Pick a Pattern Window Card

Window card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pieces and Patterns stamps and Pick a Pattern DSP from Stampin' Up!

Pick a Pattern Window Card

The new Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper has been making quite the splash. There are so many adorable and diverse patterns that it is hard not to like at least one pattern, if not all of them!

Window card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pieces and Patterns stamps and Pick a Pattern DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Basic Black

There is a stamp set that coordinates with the papers, but it is also fun (and easy) to cut out the images from the paper itself and rearrange them any way you like. I did exactly that with my card today, rearranging the images to create a different perspective: looking straight up at the stars.

Window card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pieces and Patterns stamps and Pick a Pattern DSP from Stampin' Up!

If you turn the card a little, you’ll see that the this circle is actually a window peeking through to the inside of the card. There is also a little mouse in there warming himself at the campfire!

Window card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pieces and Patterns stamps and Pick a Pattern DSP from Stampin' Up!

Cabin Inspiration

We have a family cabin up north which is my favorite place in the whole world (right after my stamp room).  Since it is away from the bright lights of the city, the stars are so much clearer and brighter out there.

I used to sit out on the dock at night and stare up at the stars, watch for satellites, and make up my own stories for the constellations. You know Cassiopeia? That “W” was hung out there by my grandpa, who was putting his initial up in the sky to mark where he lived.

Part of why I love the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper is that it has this adorable pattern all about camping and the wilderness. It has a tent, camper, and even a cabin to fairly represent all levels of camping. I, of course, had to include the cabin in my card.

The stars play an important role in this card, too. I drew them in the same style I would have when I was little. Each star is a combination of a “t” and an “x” drawn with a white gel pen. (I loved gel pens as a kid, too.)

Window card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pieces and Patterns stamps and Pick a Pattern DSP from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Flirty Flamingo card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of light colored Wood Textures Designer Series Paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Also cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Draw stars on the Basic Black panel using a white gel pen. I drew a “t” with an “x” through it to make whimsical eight-pointed stars. You may want to leave a little room near the bottom to write a message, also in white gel pen!
  5. Adhere the Basic Black panel inside the card.
  6. Use the largest Layering Circles die to cut a hole in the top center of the Wood Textures panel.
  7. Place the Wood Textures panel on the front of the card and lightly trace the circle hole onto the card front. Use the pencil line to align the same Layering Circles Die and cut a hole in the front of the card base. (I cut these separately rather than at the same time because it is less likely to leave an indentation on the paper from the die if you cut one page at a time.)
  8. Cut an extra strip of the same sheet of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Different sections of the paper will look lighter or darker.
  9. Use the masking technique to stamp a partial sentiment; cover the word “Wild” on the sentiment from the Pieces and Patterns stamp set with washi tape so only “About You” is showing. Ink the stamp with Sahara Sand ink, remove the washi tape (leaving a nice clean stamp underneath), and stamp the sentiment onto the Wood Textures strip.
  10. Adhere the Wood Textures strip to the full Wood Textures panel, trim any excess off the ends, and adhere the panel to the card base taking care to line up the two circular holes.
  11. Stamp the entire “Wild About You” sentiment from Pieces and Patterns onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink.
  12. Sprinkle the sentiment with white embossing powder, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  13. Fussy cut out the word “Wild” and set it aside for the moment.
  14. From the camping themed sheet of Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, cut out some of your favorite shapes with ample white space around them. To make them a little more sturdy, adhere them to a piece of cardstock, then fussy cut them a little closer to the edges. Make sure to leave a little extra cardstock sticking out at the bottom if needed, so you have something to put the glue on when you adhere them inside the window!
  15. Arrange your “wild” sentiment and your Pick a Pattern shapes around the edge of the circular window. Adhere the sentiment and one of the shapes to the front of the card using dimensionals. Adhere the rest of the shapes inside the window using liquid glue. Take care to clean up any glue leaks right away so your card doesn’t accidentally get glued shut!
  16. Do you have any leftover cute animals? You can use these to embellish the inside of the card!

Window card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pieces and Patterns stamps and Pick a Pattern DSP from Stampin' Up!

Wild Color Combination

The colors in the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper are colorful and a little wild. I would have thought that a patterned paper with yellow and pink (and green, not seen on this card) would have resulted in a pastel pattern that you would normally see on an Easter egg.

Not this paper! (Though if you want to use it to make an extra vivid Easter egg, feel free!)

The yellow and green are not at all the subtle colors I would expect to be placed with pink. Crushed Curry is actually all the way into the Regals family, and Emerald Envy, an In Color, is perfectly comfortable with either the Brights or the Regals.

The result is a contrast that is surprising, edgy, trendy, and a little wild.
 Color inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Basic Black

Materials

Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Pieces and Patterns (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, white gel pen, dimensionals

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