Using My Scraps

Happy Saturday Everyone,

As much as I try I can’t seem to get a post in before Friday. It is now 1:52am Saturday morning and I am still trying to hash out what am I going to post today.  What I wanted to talk about is SCRAPS; I mean every crafter has a bundle of leftovers that we just don’t toss. But specifically I wanted to talk about paper scraps. I looked at my bags/box of paper scraps and I said to myself  “I got to put this stuff to good use other wise its just collecting dust”. So I ruffled through it and picked some parts that might color coordinate.

what I did next is get two stamps I didn’t want to spend hours making 10 different designs from 16 different stamps. Because we all do it we pull out all our stamps and by the end of it you have more stamps than scraps.

So I kept it to the following materials to make two projects:

  •  Inks – Scarlet & Lime from Color Box, Black Little Inkers from Hero Arts
  • Studio G – Yellow Glitter Glue
  • Stamps – Hot Air Balloon & Thank You very Much from Studio G
  • Paper Scraps
  • Bone Folder
  • Pen or pencil (just something you can mark with)
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Avery 560 Reinforcement Labels
  • Friskers 6’ Cutting Protector

The first project I made was a small “Thank You Card”. I mean when do you not need a thank you card?  Anyway, I used my white scrap paper and started stamping yellow and scarlet pattern of the hot air balloon stamp. Since the hot air balloon  is not clear cling stamp I had a bit of trouble keeping it straight. But it really didn’t matter since I was going to trim what I didn’t want. But a good tip is using a ruler or a thing-a-magi which I didn’t have on hand. I just kind of wing it.

Once I was satisfied I chose a pattern that didn’t have the as many mistakes and cut it into a 3 x 3 card stock. Then I found a larger enough scrap and eye balled it, it roughly came out to be 3 ½ x 3 ½ card stock.  I grabbed my color box inks and hit the edges with a bit of the scarlet  on the edges to make the edges pop a little bit. The next step was a little harder since I didn’t have a lot of white I grabbed a coordinating yellow that matched the flower pattern and the yellow stamping.  Overall I was able to muster up an 8 x 4 ½ card to place the pattern paper and the stamped image.

Now originally I was going to leave the front blank but after I did a test strip of the greeting over the hot air balloon I really liked the outcome.  I inked the greeting with my Hero Arts – Black and went to town.  I then grabbed my black pen and did some foe stitching and stood back, thinking I was done I set it aside when I noticed out of the corner of my eye the glitter. How could I say no to the glitter! I started dabbing like a mad woman on each of the flower then I put a dab on the actual stamp. I just wanted to highlight some of the key points.

I double checked my scraps to see if I could do more cards but sadly I only had enough to make a tag. Which was kind of a bummer but I was determined to still make something else similar with what I had. What I came up with was a 5 x 3 tag that would still make a great thank you card.

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