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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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..


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.


And my card is all done!

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  • Anna

    Love it Kim!

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  • Mary

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

  • Nathalie

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