Thursday, 2 June 2011

Using those paper scraps

Another Top Note Die idea to add to the collection... and a brilliant way to use up those little scraps of Designer Series Paper. I only have scraps of this Blueberry Crisp paper as it’s leftover from my paper share which I used to make a DSP sampler. It was only when I made up the sampler that I realised how beautiful this paper is!

First you need a piece of scrap card, about A6 (a quarter of an A4 sheet) will do. I used the backing from a pack of Designer Series Paper, no need to waste perfectly good cardstock! Cover the piece thinly with Tombow adhesive and apply the strips of Designer Series Paper to cover it completely. No need to overlap, just but them up right against each other.

Now you need to run it through the Big Shot with the Top Note Die.  NB: Somebody left me a comment the other day expressing concern about putting Tombow adhesive through the Big Shot, in case it spills out the sides and damages the die. I have to say I have never had any problems because I always spread the Tombow very thinly (so there is no excess to spill out) and allow it to dry thoroughly first.  There should be no problems if you take these precautions but, if you’re still not convinced, use SNAIL or Sticky Strip instead. I prefer Tombow because it's the most economical way to get 100% coverage.

The flower is another project I saw on the internet and it’s made up of several punched-out flowers. I used the Fancy Flower punch, the Five-Petal Flower punch and the largest flower from the Boho Blossoms Punch; three of each punched in Crumb Cake cardstock.  I punched a hole through the centre and added a rhinestone brad to hold them all together. I arranged the petals so they were “staggered” and then spritzed the whole lot with water before beginning to scrunch them all up. Once I was happy with how the flower looked (you may need to add more water as you lift the top petals), I left it to dry. Finally, I added a pearl on top of the rhinestone brad, which was a little extravagant by my standards!

The ribbon is Seam Binding, ruffled to create texture and the Happy Birthday banner is curled and stuck down to remain curled for dimension. Frankly, this card is never going to fit in an envelope, so I may as well have some fun with it!

Stamps: Something to Celebrate (hostess)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Paper: Blueberry Crisp
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Top Note Die, Fancy Flower Punch, Five Petal Flower punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, rhinestone brads, basic pearls, Seam-binding ribbon – Crumb Cake

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  1. this is gorgeous, I have seen this kind of technique using squares to make a patchwork effect but this is stunning!
    Kelly x

  2. Just brilliant going to dig out all my bits now thanks for sharing Luv Sue x

  3. Ooooh SO pretty!! Love the scrunchy flower!!!

  4. Great idea Helen, I have a box full of scraps waiting "just in case" and now I can use them.



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