Ugly paper transformation

I’ll be honest I’ve never loved this particular patterned paper in a paper pack I bought and really wasn’t sure what to do with it other than to donate it. I think it’s because it’s too ‘lolly pink’ for my taste, which is my least favourite of all colours. Well, last night I had an idea – I decided to try ink blending and swinking the paper with Gina K Black Onyx ink and then wipe off any excess ink from the metallic sections. I really really like the end result! To finish these simple cards I threw on a red mirror card sentiment over a vellum shadow.

The original paper is in the top right. A personal lesson for me not to give up and to look at things with a fresh perspective …

And the timing was perfect for a few challenges too:

Supplies used:

  • From My Heart patterned paper from Stampin’ Up! (retired)
  • Love you and Love your guts dies from Simon Says Stamp and CZ Designs
  • Black Onyx ink from Gina K Designs
  • Ruby Red Craft Perfect mirror cardstock from Tonic Studios

11 thoughts on “Ugly paper transformation”

  1. What an amazing way to create some fabulous background paper! It really is a gorgeous card. Thank you for joining our Cut It Up LOVE challenge.
    Larelyn (CIU owner)

  2. Beautiful…love the mixture of vellum and metallic papers!! Way to go shopping your stash!! Thanks for playing along with our “love is in the air” challenge over at Shopping Our Stash!! -Deb Horst, DT #SOS489

  3. What a brilliant tip this is, Anne! I have never thought about resist-inking the background of my ugly metallic pp. Slap! What a transformation and your Valentine twofer turned out terrific! Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Well now that’s just genius. You have completely transformed that patterned paper, well done. I love it!!! Lots of wonderful work here, and great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Double D, hope we see you back again soon!
    Judy DD DT

  5. What a great idea to use the paper that was in your “Not my favorite” pile! And they turned out so great! Thanks so much for joining us at The Paper Funday Challenges and look forward to seeing more of your creations!

  6. Super toffe kaart. Helemaal leuk. Leuk dat je meedoet met onze challenge bij Make My Monday challenge
    Great card, love it. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday challenge
    DT Make My Monday challenge
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