Friday 15 June 2018

Great cards using Collage Paper

There are times when you need some simple, quick and easy cards that have maximum impact. The Tim Holtz collage paper can do just that. Here are four made in one sitting.

To start I cut four pieces of Tim's papers 12 x 12 cms to fit a 5 x 5 card.

I then cut four pieces of the floral idea-ology collage paper exactly the same size.
The collage paper was adhered to the patterned paper with matte medium and I brushed a light layer over the top to seal it. The collage paper is very strong when it is dry, not at all like ordinary tissue paper but it needs some gentle handling once on the glued background then it does resemble tissue paper.

I think I needed more glue on the back as it didn't become as translucent as I thought it would. Lesson learned for next time lol.

I also think the striped background showed up more than the neutral text and picture backgrounds.

Next step - mix some white gesso on your craft mat with spritzes of water to create a watery white wash and dip and dry the cards

Roughen the edges of the cards with a paper distressing tool and adhere the background to the card. I usually blend brown distress ink along he edges but decided I wanted it cleaner to create a more shabby look.
I then glued them to the cards and added some butterflies downloaded as free images from the internet and a stamped greeting.
Here are the four finished.

For me making four cards in one day is a miracle - I just loved using the collage paper but be careful when gluing it, it's just as vulnerable to tearing as good strong tissue paper.

There are three patterned designs and one blank one for you to stamp your own images on and they can be found in the shop here.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. Love, love, love these cards! I think the strong colours work wonderfully against the faded backgrounds :D XXX

  2. Absolutely stunning cards Brenda! Thanks for the tip about the collage paper too! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Gorgeous! I really love how you added the gesso wash!Chrisx

  4. These are fabulous Brenda, I've just received my collage papers from Country View so I'm raring to go ! also loved that you used the Tim Holtz papers as the background, I have a load of them that I haven't known what to use them for. Thanks again for the inspiration.


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