Tuesday, December 13, 2022

This Five Strip Technique Makes Easy Christmas Cards by the Dozen. A Great Way to Use Up Your Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Scraps

Scraps, scraps, scraps everywhere! No matter how you slice up your pretty papers, there always seems to be a variety of strips left. What to do with them?

This Five Strip Technique is the perfect solution for your Holiday cardmaking. Or really it is perfect  to do anytime of the year. Oh, my mind is seeing all sorts of pretty cards this technique will produce.

It is super easy to do!
Gather up your scrappy strips and trim a bunch down to 3/4" x 5". 
Prepare two pieces of Basic White or Very Vanilla layers cut 4" x 5-1/4".
With the cut layer in portrait mode, grab a ruler and pencil to make a small tick mark - 1-1/8" down the left side from the top left corner. Make another tick mark 1-1/8" up on the right side from the lower right corner.

Start laying down your strips in a pleasing color combination (no glue yet.) Notice in the photo above that the top red strip goes from the 1-1/8" tick mark on the left side and meets up with the upper right hand corner. Then it is the same for the bottom green strip starts at the lower left corner meets up with the right side at the 1-1/8" tick mark.

Glue the top and bottom trips down with ends hanging off the edge of the cardstock layer. The remaining three strips are glued down and evenly spaced apart in the remaining area with ends hanging off the layer. Let the glue/adhesive dry for a little bit, then with your paper snips trim off the excess parts of the strips that are hanging over the layer. Don't save those, in the trash bin they go.

Now depending on what colors you are using, make a normal card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" to adhere your strippy layer too.

Then the rest is up to you! Choose a punch or die and make a tag for the card front, add a stamped greeting layer. Adhere those two layers together, then raise up off the card front with dimensionals.
Add embellishments of your choice.

The extra piece of Basic White or Very Vanilla goes inside your card, which you can stamp with another sentiment if you'd like.

Decorate your exterior envelop flap with a coordinating piece of patterned paper 2-3/8" x 6" and trim off the excess. Voila! A gorgeous Holiday Card for you to give or mail.

Shown below is another fun technique. Stamp your sentiment twice in two different inks on scraps, then fussy cut the second color words into pieces and adhere to the first color. The result a fun pop of color done quite easily. It makes your card look very classy!

I hope you'll give this Five Strip Technique a try. It goes very quickly in assembly line fashion when you have a bunch of strips prepared ahead.


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