Bright and cheery

I was flicking back through old copies of Making Cards Magazine and found this lovely bright floral paper. I remember liking it at the time ii first read the magazine but not being able to see how to use it as a background, but the pattern is too big for it to be a topper, for my tastes. The sentiment was from the same issue, a watercolour splash which ii due cut into an oval.

At first I tried the paper as a single layer background, but it was a bit bland despite the bold pattern. The crochet lace lifted it, but not enough. Hmmm. What to do.

I used a craft knife and my cutting mat to cut a rectangle out of the paper, leaving a 20mm border all around, then again out of that second rectangle, again with a 20mm difference. I matted each rectangle onto a piece of kraft card, leaving a 2mm border all around. Then I rebuilt the original image, gluing my layers down.

A piece of white crochet lace across the middle softened the patter and helped provide a focal point for the sentiment which I put centrally. Finally I added Glossy Accents to the centre of the bottom right flower.

What do you think? I really like how the patterned paper gets to take centre stage, I’ll definitely be using this idea again.


22 thoughts on “Bright and cheery

  1. stitchingranny

    Love it. Sometime it is hard to know just what to do with some papers, they are too pretty to hide in the background but too bright, big or whatever to know what else to do. You have found a perfect solution. (one I maybe stealing lol).

    Helen x

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  2. Lady Joyful

    What a pretty card! That paper really is stunning and you’ve featured it beautifully. Layering it like that was a great solution. I think I have some papers in my stash that this technique would work nicely for. I’ll have to see if I can find them to give it a try 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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