Cards Made With Paper Scraps CAN Be Beautiful!

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Check out this idea for cards made with paper scraps – no one will ever know!

If you make lots of A2 cards and use our gorgeous patterns from any of our 6 X 6 Paper Pads, you likely have some strips or scraps left over. Today Carol is sharing her fabulous idea for cards made with paper scraps that show off that beautiful pattern a second time, help you clean out your stash and give you a design you can use over and over. Here are Carol’s wonderfully detailed steps.

Start by making the card’s background layers:

  • Choose three papers from the Welcome Spring paper pad–one patterned, and two solid colors. PRO TIP: Store your paper scraps from each pad with the pad so if there is a pattern you want to use, you will have your leftover piece handy with all the complementary designs.
  • Die cut the pink layer with the largest Nested Rectangle Small Stitch die.
  • Use glue to adhere the die cut layer to an A2 card base.
  • Use a paper trimmer to cut the green layer to 2-½” x 5″.
  • Trim the floral layer to 2-¼” x 4-¾”.
  • Adhere the green and floral pieces together with glue.
  • Add foam tape to the back and adhere to the card.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Silhouette Wildflower #1 set in black ink.
  • Trim into a strip, add foam tape to the back and adhere near the bottom of the card.

Next create the branch, leaves and flowers:

  • The Cheery Blossoms Die is a one-piece die.
  • You can either just die cut the entire Cheery Blossoms die with each color of cardstock or place scraps of cardstock over the areas desired for each color. Another option is to cut all the pieces from white cardstock and use the coloring medium of your choice to color the pieces.
  • For this card, pink and green cardstock was used to die cut the pieces in the Cheery Blossom Die.
  • A stylus and foam pad was used to add a bit of shape to the pink flowers.
  • Die cut the Branches Die with white cardstock. The two branches used were colored with Copic markers in these colors: BG99, BG96 and G85.
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  • To have the green cardstock die cut pieces coordinate better with the branches and patterned paper, Carol used Copic marker YG93 to color over the leaves and other green cardstock pieces.
  • Using the image on the packaging is helpful when assembling the flowers’ layers. Use dots of liquid glue to adhere the flower pieces together and add them and the leaves to the branches.

Next add foam tape pieces to the back of the flowery branch that extends over onto the solid pink layer. Remove the foam tape backing and add glue just to the back of the branches and place the piece on the card front.

For a bit of bling, add coordinating gem stickers around the floral branch. Then use a clear glitter pen on all of the flowers’ petals.

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Carol really let that patterned paper shine and get shown off all while using a small piece. Heck, you could even cut a whole piece into “scraps” just for this design it’s so pretty!

Here are the things Carol used today so you can make this same card – or your own variation using your own paper scraps! – at home:

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We don’t think anyone could ever say they don’t need or want more ideas for cards made with paper scraps! Those of us who are paper hoarders curators always appreciate a new design idea and this one is so spectacular, it’s a keeper for sure!

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