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.
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 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.