Today I am delving deeper into the techniques I employed to use up an entire 6×6 pad in 1 go. If you missed the original post or first follow up, you can click the links here to go back. If you missed the hop itself click here to start from the beginning.
With that business out of the way, let’s get into the next grouping of cards.
This set was a great way to use up more borders. There was only 1 red & white stripe paper sheet, so I opted to cut it in half, and use 2 borders on each card. That still left space, so I used scraps of green cardstock and stamped them with a stripe background from Impression Obsession called Thin Stripes and cut it so the stripes were diagonal. I also added gold metallic ribbon to finish off the 4″ card front. The sentiments from SSS Stained Glass and Sunny Studios Festive Greetings were gold heat embossed on scraps of white cardstock and matted in gold Rinea paper to match the foil in the patterned paper. I used a couple really old epoxy embellishments and sequins to finish them off. When using pieces of patterned paper, always remember that you can make your own patterned paper to coordinate using your 6×6 background stamps or small images from your stash.
Next card set:
This card set is a great example of how you can be flexible with the cuts. I used a background stamp from My Favorite Things called Sweater Stitch and the IO Thin Strips Cover A Card background to offset the cuts of patterned paper. I even got creative with a 2″ strip and cut it in half to split it on either side of the stamped cardstock, allowing the focal image to shine with a sentiment cut apart. The other 4 cards I had foiled cut aparts for which I heat embossed sentiments on. All the sentiments (and large poinsettia) came from Pinkfresh Christmas Florals, a Creative Stamping magazine freebie.
Let’s do 1 more for today. Here is the group:
Let’s start with the circle paper… I used the 4″ and 2″ cuts, using the 4″ on its own for card fronts and adding the 2″ to the top of the other cards. Now let’s look at the tree paper. Its also cut at 4″ and 2″, with the blue snowflakes being the larger cuts. I used the 2″ tree strips to finish the cards with the half circle paper, and used the larger 4″ cuts with stamped cardstock. Ribbon or cardstock strips work great to provide a transition between patterns. The green cardstock was stamped with the Impression Obsession Pine Cover A Card background. Once again, Rinea paper was used for mats, and as ribbon strips too. The colored focals are cut aparts which along with the white cardstock scraps were stamped and heat embossed with sentiments from Sunny Studios Festive Greetings, and Momenta Christmas Sentiments, The die cut sentiments are from Sizzix Christmas Phrases. The trees were embellished with glossy accents on the garland and I used the last of the ancient epoxy embellishments I had gathering dust.
Let’s very quickly look at a couple more and I’ll save the really tricky ones for tomorrow.
Here is more of the 3″ cuts of the blue snowflake paper from above, this time with some of the borders from the 2 border sheets to frame the first card and more stamped cardstock for the second card. Both utilize colored cut aparts from the pad and metallic gold ribbon. These are my least favorite of the 35, but I was pleased at how I was able to use up the pattern paper scraps that had accumulated to this point. They look better IRL than photos when you can see the colors all match the cut aparts.
Thanks for sticking around and I hope I was able to show you how much flexibility you have using either the 4″/2″ cuts or 2 3″ cuts and some cardstock. Keep in mind that where I added background stamps you could easily swap that for dry embossed patterns. The point is that a subtle tone on tone will pair nicely with your busier prints. Tomorrow we will wrap up this little mini-series with the pages you look at and immediately think there is no way you can use them on an A2 card. Spoiler alert: you totally CAN use them! And they turned out to be some of my favorite cards of the 35 made from the 24 sheet pad. Stay tuned!!!
OK, now I’m beginning to feel guilty over not having started my Christmas stash for this year. But I am appreciating the technique details you’re giving us. I’m definitely going to be using some of those when I start on my own Christmas cards. I have so many stacks of holiday papers that really need to be used instead of remaining in the storage stash, forgotten and unappreciated. 😀
If you are working with 12×12 or 8.5×11 there are a ton of one sheet wonder templates to help guide you on the most efficient cuts, but in my brief experience, there is always a way to work with the cuts you make randomly. I found that it was fun trying to figure out how to make all the pieces work 😁
Another great installment, Karen! I *really* should do this….I have so. many. patterned Christmas papers, in all sizes! 12×12, 8.5×11, and 6×6. I think it’s an addiction. LOL
Marie, it IS an addiction!!! Its especially bad for me cause I have never met a Christmas pad I haven’t loved, so they ALL come home with me! There are many One Sheet Wonder templates to be found for paper in all sizes that can help make efficient use and cuts of the larger sheets of paper. Let me know if you decide to do this and I will start another one then too. We can challenge and encourage each other!
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