One of my favorite ways to create backgrounds for my handmade cards is with pattern making. I have been searching for a great hexagon stamp set to create some easy patterns, and finally I found one! To see who I create each of these super easy hexagon patterns on my cards, keep reading or watch the video tutorial below!
The Video Tutorial
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Making the Hexagon Patterns
I have been searching for the perfect hexagon stamp set. I wanted a stamp set that had several different sizes of hexagons both solid and outlines. While I’ve been searching I’ve been pinning hexagon patterns I wanted to try on my “Patterns” Pinterest board all that time. Check it out HERE!
When I had the opportunity to join the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps video hop I was so excited to see their “Cheerful Hexies” stamp set! It was EXACTLY what I had been looking for. Not only did it have an assortment of sizes of solid and outline hexagons, but there were also some great patterns and sentiments thrown in! Keep reading below to see each pattern I created with this fun stamp set and how I put the final handmade cards together as well!
The First Hexagon Pattern
When I think of hexagons, my mind immediately goes to quilts. I so admire those who can create quilts (I wish I could!), but what I can do is create a quilt pattern with stamps! This pattern is really just about choosing a color palette, making sure two of the same color aren’t next to each other, and lining up the stamps. I like to look straight through the clear stamps to get the alignment just right. Also, if you have trouble choosing a color palette that coordinates nicely, check out my “Color Combos” board on Pinterest!
When I make time intensive patterns like this, I try and get as many cards as I can from one panel. For these two cards I cut the panel in half at an angle for a bit more interest. I also added a kraft mat behind each panel to help separate it from the sentiment.
I love the scripty hello sentiment that is included in the stamp set, so that’s what I chose to use on these two cards. I stamped the sentiment on an angle that lines up with the quilted pattern beneath it. And to make the entire card look cohesive I used an ink that I used in the quilt pattern.
The Second Hexagon Pattern
Above I mentioned my Patterns board over on Pinterest. That’s where this pattern came from. I like finding patterns that I want to recreate, but make them unique with the color combinations. I thought the hexagon pattern here leant itself to a more masculine card, so I chose the color palette that was a bit more masculine than the original pattern design. I also used my MISTI to stamp these solid images so I could get the best impression!
When I stamped the pattern I used dye inks. This way they dry fast and there is less of a chance of smearing. But when I went to stamp the sentiment I chose to use a pigment ink. By layering a pigment ink on top of the dry dye ink there is not really a chance for the sentiment to bleed. If I were to layer dye on top of dye, there’ a possibility of the inks bleeding into each other. I used Memento Dew Drop ink pads (dye) for the pattern and Versafine Clair inks (pigment) for the sentiment!
When stamping a pattern I like to let it shine on the finished card. That’s exactly what I did on this card. I matted the pattern panel with kraft cardstock and attached both to an A2 top folding card base. This is the perfect kind of card to send through the mail! Nice and flat, but still has a lot of interest!
The Third Hexagon Pattern
This pattern is another from my Pinterest board! But to switch it up, I used a patterned hexagon instead of a solid one. All of these inks are from Catherine Pooler, and I love the way they all go together even though they’re from different collections! It makes for a very bright and colorful card!
To give the pattern even more interest I ued the plaid hexagon, but I also turned it each time to create a different look for each stamp. And again, I did use my MISTI for stamping these. A stamp positioner is the easiest way to get the stamps lined up and a solid image by double stamping. Trying to line these lines up by sight would definitely be a challenge!
The Catherine Pooler inks I used for stamping the hexagon pattern are dye inks. So when I went to stamp the sentiment on top of the already stamped images, I used a pigment ink. Specifically, Versafine Clair in Nocturne. Again, this is best so the inks don’t bleed into each other. And all of this stamping was done on an A2 panel, which I attached to an A2 card base for a one layer card.
The Fourth Hexagon Pattern
This pattern was a complete accident! I was really just experimenting with the stamps in the “Cheerful Hexies” stamp set and this pattern just sort of happened. I started by stamping the largest outline hexagon, making sure to bump the edges up against each other. What I was trying to create was the look of a kitchen backsplash or shower tile.
But then I took it one step further. I stamped the outline hexagon that’s two sizes down, lining up the points with the lines from the hexagons I previously stamped. What this did was create a 3D effect that looks like little boxes stamped on top of each other! I left mine in black and white, but this pattern would be a really fun one to color!
I kept the finished card very simple (the background is kind of a lot!). I attached the pattern panel to an A2 side folding card base and on top of that I added a sentiment strip. The “Cheers to you” is also included in the “Cheerful Hexies” stamp set!
Tips & Tricks for Creating Hexagon Patterns
- To find patterns that you want to try be sure to check out my Pinterest Board that is dedicated to patterns!
- Color combinations can be changed to create an entirely different look for each pattern! If you have a hard time coming up with combinations, check out my Color Combos Pinterest Board!
- A stamp positioner is going to be your best friend when creating patterns! This allows you to line stamps up perfectly and double or triple stamp to create nice solid images. I LOVE my MISTI!!
- If you are creating really intricate patterns, create a whole panel. Then, cut it down to create more than one card. This way you get the most out of your time spent!
I hope you all enjoyed a look at how I create all of these hexagon patterns on my handmade cards! Be sure to head over to YouTube to view the entire video hop that is happening today!
If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my cards today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting everyone!!
The Supply List
- Sassy ‘n Sweet Cheerful Hexies Stamp Set
- Catherine Pooler Ink Pads
- Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads
- Versafine Clair Ink Pads
- MISTI Stamp Positioner
- Foam Adhesive
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- Heavy Weight White Cardstock
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