Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Whole Sheet of 3x3 Cards

Last year, thanks to SNR Magazine, I had the pleasure of working with some Glitz papers and embellishments, and as a card maker, I wanted to make the most of the paper I had. I started with a 12x12 sheet of cardstock in a coordinating green color. I cut it down into 8 3x6 pieces:

Next I scored each piece to create 8 3x3 card bases.

The beauty of using a piece of patterned paper like this is that it isn't a uniform pattern, making each card that much more different from the others.

It's also a double-sided piece, creating more options. Here are the pieces I cut down to put on the card bases:

And here they are attached to the card bases:

Whenever I make a set of cards such as these, I like to pull out any embellishments that I think will coordinate nicely with the patterned paper. Here are some I grabbed out of my stash, along with the Glitz embellies I received to work with:

You can probably tell that I love my rhinestones!
Once I had everything laid out in front of me, I got to work on my cards. On a couple of the cards, I took Glitz stickers and out them on a piece of white cardstock so that I could cut them out and add Pop Dots to create dimension. Here's a look at a bird I cut out:
On another card, I made use of this really cool background stamp and added a houndstooth pattern to the other side of the patterned paper:

Here's another sticker, which I also stuck to white cardstock so I could add Pop Dots to it:

Here's the completed card:
I loved creating my own pattern on the red side of the paper, so I used a bit of this patterned transfer on another card:

Here's another transfer that I used on the red paper:

Here's the entire collection of cards that I created:

For me, the key to making a fun set of cards like this is to restrict my options by placing everything out for myself before I get started. Then I just let the creativity flow. I can usually make a set of these in about an hour and then I tuck them away for when I need to attach them to gifts.

Thanks for looking!!


~amy~ said...

sweet little set of cards Pam...would be an excellent giftie!

Rose said...

sweet is right! :)

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