Hey there! I'm excited to be back on the Chickaniddy blog with today's project... I had so much fun putting this one together, using the beautiful papers and embellishments from the Twirly Girly line!
The colours in this collection are some of my favourites - cheery and bright, with some chocolate to bring it to life. Perfection.
I went through all the papers, and picked all the ones I wanted to use, then chose a journalling card to set it all off. It's so easy when you want to add lots of different details with these papers, because everything coordinates so perfectly. I love that!
Something I really like to do when I'm combining a lot of patterns is to sand down the edges of my papers a bit. I think it helps to soften the edges, which can eliminate the risk of a card feeling busy with so many different elements.
I generally use one of two methods to sand my paper, depending on the look I am going for. The first way uses something you probably already have laying around your house!
I just use a nail file! I like a medium grit file - around 180. It is coarse enough to take a decent amount of paper off, but not so coarse as to ruin your project. With this technique, I actually usually hold the paper in my other hand and scrape the edges of it with the file (for the sake of photographing without my tripod, I set it down on my table).
Here's a close up of the look you get from the nail file:
The other tool I have, I inherited, though I really do like using it quite a lot - even if I wouldn't have paid for it myself! Now that I've used it, I can see the benefits to buying one...
This is a sanding block from Making Memories. What I like about this one is that there are a few different grits, as each side of the block has something different. With this one, I just lay the paper down on my work surface (one I don't care about getting scratched), and scrape the surface. Easy peasy!
And here's a close up of what the sanding looks like when you use the sanding block:
And here is a better look at what the sanding looks like on the card I created for today's post:
For my card, I chose to use the sanding block. You can see the effect better on the pink edge of the journalling card, but I did sand the heart paper as well. I just love the softness it adds!
I hope you're inspired to try this technique out for yourself, and experiment with a couple of different tools to see which look you like best!
Supplies: Paper: TG14OS12, TG14OS11, TG14OS07
Embellishments: Brads: TG14EB06, Stickers: TG14EB02, TG14EB05