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Wow, look at all that gorgeous pattern! This beautiful installment of our American Crafts feature week comes to Card Annex from resident designer Annette Allen.

Annette shows a great example here of the principle of letting the pattern do all the work in her design. This much pattern, if not carefully matched with color, scale, and type, could easily be overwhelming. But well-matched and planned, it can create a fabulous card with only a few simple elements making up the card’s construction.

The chevron design is very busy, even in the lighter gray tone, so it could easily overcome anything set on top of it. The dark color background and relatively small design of the dots on the heart die cut allow it to stand out and not clash with the chevron, but coordinate instead. The flower being another  polka dot, but a smaller one, provides contrast – but again, without becoming overly busy to the eye. The last pattern, the floral, is softer and multi colored, setting it off from the others.

The layered stickers create a design element that is bigger and more effective than using a single sticker by itself. When struggling with the size of an item not being large enough visually, don’t forget to consider using multiples!


Supplies |  Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Paper Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Country Picnic Layered Paper Flowers), American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” (Lucky Charm Flag and Label Stickers), Paper Accents (Chipboard Shapes Heart). Adhesive: 3M (ATG), American Crafts (foam).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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15 Responses to Cards | You Are Loved [Pebbles]

  1. Debbie Crowder March 23, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Beautiful card! I love the chevron paper in the soft Gray and everything works so goodmtogether. Great job Annette!

  2. Lenny March 23, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    Looove this card!! (Loved the sneak peek already) :))
    That flower is beautiful and I love the patterned papers that you used!
    Lovely design!! :))

  3. Lee-Ann March 23, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    So pretty!!

  4. Michele March 23, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Lovely! Perfect!

  5. Marlena M March 23, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Beautiful use of patterns Annette!

  6. jeni allen March 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    i love it girl!!! i am in love with pebbles right now!! can’t seem to put it away!:)

  7. Rachel Parys March 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    So adorable!! This is a great card!

  8. vanessa b March 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    that is so sweet, and I just love that flower! :)

  9. Tracey McNeely March 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Beautiful beautiful card Annette, love the papers.

  10. Angi Barrs March 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    AC products are my fave! Love the happy polka dots on Annette’s card!

  11. Barb M March 24, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Gorgeous card by Annette! I love the staggered banners and the perfectly selected patters…so much color and pattern but it all goes together so well! Excellent design!

  12. Lai-Yoke March 25, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Great job with combining all the patterned papers to make this sweet card, Annette!

  13. ConnieM March 25, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    so sweet!! Love the heart and flower!!!

  14. Julia Aston March 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Wonderful colors and patterns on this lovely card Annette!

  15. Joan Ervin March 26, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    This is sooo pretty, Annette….love all the beautiful papers and what a fabulous design!!!!

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