Wednesday, 16 May 2018

One Sheet Wonder at Back to Basics

It's already time for our third challenge at Back to Basics and this time we would like to see a One Sheet Wonder. In other words, take a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper and use it all up, or as much as you can, to make as many cards as you can from it.

I found an excellent tutorial with a cutting  guide on the Craftsy Paper Crafts Blog  and followed the cutting guide and most of the suggested layouts to give me a total of 14 cards. I was worried that I would get bored with the "sameyness" of it so I chose a double sided paper and reversed some of the pieces. I also picked two plain colours for matting and layering and added black for the stamping and much of the die cutting.


The most difficult part was getting all 14 cards onto one photo!

Here is a closer look at the cards - still in groups as I'm sure you don't want to scroll through 14 individual photos.

 
 
 







To keep them looking like a set, I restricted myself to the dragonfly dies (a Gummiapan set) and the butterfly and flower dies (each being the upper layer from a Dovecraft Layering Die duo), plus a couple of others for the sentiments, and to preserve the CAS look I didn't add any pearls or gems.

A tip that I wish I'd known before I chose my paper is that cutting the paper in a way that uses it all up means there is no opportunity for matching repeating patterns, so papers like mine with a very regular repeated pattern on both sides can cause some slightly jarring looks when you are using 2 or more pieces of the same side of it one on card. I think I'd go for an all-over floral design next time.

Overall, I really hadn't expected to enjoy making these cards but I absolutely LOVED doing it, and it's given a huge boost to the charity card box. It would be a wonderful way to batch-bake Christmas cards too. I'll certainly be revisiting One Sheet Wonderland!

I hope you will head over to our challenge and share your One Sheet Wonders too.

 

11 comments:

  1. Amazing selection of cards Jane, using paper with a pattern on both sides certainly adds to the different looks you can achieve.

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  2. wow - these all look wonderful. I've never done this so I think I might give it a try.

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  3. Really impressed with the number of cards you made from one sheet of paper. they are all great cards. Anesha :)

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  4. Wow, 14 card from one sheet of card/paper, they all look fantastic.

    Sue xx

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  5. What a great way to use a whole sheet, looking forwards to seeing your Christmas set using a one sheet wonder. Helen S.

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  6. Love how many cards you got from teh shett and they are all so differnt. Lovely, Hazelxx

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  7. WOW, Jane, these are just amazing and so clever using just one sheet of patterned paper. xx

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  8. OMGosh 14 cards, so very well done Jane. Lovely papers and I love the designs and the dragonfly theme. It was a good challenge, Kate x

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  9. Fabulous cards, and such a great selection of cards from one sheet of paper.

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  10. This really brought back memories, Jane! You did a magnificent job with all your designs! TFS the photos! I'm not home or I would be participating. I felt the same way when I first did this many years ago, but it was so much fun and I felt wonderfully productive and fat in stash at the end!! Hugs, Darnell

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  11. Fabulous cards all so beautiful and I love how you have used both sides of the paper to mix it up...I am the newest DT member here and came by to say "HI" and to follow your blog. I would love to have you stop by my blog and follow me as well!
    Diane {Nellies Nest}

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