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Mixing Pattern Paper For Stunning Card Designs | Lawn Fawn & Echo Park | Video Tutorial

Hello and welcome to the my blog! Today I am sharing the project that I made during my video last night on my YouTube Channel. I used a stamp set from Lawn Fawn's latest release as well as the main star of the card; pattern paper from Echo Park. In the video I talked about my secrets to pattern paper mixing for stunning card designs.


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My card features the All My Heart Stamp Set as well as the All My Heart Lawn Cuts (from Lawn Fawn). But the star of the show was the Love Notes 6 x 6 Paper Paper Pad (from Echo Park). Currently both the stamp set and the paper pad are sold out at Scarpbook.com but if you hit the notify me button they will send you a notification when they are back in stock. I did find the complete Love Notes Collection on Amazon and have linked that below in the Materials Used section.


Pattern Paper Mixing Video Tutorial:



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(Wondering what I used in this video/project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).


All My Heart Pattern Paper Mixed Card by Rick Adkins

Color Matching Pattern Paper:

One thing that I use the pattern paper that I pick for my cards and the Love Notes Paper Paper Pad, was super easy to do this with is to pick my colors for my stamped images. I will go through the paper pad that I pick to use on a project and look at the color scheme in the pad. Then I will pick out the same colors (or similar ones) that I have in my alcohol marker collection. With this project I picked colors that I had in both my Spectrum Noir Triblend Brush Markers Set and the Spectrum Noir Triblend Brush Markers Extended Set.


All My Heart Pattern Paper Mixed Card by Rick Adkins Color Swatch

Once I have the colors picked from my markers sets that i want to use I then take a piece of cardstock that I like to color on and make swatches of the colors that I think will match the paper. You can see an example of this above. Then I compare the swatch sheet to my pattern papers in the collection. Once I have matched my makers to the paper I then do the same thing with my cardstock swatches. This way if I want to layer the pattern paper I can with a colored cardstock that matches.


Pattern Paper Mixing Tips:

Mixing pattern paper on a card design can be one of the hardest thing to do. Either you pick the wrong paper, or you pick pattern from the same paper pad that may be to bold to go together. There's a fine line between a stunning card design with pattern paper and a so so design.


All My Heart Pattern Paper Mixed Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Tip 1 Pick a Focal Pattern:

The first thing you want to do to avoid the so so card design is pick a piece of pattern paper that can be used as a focal image. This can be a pice that has a theme that coordinates with your stamp set. Like for example on this card I picked a piece of pattern paper from the Love Notes Paper Pad that had a sky scene with heart hot air balloons. I knew that it would set the scene and help me to tell the story that I had in my head for the little mouse with holding the balloon from the All My Heart Stamp Set.


All My Heart Pattern Paper Mixed Card by Rick Adkins Side View

This pattern also gave me a backdrop for the mouse. And meant I didn't have to pull out any stencils or ink to create my own background for the scene. I could simply use the pattern paper as the background panel and focal image on my card design.


Tip 2 Supporting Paper Pattern (Star):

Just like a supporting actor/actress in a movie the supporting paper pattern fills the same role. It plays a role in the card design but it's not the main focal image. It's there to support the focal pattern and tie it together.


All My Heart Pattern Paper Mixed Card by Rick Adkins Over Head Tilted View

For this I like to pick a pattern that isn't going to over shadow the focal image, but can be used as either a die cut frame or as the card background. Here on my card today I picked a striped pattern that wasn't the same scale as the heart hot air balloons, but they were slightly smaller. It had all the same colors as the focal image: So, I knew it would work well with the focal panel. I also would pick a pattern like a gingham as long as it wasn't larger than the hot air balloons. I wouldn't have picked a floral pattern (even through I love the florals in this paper pad) they would have not made scene to the design.


Tip 3 Tone on Tone:

Next I go for a tone on tone pattern with a smaller design that will help to break up the two pattern papers and help to tie everything together. For example here I used a pattern paper that had small hearts (in pink) on a pink background. This helps to give the eye someplace to rest when you look around the card but also helps to draw your attention to the focal image. I usually use these pieces in smaller amounts.


All My Heart Pattern Paper Mixed Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

This tone on tone pattern paper doesn't compete against the other two patterns but adds more interest to the card design leading your attention to the main focal panel. Another good option for this is a piece of patter paper that is more on the solid color side.


Okay there you have it my top tips on Pattern Paper Mixing for stunning card designs. I hope you found this helpful on your card making journey and I will see you again soon. I have all the supplies used on today's project linked and listed below for your shopping convenience.


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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














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