I have a great pattern for you today, and it has three features that usually cause a papercrafter’s ears to perk up 😺.
- #1 – The pattern is easy. ✔️
- #2 – It uses lots of patterned paper. ✔️
- #3 – It makes multiple cards at the same time.✔️
AND it is fun to make! I guess that is four features. The idea behind this design is taken from a similar quilting technique where you stack multiple papers together to cut into the design shapes, mix and match the paper patterns, and reassemble to create a patchwork effect. Let’s walk through the steps to create these cards together.
You can watch the video tutorial from my Facebook live and download the written directions to help you make these cards.
- 4” x 5 1/4” – 5 different patterned papers/cardstock/ specialty paper
- 4” x 5 1/4” Basic White or copy paper (optional)
- 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” cardstock for card bases – cut 5
- cardstock scraps for punched focal points
- Ribbon and embellishment
- Embossing folder of choice
Directions for Cutting the DSP
- Use an embossing folder to emboss the 4” x 5 1/4” piece of cardstock.
- With all 5 sheets layered together and patterns vertical (if you want), make the first cut at 2-3/4” along the 4” edge so that you have 2-3/4”x 5-1/4” and 1-1/2”x 5-1/4” piles of pieces. Set the 1-1/2” pile aside.
- Turn the pile of 2-3/4”x 5-1/4” pieces horizontally and cut at 3” along the long side and then again at at 1/2”. Set these 3 piles aside keeping the patterns in the same order.
- Turn the pile of 1-1/2”x 5-1/4” pieces and cut at 2” along the long side.
Now it’s time to shuffle the piles to make assembling the card fronts easier.
The great thing about this pattern is that you have total control over the measurements of the cuts and rectangle sizes. You can choose how many pieces of patterned paper you use. A good rule of thumb is to make the number of piles/sections equal to the number of different pieces of patterned paper/cardstock/specialty paper and that number matches how many cards will be produces.
# of piles = # of paper = # of cards made
Here is an example of the same pattern but I took out the cut #3 (1/2″) so that there were only 4 sections/piles. This meant that I only used 4 pieces of patterned paper and this produced 4 cards.
Here is a sneak peek at the Patchwork Stack & Cut technique used with angled cuts instead of rectangles. This is similar to a crazy quilt pattern.
Go grab some patterned paper, stack it up and then chop it! You will be on your way to not only an enjoyable crafting time, but also making a bunch of cards in the process. Enjoy! – Robin