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From Scraps to Beautiful Cards: 6 Techniques To Try Today!

Are you a passionate card maker looking for innovative ways to transform your scraps into stunning creations? Look no further! In this blog post, we will explore six fantastic techniques that will elevate your card-making game to a whole new level. Don't let those leftover paper scraps go to waste – let's dive into these techniques and unleash your creativity!

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Starbrust Technique:

This is one of the easiest of all the techniques that I am sharing today. You just simply take strips of designer or patterned paper in various widths and attach them to a card panel in a radiating pattern. Once you have them in a pattern you like all you have to do is snip off the pieces that are over hanging. This makes for a beautiful design that looks stunning.

Starburst Scrap Technique Card by Rick Adkins

Embossed Strips:

Another easy technique to do with paper scraps. You can use this technique with patterned paper or cardstock scraps. Place a piece of Adhesive Sheet cut the same size as a piece of plain old copy paper and attach the copy paper to it. Remove the release paper from the other side and attach your patterned paper or cardstock strips. If you have openings between the strips add loose glitter to the adhesive and press it in to cover the exposed adhesive. Then simply run through your die cutting and embossing machine with your favorite Embossing Folders. Pro Tip: 3D Embossing Folders work fabulously on this technique. Once you have the sheet embossed attach it to a piece of cardstock cut the same size as your copy paper backing for extra stability before adding to your cardstock mat layers.

Embossed Strips Card by Rick Adkins

Scraps for Die Cut Sentiments:

Add a touch of whimsy to your sentiments by die cutting the detailed words or other die cuts from scraps of patterned paper or cardstock before attaching to the shadow layers and to the card fronts. The embossing process will not only give your card a raised texture but also highlight the patterns on your paper scraps.

Scrap Sentiments die cut card by Rick Adkins

Altered Scraps:

Ink blending is a popular technique in the card-making world, and it's a fantastic way to breathe life into your scraps. Using sponge daubers or blending brushes, apply ink in various colors and blend them together smoothly. This technique creates beautiful gradients and backgrounds that can serve as a backdrop for your focal point. Combine ink blending with stencils or masks to add extra depth and dimension to your cards.

Altered Scraps Card by Rick Adkins

Stamping Inlay:

Another fun and easy technique to do with scraps is Stamping Inlay. This technique works much easier with a stamp positioning tool like the MISTI. Stamp your image onto your card base or card panel in your chosen ink color. Remove the panel (leaving your stamp in place) and attach strips of scraps to the card front leaving openings between each one. Replace the card front into the MISTI or stamp positioning tool in the same position and ink up your stamp again and stamp it down. The ink will only touch the raised strips of cardstock to give a inlayed effect.

Stamping Inlay Card by Rick Adkins


If you have small paper scraps with interesting patterns or textures, patchwork is an excellent technique to showcase them. Cut your scraps into geometric shapes, arrange them on your card base. This technique adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to your creations.

Patchwork card by Rick Adkins

Video Tutorial:

If you want to see all these techniques in action you can watch the video tutorial below.

If you have problems viewing the video tutorial here on my blog you can always watch it on my YouTube Channel by Clicking Here!

Transforming your scraps into beautiful cards is not only a sustainable and economical practice but also a fantastic way to showcase your creativity. With these six techniques – starbursts, die cut sentiments, altered scraps, embossed strips, stamp inlaying, and patchwork – you can create stunning handmade cards that will leave a lasting impression on your loved ones.

So, don't let those paper scraps go to waste! Try these techniques, experiment with different materials, and let your imagination run wild. Enjoy the process of turning something ordinary into extraordinary and surprise your recipients with cards that are truly unique and special. Happy card making!

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