Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Make it Monday: Using Scraps

Today’s post is a perfect reminder and example for us all by designer Gloria Stengel… take it away Gloria!

The "by-product" of all paper crafting is scraps, and lot of them! There are endless ways to sort, store, and save paper scraps. But, wouldn't it be better us USE them? The best way I have found to use the endless scraps of paper and cardstock that collect on my work surface is to make cards with them.

My cardmaking style is not usually "clean and simple," however, I donate cards to a few organizations that require cards be "mostly flat" and easy to mail. What a great time to pull out those scraps and get busy! I also get requests to create projects that may need to be mass-produced, thus they need to be simpler - less is more.

Here are four cards that use mostly scraps and bits of "this and that."

Abundance

Abundance-Card-1

Ink:

Clearsnap Colorbox:

Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink (Venetian Lace, Photogenic)

Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan)

Stamps:

Hampton Art Stamps - 7 Gypsies (IC0191 Abundance, PS0679 Distressed Clock)

Cardstock - Cream, Black, Kraft

Designer paper - 7 Gypsies - Gypsy Packs

Embellishment: 7 Gypsies Pyramid Studs

Die cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics (Fishtail Flag Stax)

 

Beautiful

Beautiful-Card-1

Ink:

Clearsnap Colorbox:

Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink (Bon Voyage, Photogenic)

Stamps:

Hampton Art Stamps - 7 Gypsies (IC0191 Abundance, IC0195 Butterflies)

Cardstock - Cream, Black, Kraft

Designer paper - Canvas Corp.

Embellishment: satin ribbon

Die cuts: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small

 

A Blessing

Blessing-Card-1

Tip: try layering different die cut shapes to create a unique background for stamped messages.

Ink:

Clearsnap Colorbox:

Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink (Photogenic)

Stamps:

Hampton Art Stamps - 7 Gypsies (PS0630 Blessing Not in Disguise)

Cardstock - Cream, Black

Designer paper - 7 Gypsies - Lille

Embellishment: Canvas Corp. cord; button; bamboo string

Die cuts: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-one, Labels Twenty-five

Punch: Martha Stewart

 

Text and Map

Text-Card-1

Tip: When stamping with text backgrounds, make sections of the image pop by highlighting them with markers.

Ink:

Clearsnap Colorbox:

Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink (Photogenic)

Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan)

Stamps:

Hampton Art Stamps - 7 Gypsies (PS0680 Distressed Words)

Cardstock - Cream, Black, Kraft

Designer paper - 7 Gypsies - Gypsy Packs

Embellishment: Canvas Corp. cord

Punch: EK Success

Marker: Copic

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