2 February 2014

Back To Basics: Patterned Paper

Hello there, today in my Back To Basics series I am talking about patterned paper. I am probably not that qualified to talk about patterned paper since I do not use it that much. I do love it though and I guess using it as part of clean and simple cards is more of a challenge so I hope it helps some of you.
The paper companies that I tend to lean towards the most are Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, Doodlebug Designs and more recently, Lawn Fawn. I do have papers by other brands but these are the ones that I am more likely to use or go to first. All of these companies, use bolder, brighter and possibly more busier patterns which I don't tend to use that much however on the back of these papers (if they are double sided), there is usually a more subtle tone on tone paper which I do like. My favourite patterns are more graphic type patterns like dots and stripes.
I do not tend to use the papers as layers on my cards; I do occasionally but not that much. If you are interested in getting inspiration doing this, then pop over to Inge Groot's Blog. She is amazing at combining layers!
I use papers more as an accent on my cards. I like combining stamped images with paper, using the paper as a focal point (instead of an image) or also as die cut pieces. Here are some examples of cards I have made using patterned papers: (you can click on the images to make them bigger)

Here is the video where I show the paper pads I like and also some more card examples up close ...
Unfortunately, I will not be linking the paper pads as a couple of them I mentioned have retired and are a little more difficult to get hold of (especially in the UK). I hope you understand this but can still take some inspiration and ideas from the ones I mentioned. Saying that , however, I do get the majority of my paper pads from either Dies to Die for or The Glitter Pot.
I hope that some of you have found this helpful or interesting. Please let me know your thoughts. I will be back this afternoon with another example of using Patterned Paper in a CAS way for a Clearly Besotted Sneak Peek. Hope you can join me then.


  1. Well done again Michelle. Keep these little tutorials coming. Can you do one on composition and placement. Would love that. Hope course going well. You seem to be EXTRA creative these days.

  2. This has helped me a lot Michelle. CAS and me are not the best of friends, so your advice is a godsend!


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