Get More Out of Your Patterned Paper

Are you always looking for ways to get more from your patterned paper?  Read on…

For me, I love the look when there is a lot of patterned paper used – but then my hoarding tendencies tend to take over – especially if I am adding additional layers to my card, thus covering up a lot of my treasured patterned paper!  So I am always looking for ways to get more out of your patterned paper.

So what if you could get multiple layers from just one piece of patterned paper?

For the card I am going to share today, that is exactly what I did.  It started with one piece of patterned paper that is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Then I cut out the middle section of the paper to create a frame.  (I recently shared a video in Stamping Family that shares a trick to doing this the easy way.)

After we have done this, we could then either just raise it up with some dimensionals, but I wanted to really make that layer pop.  So I chose to mat it with some black card stock.  I made it a very narrow mat – only 1/8″ bigger.

Then after placing the “frame” of patterned paper onto my vanilla card base – it was time to add my other panels – and I used dimensionals to do this.

At the bottom of this post will be a list of all the supplies I used, just FYI 🙂

HINT – if your patterned paper has a pattern to it, be sure to make it line up now!


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It is worth noting right now that I didn't use any stamps on this card.

Instead, I went for some dies.  I used my favorite new die set from the new Stampin' Up! catalog – Sunshine Wishes.  It has both the word die and the heart that I used – plus several other great images.

Because these dies have some intricate cut out areas, I went with my Precision Base Plate – and with that I always use my Die Brush and the foam pad that comes with it.  It makes getting all those annoying little pieces out of the die crazy easy.


get more out of your patterned paper


I loved the “congrats” die cut in just the peach, but it got a little lost on the peach patterned paper, so a simple fix was to mat it with black.  I went with black because that is the same color I used as a mat previously.

Then assembly was quick as I already had my card base down.  I needed to add the heart to the card, then attach both “congrats” die cuts together, then finish by adding my die cuts to my card and we are done!


get more out of your patterned paper


Here is another angle of it:



get more out of your patterned paper


See how the lines of the bottom patterned paper line up perfectly with the lines on the top piece?

Here is the list of supplies that I used.  To order any of them, simply click on an item and you will be taken to my online store.  I always appreciate your orders!



Thanks so much for checking in for this card idea – I hope that you can use this tip as a way to get more out of your patterned paper too!

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