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Card Making – 1 Paper Pack, 27 Cards

     Hey everyone, how’s it going? Hope you’re all doing well. Boy do I have a mammoth card making session to share with you today though!

     27 cards, as the title of this posts suggests. Recently, I discovered a YouTuber named Jess Crafts. She has videos where she gets one 6×6″ paper pack and makes 20+ cards using mostly just the paper pack. It was quite inspiring and I was filled with the urge to find a paper pack and see how many cards I could make from it. I did use a few extra supplies – I used a ‘thank you’ stamp that I sometimes heat embossed and also I used a selection of die-cuts from my stash because the images matched and I needed some other sentiments but still, the material I used for these was minimal and all but a few strips of paper are from the same sepia toned paper pad.

     In a few hours, I made 27 cards and I had a lot of fun doing it. I find recently, I’ve been getting stressed making cards which should not be happening at all! It’s because I keep trying to make specific cards using techniques and when they don’t work out, I get frustrated and feel like I’m wasting supplies and money. Making all these cards with a limited range of supplies was so much fun though and quite relaxing. I wasn’t stressing myself out because I didn’t have a specific style stamp or something like that. I was just seeing what I could make with what I had. I still like making very unique and more complicated to put together cards but this kind of card making is something I definitely need to do regularly.

     It also helped me, somewhat, overcome my fear of mixing patterns. Is anyone else like that? I have so much trouble using patterned paper! I love them, which is why I have so much, but I often struggle to use it because I don’t really know how to mix patterns well. This kind of crafting definitely forced me out of my comfort zone a bit as I’d typically only use one kind of pattern on a card!

     I also learned a useful technique for getting more out of your paper from watching Jess Crafts videos. Usually, a paper pack has two of each pattern paper. From a 6×6″ piece, you can cut one front for an A6 size card. Cutting the paper leaves strips though. You can stick the two leftover strips together, covering up the join mark in the centre with another strip so it looks like a single piece, and you have another card front! That probably doesn’t make much sense, how I explained it, but she does it a lot in her videos and it’s a really quick and simple thing to do.

     Anyway, I’ve rambled on a lot here. I haven’t talked about each card specifically because they are all quite simple cards but if there’s any you want to know more about, ask away. I did make 27 cards but there aren’t 27 photos in this post, that’s just because some cards I made two of.

     To fellow card makers out there, is this a style of card making you’ve ever tried? If so, how did it go? If not, is it something you might try? I do recommend giving it a go! Also, which is your favourite card from this bunch? I’m quite fond of the first card I showed which was made using all those little scraps of paper left over!

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25 thoughts on “Card Making – 1 Paper Pack, 27 Cards

  1. This is great. I need to check out those videos. I have an awesome 6×6 pad that I would love to use up.

    I am getting more comfortable with mixing patterns, especially if they are from the same pad so that the colours are complimentary. I feel like it’s becoming a trend.

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    1. Yes, it helps when the designers of the paper pads really think things through about the colours so it’s easy to mix and match. I’m still a bit iffy about mixing different colours so I might have to try that with the next paper pad I get but I’m getting there – starting with sepia tones helped I think!

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  2. Great idea … I have tons of paper pads but I don’t usually use them for inspiration. I think it would be fun to pick a paper pad and try to see how many cards I can make with it. Loved your paper pieced card (the first one) and the teddy bear “Call me I miss you” . I love mixing patterns and using multiple patterns on the same card but it can be a challenge to keep it from being too busy. I really admire people that can make cards with clean designs … I usually have a problem with putting too much on a card and knowing when to stop.

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    1. Thanks! That paper pieced card was a fun one to put together. I just had a bunch of thin strips that are the kind you’d normally just throw out but I thought ‘I wonder if I could made a card using these…’ and it worked which made me very happy! xD Starting with the paper pad is a fun thing to do. You definitely come up with different and more simple cards. Typically, I’d brainstorm card ideas, taking bits and pieces from all over the craft hoard and that definitely results in a different style. Setting a limited supply of paper and supplies really helps though if you’re having trouble with knowing when to stop with a card just because, well, you’ll have less stuff to play with and potentially put on the card!

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  3. Some of my fellow CTMH consultants have done “one page wonders” using sheets of 12×12 patterned paper. I’ve never (yet) done it! I’d like to try, sometime.
    As for mixing patterns, I think you did a great job using that paper pad! 😀 There is a “magical formula” to use, but sometimes rules are meant to be broken. I think you nailed it.

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    1. Thanks! It might take a little while longer to really feel comfortable with mixing pattern papers but I’m getting there! “one page wonders” sounds like a fun idea. I think testing yourself with limited supplies is a great idea for any crafter, especially for crafters who’ve been at it for a while and have built up a large stash. Going back to just a handful of supplies can be refreshing!

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  4. I shall definitely give this a try. I also struggle with patterned papers – and I have lots of them. Thank you for the link, I shall check it out.
    Favourite card? – The simpler ‘thank you’ one near the bottom. 🙂

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    1. They are tricky. I think the sepia tone paper pad was a good one to start with in terms of mixing pattern papers. It might take me a little longer to get to bold colours!

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  5. I’m not a huge fan of throwing patterns together either Emma, but I thought you did a great job. Of course, I’m most fond of the birds as they feature strongly in my own work.
    I had taken several years off of card making because there was no market for them where I lived before. In the past, I always used small lino blocks from college projects to make Christmas and note cards for friends and family. Since moving to the country, I have had more interest in my cards – people still write and send snail mail here! I have started making cards for the troops at Christmas through a highschool friend I reconnected with who puts together a nation-wide mailing each year and I now have cards in a local florist and plan to make them regularly when I get an Etsy store set up.
    I’m currently experimenting with tiny bird drawings on book pages that I cut out and use for compositions on my cards. It’s difficult to get what they’re worth in labor though, so I was thinking about scanning in the best designs and having them printed up by a local shop so I can bring the price point down. What are your thoughts on this?

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    1. I definitely think the sepia tones was good for an introduction to putting patterns together – a lot easier to mix them than bold colours.
      I’m glad you found a place where your card making skills are useful again, there is just something special about sending and receiving snail mail, isn’t there, and sending Christmas cards to troops sounds like a nice idea!
      Ya, figuring out the worth of your makes can be a tricky thing, especially when you’re tying to calculate the labour. I think a lot of people really underestimate the effort and time that can go into drawing and making handmade things and then complain about the cost of them. I’d say give scanning the images a go and see if the printed images are still able to retain the look you want. If it works, it might definitely be the way to go for keeping the cost down and having a cheaper range and you can still have the one of a kind cards with the original drawn images that cost a little more.

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  6. good idea, I follow Jess Crafts and thought about tackling one of my unused paper pads using her system

    actually you have now inspired me to take a pack and some basic equipment on holiday next week as a project to do while away

    well done >

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    1. Definitely give it a go – it’s great for getting through those paper pads you buy and have sitting on a shelf for months or even years! Also, definitely a good craft session for taking on holiday as it doesn’t use much in terms of supplies. I’d love to see what you make!

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