Good morning!

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you may remember that I am a sucker for patterned paper. I love, I hoard it, I can’t get enough of it! I also hate to use it because I don’t want a single bit to get “wasted”.  (I know, it’s ridiculous, but it’s the truth!)  Well, this technique I’m showing you today is the perfect way to use up every bit of a piece of paper while creating some beautiful cards: the One Sheet Wonder.

One Sheet Wonders are templates that are used to cut up a piece of paper (more commonly the templates floating around on the web are 8.5″ x 11″) and use those pieces to make many cards.  It’s a great way to use the whole sheet of beautiful paper, and also a great way to coordinate sets of cards without making them all the same (great for gifts or to sell in sets at a craft fair!).

All you need?

  • A sheet of 12×12 patterned paper (double-sided preferably)
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Cutter or scissors
  • Coordinating card bases (made from cardstock or purchased, I used pre-made white bases that are 6.5″ x 5.25″)
  • Any coordinating embellishments and inks
  • One (or more) pieces of coordinating cardstock, if desired
  • Sentiment stamps and coordinating inks

If you want to make your own template, feel free.  I created this template, but if you Google “One Sheet Wonders”, you will find some more fabulous templates.  I made the template in a just a few minutes, starting with a 12 x 12 grid and dividing into squares, rectangles and triangles.

Following the template, use your trimmer and scissors to cut out the pieces.

Now get to the card making! Some people like to back their shapes in complementary cardstock, which I did a little of – by using just one more piece of 12 x 12 American Crafts pink cardstock.  If you used double-sided paper, you have more options when putting together your cards.

I lettered each shape that coordinates to the cards that can be made with it.  For this particular template, I cut out 29 pieces that will make 11 cards.

You can create the following cards with the resulting pieces:

Card A

Card B

Card C

Card D

Card E

Card F

Card G

Card H

Card I

Card J

Card K Quick and easy, while not wasting a bit of gorgeous paper (like the American Crafts Margarita paper I used today).

Anyone else made cards using a OSW template? Any favorite sites you’d like to share? Feel free to post links here or share your creations on our Facebook page!

Have a great Sunday.