterned paper that may now be working for you.


  1. Love it!! Great explanation of this technique too Deanna! Sounds so fun!! :)

  2. Love the card!!! Your tutorial is fantastic!
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Awesome card Deanna!!! Great tutorial too!

  4. Deanna, this is awesome - I love seeing all of the things you do - sometimes I go oh ok then I go WOW - Keep up your great work & maybe someday I can be like you (lol).
    Thanks for sharing - the project itself gives you loads of food for thought for other cards. or trims for scrapbook pages.

  5. Nice job. I took that class, too, and learned so much.
    Have a Happy Easter.
    Rae Ann

  6. This is a very bright and cheerful card. I like what you did with it. The technique is awesome!