Sunday, July 29, 2007

Using pattern paper

I encourage you to work pattern paper into your next project. Pattern paper can be a nice way to add dimention and focus the eye of the main image on the same time. When designing your next card use pattern paper on one of the layers. Add a strip behind your main image.

To help clean the lines between your pattern paper and main background or images, be sure to mat your pattern paper also. Just as with any layer, matting helps to define the area.
Here is todays example.
This Halloween card uses two pieces of pattern paper. They are both from the Creepy Crawly Designer Collection. I helped to define each piece by matting it in either Whisper White or Basic Black. The colors within the paper are More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and River Rock.
The main image here is created with the "Carved & Candelit" stamp set. I masked the images so the pumpkins would overlap each other a little. The faces in the set are interchangable and there is also a scary face to choose from. Both pumpkins are stamped in Pumpkin Pie with Basic Black faces. The stems are stamped in Old Olive. It is actually the same stem stamp turned a different direction for each pumpkin.
Again I matted the main image on Basic Black cardstock. The "Happy Halloween" is from "Holidays & Wishes". The words actually come as one line, but by inking onvly a portion of the stamp at a time, I was able to have the words one under the other. The words were punched out with a 1 1/4" circle punch and layered on Pumpkin Pie cardstock cut with the 1 3/8" circle punch.

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