3 Ways to Alter & Embellish Patterned Paper with the Hedgehog Hollow

I am super excited to be guest designing for the Hedgehog Hollow this month! If you don’t know the Hedgehog Hollow has a monthly subscription kit packed full of cardmaking goodness. Each month has a “theme” and all the products included in the kit coordinate together so you can make some really amazing cards. The kit also comes with enough cardstock and envelopes to make and SEND six cards!! To me that is such a huge bonus!

The June kit is what I am working with for my two blog posts and videos and it has an ocean theme, but not a “cutesy” ocean – more “adult” and “sophisticated” which I LOVE!! Aside from being packed full with cardstock, envelopes, candy, a Nuvo Glitter pen, and FOUR stamp sets, this kit also includes a 24 pack of 6 x 6 caradstock. And it’s HIGH QUALITY! That’s where I’m focusing today. I’m sharing three different ways to alter and embellish those patterned paper in my video tutorial. You can watch it below!

The first way to alter/embellish patterned paper that I’m sharing is texture and stencils! I absolutely LOVE the watercolor patterned papers that come in the kit (I’m horrible at creating watercolor backgrounds that look presentable) and they make the perfect backdrop to add a bit of stenciling over the top. I used a white opal modeling paste for added shine as well, but any paste with some dimension will do. All that I needed to add was a sentiment and a few stamped images from the “Seashorses” stamp set. The layered seahorse and coral make the perfect finishing touches!

Included in the June Hedgehog Hollow kit is an “Inside Verses” stamp set and I put it to good use on each of my cards. Here’s a look at the inside of my first card. I also added a stamped image from the “Seahorses” stamp set to highlight the sentiment and add a bit of interest.

Another way to alter your patterned paper is with ink blending. I loved the seahorse and jelly fish patterned paper and thought it had a vintage feel, so I decided to add a little ink blending around the edges and also distress the edges, too. It’s such a quick way to add a lot of interest! To finish the card I added the large conch sell and a sentiment from the “Just Keep Swimming” stamp set that I heat embossed to keep with the vintage feel.

Again, I couldn’t stay away from the “Inside Verses” stamp set! I added a quick sentiment on the inside and finished it off with a shell image from the same “Just Keep Swimming” stamp set that I used on the front of the card beneath it. Super simple!

Finally, my favorite way to add a bit of embellishment to patterned paper is with foil! Who doesn’t love some shine? I used one of the watercolor “drops” paper and cut in half to fit the side of my card base. Then, with a glue pen I added bits of glue here and there to highlight certain areas of the patterned paper. There is no right or wrong way to add the glue, I just added it where I thought the foil would look best! Then, once the glue has gotten to it’s “sticky” stage I applied some Pewter foil. This added such a cool effect to an already very unique piece of patterned paper. I wanted to keep that paper as my main focal point, so I only added a sentiment from the “Just Keep Swimming” stamp set.

Although I adore the outside of this card, the inside is probably my favorite. It is so simple, but so beautiful – it could be it’s own card design! I, again, went for the “Inside Verses” stamp set and added a quick sentiment. Then, with an image from the “It’s All in the Waves” stamp set, I added a quick ocean wave to the bottom of the card. It was so easy, but so elegant!


I hope you all enjoyed a look at these three different ways to alter and embellish patterned paper and can tailor them to fit your cardmaking style! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!

To learn more about the Hedgehog Hollow Subscription Box head HERE!


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