My next patterned paper project is a series of cards done with an old 12×12 stack from K & Company called Abrianna. I bought this stack back when I first started papercrafting, and along with it I also bought for the first time a lot of the accompanying embellishments: layered stickers, diecuts, chipboard. (They were on sale.) So many, I never realized I would be hard pressed to use them all! Back then I would buy a lot of stuff at one time, because I didn’t know then that every paper and craft company came out with a whole new line every six months. I thought I had to stock up.
I bought the embellishments because I wanted to see what it was like creating with a coordinated suite of products, see if it was any easier or better. It is easier, as everything is designed to go together, but I enjoy the creativity of bringing disparate products together for my work. If you are pressed for time, or are feeling creatively dry for a while, working with a collection is a good fix.
I have actually used this stack, Abrianna, rather a lot, but I found a project to use it some more. These cards are based on an article in the January 2015 issue of CARDMAKING & PAPERCRAFT magazine. (Bowman, Nikki, “Forest Friends,” CARDMAKING AND PAPERCRAFT, January 2015, Issue 139, pp. 74-75.)*
The article is about how to use a paper collection and the accompanying embellishments to put together some quick cards. I have followed Bowman’s lead — square kraft card bases, two layers of patterned paper, and finished with the diecuts or other embellishents. Her collection had sentiment diecuts, but I have had to go elsewhere for mine. The card with the peacock has a stamped, embossed sentiment, and the other three are stickers.
The “True Friends” collection from Fancy Pants in the article, which has a more autumnal palette, geometric shapes, and animal diecuts, and the Abrianna collection here could hardly be more different in style or color palette, but this is a good template to follow to work with many themed collections, I think. If you’ve followed my blog at all you know how much I enjoy contrasting bright colors with kraft cardstock.
The lower right card is kind of a hot mess — I wasn’t thoughtful about where I put the word stickers. But there’s no dismantling it now, so I’ll live with it. A little girl might like that card.
The peacock card didn’t work with the double-matted squares of paper — he, the peacock, is just too big and overhung the paper and it looked unbalanced and messy. So I modified it and I think it works well. I would have liked to use a stamp that said “Congratulations,” (you know, proud as a peacock) but I didn’t have one that fit.
The sentiment on the upper left says, “Sending my very best.”
These are supposed to be quick cards, but they haven’t been quick for me. I have been struggling lately to find the time and the inclination to craft. I plan to make ten cards in this set and give them away as a gift. But it’s been taking me so long I figured I’d better show you what I have.
I would like to enter these in Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #5, for although I have used the Abrianna collection a lot, the sentiment stickers I used on three of the cards are new. Hah!
*I am a librarian by trade, so you know I have to cite that article correctly!