Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Pretty Scrap Busting Card

This concertina triple fold card (I think that's what it's called) is a great card design not only to impress a recipient with but to use up scraps and make them look absolutely fabulous.

When we're paper crafting we often find we accumulate a lot of scrap and it's really not kind to the environment to just sling that into the bin as waste. If you're running a business as well, minimising waste can have a significant impact on your financial bottom line, it's not good business sense to throw away what is essentially stock which is what is essentially money.

This card design creates really small panels which can be decorated with small pieces of paper and cardstock. Doing so with lots of different patterns and colours can create quite a lovely patchwork or scrapbooking effect on a card. You can use the same papers on each panel too if you choose, or why not take scraps from a Stampin' Up! DSP stack which is already coordinated for you and make an effortlessly coordinated card?

These larger cards measure 12 x 5.5 inches and are scored on the long side at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches and then turned to the short side and a slit is cut from the 2 inch score line down to the 10 inch score line 1.5 inches in from each long side. The one I make on the video tutorial is slightly different in dimensions.

After folding in mountains and valleys and burnishing simply lay the card out and start to play with your scrap stash and build up a gorgeous card.

You can keep them for a 'right' occasion, send them out as RAK cards or swaps, pop them away and when you have a few give them to a local charity to sell as part of their fundraising efforts or give to a family member who loves to send cards to use.

Whatever you do with them don't let them go to waste. Here is another scrap buster ideas:

The smaller card was an 8 x 5 folded at 4 inches on the long side and again at 2 inches to create a concertina effect. This one has bigger panels and is good for larger pieces of scrap.

The final card here just layers up scraps quite effectively with little effort and uses a discarded card base which was incorrectly cut to make an unusually sized card.

Have fun using up the scraps and make some time for you this weekend.

Andrea x

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