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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Starting Point

Hey everyone! Samantha here with a quick and easy Tuesday Tips and Tricks segment.

Today, I would like to talk to you about starting your projects and getting going on it. For some of us, we just need that source of inspiration to get us started on our project, so I have a simple starting place for you: Patterned Paper!

Generally, crafters think of their patterned paper last, but truthfully, it is such an easy starting point.

When you pick out a patterned paper, half of your design work is already done for you! The paper will have a style (trendy, vintage, classic, chic, modern, etc) AND your paper will have a color combo. Then you can just plan the rest of your project to match! Even if you only plan on using a small amount of patterned paper, picking your patterned paper first can give you a starting point for your project.

Here's an example:

 I picked out this Wild Rose Studio patterned paper as my starting point. I saw that the paper was bright colored and has a cutesy style to it. From there, I grabbed some matching cardstock.

Then I chose this adorable image from Wild Rose Studio, called Millie Baking  and a cute sentiment to go with it from the SP and Company Round Sentiments I stamp set.

Coloring my image was easy because I already had my colors from the patterned paper to go by. I used the following Copic colors:
YG01, YG03, R81, R83, R85, E31, E35, E37, and E29.

Then to add a little pizazz to the card, I inked around the sentiment and the Millie image using the Tim Holtz Ink Applicator with some pink ink to match. The last step was adding a cute Wild Rose Studio brad to the center of the round sentiment.

And there you have it! The whole card was inspired by that patterned paper! Give it a try sometime: Just pick a patterned paper and see where your project goes from there. You may be surprised with the finished project :)


yep...I love matching my copics to my designer papers! So many colors make for a perfect match every time! :)

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