Sunday, September 2, 2012

6x6 Paper Pack - Done!

I might be done with this 6x6 paper pack. Well, as done as I'm going to get. For those of you who wonder how I got so many cards out of one 6x6 pack, the Basic Grey packs have 36 sheets of 1-sided papers, where other companies' packs have 24 sheets, mostly 2-sided, so I had a lot more physical sheets of paper than the tutorial I linked to the other day.

Although, she made it look so much easier. Yesterday was fun - using the bigger pieces gave me a ton of options. Today, however, working on the scraps? I think it was just as much work to make today's 13 cards as yesterday's 46! But I digress.

Grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and sit a spell. This is another long one.

Here's my first card today:

 This started with a few small pieces of that patterned paper. I punched 1" squares out if it, and also the solid white sheet from the pack, and punched 1 1/4" squares out of Buckeroo Blue scraps, rounded corners, layered, rounded some more, and put two of each on the card. I was CASEing the 3rd card in this OWH post.

But since I chose not to layer, I ran into trouble with the center embellishment. So I had a hair-brained idea to make my own colored Glossy Accents, which I did with some Really Rust reinker. I made four of these cards, and I applied the goop before I did the sentiments, and they took over my desk while drying. I was doomed.

I eventually made the sentiment strips in spite of the cramped conditions, then moved the cards to another area so my whole day wasn't lost. What was I thinking?!

Next, I futzed with papers and made two of these:

Oh, look, the twine is wonky. I'll fix it. So I had those pieces of striped paper, and in a moment of clarity, I chose to layer it on some of the red piece so I could use it up. Twine - done. Except the right side of the card was boring, so I attempted to bring it to life by punching out 1/2" and 3/4" circles from scraps of three of the solid colors. I did use up the scraps, but I think this card falls into the "seemed like a good idea at the time" category.

I am, however, quite pleased that I thought to add the brads before I stuck the piece down to the card base. Actually, thinking back now, the brads were Plan B. You see, I tried to attach a jumbo eyelet, but the Crop-O-Dile didn't reach far enough, and I was NOT going to get out my hammer, so brads it was. I like them!

Next up, I tackled the pile of 1/2" strips of paper. They didn't go well together side-by-side on a card front, so I took the difficult path and chose to make a Bargello pattern with them. Wait, is Bargello a pattern or a technique? Whatever, if you don't know what Bargello is, watch this.

Here's mine ... first I stuck all of those strips to a piece of printer paper:

 then I trimmed it up and cut it into strips:

 Next I took another piece of printer paper and started laying down the strips in a staggered pattern:

I trimmed the excess off the bottom:

 then attached the strips to the staggered top to complete the pattern:

I was left with a few strips and I must confess, I saved them:

I did. And just now I figured out how to use them, so there will be one more card. :)

I took the finished grid and cut a Top Note die out of it, then cut that in half, and made these:

But wait, there's more! :)

Next up, I made this:

 Yeah, two random pieces of paper that got layered on Really Rust and used together. I added Glossy Accents to the heart. I had a lot of drying time today, it seems.

Here's one I made by accident. Yep.I was going to punch more squares out of this paper and make the rounded corner thingies like on my first card today, but then I realized it would be less work to just use the whole piece and be done with it. Lookie:

I even snuck in some washi tape. :) I made two of these.

Then I realized I still had some solid papers left over, and also two angled pieces, so I called the angled pieces a "hill" and made these:

And in the end, this is what I have left of a 36-piece 6x6 paper pack:

It still looks like a lot, doesn't it. Well, after I make the card with the Bargello remnants, I'll see what I can squeeze out of this stuff, but I say I'm pretty much done.

So let's see, yesterday I made 30 + 16 = 46. Today I made 13. That's 59 cards for OWH! Whoot! Not a bad way to spend two days.

In other news, I now know why I gave up mass-production, and why my massage therapist is glad I did. Owmyback! I shall be taking a hot soaking bath tonight before bed. But I am so happy I got all these done! I'll ship them out next week with my holiday cards.

Tomorrow is a holiday here, and I plan to tackle a few challenges I've been collecting on my stamping breaks. Stay tuned! I'll be back!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What fun you had the last couple of days! Makes me want to buy a 6x6 and give this a try - oh, wait, I could cut up a new pack of 12x12 into 6x6 and...never mind! I'll just enjoy the fun through your posts.

  2. Pure genius.Forget mass producing ever again. Love this approach. I love love love that cow on the hill! You know I love to make a scene! Lol. Bravo, friend.

  3. Wow! 46 cards from one paper pad - amazing!

  4. Can you see that? Look out there, at us, the masses. We're bowing in awe of your new Superhero status. Can you hear that? The angels are singing. I crown you forever more "Queen of oh sh*^, did you just really make that many cards with one paper pack in one weekend are you crazy or do you really have some kind of super power?" I am done.

  5. Love your smooches cards, they are beyond cute :-)


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