Before I show you the first of the cards I made I want to quickly explain what my understanding of 'one sheet wonder' is. For me it is getting a plain old piece of card (in this case white, but it can be whatever you want) and going to town with your stamps and inks and decorating up the entire piece of card. I am a fan of Do It Yourself (DIY) patterned papers, and this is exactly what this is! When you are done you have a one of a kind patterned card that you can then use for all kinds of coordinating projects.
One sheet wonder = DIY patterned paper
(at least, that is my take on it!)
What I like about it is that not only are you guaranteed to get the perfect patterned paper for your project (!), it is also a great way to just play, and is especially good for when you are in the mood for creating, but don't have a specific project in mind. I used the lovely new vintage vogue stamp set and grabbed perfect plum and pale plum, along with mellow moss as my ink colours. You can see it all stamped up and ready to go in the last post, if you didn't already :) When it came to making projects I just needed to pull out the coordinating card and other embellishments, and play some more. Easy and fun!
Obviously the patterned paper was all flowery and pretty and best suited for girly projects (which, when I set out, was going to be an assortment of cards, little gifts, mini scrapbook project... but ended up being all cards!) My first thought was how nice a butterfly would look with that flowery background:
I punched out one butterfly in each shade of plum. I used silver cord to tie them together, and threaded on some little silver spacer beads from the pretties kit for the body (I always forget to use those little spacer beads!) The pale plum butterfly was then attached flat to the card front, and the darker, top butterfly has the wings free, and folded up to look like it is flying.
I sponged the edge of the patterned card, and added another girly touch with the eyelet border punch, but didn't bother with a sentiment. Sometimes it is good to have an 'any occasion' card on hand, and you can always add a sentiment to the inside of the card as needed.
I really liked that butterfly embellishment, so added one to the next card too - although this time with a couple of loops of silver cord instead of beads, for the butterfly body.
I stamped one of the sentiments from the vintage vogue stamp set on a scrap of card, and added that too, along with some more scraps (I don't have any plum ribbon, and was too lazy to colour any, so card strips made an easy alternative). I did run the moss card strip through the crimper first though, to add some interest. And that crimping led me to the next group of cards... (coming soon!)