Tuesday, November 29, 2016

did you say "bargello"?!

yes, in fact, we did say bargello. because this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called "paper strip art" and we'd like to see projects that make use of the bargello technique! if, like a-week-ago me, you have no idea what that means, please click the link, which takes you to an awesome step-by-step tutorial by joan ervin on splitcoast stampers. it is actually very easy and a lot of fun to do, which is evidenced by the fact that a technique-free-zone such as myself was able to make not one, but TWO cards, pdq! see?

patterned paper scraps (i'm honestly not sure whence all of these came, but really... you can use ANY scraps you have on hand!!!): doodlebug, studio calico, elle's studio, crate paper, my mind's eye, october afternoon, we r memory keepers, prima, echo park... ok, i THINK that's it...);  florals: we r memory keepers, making memories; brad: october afternoon; ribbons: doodlebug + some white grosgrain that i think i may have accidentally stolen from my mom's sewing room :),,, cardstock stickers: reminisce and creative imaginations; kromekote cardstock: the paper cut; adhesives: xyron, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i made the panel for the snowman one first, which is how i discovered that you really shouldn't use a text paper as one of your patterned papers, because in addition to being cut into chunks too small to read, it will likely wound up oriented the wrong way around and just look really weird. also, while i like the red-on-red color palette, and the uniform size, the lack of contrast made the bargello pattern itself kind of fade into the background a bit too much for my taste.

so when it came to card two, i chose patterns without a "right side up", added more colors and varied the width of the strips. so the bargello pattern is much more the star of the show! i think it's definitely handy to be able to play the pattern up or down, though, and however you do it, the bargello technique* is an AWESOME way to use up offcuts of patterned paper, right?!

i'm linking my cards up to the "poinsettias OR snow is falling" challenge at winter wonderland, since i have one of each, lol! :)

jump on over to SOS to see what my design team darlings have done with this clever idea! ♥

*one other technique-based insight gleaned between cards 1 and  2: after you've shuffled your strips around a bit to get a pattern you like, apply adhesive all over a panel of plain white cardstock slightly larger than you'd like your card to be, and stick your paper strips to it, rather than applying adhesive to the strips themselves. i used my 9" xyron machine and it worked BRILLIANTLY, but you could easily use an ATG or even a glue stick! i also found that a bit of machine stitching around all the panels, enhanced the quilt-like vibe of these pieces, whilst also ensuring that even the tiniest bits of paper, stuck right to the edge, would remain securely attached! 


  1. Those are beautiful Lauren I especially like the snowman one. I just love snowmen it's what I mostly decorate with in my house as I collect them haha ⛄️️⛄️️⛄️️

  2. Well, you're kind of a paper-wizard, so naturally these are both out of this world! I am equally enjoying looking at both! The rounded corners and stitching... ah, you just have a way with paper!

  3. Both cards are amazing, I do love the second with the pointsetia on it beautiful.

  4. Wow you have out-done yourself "missus" Love them both Awesome job.

  5. I knew you would embrace this challenge, because you LOVE to work with patterned paper! These are both equally amazing cards!

  6. Your project is super pretty! I expect no less from the collage queen! :D
    Love the papers, pattern, and that gorgeous flower! Very nicely crafted, indeed!

  7. What a fabulous background...I might have to play along.

  8. Two fabulous cards! You must have had a lot of fun! Love them both! Thanks for having me as a GDT this month - I had a blast!

  9. A fabulous card and a great bargello design. Thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.
    Kath x

  10. Those are very cool and look very complicated, what a fascinating technique! Deb

  11. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous Lauren. You certainly have filled the brief! You are right, the second card showcases the bargello design better. But I am always a sucker for a snowman!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Lou DT xo


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