New Video: Tips for Pairing Patterned Papers

The excitement around yesterday’s announcement of product shares and Designer Series Swatch Books , had me energized all day long.  If you missed that post, please check it out here – I don’t want you to be left out in the cold.  As I started to make swatch books for some of the papers I picked up in my demonstrator pre-order, I realized that there are some really bold (and often times intimidating) patterns in some of these papers.  They are a must-have, but they have to be handled with care.  That’s why I created this video to share some of the “rules” around pairing patterns in Designer Series Papers.  The “rules” are not mandatory, but they generally hold true.

Throughout the video, I refer to “Bold Patterns.” I sometimes refer to “Busy Patterns.”  I consider those terms interchangeable.  Here’s my video:

In summary, here are the general rules I’ve found help me to work with patterned papers:

  • Define Bold Patterns and Not-Bold Patterns.
  • Do not pair Bold Patterns with Bold Patterns.
  • Carefully select complementary accent colors with Bold Patterns.
  • Buy Designer Series Paper Swatch Books from Brian King by clicking here.

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Those are very basic rules, but I hope you’ll find them helpful.

Over the past year, I have shared other videos that I would consider Cardmaking Basics videos.  If you’d like to learn more, click on any of the following:

This week is going to be jam-packed with brand new products – there’s so much to show, and I’m excited to share it.  Please come back!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. oooppsss! sorry about the card I gave you….. I think I did the exact opposite of your tip. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Thank you! I was terrified of that Bohemian paper :-).

  3. Great video ! I love love those Swatch Books to help decide which colors to use plus you list if it is Whisper White or Very Vanilla as a possible card base choice . The neat thing about YOUR Swatch Books is you stagger the pages so it is easy to compare patterns as well .
    I am impressed with SU offering the selected cardstock in three colors to compliment your designer paper !!! Oh the wonder of it all !!!

  4. Thanks, Brian….I love the designer paper and plan on trying some of your tricks….

  5. Thanks for the great video! Thanks for the tips for the Designer Series Paper.

  6. Great video! Love your “new look” to your website too!

  7. Thanks Brian, it all makes sense, Tfs, love it !!!
    Hugs Frenchie ‘

  8. This was a good review for me and interesting was your choice of accent colors. I have purchased your swatch books – they make it easy to pick out combinations with thought rather than forging ahead, wasting DSP and related materials…I’ve done that, too!

  9. Great tips Brian, love the Bohemian DSP.

  10. Great tips as usual! Can’t wait for my sampler. Thank you so much!

  11. You enabler, you! I LOVE that bohemian paper. Need a catalog, pal.

  12. love the videos and inspiration you share with us. In quilting when we have a monochromatic print, we refer it as a ‘print solid’ and there are some of those print solids in this wonderful bohemian paper collection.
    thanks for sharing your wit and wisdom every day. you rock!

  13. Fun video, Brian. Great tips to get that balance we are all looking for when matching up Designer Series Papers.

  14. Brian, you have showcased my most FAVORITE paper in the new catalog! And, your video has great tips on pairing it with other colors and other patterns. Thank you for sharing this today, and I just placed my order for your wonderful swatch books! YAY!

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  17. Great video Brian, thanks for sharing your paper tips. I just love those paper swatches too!

  18. I can’t wait to get my swatch books. They simplify my card creativity process in a big way!

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  20. Thanks for the great tips, Brian! So many times when I have disliked a card for being too “busy” I now realize it’s just because the DSP patterns simply didn’t work together. So is it too late to get swatchbooks????

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