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Today I am sharing a quick an easy way to create mini slimline cards and use up those 6×6 paper pads you have been hoarding. If you fold a 6×6 patterned paper into half you end up with a mini slimline card base. Then follow my tips to bring together cards in no time using any stamp set you have in your stash. Today I demonstrate my examples using the latest products by Altenew so you can see them in action too.
When using subtle backgrounds:
- pick colors from the background to use on your focal points, to help everything come together
Here is an example where I used greys and light browns for the TV, trying to match the circles at the patterned paper
Here is one more example where I used pink for the wheels to match the background color
When using busy backgrounds:
- keep your focal point black and white to help it pop
Here is an example where I have both the flower as well as the sentiment in black and white.
Here is one more example using a busy patterned paper where my focal point in plain white and the sentiment plain black
And here is one more example where I kept the focal point monochromatic jus tto so you that you can work with some color… adding a color that I picked from the background in the focal point did the trick here. I did’t even bother to color it completly and made sure I have imperfections for a more artistic look. It’s one of those “embrace imperfections” cards that I love so much!
When using backgrounds with no color:
These are the easiest patterned papers to work with, when they are grey or black and white. No color on the background means you can go wild on your focal points. Anything works here and in my next two examples I went with flowers
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$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/11/2021 for a chance to win.
Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/13/2021.
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Your next stop is: Norine Borys
Good example to use up the paper pads. Love the vintage TV and roller skates.
What a great idea, Vicky! I have enough 6″ pattern paper pads to last me 2 lifetimes, so I can’t wait to try your idea!
As always beautiful cards and great ways to use are supplies!!! Thank you!!!
Good job, Vichy!
Love love the tv! Love all your cards, good job
Fun cards with a very useful concept.
Thanks for all the variations. Great ideas.
I love all of your cards, Vicky! The shaker card though, is my favorite and too cute for words!
Thank you for this tutorial, Vicky! I love all your cards. This is a fun release! Great tip using the 6×6 papers!!!
Great examples on how to balance the pattern and color when using patterned paper
These are so stunning! What a good way to use my patterned paper. Thanks for the inspiration!!!
All of these cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for showing how to use the very busy backgrounds! I love that paper!
Love the vintage TV & skates. Takes me back to my childhood in the 70’s.
The patterned paper ideas are great. Now I know what to do with all of my paper pads.
These are beautiful and I thank you for showing how to create something special from all the patterned paper in my stash. I love the mini slimline card size and think your ideas are great.
Such a beautiful array of designs! So many wonderful products to play with ? Thanks for the inspiration and all the tips Vicky!
I thought you were supposed to be relaxing on your vacation! You have been working very hard to bring us these cool card ideas! I had no thought of buying the vintage vibes set, but now I see how perfect it is to make guy cards. And love your ideas for using up some of my (hoarded) busy patterns! This size of card is just my style, and I am going to introduce it to my card class next month! Thanks for all your great ideas!
Wow – I love all of these cards. I have tons of 6 x 6 paper that I could use to get creating. Enjoy your vacation.
What great ideas to use up pattern papers. I love them but then struggle with ideas on how to use them.
Beautiful cards & such a great idea to use those paper packs!
Great cards!!! You definitely have been working during your vacation!
Awesome and inspiring cards from this release!! Thank you for sharing your creativity!
Great Tips & Love your cards! Have sooo many patterned paper packs that I could use. Thanks!!!
Gorgeous cards!!! Thanks for all the great ideas!!! I have Sooooo much 6×6 paper!!!! lol
Wow, awesome array of cards! Love the vintage TV card. My Mom had a TV just like it (minus the legs) up until about 6-7 years ago. It was 50% furniture! lol Love that bird card, too, and the pretty pattern paper you used.
So many great examples of a simple technique. You gave us lots of tips on how to combine embellishments with busy backgrounds to create a cohesive card. Thanks, Vicky!
Love the tips on balancing background and focal points
Such fabulous cards! I love how the paper can stand alone for the background – makes the paper and stamping stand out!
Great tips on using up 6×6 paper pads!! Thank you, Vicky!
Vicky, these are wonderful ideas! I confess I have some very old 6×6 paper pads that I have committed to using up, but some of them, being old, I bought for scrapbooking, not for card making, and I have been struggling to find ways to use them in card making — these ideas are perfect! Thank you!!
Beautiful cards! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!
Love your cards & the pattern papers! Thanks for the great idea of using 6×6 pads for the so popular mini slim cards.
Lovely cards. Thank you for all the great hints on color choices.
I’m always looking for ways to add patterned paper to my cards! Thank you for this post – and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this Altenew release!
I really love the “Vintage theme” of your cards and I love that they are so “chunky” too! Good job.
Your cards are amazing and I love the mini slimline cads!
Wow Vicky, you always impress with your designs! I’m liking this release, so many cute products and I cannot wait to sit down and watch your process video.
What wonderful ideas, thank you!
During the pandemic I spent many long hours “decluttering” my craft room. Since I seldom use patterned papers I seriously considered tossing those 6×6 pads. Thankfully I stopped myself! I’m going to pull them out (praying I can remember where I put them!) and make some mini-slimline cards! All your cards are wonderful!
