Using simple shapes and scraps
In attempt to make some more unisex style cards I wanted to see if I can use up some of my scraps at the same time. I don't know about you, but I am getting quite a draw full of scrap paper left over from other projects and I need to start depleting it! So, the best way I thought to do this is by using simple shapes cut out of the scraps to make a background or focal point to the card.
- Cardbase - I used black 200gsm card by Make & Craft. I scored a 9" x 8" 1/4 sheet to give a 4" 1/2 x 8" 1/4 top folding card.
- Scrap paper
- Die shapes, die sentiment and a die cutting machine- I used my Silhouetted Cameo to cut out the hexagons on here as I don't have the best die shapes, so if you do not have a lot of small die shapes, try using other machines you have like you Silhouette Cameo to create them.
- Adhesive - I used double sided tape, PVA glue by Dovecraft and double sided foam tape.
- Scrap card for the sentiment
- Small sentiment stamp
- Ink - I used versafine oynx black
- Glossy Accents
Using your die and die cutting machine, cut out many shapes from different coloured scraps. Make sure you scraps work well together and don't clash. For those without a die cutting machine, you can use your Silhouette Cameo instead.
I experimented with the layout of the shapes on my card without trying to create a repeating pattern and allowed some pieces to overhang.
When I was happy with the layout, I used double sided adhesive tape to stick down the shapes. After I did the bottom two lines I decided that was enough and it would have been two busy if I had added the third line as I had originally planned.
Once all the pieces were adhered, I trimmed down the overhang to finish the pattern.
Cut out your die sentiment using your die cutting machine. If you do not have any large die sentiments, you can use your Silhouette Cameo to cut out a sentiment.
I cut this sentiment out three times as I wanted to layer the die cuts to give dimension to the card.
Apply a small layer of PVA glue to the back of your sentiments and layer one on top of another to create a dimensional sentiment.
To create more interest on the card without making it too feminine, I applied glossy accents to the top to the dimensional sentiment to give a glossy shine. Allow this to air dry, do not use a heat gun to set this!
Once dry, apply to the card using PVA glue - make sure you use a strong adhesive to make sure the sentiment stays in place as it will have quite a weight to it.
Using a scrap piece of card, stamp your small sentiment stamp in ink. Trim the card down to make into a pennant flag and apply adhesive foam tape to the back of the stamped sentiment. Position on the card to finish the card off.
As you know, if I can I like to make a matching envelope. As I didn't use all the hexagon shapes I cut out on the front of the card, I used these to decorate the envelope.
This was such a simple and quick card to make, but also used up some of my scrap stash along the way. The glossy accents is a great addition to highlight the sentiment more.
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