I happen to LOVE pattern papers in my cardmaking as much as I love making my own patterns. I find the papers are becoming more of a staple in my craftroom as the designs are so beautiful. Even some of the craft companies are producing pattern papers in 80 lb. cardstock weight which is perfect for panels or even card bases themselves!
I also love to turn to pattern papers when I don’t particularly feel like breaking the color mediums but I still want to be creative. So, in this case I pull out my pattern scraps, papers and my die cutting machine and I turn them into flowers and leaves to piece together into clusters! This is so much fun! But also I like trimming strips and positioning them in different ways on cards. There’s so much you can do to make your card stand out even when you don’t use watercolors or alcohol markers.
Think of this post more like a lookbook or gallery of examples of how I’ve used the pattern papers in my stash. I won’t list the supplies because as you can find the majority of what I use in my series, “My Favorite Supplies for Cardmaking” Part 1 here and Part 2 here!
Even the way you cut pattern paper can add a unique touch as I did in the cards above.
I love taking my flower dies and using pattern papers to cut them out cause not only do you get the color but interesting designs too as in the above two cards
I love that vintage look in the 3 above cards and I used a bit of distress ink around the edges of the card above for a rustic finish
You can see from all these cards all the different ways I used pattern papers, from cutting rectangle strips for borders to squares to form like puzzle pieces. And of course I added little finishing touches like ink splatters, gems, Nuvo drops, stickers, and ink dragging. Those techniques can really add dimension and interest to a CAS card. I’m learning to use pattern papers in different ways other than card panels.
And, because pattern papers come out in themes that are great for scrapbooking, we cardmakers can take a lesson and adapt these collections into layouts on cards too. I particularly am drawn to vintage, distress, rusty and shabby chic themes. And as a matter of fact, I’ll be working on a new collection of vintage-styled cards very soon! Stay tuned and thanks for reading!