Anyone who does paper crafts sooner or later is going to accumulate scraps. When we make greeting cards, whether using Stampin’ Up! stuff or not, scraps are inevitable. And, after awhile my desk at least is awash in scraps. So what to do with them?
Make backgrounds! Here is one idea for using up lots of scraps.
I found this idea somewhere on the Internet, and for the life of me I can’t find it again. I didn’t make it up, and if anyone knows who actually developed this idea, please let me know so I can give them credit.
Here’s how I did it.
First, take a pile of scraps. This is the pile of scraps that I gathered up from my desktop. There’s lots of different colors there, but after looking at them a little more closely, I see there’s a lot of greens, yellows, some wood grain, some blue, a little pink, and a bit of purple, along with a bunch of miscellaneous stuff.
Second step is to cut them all up into half inch strips. It doesn’t matter how long the strips are, only that they are all 1/2 inch wide.
Next sort them into whatever groupings make sense to you – seasons, light medium dark, colors, whatever. I sorted this pile into color groupings. I had blues, greens, yellows, browns, white patterned, and a tiny bit of lavender. Then I sorted them into the piles I was going to use.
Now take a piece of card stock – it doesn’t matter what color – and cut it to 3 3/4 x 5 inches. This is the piece of card stock that you will glue everything to. I made my background with each strip laid closely next to each other strip. You could make your background with a tiny 1/16″ space between each strip. In that case the color of your card stock DOES matter.
On this piece of card stock, take a beginning strip – a longish one – and lay it at an angle on your paper. It should go from near one corner towards the opposite side. I started with a long wood grain strip.
Then take another longish strip in a contrasting color and lay it perpendicular to the first strip, like so.
Continue to add strips parallel to the second strip. When you get down to a little tiny corner, just use a little tiny
strip. You might notice that I extended the second strip on the other side of my first long strip. it adds a little continuity to do this.
Continue adding strips. The next section I did is on the left side, perpendicular to the pink and green strip and parallel to the first long brown strip. Let the strips hang over the edge of the card stock – we will trim them off later.
When I started I put the glue – I used Tombow’s Multi-purpose glue – on the strips, but after a while I just put glue on the card stock and stuck the strips down into the glue. Just keep going, filling up each section with about four strips. If the section is bigger than four strips just start gluing in the opposite direction.
Here’s what it looked like when I was finished. A HOT MESS!!
Not to worry. The next step is to take your scissors and trim off all the excess strips even with the card stock base.
Once it is all trimmed, glue it on to a coordinating piece of card stock measuring 4 x 5 1/4 inches, and then finally glue it all onto a card base – which for this card is whisper white. All done!
I finished the card with a white oval stamped with the mother goose from Fable Friends stamp set, backed it with a slightly larger daffodil delight scalloped oval, colored the image, and attached it to the background with plenty of dimensionals.
Here’s some other cards I made with the same technique. I had a bunch of Christmas scraps, so I made a couple of Christmas one too while I was at it.
I hope you’ll give this a try. It’s fun, relaxing, and makes some nice backgrounds to have on hand.
See you next week!