Paper Layers

I do love layers.. it’s a chance to use up all those goodies I tend to accumulate and it seems to give whatever I am making some depth and interest.

I whipped this card up for my mum on Mother’s day morning – seriously, with about 40 minutes up my sleeve before we had to race out the door.

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Here’s how I made this one – of course with Mother’s Day done and dusted for this year, you could easily convert this for another occasion or hey, get REALLY organised and get a jump on next year’s Mother’s Day!

I started by folding some patterned paper in half to make my card base and machine stitching a strip of patterned paper to one end of my card. I like my threads all long and dangly so I didn’t cut my threads after stitching. Using walnut ink (only because that’s all I had) I flicked on some drops of ink using a wooden skewer.

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Using a small hole punch, I punched a few random holes in the lower left hand edge of my card. And I roughed up the edges using my finger tips.. it all adds to the shabby look I am going for.

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Now it’s time to pull out some white gesso or acrylic paint. I have chosen Jo Sonja’s Warm White which I tend to prefer over the starkness of gesso. And I also chose a 3×4 card I cut from patterned paper. Swipe the white paint onto each piece using a foam brush or a small round paint brush. I’ve added it quite thickly to the card and was a little less heavy handed on the journaling card. Set the big card aside to dry and let’s work on the smaller journaling card.

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PAPER LAYERING – THE FUN BIT!

This is the part i most enjoy – it’s about layering up some bits and pieces using up all sorts of embellishments and textures and things. I started by stapling a small paper doily that had one end chopped off. And I added in a strip of floral washi tape to the lower edge of the card.

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I added the flower embellishment – from Heidi Swapp and grabbed another 3×4″ Project Life card and typed up my little message.

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I only wanted the typed message, so I chopped the top and bottom of this card but don’t worry, those scraps will be put to good use on another project.

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I did use one of my offcut pieces of paper to stitch it along the bottom edge of my typed message.. again leaving those dingly dangly threads in place.

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Time to add some more layers – this time a Flair badge from APOCD and a little glitter flag from Heidi Swapp. Oh and a Kikki K wooden peg at the top. And I stapled the typed card in place as shown.

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I love this mint ribbon again from Heidi Swapp – I just wrapped it around the bottom of my card and secured it with a knot.

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Some more machine stitching – this time along the top edge of my typed message card.. and yep, again.. I left the dangly threads hanging there in the wind!

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Now it’s just a matter of adding it all to my white washed card base. I used another Project Life card and added that to the right hand side of my base.

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And used foam tape to add my paper layer card over the top to add some height. And I used my Silhouette to cut the little vine which I tucked in to the left of my card and I also cut the title..

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The title is slipped under the peg to keep it in place. And I also added in another strip of paper – this time in a black and white chevron design which just added a bold dash to a pretty pale colour palette.

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And my card is all done!

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~Kim

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4 Responses to Paper Layers

  1. Anna May 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Love it Kim!

  2. Lauren Hender May 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Beautiful!

  3. Mary May 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Thank you for the tutorial. Love the layering. Hope Mothers Day was a great day for all.

  4. Nathalie May 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Wow! I love it! I lost count of the numbers of layers along the tutorial :P

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