Paper Strips Background Card

What can you possibly do with long scraps of card stock? Consider creating a background layer for a card!

Last week at our stamping class at the Avimor Community Center here in Boise, we did just that. However, I actually cut new “scraps” for making our cards!

My chosen card stock colors, left > right: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce

Our Paper Strips Card was Pretty Quick & Easy

Finished card with simply decorated envelope. Envelope leaf is from Stampin’ Up!’s retired Colorful Seasons stamp set; stamped using Cajun Craze Classic Ink.

How To:

  • Card Base: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4 and burnished (firmly rubbed) with a Bone Folder or thumb nail. Color: Neutral–white or Vanilla
  • Base layer for strips: 5-1/4″ x 4″. Color: Your choice….any of the colors of your strips.
  • Strips: assorted colors, 1/2″” x 5-1/8″
  • Die cut layer: Neutral for the tree canopy (or your choice of image). I used Crumb Cake.
  • Greeting: Same card stock as for the die cut layer. And greeting, die, punch of your choice.
  • Dimensionals for layering greeting
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue (aka green glue per the color of the container!) for layering strips and attaching the die cut layer.
  • Bling: if any, use a ‘odd’ amount of bling of your choice.
  • Apply “green glue” to the back side of each strip in a zig-zag pattern for light and easy coverage.
  • Position first strip equally distant from left/top/right of colored card stock layer.
  • Position following layers butt-up against the previous layer. The final layer will need to be trimmed down or just totally omitted.
  • Apply ‘green glue’ carefully to the die cut layer and add it to the card.
  • Stamp greeting, punch or die cut, and attach to card front using Dimensionals for a cute little pop.
  • Decorate your envelope as you wish. IF you wish. 🙂

Various Samples from our Community Center Class

Isn’t it fun to see how participants personalize their cards? I love to see the variety. Different arrangement of colored strips. Different bling. Different greeting.

How About a Springtime Version?

Paper strips for springtime hand stamped card
Subtles card stock strips also create a beautiful backdrop for a card.

I look forward to sharing more of my cards with you as I get more and more accustomed to this new (and challenging) blog platform.

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