One of the big trends right now for fall are paisleys, and Stampin’ Up! was right there on top of that trend with the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I loved this paper and have used it a lot on cards and other projects in the last few months.  Some of which you haven’t not even seen.  This is some beautiful paper.  The Petals and Paisleys paper has so many colors and patterns that it can be used for so many different occasions.  I love paper that’s very versatile.  When I can get more uses for a pack of paper I am all over it.   May card today features this wonderful versatile paper, here’s a look at today’s card.

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Color Coordination:

I have been asked many times how I come up with the colors combinations I use.  Well a lot of the time I use my knowledge of color theory.   But, when I know I am using Designer Series Paper I pick the colors from the DSP.  Why should I have to do all the work when it has been done for me in the paper.  The Petals & Paisleys Designer series paper does not disappoint with all the colors that’s in each piece.  I can pull so many different color combinations from the colors in the paper.   Here are all the colors in the Petals & Paisleys paper.

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Depending on what mood I want for the card I can change do the same card in any color combination using the colors above.   Color has so much to do with our mood or the mood that we want to convey.   For this card I used the Paisley printed paper cut at 2 3/4 x 5 1/2, paired with a Delightful Dijon card base, and some copper.  Instead of foil I used copper embossing to get the same effect.  What would happen if I changed the card base to Mint Macaron instead?   Instead of a masculine feel it would give me a feminine fell to the card.  If I went with Night of Navy it would change the feeling.  This is the wonderful thing about color it can create a mood just depending on what you put with it.

Tips & Tricks:

Like I said above I picked the paisley pattern and cut it to 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 so that it could be used on half the card.  It was cut to fit from edge to edge.   I then stamped some leaves in versamark using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and embossed them in Copper.  I cut them out using the leaves Framelits and attached it in the middle of the designer series paper and the card base using glue dots and tied some linen thread in a double bow and attached it in the same way.

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When adding some type of element sometimes all you need is a little twine.  If you use some other embellishments on this card it just isn’t going to work as well.  The business of the paper and the detail in the embossed leaves don’t need very much, just a simple single bow of twine or linen thread can be all you need.  Now if you want to step it up a little instead of a single bow add a double bow instead.

Simplicity in the Sentiment:

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When you have a card with so much going on the sentiment needs to be just as eye-catching but simple.  If we went with something that was just eye-catching then it would be lost with the card, because your eye wouldn’t have any place to rest.  Your eyes would just jump around without being able to rest and land in the important spots.  But, when you pair the busy with the simple your eyes can go from the busy areas to the simple areas and rest.  This actually makes people spend more time looking at your cards where as before their eyes would jump form spot to spot until their brain was worn out and they got bored.   I picked the Acorny Thank you stamp set for the sentiment of this card.  It provided this simple and elegant Thankful sentiment stamp.  By stamping it in Versa Mark and embossing in copper it ties everything in together and lets the eyes rest on the important part of the card.

Well that’s my card for today I am glad that you stopped by to visit.  I hope that you enjoyed my Thankful for Paisleys card.  If you need or would like to order any of the supplies you have seen in today’s cards you can do so in my online store.  To visit my online store you can do so by clicking here, by clicking on the 24/7 shopping tab above, clicking on the shop my online store image below or by clicking on the images in the product list.

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