How to create unique handmade cards using paper scraps
Lately my work area in my craft room has been a little messy – alright, very messy, with lots of leftover cardstock and DSP (patterned paper) scraps everywhere. For some unknown reason, at this moment I have this addiction to using up my scraps, both in scrapbooking and cardmaking.
One of my favourite Designer Series Papers this year came from the Pretty Petals Paper Stack (6″ x 6″). I have just about used up all of the paper stack but inside my special 6′ x 6′ plastic box (purchased as origami storage from Daiso for only $3.80) is a whole lot of leftovers strips of paper which I did not want to throw out.
Super Easy and Quick card for any occasion
I also needed a card for an upcoming class and I was running a little late, so it had to be easy and quick. Sometimes, when you are trying to meet a deadline, your creative juices dry up but not this time. I looked at all those paper scraps and decided to feature them on a card. This was such a simple card and you can easily alter the layers to the size of your scraps. The half circles on two of the cards were leftover from another card for which I will post further details later in the week. The half-circles filled the ‘white space’ nicely as did the two flags on the third card (these were just more left over scraps begging to be used).
Each of the paper strips were cut to at least 2-1/2″ x 1/2″. Each were adhered to another scrap piece of cardstock 5″ x 2″(any colour because you will not see it). I ran three strips of adhesive (I used Snail Tape runner) lengthways along this scrap cardstock. Working from one side I adhered the strips using a light and dark alternating pattern. This is easy to do with Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper as one side is usually light in pattern and the alternative side is darker.
Tip: It is far quicker to place the adhesive onto the scrap cardstock than individually onto the patterned paper strips.
This is then adhered to a contrasting piece of cardstock 5-1/8″ x 2-1/8″. I used Basic Black as it created a greater ‘pop’ on the card. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere the cardstock to the Whisper White layer.
I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Most are of my cards are stamped with a ‘Thank You’ sentiment as I use lots of ‘thank you’ cards in my business. The ladies on the day used a birthday greeting. We then stamped each one with the #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp to remind everyone of the importance of handmade cards.
The paper scraps could alternatively have been cut longer in length and laid diagonally for a different effect.
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