Playing with Type: Type as Patterned Texture

Today I'm sharing my next project from Playing with Type by Lara McCormick. The challenge wasw to create a pattern using a single letter from one typeface.

Materials: alphabet stamp, ink, cardstock, glue, rhinestones

My card was for my friend Courteney, so I chose the letter C and her favorite color, purple. I experimented on scratch paper with different ways to create patterns using the C. I liked the floral-inspired design I got when rotating the C four different directions. I stamped the pattern on cardstock:

I used a leaf stamp on all the white space between the flowers. Then I dabbed purple ink to fill in the flowers and green to extend the foliage. 

Finally, I matted the cardstock with a dark purple and glued the whole thing to a lavender card base. Self-adhesive gems became the centers of all the flowers.

What a fun challenge! I never would have thought to try something like this without the prompt.


  1. Oh wow! That is seriously so creative and pretty! I would have never guessed you made that flower from an alpha stamped letter!

  2. Ohhhhhhhhh I loveeeeeeeeeee this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Oh, I love how you used the letter C to make this cute card. My mom's name starts with a C. She would totally dig this idea!


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