Hey everyone, today I’m going to walk you through a really easy tutorial and show you how to make Christmas cards using paper scraps. I made two designs with my paper and I absolutely adore how they turned out. This paper scraps card making technique is versatile and can be used for birthday cards, Valentine’s day cards, or any other type of card you’re looking to make. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. If you make a similar card using this technique please link to it in the comments below so that I can see your work!
Scrapbook Adhesives Initially Repositionable Mounting Squares [Amazon]
Forever In Time 3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive Foam Mount, 1/4-Inch [Amazon]
Trim Slant Tip Tweezers [Amazon]
Feather No.55 Switch-Blade Shear, 5.5 Inch [Amazon]
Fiskars Recycled Bypass Trimmer, 12 Inch [Amazon]
Omnigrid 4-6-12-Inch Marking Ruler Trio [Amazon]
Neenah Solar White Cardstock [Amazon] [Scrapbook.com]
EK Tools EK Scoring Board 12×12 [Amazon]
Whaline 4 Pieces Stamp Blocks [Amazon]
Sizzix BIGkick Machine [Amazon] [Scrapbook.com]
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape-1/8″X27 Yards [Amazon]
Uchida Embossing Heat Tool with Stand [Amazon] [Scrapbook.com]
Stampendous Detail Embossing Powder .5 Ounce-Clear Transparent [Amazon]
Colorbox CLEARSNAP Pigment Inkpad, Black [Amazon]
Christmas Themed Paper Scraps
A Christmas Sentiment Stamp
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Tutorial: Christmas Cards with Paper Scraps
Step 1. Choose Various Cardstock Patterns
I went through all of the leftover strips of holiday paper that had been lying around from past projects to make these paper scraps Christmas cards. I left the scraps in long strips but varied their width as I trimmed each piece of paper. This gave the card some depth and variety as I was starting to piece everything together.
Next, I laid out all of the pieces of paper and started to arrange them in whatever order I thought would look best on the card.
Tip: I would encourage you to try different colors and patterns together. You may be surprised by how much you like unusual combinations.
Step 2. Prep the Card Base
Once the paper scraps were all lined up, I used Scor-Tape to line the edges of an A2 (4.25’x5.5’) Neenah Solar White card base with adhesive. When I did this I left about 1mm between the very edge of the card and where I applied the adhesive. This helped me get a clean edge when I was ready to trim the paper scraps down later. Repositionable mounting squares were also used in the middle of the card base. This would help keep the paper strips in place.
Step 3. Lay the Patterns
When I was ready to lay the paper scraps down, I started at the upper left-hand corner of the card base and laid each paper strip next to one another. The trick was to try and get each strip as close together as possible, making it look like one larger sheet of paper. I didn’t want any seams to be visible.
Once all the paper scraps were in position on the base, I trimmed off the excess paper. This would complete the beautify A2 sized card background, but I also wanted to add a sentiment.
Step 4. Add the Sentiment
The sentiment stamps that I chose were relatively small and simple. They had to be something that would accent the card, but not pull attention away from overall paper scraps Christmas design.
Using a medium Whaline acrylic block, I stamped the sentiments onto Neenah Solar White cardstock in ColorBox black pigment ink. I then used transparent Stampendous Detail Embossing Powder and a heating tool to set the sentiment. Once the ink had cooled, I trimmed the cardstock down to make a banner. and placed the banner on the card using Forever In Time 3D Squares to stick the banner onto the cards.
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