One sheet wonderI don't know if this is a technique at all. Basically it involves splitting up one sheet of paper into a number of smaller pieces and adding each of those to a card front. Seems quick and easy but I've never tried it! Since I am trying to get rid of my stash this week I thought I'd give it a go.
Here's my sheet of paper (12x12):
I tried to see if there was some sort of set patten you could cut out and then it would list all the card sketches you could follow but I couldn't find any for 12x12. So I figured I'd just wing it. I wanted a 4x5.25 cut in half diagonally and then some small squares but that's all I really wanted. So I started off cutting off the 4 from the end then 5.25 from that. Then I just cut where I wanted (remembering that a normal card front -- with mat -- is 4x5.25) and came up with this:
The first number should be the measurement across the top and the second number should be the measurement down the side. All measurements are in inches.
Then I made my cards!
I grabbed a couple of stacks of paper that I thought looked good with the colours. These turned out to be Stampin Up! Rich Razzleberry and textured Crushed Curry. Then I pretty much just matted each piece with black (I had to trim the diagonal ones a little) and then put it where I wanted on the card. I had a "Happy Birthday" stamp (from SU! -- "Voila") that I thought looked good with the cards so I punched a bunch out and matted them. Then, depending on the card, I finished them off with black crewel wool, black brads and/or paper piercing. To make all these cards took me less than 1 hour (including thinking time -- like what colours should I use? how long should I cut this side?) but that doesn't include the time to make the designer paper itself.
Thinking about it, I'm realizing this would be a perfect thing to do for Christmas cards. You can make a whole bunch of cards that are similar -- but not exactly the same so you get bored -- and they are quick to do.
I think I'll try this for my Christmas cards. Then my technique can be how to make the designer paper!