Patterned papers come in many colors and patterns, and while it can often be hard to decide which to use with which, I think the key is to just hold them up to each other and see how they look together!

Stampin’ Up!’s designer series papers make it a little bit easier because they come in packs that include patterned papers that go together, as well as tell you which colors of solid card stock and ink coordinate with the papers. That’s brilliant for someone color-challenged like myself!

Early Espresso card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Tropical Flower paper: 3-1/4″ x 4″
Green patterned paper: 2″ x 4″
Early Espresso strip: 1/2″ x 4″ (Use ribbon instead, if you’d like!)

If you’re using a patterned paper that has an obvious up/down pattern you’ll want to cut it so it’s 4″ WIDE for this card. Don’t worry if you “miscut”. You could flip it and make this card horizontally as well.

A strip of card stock is a great way to cover the seam between your patterned papers and it’s a great way to use card stock scraps. (We crafters hate to throw anything away, don’t we!)

Early Espresso card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Tropical Flower paper: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Green patterned paper: 1-1/2″ x 4″

For this second card, the green patterned paper is taped directly over the tropical flower paper. That does make things a little easier to line up. Tape them together BEFORE you tape the floral paper to the card base so that you can trim off any overhang, if necessary.

The Braided Burlap Trim adds some nice texture to this card. When you lay it flat on the card, it doesn’t add a lot of extra bulk like it would if you tried to tie it. I attached it with Tear & Tape Adhesive and frayed the ends.

Grab some patterned papers, choose one of these card layouts and give it a try!

Happy Stamping!

Jessica

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These tropical cards were made using the April 2020 Club Template.

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