Hi, when crafting we all end up with offcuts of cardstock and patterned paper. I tend to throw all reasonably sized cardstock cutoffs in a bin on the floor by my feet. I go here first when I need a small piece.
With patterned paper, my system is a little different. I tend to keep the patterned paper in the original plastic wrapper. I label it with the name, code, and the colours used in the set. So, if I am working with a particular paper, I can easily tell which colours coordinate perfectly. Takes the guesswork out. Now, I don’t HAVE to use those colours but I know that they will coordinate perfectly.
Now it is pretty easy to use up scraps of cardstock, you can use it for die-cutting shapes, or sentiments strips, flags, border strips and more. With patterned paper, it can be a little more challenging but there are definitely ways to create beautiful cards with these small pieces. Today, I am sharing three cards made using up small pieces of patterned paper; we are creating a mosaic card! We created one of these cards on our Facebook Live yesterday. You can see the process video below (or watch on YouTube).
Here’s the first card…
The above card features the gorgeous Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love how the gold foiling on some of the papers ties in so perfectly with the Gold embossing between each piece. So pretty! The sentiment comes from the lovely Shaded Summer stamp set. I’ve also used some of the gorgeous gold elements from the Expressions In Ink Ephemera pack. So beautiful!
After making a card with lots of gold, I thought it would be fun to try another card using Silver embossing. For this card, I used scrap pieces of paper from the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. Some of these papers also feature a gorgeous silver foiling effect which ties in fabulously with the silver embossing. The sentiment comes from the Penguin Place stamp set. So sweet!
Here’s the second card…
The final mosaic card I’m sharing is the one we made during the Facebook Live yesterday. You can see my entire process from start to finish.
Here’s the card we made in the Facebook Live…
Here’s the (unedited) Facebook Live replay…
I really had a lot of fun creating the above mosaic cards. They look so good in real life and they are, as you can see, super easy to make. I love that you can make something so pretty from something you might otherwise toss out. Although, I do have a confession to make – I ended up making my own “scraps” so I could make another card as I had run out. It was too much fun and I really wanted to make another card. haha I hope you’ll give it a go too.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great day!
Listed below are the supplies used to create the above project. If the stamp set, die set, etc, also comes as a part of a bundle or suite, I link to all so that you have choices. I also link refills and basic supplies like adhesives which correspond with items used to make my projects. These links take you to my online store.