For this week's sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches I'm going to be looking at using up some of the scrap strips I have been hanging on to. You know the ones you didn't get around to using on the inside of a card, or for other projects.
Here's the sketch:
What do you do with all your left over strips of card stock when you finish making cards for the day? I don't throw mine out, I simple store them in a tall glass by my trimmer. My scrap strips vary in length and width, and usually range anywhere from a 1/4" to 1" wide. Most of these strips are a minimum of 6" long sometimes a bit shorter. I use these strips for decorating the inside of my cards and or stamping sentiments on. Having them out on my table where I can see them means they get used up and I'm not always cutting strips from my larger papers.
For today's card I needed three short narrow strips of card stock in Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Pool Party. It turns out I had all three colours in 1/2" x 5 1/2" strips and I only had to trim them down on the ends. Made my day!
Here's My Card Using The Strips & the Warm & Toasty Stamp Set:
I'm so happy with the way this design turned out. It's a great sketch and came together very quickly.
I started with an 8 12" x 5 1/2" piece of Highland Heather card stock and scored it at 4 1/4" for the card base. Next I added a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock, followed by a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of the beautiful Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper(dsp).
I embossed the dsp with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder and sponged the edges with Highland Heather ink and a sponge dauber, before adhering it to the first layer. Love it!
|The snowflakes in the Winter Snow EF are beautifully designed to give a soft background yet dense enough that you can see each beautiful design. This embossing folder is featured in the Holiday Catalogue until January 4th, 2021. |
I can't say enough about the Snowflake Splendor dsp, it pairs beautifully with Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Pool Party and Whisper White. The piece I chose for my background coordinated really well with the Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Pool Party card stocks I chose.
I was able to shape the tops of these strips with my Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152883. I used a sponge dauber and the corresponding inks to give each strip some definition and for fun I stamped the "just for you" sentiment from Warmy & Toasty on the ends of the strips.
I stamped the Polar Bear on a scrap of Whisper White and fussy cut out his image. Isn't he cute? I really love his sweet little face and his cute little tush.I coloured his scarf and toque with Highland Heather Light and Dark Stampin' Blends. I drew a very thin line around the inside of the bear's image with a Light Smokey Slate Stampin' Blend. His skates and nose were first coloured with a Dark Black Stampin' Blend and then I added some shine with Crystal Clear Nuvo Drops.
To provide a base for the polar bear, I cut out an oval using the Stitched Shapes dies from some old silver glimmer paper. "Here's to a Cool Yule" was stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink on a scrap of Whisper White and then cut out using the tab die from the Tasteful Labels Die cuts. Some Basic Rhinestones were added to the tab and the three strips to give a little interest.For the inside of the card I cut a 4" x 5 14" layer of Gorgeous Grape followed by a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of Whisper White. I added a small 1/4" strip of the DSP to the right of the Whisper White layer and stamped the sentiment "warm & toasty wishes to you" and a small snowflake in Gorgeous Grape. And that is my card for today. I hope you liked it. I'm working on a second one that will be in Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce, so come back tomorrow to see that version.
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