Today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, we’re continuing our weekly featured artist spotlight whereby each week we spotlight a different artist/designer in the paper crafting & mixed media world and introduce you to their fabulous work.

Today we’re thrilled to welcome – Karen Baker


Before we show you her fabulous projects, let’s get to know her a little bit more…


I’m a mother to two busy boys and graphic  designer by trade. I create in my spare time, a reprieve from my full time day  job in hospital billing.





Card Projects

Hello, Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here, so very thrilled to be guest designing for the fabulous Paper Crafter’s Library! I thought I’d let you in on a secret: where I find inspiration for cards. Today I’ll show you a series of clean and simple creations inspired by corporate logos!


This first card was inspired by the logo from FedEx. I took the colors and, just as in the logo, aligned them on my card in strips, touching each other. For added interest, I embossed each with a different pattern.

Cardstock, Woodgrain Impression Plate, In Bloom Impression Plate- Papertrey Ink, Stamp from Hope Blooms-The Craft’s Meow, Folk Art Florals Die-WPlus9, Black Ink-Versafine, Corner Rounder-WR Memory Keepers

509barberkarenpic2This next card was inspired by IBM. I liked the series of stripes! For this card, I started by die cutting the cow three times onto a panel, then backed that panel with striped washi tape. This was then adhered to the card base, and the sentiments were added. So super simple!

Cardstock-Bazzill Card Shoppe, Unknown Source for Kraft Cardstock, Cow from On The Farm Die-Papertrey Ink, Washi Tape-Target, Sentiment from Birthday Pun-The Craft’s Meow

509barberkarenpic3BP‘s logo inspired my last card. I was drawn to the colors and the general flower shape, so I pulled out some dies and layered them, and then added a simple, bold sentiment to finish the card.


Cardstock-Papertrey Ink, Green Patterned Paper from Oliver Collection-Basic Grey, Yellow Patterned Paper-Authentique, Lovely Layers Die and Stamp Set- Papertrey Ink, Sentiment from Sentiment Sampler- Paper Smooches, Corner Rounder -WRMemory Keepers

There are so many logos out there, you can find them in print, on the web, the tv, billboards, everywhere! Take note of them and create a card inspired by them!
Thank you again, Paper Crafter’s Library, for having me here!

We hope you have enjoyed today’s projects courtesy of Karen Baker. Also, be sure to stop by Karen’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).


8 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Karen Baker”

  1. Gorgeous cards and what a great way to find inspiration! I love how Karen translated the logos!

  2. Congrats, Karen, on your guest feature here! I am loving each card and how the cooperate companies’ logo inspire Karen! Truly amazing!

  3. Love the classy, playful and elegant styles in each of the cards. All so different but all so lovely. I also love the Papertrey Ink products. They are one of my favorite vendors for stamps, dies, and accessories.

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