Ever wonder how to use up paper scraps from your latest project? Make cards, of course! If you’re a scrapbooker, I know you have a big ‘ole pile of scraps hidden in your stash. I keep mine in an index card box.
Just pick out a few coordinating pieces and a stamp set and see what you can put together.
One of my favorite stamp sets from Paper Smooches is Flap Happy. I love the butterflies in this set – the line art images are fun to color. Not only that, but the solid butterfly stamps can double as bows!
Last night I stamped a bunch of butterflies on watercolor paper with Staz-On and tried out different types of coloring techniques on them. Some came out good; others came out, well, less than good. I even did a couple of videos, but I’m still too shy to post them.
Here is one that came out pretty nice:
This one I did with my Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens. I laid down the color where I wanted the darkest shade to be (closest to the body), then blended it out with a water brush – first with a light blue, then with a darker purple.
You can’t see it from the photo, but I also gave the wings a little sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella pen and embossed the butterfly’s body for a little dimension. I also had the die that matched the image, so I used it to cut out the butterfly and then adhered it to the card.
In case you are wondering, yes, the background is woven paper strips! I had a bunch of them left on my desk after I trimmed down some white liners for my dark-colored card bases. No sense wasting them, am I right?
It looks fabulous if you weave a background with a rainbow assortment of quilling paper, too. That technique looks great on birthday cards and helps you to use up paper scraps you have lying around.
The other card I put together was a fussy cut butterfly:
It’s a pretty simple card. Yesterday was “clean out your card scraps” day in my craft area, and I’ve committed to using at least half of the pieces I cleared out of my stash over the next week or so.
The background on this card is simply a few squares of Glitzy Glitter foil paper from DCWV and a square of Marshmallow from Bazzill Card Shoppe. The strip across the top of the card isn’t a gradient as it shows in the photo; it’s a piece of silver paper with a very shiny, chrome-like finish. I have several pieces of it in my stash… if I can find the source, I will update the links at the bottom of this post.
The butterfly on this card is colored with N4 and the colorless blender from my Copic collection. After I had finished fussy cutting the image, I edged it with a black Sharpie to give it a more finished look, then added a few pearls to fancy it up. To stick it to the glittery paper, I used a couple of foam squares.
In my coloring haze, I forgot I’d stamped the image with Staz-On, and that doesn’t play nice with Copics. Luckily this didn’t take much work to blend so I didn’t ruin my marker nib. Memento Onyx Black is the best ink I have found so far for working with Copics.
Thanks for stopping by today to see how I use up paper scraps. What inks do you use to stamp images when you’re planning to color? Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite coloring medium!