Friends of Unity April Hop

Hi Friends!

I am so excited to be hopping once again with my talented friends on the Friends of Unity hop this month! I am beyond excited for this month’s theme-patterned paper! I use patterned paper for almost EVERY card I create. I must admit- I just “may” have a patterned paper obsession!

With graduation season right around the corner it seems only fitting that I create a few graduation cards! I have been “sitting on” a gorgeous patterned paper pack filled with beautiful graduation themed designs. My own son graduates this year so I created this card with him in mind. I also cried making it. Oh.. how I wish I could turn back time………….

For me first graduation card I used the “You Did Good” stamp kit.

you did good

For this card I started off with a black cardstock base from The Cardstock Warehouse. I then cut a white cardstock base 1/4 inch smaller to use as my mat. Choosing two pieces of coordinating patterned paper, I cut them into strips and adhered them to the mat as shown.

Using circle die, I then cut out a large circle from gray cardstock and adhered it to my layout. The image was stamped onto white cardstock using Gina K’s Amalgam ink and then cut out using my Scan & Cut. I used both Spectrum Noir markers and Copic markers to add color. Once completed I adhered it to my card using double sided foam tape. The sentiment was stamped directly onto my card and then using another scrap piece of coordinating patterned paper, I used my stapler and stapled it to my card.

I used the colors of my son’s school so I now have his graduation card completed!

Keeping with the graduation theme, I needed to also make a card for my son’s girlfriend. Luckily Unity also has another PERFECT kit for those graduating gals! For the next card, I used the kit “Graduation Wishes

Graduation Wishes

Once again, I started off with a black cardstock base and cut another piece of gray cardstock 1/4 inch smaller and glued this piece to my base. I then cut my graduation themed patterned paper 1/4 inch smaller than my gray mat and glued this down as well.

Using a large stitched oval die I cut a piece of coordinating patterned star paper and glued this to the patterned paper as shown. To break up all the coordinating patterns so it didn’t look so busy, I simply cut a piece of gray cardstock and adhered this piece right in the middle as shown.

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and cut it out using my Scan & Cut. Using both Spectrum Noir markers and Copic markers I added color to the image. The sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock and them I used a stitched die to cut it out and then adhered it to my card using double sided foam tape. It may be a bit hard to see but I added a few rhinestones for a little bling!

Both graduation cards were really easy to create and the patterned paper worked out perfectly! Two down and 5 more to make! This year is bittersweet as my son graduates as well as all of his friends. I’m so proud of the young adults they are growing into. My son is unsure if he wants to attend college or simply head on out into the work force. I’m in no rush to push him one way or the other. I just want him to find something he loves to do and then go for it! Sometimes that takes time. Heck, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do and I’m close to retirement! What words of wisdom would you give a graduate?

I couldn’t wait to use the patterned paper for my next card! Isn’t it totally pawsome??!!

loyally yours

I used the adorable stamp kit “Loyally Yours” for this card. I started off with a pink cardstock base and then cut my white mat 1/4 inch smaller and glued it down to my base. The patterned paper was cut to shape using a stitched scallop border die and glued down to my mat as shown

The pup image was stamped using Gina K Amalgam ink onto white cardstock and cut out using my Scan & Cut. I used my Spectrum Noir markers to bring him to life and then popped him up using double sided foam tape.

The sentiment was stamped off to the side of my mat and the paws were stamped as shown.

Using a piece of scrap coordinating paper and a stitched banner die as well as a piece of coordinating ribbon, I stapled these pieces for accents at the top of the card. This would make for a cute Valentine’s Day card or Anniversary card.

For my last card I let the patterned paper do all the work for me. The paper by itself is absolutely gorgeous. The paper appears textured , almost like finger paint!

I really wanted to show off this beautiful paper so after cutting my cardstock base, I cute the patterned paper 1/4 inch smaller and glued it to my base.

Using the kit “Kara and Melissa Girls” I stamped out just one of the girls and cut her out using my Scan and Cut. Then using my Arteza Watercolor brushes I brought her to life. Once dry, I used double sided foam tape and adhered her to the left side of the card so as not to take away too much from this gorgeous patterned paper. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the patterned paper as shown. A few colorful gems were added as accents.

And there you have it! Just a few different ways to use patterned paper in your projects. For more ideas, be sure to follow me on Facebook and on Instagram !

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to leave a comment and show some love to all of our talented friends that make this blog hop possible each month! (Comment moderation is ON-you will see your comment shortly)

If you landed here first be sure to go back and visit the talented : Dawn B

If you’re ready to move on, check out the amazing: Alaine

Have an INKredible day!

Published by Stampin Sarandrea

Hi Friends! Welcome to my “inkredible” life where I will share with you TONS of creativity and how I turn my crazy life into one big, beautiful...well..mess ♥️

42 thoughts on “Friends of Unity April Hop

  1. Ohhh… fab cards, April!! I love the grad cards… so perfect! The adorable pup card is too cute! Great mix of stamps and papers! Your last card is stunning perfection!!! Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. I love it!! 😍


  2. Wow, how I love your graduation cards! Your son and his girlfriend will love them. I also have my youngest daughter graduating and our colors are blue and black too! The blue is just so electric and brilliant. The dog is too cute and I love the pattern that goes perfectly with the image. Love the card design. The last card is amazing with the textured paper. Your coloring of the girl is awesome too. I don’t have a whole lot of advice for graduates except that I want them to make their own decisions. I try to support them the best way I know how. I believe they are on their own time frame and do not need to compare themselves to anyone else.


  3. Annnnd congrats to Mom too, you made it through to graduation, bitter sweet, but these cards do show how proud you are. Beautiful piecing!


  4. Really great cards, April! What a great way to use those small pieces of patterned paper left from scrapbook pages!


  5. Wow, I really thought that was texture on the paper in your last card – it truly is lovely! And what a fabulous array of cards. I love the graduation cards and the kids will love them!! And you did a fab job with that very busy puppy paper.


  6. I am absolutely with you 100% because my son graduates this year also! #classof2022 I am struggling so much with it all! I have a ton of grad cards to make as well but everything I sit down to make some I start to tear up! Hard to create through the tears! The boy card speaks to me….thanks for the inspiration! And BTW the patterned paper on the Angie girl is awesome!!


  7. Those graduations cards are awesome and I love the papers that you used. Black and white patterns go with anything and are especially great when you might want to make multiple cards with different colored caps and gowns. Your puppy card is just the cutest ever!!


  8. Those graduation cards are so beautiful and how wonderful that Unity had sets that worked for both your son and his girlfriend. You colored them up just perfectly! Patterned paper is addicting isn’t it?


  9. I’m always looking for graduation inspiration. And, that last card with the Kara and Melissa Girls is just beautiful.


  10. Amazing cards! Love the grad cards. Love the patterns, stamps, and designs you chose. Darling doggy card and gorgeous last card. Thanks for the inspiration!


  11. That Grad card is awesome, and how exciting for you!!! I love it! And you picked a perfect paper background for your Unity Girl 🙂 LOVE!


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