Hello crafty friends. I’m back with another big stack of cards today. I’ve filmed the card making process, cut it into 100s of little pieces and put them back together again so that you can watch the cards being made without all the fiddling and fumbling and repetition that happens at my craft desk. You can watch the video by clicking below.
This paper for these cards all comes from a 12 x 12 inch paper pack from Paper Rose called Cozy Christmas. It has really muted tones in blues, pinks and purples, along with some navy. Not traditional Christmas colours, I know, but I love them.
I used four different sketch ideas to make my cards. None of them have very exact measurements, as the sizes were determined but the cut apart pages included with the paper pack.
The first loose sketch involves a vertical strip of patterned paper, and the cut apart panel. Many of the roughly 3 x 4 inch panels were actually journalling cards, so I added some fussy cut images from the Cosy Christmas to the top of these. By adding a backing paper, usually of a darker colour, even busy papers can look good next to one another.
The second ‘sketch’ uses the same 3 x 4 inch cards, this time with three horizontal strips behind them. the strips ranged in width and height, and I cut one of them to have fishtail banner ends, but the basic sketch is the same for all of them.
Again, I added extra fussy cut elements. I also added some sentiments from the Crisp Christmas sentiments pack from Paper Rose. This included added some extra presents and a cat to the card below.
Next, I made a set of cards using one of the smaller cut aparts. This one was about 6cm square (a little over 2 inches) I added a large square of my favourite papers behind them, and another piece of paper at the back to cover the whole card.
I made sure only one of these larger paper pieces was busy or dark, so that the card didn’t get too overwhelming. I also added a strip across the middle(ish) of the card, in varying widths, depending on what was already cut on my desk.
Finally, I used the Card Creator 3 die from Paper Rose to use up a lot of the little scraps that were building up on my desk. I cut 6 frames, and lots and lots of small scraps. I used a large roll of double sided tape at the back and I added a bunch of smaller fussy cut pieces to each card.
I hope that this has inspired you to take a look at the papers that you have sitting in your stash, or at using this sweet non traditional paper pad. I used about 8 of the 12 sheets in the making of these cards, so I could certainly make another 10 from the leftovers.