Tips for Mixing & Matching Patterned Paper // Thank You Card

September 24, 2015

I hope everyone enjoyed their first official day of Autumn yesterday! I spent it taking an exam and going to my other classes, but lit my cinnamon apple candle as soon as I got home! Today, I'm sharing with you some tips on how to mix patterned papers. Some people shy away from using multiple patterns on one project, but I'm all for it! So, here's the project I created using four, yes four, different pieces of patterned paper.

This was a really quick and simple card to make. As you can see, the colors of the card are not too crazy, but almost monochromatic in a way. The color scheme was inspired by the Jolee's Boutique sticker sentiment from a pack I picked up at clearance from Target a few months back. The two shades of blue definitely make this a gender neutral card (which is always great to have on hand). First tip: try to keep your color choices to a minimum. I'm not saying you can't use orange and purple as your two colors (by all means go ahead!), but it is very difficult to mix different patterns with numerous colors. 

Above are the pieces of patterned paper I pulled from the Studio Calico 6x6 paper pad called Hey Day. Second tip: try to stay within one company for your mixing and matching (bonus points if you stay within the collection). Not only will it almost always flawless work, but it will also be a ton easier to know which blue is the exact same blue. So, for my card, I choose four patterns, but if you look closely two of the patterns are the exact same thing! Instead of using cardstock to balance out all of the patterns, I used a very simple and small pattern to balance out the loud patterns. If you're still not sure about mixing patterns, use some cardstock to ease your worries and to break up some of the harsh and loud patterns.

When it comes to patterns, we all know that they come in every shape, size, color and pattern possible. It seems at times very hard to use certain pattern papers. If you've been wishing to finish that last bit of that 6x6 paper pad you bought 2 years ago (only because you just had to have it), then I highly recommend you try making a quick project using the strip approach. Tip three: Patterns are always good in small quantities. I'm not talking microscopic quantities here, but an inch or two of four patterns can produce more interest as well as depth in a project compared to a large chunk of just one pattern. This thank you card being an example. On this specific project I thought varying the widths of the strips would bring about even more interest into the design of the card.

I let my favorite pattern be the largest visible section, but also not the busiest of patterns. I also made a pattern with my patterned papers by creating a big print-small print variation. Tip four: Play around with it. You'll feel it click when you finally get the look you were going for. It's important to think before you cut your paper, you don't want to hack a piece in half, then not have enough to play around with! 

I hope some of these tips aid you in your patterned paper picking process! I also hope you enjoyed my alliteration there. Come back soon for another post, thanks for stopping by!

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