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Feature Friday | Tips for Mixing Patterned Papers

Happy Friday, y’all!  It’s Jinny here today.  I trust you’ve all had a wonderful work week!  Ours has been super busy with a lot of appointments to keep and, of course, our studies; but I’m looking forward to dinner out with a girlfriend this evening to relax and unwind.  Before all the unwinding can begin, though, I’ve got a happy, winter-themed page of my big kiddos, before there ever was a little kiddo, to share.  And if you’ll hang in there with me until the end, I’ve got my top ten tips for mixing patterned prints to follow.  So, let’s just get started.  Shall we?

I started this page by adding blue watercolor to the 12″ x 12″, watercolor, base page; stamping a few random snowflakes in Jet Black ink; and splattering everything with the same shades of watercolor used previously, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then anchored a happy mix of print strips, from numerous, different collections, horizontally, just left of vertical center, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, before topping them with my tower of photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  The “SNOW Adorable” title was created, along the vertical left edge of my photos and over a vellum, snowflake die cut, with Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts and an “Adorable” Word Art die cut, popped up with foam tape.

My topmost photograph was wrapped with a length of Baker’s Twine, tied in a bow and embellished with a couple of Magical Words Stickers, as well as a Rose Bush Tab, housing my Feb. 21, 2013, date.  You’ll also find another vellum snowflake peeking out from behind its top right corner.

The ends of a couple of Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags creep out from under my center photograph and add a scrumptious pop of blue right in the center of the design.  A “joy” Jingle Bell Words Die Cut was popped up with foam tape…

just behind the top edge of our Belle Kids Vintage Die Cut, which I backed with a tangle of gold thread, yet another vellum snowflake, and a “let it snow” Remember Banner.  A number of smaller, vellum, snowflake die cuts were scattered throughout the design, along with our 4mm and 8mm Crystal Sequins, to complete the look.

Without further adieu, here are my top ten tips for mixing patterned papers.  For clarification purposes, I’ve pointed out how these tips were put into practice on this particular page.  However, these are my go-to methods for combining prints on any and all my papercraft projects.

  1. Repeat colors.  I’ve stuck with a mostly blue and red palette on my page.
  2. Mix types of the same pattern.  I’ve included two vellum, snowflake prints, as well as a blue, snowflake, patterned paper; and there’s even snowflakes on the Trees & Flakes print.
  3. Match colors, not patterns.  This tip may seem to contradict the previous one; however, even my snowflake prints are all blue or considered a neutral.  I wouldn’t want to throw pink or purple snowflakes into this particular design.
  4. Involve embellishments.  All of my embellishments include the colors red and/or blue or are, once again, considered a neutral.  They also keep the theme of my page in mind.
  5. Throw a neutral in with colorful patterns.  This is one of my favorite ways to get lots of different patterns/layers onto a page.  Neutrals tone everything down; and our metallic neutrals add lots of elegance to a project, too.
  6. Include a statement pattern.  At first glance, the Trees & Flakes print above may not seem to coordinate; however, it keeps the winter theme of my page in mind and coordinates with the snowflake prints already included in the design.  Therefore, its wow factor works.  Plus, it draws the eye up and away from the embellishments/title work located near the base of the page.  It’s all about balance, folks.
  7. Vary scales of your patterns.  For example, I’ve included bold, boxy gingham and large polka dots, not to mention wide stripes, alongside dainty snowflakes and tiny triangles on this particular page.
  8. Combine hard lines and soft edges.  Check out the combination of stripes and triangles next to snowflakes and polka dots above.
  9. When in doubt, polka dots, stripes, and I’m even going to go as far as to say gingham go with everything.  Consider them the neutrals of prints.
  10. Have fun!

I hope this collection of tips helps you find success in your future, creative endeavors.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed weekend, Pretty Little Studio friends!

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