Continuing on our Bohemian quest, I thought I’d go for the flip side of the zig-zag pattern for today’s project. It is quite the opposite of it’s bold partner, as is usually the case with our DSP. Is it Bohemian? Really? I don’t know… I had a large swatch picked out – just slightly smaller than the card base, so there’s a white border all the way around. But, what would I couple it with? How about a great, masculine, standby from the Annual Catalog?

By Nicole Watt. Features: Six Sided Sampler, Bohemian DSP, Regals Candy Dots, Chevron Ribbon; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #masculine

Maven’s Mastery Tips

USE your DSP!

Are you a DSP hoarder? Well, I challenge you to hoard no more! Don’t be afraid to cut up a piece that fits the whole background. It’s such beautiful stuff, and today’s design is the perfect way to showcase that!

Go Pattern Crazy!

The pattern in the DSP is so small that it’s just begging to be paired with some other posh prints. Enter Six Sided Sampler! All of the patterns are designed to look great together. Pair up the geometric patterns with Delightful Dijon and you’ve got a great masculine card. Looking for something more feminine? Use the tweed, dots and floral patterns with Calypso Coral, and maybe swap out the ribbon for some lace trim, or seam binding for a softer touch.

Layers are Lovely!

These hexagons were truly made to be layered. Here’s how I did it. First, stamp the images. Then, I used my paper snips to go just around the edge of the stamped image. This will make them just slightly smaller than the hexagon punch. Here’s an additional tip – I used my Delightful Dijon Stampin’ Write Marker to go around the edges so there was no white showing. That way, if I didn’t snip quite right, it still looks all Dijon-ey, like a perfect cut. Then, you’ll want to punch out some hexagons in Smoky Slate to frame the stamped images – that’s one layer. Lastly, to make it easier to work with, and super polished, I took a piece of Island Indigo, and adhered all of the hexagons in the pattern I wanted, with the spacing I was looking for in between each. Now I had one big element that I used my paper snips to cut around the edges. It looks much more polished than placing the hexagons individually. Give it a try!

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