Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CutCardstock Brown Bag Papers

Using my Brown Bag Collection of papers from CutCardstock and my Cheery Lynn Designs Big Weaver and Big Wicker dies, I have created a wonderful woven background for a card base.

To create this fabulous woven background panel, I started with a sheet of Blueberry Handtinted Brown Bag paper and 2 sheets of Kraft Brown Bag paper.  Using my Cheery Lynn Designs Big Weaver (1/2" width strips) I embossed and then die cut 2 panels of Kraft paper.  One end of the panels has about a 1/2" border that does not cut, this makes it easy to hold onto while you are weaving in the other strips of paper.  Using my Cheery Lynn Designs Big Wicker (1/4" width strips) I embossed and then die cut 1 panel of Blueberry.

Before I started weaving, I took a Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pad and just rubbed along the base Kraft panel to bring up some of the embossed areas.  Using strips of Kraft and Blueberry, I wove a pattern for my card base.  You can snug the paper right up to each other for a nice tight weave.  When I got a pattern I was happy with, I cut a 5 7/8" base of Kraft paper to which I added a full sheet of Red Liner Tape.  You want this to be really secure or your weaving will come apart.  Then I attached my woven pattern to the base, running a brayer over it for a nice secure surface.

Using my Cheery Lynn Designs French Flair die, I centered it on my woven paper and embossed and then die cut it out.  I was attempting to cut through 3 layers of card stock and the red liner tape.  The die did not cut entirely through the tape but it was a simple matter to trim around the edge of the die cut.  Then using my Cheery Lynn Designs Silver French Flair, I cut the next largest panel out of Blueberry.  And the final step for creating my card base was to cut a Cheery Lynn Designs Scallop French Flair out of Brown Bag Kraft 65# Cover card stock.

Isn't this a fabulous design?  I really hated to cover it up, lol.  If you are into basket weaving, you could easily weave yourself a basket.  And the Brown Bag paper is so perfect for this project, it has that vintage quality about it.  So next it was time for finish my card.  I chose an image from Mo Manning called Savannah at Easter, isn't she a cutie?  I printed her onto Cryogen paper and colored her with Copic markers.  Then using punches and dies along with the handtinted Cranberry, Eggplant and Olive Brown Bag papers, I created some fabulous flowers and leaves, adding a few gems for the centers.

And there we have it, what a fun project and an adorable card.  I just love this paper, it is so easy to work with and as I said before, I love the soft muted tones of the handtinted colors.  Finished size is 5 5/8" square.  I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and that I have inspired you to try this fabulous paper and create a project of your own.  

March 2011 Sale is our Brown Bag Collection.
 All Brown Bag Products will be discounted 10% from March 1-31.


Karen W said...

Great card, neat idea and with a different image this would work perfect for a masculine card as well.

Renata van Miltenburg said...

Lovely Sandy, very pretty shape and flowers.

Liefs, Renata

Anonymous said...

So very cute. Love anything with the little kids involved. Like the background of the card--neat. Edna

Jenny Gropp said...

Very cool dies!

klarcher said...

I am in awe of your creation, so much talent thanks for sharing

Sandra1968 said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!