Card How-to, Cardmaking

Stretching those Supplies: Using Negative and Positive Die Cutouts and Getting Rid of those Scraps.

Hello crafty friends! Lately I’ve been trying to get my craft room in order and that means trying to cut down on some of my scraps and stretch my supplies. I created these two cards with that in mind. Both cards were quick to make with minimal supplies.

The best way to to get rid of those scraps, and I know you have them(all crafters do!), is simply by using them. The easiest and fastest way is by creating strips. I grabbed some of my favorite warm colors (the warm weather is coming!) and cut thin strips to build on.

I decided early on that I’d use dies for these cards. Alphabet dies are a great solution to many crafting needs when it comes to themes. If you don’t have a stamp, grab those letter dies and start making words (happy, merry, joy, thanks…). You can even personalize cards with names of the recipient (This is a great idea for those people with unusual spellings or names that can’t be found on a key chain at the amusement park. They will love this). Before you know it, you’ll have plenty of cards for every occasion.

I used the word “Love”, which can be used for any season. In the first example, I created a shaker card using the negative panel and placed the colorful stripped pattern in the back. Whether I leave it as is, or use it as a foundation to build on, it creates a nice colorful card with little fuss, yet impactful results.

The second card I created, I used the letter cutouts themselves and built them up with multiple layers to give them dimension. I added a black glitter layer to standout against the colorful stipe.

Over all, these were easy and very practical to make. Their simplicity make them a great choice to create in bulk and their just fun to make.

To see how I created these cards, you can watch the video here:

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