Patterned Poinsettias
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday everyone! Sue here today with an inlay Christmas card using patterned paper. This is definitely out of my comfort zone as I’m not very good at incorporating patterned paper into my card designs unless it’s being used for a background piece and I’ve never been a big fan of the inlay technique. But I thought I would summon my inner Jeanne Jachna who is the queen of the inlay technique and give it a whirl.


I used the Poinsettia Background today. It’s a nice big die that covers a card front so all you need to do is add a sentiment. I die cut the Poinsettia from white card stock, from gold glitter paper and then again from a variety of papers from the Garland Paper Pad. Since the colours in this patterned paper pack all go together it’s easy to make paper choices.


I added double sided adhesive to the back of the white die cut panel and laid all my pieces into the opening. It goes pretty quickly as the pieces are all big except for the leaves. The sentiment was die cut three times from black and adhered together and added to the card front along with some Fairy Dewdrops and Fairy Crystals.


When I was getting ready to attach the panel to the grey card base I felt like something was missing. I walked away from my craft table and thought about it for a bit and ended up taking a black marker and drawing thin lines around the edge of the panel. It was the solution I needed! It makes the panel pop against the card base and ties in with the black sentiment.


I hope you try adding patterned paper to your holiday cards in unexpected ways. It’s a great way to use up scraps too!

Enjoy your week!

Sue Floral Signature copy







Hi Sue, This is a beautiful card, the inlays are so pretty and the finished card is truly beautiful. A fabulous idea to use up scrap pieces of card in the inlays.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Hi Sue, a stunning card, reminds me of applique quilts. Thank you for the inspiration... Have a wonderful week... Megan

so pretty, I just love the patterns you used in the flowers!

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