Cardmaking with patterned paper adds wonderful texture and style to your handmade designs. And this In good Taste designer series paper? It has soooo many gorgeous textured designs, you won’t know which one to use first!

Let’s take a peek.

Cardmaking with Patterned Paper

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you see all these designs? Home renovation maybe? Tile? Brickwork? Carpet? It’s so totally different from anything else we’ve seen in the last little while!

So which one would you have used first? The one I sued today is about card 5 or 6 for me as I could hardly wait to start working with this paper as soon as it arrived in May. You can see the very first one I pulled out here.

And boy, is this a mega pack of paper! 24 sheets, 2 each of 12 different designs. So there’s all kinds of options to use for a simple card like this one.

Cardmaking with Patterned Paper and Tasteful Touches

Cardmaking with Patterned Paper

I actually didn’t plan it, but I love how the chevron (?) pattern points down to the greeting. It just underlines how special your recipient is!

And what about that feather? Isn’t is beautiful? Since I wanted a card that would work for both ladies and gentlemen, I knew it would be perfect. Then I also decided on colours echoed in the textured paper. One that is a close match, but not exactly the same and another for a pop of anyone-will-love-it colour. Gray Granite and Pretty Peacock are my picks here.

What do you think? Did I succeed? Would you give this to a guy or a gal?

Jo’s Design Details

Here are a few of the ways I made this a special card.

Cardmaking with Patterned Paper and Tasteful Touches stamps from Stampin Up!

1.Relying on bold colour to add ooomph! Pretty Peacock is a perfect complement to the Early Espresso and Gray Granite textured designer paper. I had thought about starting with Night of Navy too but the teal Peacock just made more of a statement.

2.Choose simple images. I couldn’t resist the feather for this card. The detail is exquisite and even though there isn’t a die for it, fussy cutting this shape didn’t take too long and really adds to the card’s beauty.

3.Change things up a bit. I used the cut out image of a label rather than adding another layer to my card. After all, why not use both the positive and negative images of fabulous dies like the Tasteful Labels dies? You can see the lovely embossed edge of this negative cutout in the photo above.

4. Limit embellishments. Since I wanted the card to work for the men and ladies, I didn’t want fancy ribbon. A simple strip of reversible ribbon in Pretty Peacock is ideal to define the line between the Gray Granite cardstock and the textured DSP. I also wanted just a hint of gold and felt the bow finished the front off nicely. Fraying the ends made it not too feminine 😉.

Cardmaking with Patterned Paper and Tasteful Touches

5. Echo the front of the card inside. I repeated the overlapping feathers element on the inside of the card with ink only this time reversing the colour that you see on top.

Pull Out That Designer Series Paper!

If you’ve got a stash of patterned paper – and let’s face it, if you’ve been card making for awhile, you do! – rifle through them and pull out a fun textured design like the one I used. Match it up with some cardstock and a simple embellishment or two then get cardmaking with patterned paper!

If you’d like to add the items I used to your own supplies, I am so grateful to have you shop with me if you live in Canada. Add any of them to your own craft stash with a simple click.

Cardmaking with Patterned Paper

Thanks So Much

I absolutely love when you stop in to see what I’ve been playing with. And I especially love when you take a moment to leave me a comment with your thoughts.

  • Did you like it?
  • What’s your favourite part?
  • What would you change?
Cardmaking with Patterned Paper for quick cards

Mostly I really hope it gives you a spot of inspiration to entice you into your craft space and get creative!

I’d love to hear which of these new papers you would love to work with when cardmaking with patterned paper – drop me a line anytime at [email protected].

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