I’ve made cards for a few years now and I do have my favorite sizes to play with. I also have some papers that I bought because the patterns were just so different, or pretty, or unusual, or … Well, you get the idea.
While I do tend to stick with white, black or neutral cardstocks, I actually like playing with different colors. I also love to mix and match patterns and colors. Sometimes putting all of these together can be a challenge.
A few months back, Crafty Al over on YouTube posted a video of her sheetload making mini slimline cards and I had and ‘Ah Ha!’ moment.
You see, I’d purchased some rather bold background papers and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I also happened to have some cardstock on hand that matched the papers. When I saw the sheetload, I thought that I finally had an option to create cards that would make the papers the focus without getting too busy or fussy.
I like the simplicity of these cards. You can really use your imagination to decide how you want to customize the design for your own cards.
Here are my cards:
I will tell you this was my first attempt at using one of Crafty Al’s designs and I can see where I would make changes if I did this again. On the other hand, the cards turned out rather well.
One thing is certain, that paper I wasn’t sure what to do with now has been used, even if only a bit.
Sometimes it is worth dipping your toe in the water of the Unknown to see if a design will work for you. If you don’t like it, that’s okay. It is only paper, right?