today i wanted to share a few cards that i made using Sassafras' Sweet Marmalade 6x6 paper pad. I purchased this pad about a year ago, and never used it. i bought it online and then when i saw it in person i was so UN-inspired-i didn't know how to use it, i wasn't sure it was my style, and i was overwhelmed by how busy some of the prints were. so I set it to the side, thinking I'd probably end up giving it away.
this past weekend i pulled out some kraft cardstock and decided to give the paper pad another try. i wanted to challenge myself to step out of my craft-comfort-zone, and here's what i came up with
what i like about this card is the detail on the butterfly that i added using ranger's enamel in white, and the half circles that are 'faux stitched' to the card using rub on stitching. the numbered border strip is from k&co's cut and paste collection and i love how the pop of green really complements the browns, oranges, and cream tones on this card.
on this card i used the print that intimidated me, and what i found is that by cutting the paper up, and using it as an embellishment instead of trying to use the full page i wasn't so overwhelmed by it. the flowers are really bold, and the details that i added to this card are what i really love. the faux stitching, the enamel accents on the basic grey chipboard letters, the glossy accents on the hearts. the ruler border strip is again from k&co's cut and paste border strips, those accents really worked well with this paper pack.
this card is smaller than the first two, it's 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 and i love the crossword puzzle sentiment. because of its small size and how busy this paper is i wanted to leave some space on the card where you could see the kraft background so that it wouldn't be so overwhelming to the eye. i love the little doggy.
i had so much fun making these cards and i hope this inspires you to challenge yourself to use a product you don't feel is your craft style.
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