Tuesday

Get more from your patterned paper with Dana Seymour! :)





My guest today is the talented Dana Seymour of Kismet, Art & Life. I actually got to know of her last year when my friend Karen Baker was a guest here and I returned her comment with a blog visit. But I really took a good look at her work again this year and boy have I been missing out! Dana combines patterned paper and stamping with her unique style to create incredible textures and layers. Her cards are always unexpectedly fresh and lively. She shares her "secrets" in a tutorial on how to get more from your patterned paper and is issuing a challenge with a chance to win a gift certificate to one of her fave online stores! :)

Let's have a look at her awesome gallery!


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"I was so honored and excited when Yvonne asked me to be a guest blogger on Do More With Less! Not only is she incredibly talented, but she's a sweetheart to boot, and her blog is full of amazing inspiration. I love to peruse her older posts just for eye candy!"Do more with less" is a really important concept not only in my personal lifestyle, but in how I craft too. So I thought I'd issue a small challenge by way of using some of that Patterned Paper we all have hidden away. *wink*
Here's how I get more out of my PP.
1. I stamp on it.
If the pattern is boring, I add to it with my stamps.
2. I color it.
If the colors don't match my cardstock perfectly, I alter it by coloring over those parts with markers.

Here are some PPs that I will be working with for today's tutorial:

You can see that I already stamped on the last PP (I forgot to take a photo of it before I began!)

Then I choose some stamps and get started.

For an example of how I alter PP with markers, you can see below that the PP I wanted to use had ivory stripes. Well my finished project would be utilizing white CS, so I colored those ivory stripes with a Copic Marker to match another color of CS I was using.

And here are the finished products with all those unique stamped/altered patterned papers on display!


Not only am I using up PP that might otherwise not match or "fit the theme", but I have created something unique in the process! And by altering the PP I already have, I'm not out purchasing more to find that perfect piece that works with my intended project...I'm making it myself with supplies I already have!

Here are several other cards I've created where I use patterned paper that I stamped on or colored over.
Here's where the challenge comes in!

I want to see patterned paper that YOU stamp on or alter in some way. Link up your project below for a chance to win a fabulous prize...a $10 gift Certificate to an online stamp store from the options below!


Let's DO MORE WITH LESS!

*mwah*
Dana"

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 Doesn't Dana make you look at your patterned paper differently now? I think my stack of  "buyer's remorse" patterned papers need a revisit...*wink*..So, are you ready to play along? Link up your creations using Inlinkz (located at the end of the post) by Friday, February 11.

As always, please leave a little love for my guest Dana. :)

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31 comments:

Lynnda Hosni said...

Gotta love this ...brilliant... instead of dumping... we recreate to our own liking... Thanks DANA... your ideas is just amazing!!...

of course your cards are gorgeous... love em all...

no promise... but will try to whip one... xoxo

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOSH!!! Her work is AMAZING!! And I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee what she does with her stamping!!! WOW! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Ujjwal said...

This is wonderful!! I am not a big lover of pattern papers as well and I do have some "buyer's remorse" PPs...lets see if I can put them to use for this challenge :D

annieambriel said...

this is such a wonderful tutorial.. I have tonnes of pp.. but fully utilising them.. :)

Gorgeous creations :)

kavitha said...

wow,..stunning creations,..i have some non-favorite pp's,so now i got a idea to use them:)))

Dora said...

Ow wow I have to try this once. it is beautiful! Thank you!

adrienia said...

These are amazing Dana! Thanks for sharing :)

mansi said...

WOW!!Amazing...I have already started dreaming of how I can alter my PPs.Thanx for gr8 tips.

Jocelyn said...

PERFECT....what great ideas....I love the thought of altering those papers that I have no idea what to do with!!!

Wishing you a Fabulous Day!!!

~amy~ said...

woot woot for Dana! Such fabbie creations...love the concept of coloring the pp...never thought of that...I have a TON of pp....did I mention I have a ton of pp? Fun challenge!

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

WOWZA! I have always loved Dana's work but have never really looked at all the detail she puts into her stamping until now. Thanks for making me open my eyes a little wider today. I definitely need to try her technique out.

Sara Mac said...

As always, these are wonderful cards Dana!! I've been challenging myself to use up lots of my pp so this challenge is perfect.

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Beautiful Creations. Thanks for sharing.
Thanku dear for ur sweet comment on my blog.

Christina said...

Dana, your cards are amazing, as always! I love that you can get a unique look by personalizing your patterned papers or coloring them to fit your project. I need to give this a try!

MirjamC said...

great guest blogger! love the cards and thanks for the tutorial!

Rachana said...

so innovative never thought of using PP's in this way...thanks for sharing the ideas...will try and participate

aussiescrapper said...

Wow thank you so much for sharing Dana's gorgeous work here, this is the most brilliant idea....cannot believe how she transformed the papers and had to laugh re: your pile of "buyers remorse" papers....I have a pile too - but maybe not for much longer. Love MElxx

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

this is just too cool! Love your guest designer you featured and know I have to try to get more out of my paper. I know I can! Thanks!

Belinda said...

Woohoo Dana! Fun tutorial! :)

dstandard said...

Totally fabulous and so much inspiration!

Alice Wertz said...

wow! Dana is amazing! gorgeous cards and i love how she has been using and matching us the pps! fabulous cards!

jacque4u2c said...

She is amazing! I love these ideas - thanks so much for sharing!

christy compton hall said...

I LOVE 'em Dana! The Never Ending Love Song is my favorite. Seriously amazing. The colors are so rich and they just speak to me. I love everything about it!

Lisa Petrella said...

GENIUS!!!!! I definitely have LOADS of patterned paper just sitting around waiting to be put to good use! Love this concept and can't wait to try it out!! Thanks, Dana!!!

Ronnie said...

Such a great idea to make the pp your own! Thank you Dana for sharing your knowledge and thanks to Yvonne for hosting such a great tutorial.

Love your cards!!!

Juhi said...

OMG this is super super cool, I'm surely going to use a lot of this! Thanks for sharing!

Maggi said...

Very cool technique! I'll have to give this a whirl!

Karen B. said...

Yay! So glad that I had a hand in this! Thanks Dana, for the wonderful eye candy, wonderful idea, wonderful tutorial and wonderful challenge! Thanks Yvonne,for featuring Dana!

Julie E said...

Buyer's remorse - don't we all have that!!! What great pics and ideas!!! I need to remember all these tips and get going. (I can do this one :>)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Such a great idea, must admit that I've done very little stamping on paper, but Dana's cards are so beautiful that I'll have to break out and try this more often. Baby steps though, here's my first effort,
http://homemadecardsbyerin.blogspot.com/2011/01/lawnscaping-challenge.html

DonnaMundinger said...

WOW! What a fab idea! I especially relate to coloring the ivory stripe. How many times have I decided agains a piece because of that! xxD

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