5 Simple Tips for Layering

Layering is one of the most basic cardmaking techniques yet it’s often not talked about much. It’s one of those techniques that most of us learned by trial and error. And let me tell you, I went through A LOT of paper during my trial and error period! Yes, a LOT! But I definitely picked up some tips and tricks along the way. Whether you are looking for a bit of layering inspiration or you’re not sure how to get started, I have some helpful tips and suggestions for you.

So what is layering? Well, simply put, it involves placing different sized papers and/or accents on top of each other.  There are many different ways to add layers to your cards. The most common type of layering is created with cardstock and/or patterned papers. However, layering can also be used to describe the use of accents or embellishments on the card.

Layering allows you to easily add depth and dimension.  You can use embellishments like buttons, ribbon, pearls or other fun products. You can also create some accents (different shapes) by using your punches or die cuts. By choosing different papers, accents, and/or embellishments you can certainly add a variety of color and texture to your cards with layering.

Here are 5 simple tips for layering:

  1. Create a Matte:  One of my favorite ways to layer, is to create a “matte.”  Mattes allow you to add two different colors around the edges of your card front or around a focal point on the card. I typically use a 1/4″ matte when layering but you can vary the size of the matte depending on the look you are going for. For example, the “love” sentiment, on the card shown below, is matted with a piece of glimmer paper.  The glimmer paper is 1/4 inch larger (1-3/4 x 2-3/4 inch) than the white cardstock that has the “love” sentiment (1-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches).
  2. Add Texture:  You can add texture to your layers in a variety of ways. Tear the edges of your cardstock, emboss one of the layers or do a bit of sponging to soften the edges of your layers
  3. Create a Grouping or Collage: Layer together different shapes, accents and/or embellishments in a group to create a “collage” or the focal point for your card. Notice how the hearts are layered together to form a “collage” or grouping in the card below.
  4. Add Color:  Use solid colors that coordinate with the patterned papers that you want to use on your card. The use of glitter paper is always fun and goes with just about any color combo. Don’t be afraid to mix and match some patterns together. I tend to use larger patterns in the background of my cards and the smaller patterns to create accents.
  5. Use Scraps: Get out your scrap bin and start playing around with different colors and patterns. Scraps are already cut at different sizes so play around with different ways to add them to your card. Tuck them under a grouping, punch/cut out some fun shapes, trim them down or use them as is.

You can add as many, or as few, layers as you like.I highly recommend that you layout the design on your card first (before adhering the pieces). Once you have the design you want, then glue everything down!

But the most important tip I can give you is to just have fun with it!

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Scrappy Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you are like me, you probably have a variety of heart themed items on your crafting table right now. I have a bunch of different sized hearts cut from many different colors of paper as I have been working on my Valentine’s Day cards. I usually start out with an idea…a vision for how I want the card to look. However, more often than not, I end up completely changing the design once I start to cut the pieces and lay them out on the card front. This usually results in a lot of leftover scraps. Sound familiar?

Well here’s a little challenge for you. Instead of putting the scraps in a drawer, challenge yourself to create something right away with them. One of my favorite ways to use up scrap paper and shapes is simply to layer them together to create a little “collage” of sorts. This particular card that I am sharing with you today was created with some scrap paper and extra hearts that I had cut for a different project but didn’t use.

By challenging myself to use up some of my scraps, I also found a fun new color combination for Valentine’s Day. It’s a win-win! I just love using up scraps, don’t you?



Mixed Bunch

mixed bunch Today I thought I would talk about the use of layers on a project. Layering can really make images “pop” on your projects. You can use layering to provide a “matte” for your images and designer paper (like I used on this particular project). I typically use a 1/4 inch matte when layering so that you see just a bit of color pop through behind the image.  You can also use layering to add splashes of color or different patterns to your project. So let’s take a closer look at this project…

Start with a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the Irresistibly yours designer series paper (DSP) which is FREE with a qualifying Sale-a-bration purchase. If you don’t have any of that paper yet, simply cut out a piece of white cardstock and emboss it with your favorite folder. Next, cut out the pieces you will need for layering. For this particular project, I used a few of the patterns from the Park Lane DSP pack. Cut the purple patterned paper to 2 x 3 3/4 inch. Cut the green leafy pattern to 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches. Cut a few pieces of blackberry bliss to matte out the DSP…cut one at 2 1/4 x 4 inches and the other one a 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches. Cut a piece of old olive cardstock at 3 x 2 3/4 inches. layer all of these pieces together as shown. Stamp one of the Mixed Bunch flower images on a piece of scrap white paper and punch it out with the coordinating flower punch. Layer all of the pieces onto the card front as shown in the pic. For the finishing touches, stamp a little sentiment on some of the scrap green DSP and add a little button with baker’s twine to the flower.  Enjoy!

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