Friday, March 22, 2013

Divide and Conquer!

 This is my second post for today!

Hello Friends! If you are looking for my New Release Post for MelJen's Designs, please scroll down!

 Lesson 3 in Pattern Play has got to be my favorite! Oh my goodness! These ladies are on FI-YAH! Who among us papercrafters, does not have a huge hoard of patterned papers that we look at and love, but then we say, "How in the WORLD will I use that pattern?" Yeah...that's what I thought. Never again will I be intimidated by bold or busy or 'off-color' patterns. I learned so many techniques in this class, that I believe I could write up two weeks' worth of blog posts. But for today, I will share one technique that Kristina taught us.

I call it the Divide and Conquer technique. She didn't have a name for it, but that's how I roll...anyway...let's get to it. We all have them, those colorful 12 x 12 pieces of patterned paper, that are sooo pretty, but the pattern is HUGE and would more than likely overwhelm our sweet little A2 cards. Here are a few examples of what I mean.

Pretty, right? Here is a BRILLIANT way to use this paper. Cut it up! Yep! Cut. It. Up. Now, the trick to making this work, is to take a close look at the paper and make sure that your cuts give you a 'complete' scene. Basically, if there are big flowers, make sure you capture at least one whole flower. If the paper has a randomly stamped pattern all over it, just be sure to center something, because it becomes the focal point of the card.

Take a look at what I'm talking about.

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I focused my attention on one of the flowers. It took some measuring to make sure I captured most of the bloom, so the whole card would make sense visually. So yes, there is a bit of planning involved, but it's well worth it. You can cut the strips into pretty much any size you want. They can all be uniform in size, as I have done here or they can vary in size. When using this technique, greetings and embellishments take a back seat because the patterned paper is the star. BRILLIANT!! I think this is a wonderful way to use those big, bold, busy patterns. Like I said at the top of my post, we were taught many, many more techniques to tone down the 'loud' papers. I will be sharing more of those in the coming weeks.

I am short on time today, otherwise, I would have made several cards like this. It's so quick and easy and fun to do! I have stacks and by stacks, I mean mountains of patterned paper. I have been collecting paper for over 30 years...seriously sick addiction. I have drawers and drawers of it and many of the pieces I purchased just because I liked the colors or the way the paper felt. I had no project or any other use in mind. I just wanted to look at it and touch it. SICK-O! LoL! Anyway...

Let me know if you give this technique a try. I would love to see what you come up with. Thank you so much for visiting me today! I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend.


materials~ Most of the supplies I used are from Close to My Heart; others are noted.

stamp set: Happy Birthday
card stock and patterned paper from The Bella Collection
ink: Creme Brulee
punches: Heart to Heart(Stampin' Up!)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)


Alanna said...

Your card is beautiful Barb. And I recognize many of those papers you showed and have to admit that I have a lot of those, waiting to be shown some love.

Jeanne said...

Brilliant, indeed, Barb! Thank you so much for sharing this tip!!! I never would have thunk it myself and look how beautiful this card is? Wowza! Enjoy using these ideas for your mountain of papers and I will definitely look at mine in a whole new light. I kind of regret not signing up for this class because it sounds like a winner for sure!

Sheila H said...

Amazing technique and card, Barb! I also recognize some of those papers :) I have got to try this - thanks so much for sharing!

Caryl Williams said...

I love it, Barb! What a great way to dig into our humongous stash of papers!!