Hi Vicky, Hope you are enjoying a much deserved vacation!
Love these little cards. I have quite a few of those sized paper pads and this makes them even more usable. One question though, what about envelopes? Do they make them to fit these cards? Or, do you make your own somehow? Is there a die for them?
Thanks for all your creative ideas!
I ADORE THESE! The rollerskates and TV are sooo fuN!
Absolutely love all of these cards but the TV is my favorite thank you
Love this use of pattern papers Vicky! Beautiful cards.
Game Changer! Brilliant ideas. Fabulous cards.
Thanks for the video and blog about using these gorgeous PP on slim line cards along with Altenew’s latest new products! The cards are gorgeous!
Great idea, Vivcki! Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful! Love all your clever ideas, Vicky. They can be used in so many different projects.
Thanks for great advice about monochromatic focal points.
Thank you for all the inspirations, and tips when using plain versus busy paper. I love all your cards! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Vicky What a great idea…totally love these cards..I have some boy papers that I’ll try this idea with..thankyou for sharing your talent..hope you enjoyed your holiday..???
Always such great cards and helpful video. Thanks.
Thank you for this fantastic idea! I have lots of 6×6 paper pads to look through! Your cards are gorgeous!
Love your tips about using busy backgrounds!
This is so greate idea. Love all most the bla k and white with the lovely flowers.❣
Love your ideas and designs. Love watching your videos
Love all your makes Vicky, especially the card with the Feathered Friends die cut. It’s really elegant.
What a wonderful set of cards Vicky! I love the way you used the DP in the background!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂
Great cards! Love your paper assortments.
Thank you for the design tips as well as the beautiful cards. You’ve just made my creative life so much easier!
Awesome ideas. Isn’t Altenew the greatest!
Love the cards and your design tips. I have lots of those 6X6 pads!
Especially like the slimline cards.
Beautiful cards and wonderful ideas, Vicky! Looks like I better be flipping through those paper pads of mine!
very clever way to use those 6 x 6 pads! love each of your cards! thanks for the wonderful inspiration! you never fail to make beautiful projects and provide exceptional tutorials.
Wow such lovely designs. Very creative
Love these ideas! Thank you for sharing Altenew craft ideas !
My favorite is the dotted Hello rose. I love the graphic background to it.
I had never considered using a folded 6×6 paper for a slimline card, but it is a fantastic idea, especially since the Altenew pads are made of such a good quality weight. Your cards are simple, but delightful. My favorite is the vintage television card. I’d love to make that birthday card for friends and family.
Enjoy your vacation!
I just love your videos and your 6×6 pattern paper card idea is just so fun to try. I am always looking for new ideas to try! Thanks for the inspiration! I love the the retro TV, brings back so many fun memories!!
You do beautiful work. The cards are fantastic!
Gorgeous cards. I like the slim line spin. I also love your use of the pattern papers.
I love your work! You are so talented. I have made a couple of your 3d flowers. I am a newbie and your instructions are super easy to follow.
These are really lovely. You are the clever one! Thanks for the great ideas.
Beautiful cards as usual
Thank you for the idea with the 6×6 poured acrylic paper. Love it!
Thanks for the 6×6 paper idea.
such beautiful work – pure eye candy:)
Hi, Vicky – All these cards are superb! Love the use of the patterned paper.
Your friend in the US –
Lori S in PA
Love the ideas for using 6×6 patterned paper. I love the card size. Thanks
Lovely cards and the whole collection is so versatile!
I loved these simple cards. I was just looking at my stash of 6×6 papers. My favorite card with the one with the skates. Brings back memories from my childhood.
Beautiful cards as usual! Thank you for the tips Vicky!
Wonderful ideas on how to use up paper pads. I had not thought of using them for card bases. Thank you for the inspiration!
Really useful suggestions on using colors and patterns to best effect!
Your cards are absolutely fabulous! I am in search of ways to use patterned paper and you helped tremendously. Thank you.
The swirly patterned papers are so cool. I love them
These are gorgeous! I love your ideas
Your cards are so fun!
Great idea shares on how to use up the packs.
So fun, I love the subtle brown on the TV and the bold dots on the flower.
Fabulous cards! I love the stamped images, and I LOVE the patterned paper. Since I am “vintage” I really like that TV stamp- we had those kind of TV’s when I was VERY young LOL.
These are great! I always feel stuck with patterned paper in general. Thanks!
LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards, Vicki – you are so talented
Cute ideas! You’ve given me some new ideas for my nieces.
These are fabulous! I love the shaker tv card!
Such a fun card size, and a great way to use the 6×6 pads! Awesome samples! Love that TV!
Such lovely creations. The acrylic pour papers are so nice. Thanks for the helpful tips.
Beautiful cards!!! I love all the examples and helpful tips!
I love the coloring on the suitcase—the card feels like a retro ad in a magazine from the 60s! And that tv is fab!
Beautiful cards! You just popped up randomly on my feed! Being a card maker, I’m always looking for new ideas so I watched your video. Now I’m a subscribe!?
Loved the vintage cards and the adventure card and the black & white. ..well, I just lived them all!