Sunday, January 21, 2018

Quick and Easy Cards from Patterned Paper

Hi, Friends......

I am here to share a quick and easy idea for cards I made for one part of Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge. The theme this fortnight is Butterfly/ies + X for Xtra Fold &/or the color Peacock Green/Blue. I am participating only in the color portion of the challenge this time.

I happened upon two identical 12"X12" pieces of patterned paper in my stash that I had previously cut to size for A2 backgrounds. They were sheets actually made for scrapping rather than cardmaking because they each had this pretty butterfly/floral pattern in the corners and a big blank area in the middle for your photos and embellishments.

Being a cardmaker, I find that these "scrapping" pages can make lovely cards if you cut the decorated parts just right. In this case, I was able to use the main decorated part for the front of the cards and the less decorated (but still pretty) corners for the inside of the cards. I had enough for two identical cards!! Yay!! I am trying to do multiples of most of my cards this year!!

I gave the panels a slight vintage look with some distressing by inking around the edges. I even got a chance to use my new Sea Breeze Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops for making a few "dew drops" on the fronts. So pretty!! (Thank you, Karen Ladd!!)

OUTSIDE of the card........and..........INSIDE of the card
To make it a little fancier, I used a lacy border punch on the lower edge and put a scalloped border on the upper edge of the front panel. I don't have a flat scalloped edge border die, so I used the long edge of my favorite and most-used die for backgrounds, the large pierced, scalloped rectangle from Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set, to cut just the top edge of my panel. If you have pretty-edged rectangle dies, this is an easy way to make a fancy border on one side of your panel.

<---Only cut the leading edge of the rectangle.

<-----Stop before you get all the way down to here.

Supplies used include:
DCWV paper
Martha Stewart Edger Punch - Doily Lace
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Distress Ink in Peacock Feather
Clear Dollar Stamps - Praying for You (discontinued)
Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops in Sea Breeze

Hope you liked this idea for making quick cards from some of those large scrapbooking papers in your stash. Thank you for stopping by!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #93 - Butterfly/ies + X for Xtra Fold &/or the color Peacock Green/Blue
2. Allsorts Week #451 - Butterflies
3. Word Art Wednesday #318-319 - AG
4. HeARTful Stamping Jan 21-28 - AG + a stamp

5. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #30 
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #31
7. The House that Stamps Built - DCC13 - Things with Wings
8. As You Like It - Favorite Die and Why  (My fave is the large scalloped rectangle from my
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set because of the pretty edge for making lovely layers.)
 9. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
10. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #375 - Distressing
11. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - January


  1. Lovely card, and thanks for the tips on partial die cutting.
    Jane - Butterfly Challenge GDT

  2. A super card with pretty edging. Thank you for joining in at As You Like It x

  3. Wow, how beautiful Janis. I definitely need to rumage through my scrapbook paper stash. Your card is gorgeous and I love the inside. A fabulous job on your card.

  4. What a brilliant idea for making the edging along the top of the card and what a pretty design this paper is too. I love the way you have managed to cut it to make the inside just as pretty as the outside. Thankyou for fluttering into the butterfly garden for this challenge. hugs Mrs A.

  5. Love your very pretty card

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  6. Very pretty and great way to use large scrapbook paper--I will have to look through my stash. I like the fancy edges.

  7. So pretty, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

  8. ooh Sooooo pretty! Such a good idea to use the patterned paper. xxx

  9. Pretty card and lovely papers.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  10. This is gorgeous!! And to think it is really just a piece of paper, no stamping needed. Love it! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  11. Hi Janis, not heard from you for ages, love your card and thanks for visiting my blog...following you.xx[aNNie]

  12. Wonderfully elegant! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week.

  13. Well aren't you creative with those papers! When I first saw this gorgeous card, I thought you had stamped and glittered all those flowers and butterflies and was surprised to see that you just cleverly cut some printed scrapbook papers, then added the Nuvo drops! By the way, now that I've seen those translucent Nuvo drops in action I'm eager to try my own bottle out. I just love this card!

  14. Such a pretty card -- love the colors and your inked edges! Glad you linked this up to the "Things With Wings" Challenge over at The House That Stamps Built! Do join us again soon!

  15. What a lovely card, I am a great fan of scalloped dies so this is perfect for us at AYLI. Sarah DT

  16. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca x

  17. This is a great tip on cutting and on using patterned papers, and two great cards! Thanks for joining us at the HeARTful Stamping Challenge!


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