Pattern play

I wanted to play with patterns this week, using different media and multiple layers.

For the background, I stamped the same image twice. I piled on my layers, added a lot of bling … and voila!

Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of white cardstock. Round the corners. On the front of the card, make pencil marks on the left and right edges at 2 1/2 inches.

Stamp a swirl image (such as Heidi Swapp’s swirl) in violet ink on the top-right part of the card’s front, lining up the stamp’s edges with the card’s edge and the pencil mark, with the stamp’s long end pointing up.

Re-ink the stamp and stamp a second time on the bottom-right part of the card, with the stamp’s long end pointing left (90 degrees counterclockwise from its first position).

Ink the card’s edges in black.

Cut a 5-by-1-inch piece of black-and-white hounds-tooth cardstock (mine’s from the Black & White collection by Me & My Big Ideas) and a 5-by-3/4-inch piece of gray patterned transparency (also from the Black & White collection.) Adhere the hounds-tooth paper across the center of the card, horizontally. Adhere the transparency, centered, on top of this piece. Affix an embellished, white-swirl sticker on top of this, close to the card’s right edge.

Apply a black, dotted-circle rub-on (such as one from Mini-marks Accents Book One by American Crafts) to the center of a white paper flower (I used Bazzill Basics’ lily).

Tie a thin, black ribbon in a knot around the center of the card, just above the bottom edge of the hounds-tooth cardstock. Push the ribbon’s ends and the knot through the flower’s hole. Attach a violet jewel-like brad to the flower’s center. Adhere the flower to the card with a glue dot, if needed. Affix several silver jewel-like rhinestones to the stamped image.


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