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  • Writer's pictureRick Adkins

Happy Birthday - Waves of Inspiration

Hello and welcome to my blog today I have a Scrap Card to share with you meaning it was made using mainly just scraps of cardstock or designer series papers. Scrap cards are great way for beginners too advanced to use up and get rid of a lot of scraps that may pile up. I love to create Scrap cards because they are quick easy and fun and you can do so much with them. But, we will get more into that in the blog post.

handmade card by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Rick Adkins

Tips & Tricks:

Pull out those scraps and cut them down is the first tip to making a scrap card. For this card I used the cut off pieces from my April Thank You Cards. Some of the strips have texture on them where I had stamped the ocean wave from the Waves of Inspiration Stamp Set. Others are just plain maybe I flipped some of the stamped pieces over or It's juts the side that had no stamping. It doesn't matter with a scrap card.

handmade card by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Rick Adkins

Once you have all your scraps cut to the size you want to work with it's then time to start building your pattern. I like to add them in either a building block pattern, or in this quilt type patter. You will want to cut down another piece of Basic White Cardstock or a even a piece of Grid Paper to a card front size. I usually will cut my base paper down to 4" x 5 1/4". By the way typing or copy paper also works well for the base paper. Next you are going to add adhesive to this entire piece of base cardstock or paper. I like to use the Adhesive Sheets for this. It's super easy to cut the Adhesive Sheets down to the 4" x 5 1/4" and place on the backing paper.

At that point you can start adhering your scraps. With this pattern I like to place one strip going at an angle one way across the card front and one going the other way. Then I work in sections filling one section with each of the different colored strips until I have it filled up. Then I will move to the next section and fill it and so on and so forth. I will with each section change the direction I am adding the strips as you can see in the pictures of the card. This adds visual interest to the card and keeps it from being monotonous.

Finishing Touches:

Once I have the base layer filled up I take my large pair of shears and flip the entire thing over and cut off the pieces that are over hanging. This provides a nice clean edge to the card front. You can also use the smaller pieces that you cut off to fill in the smaller sections of the scrap card. Once I have everything trimmed and looking pretty I will attach the card front to my card base. I like to use just a plain white card base for this because normally with a scrap card you have so much color from all the different colors of scraps. My card base today was made from a piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Basic White Thick Cardstock.

handmade card by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Rick Adkins

Next you are going to add any stamping that you are going to do. I stamped the pelican from the Waves of Inspiration Stamp Set in Early Espresso Classic Ink onto a piece of Basic White Cardstock and layered that onto a mat made from Calypso Coral Cardstock. Then I simply added my embellishment and sentiment strip.

Thanks for dropping by today I hope you have a wonderful day. You will find all the supplies listed that I used today in the shopping list below.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

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