Getting the Most Out of Your Supplies

Getting the Most Out of Your Supplies_2Happy Saturday!

If you’re like me, you save every scrap of paper, that lone leftover embellishment, the small scraps of ribbon left on a spool, etc. Well how about the leftover “negatives” from something you cut out using your electronic or manual cutting machine? Well I save these too! And today I am going to share with you two cards I created doing just that; one card using the actual piece that was cut out, and the other using the negatives that were leftover…

swatch+323The colors for the first card were inspired by Color Throwdown’s challenge of the week, which is to incorporate the colors pale pink, rose, kraft, and green into your project. Using my Silhouette Cameo and the Doodle Hearts background by Amanda McGee, I cut the design out onto some patterned paper from the My Mind’s Eye “Dream” 6×6 pad. Mounted atop a scalloped edge rectangle, I also added some faux stitching around the edges of the patterned paper panel.

I just love this adorable little hedgehog from Penny Black’s “Hugs” stamp set… he is so sweet, carrying that heart that is as big as he is! :) I die cut a circle and I stamped him and the sentiment in StazOn Jet Black ink, while drawing the grass and tiny hearts in a black multiliner pen. I watercolored the hedgehog with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Worn Lipstick and the hearts with Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick. For the grass and sky I used my ink blending tool, with Broken China, Peeled Paint and some Tsukineko chalk ink in the color Sage.

Getting the Most Out of Your Supplies_1I put the rest of the card together as follows:

  1. Attach the heart panel to an A2 kraft card base with dimensional foam tape.
  2. Next, adhere a scalloped edged paper strip to the card, and tie a ribbon into a knotted bow.
  3. Layer a scalloped edged circle behind the watercolored hedgehog circle; attach the entire piece to the left of the knotted bow on the card with dimensional foam tape.

For a finishing touch, I added some Glossy Accents to the large heart that the hedgehog is carrying, and to the little hearts that I drew and colored.

Getting the Most Out of Your Supplies_4Of course, after cutting out the heart background for the first card, I was left with a whole bunch  of tiny hearts… which I saved and used for this next card! This is a great design for making a card set out of. The layout is very easy to replicate and by varying up the patterned papers just slightly, you could quickly have a set of notecards to give as a gift to someone!

Taking three of the hearts, I adhered them to a piece of 3 1/4″ x 4″ white cardstock and covered them in Glossy Accents to add a bit of interest. The sentiment is from Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings” stamp set, and was stamped in StazOn Jet Black ink. I layered some scalloped edged kraft cardstock behind the hearts panel with dimensional foam tape, and adhered both pieces to my card base in the same manner.

Getting the Most Out of Your Supplies_3The patterned papers adhered to the card base are from the same My Mind’s Eye 6×6 pad used for the first card. Some white 1/2″ ribbon and faux stitching added some little details to this clean and simple card design.

I hope today’s post has inspired you to create some cards using the leftover “negatives” from your die cuts or electronic cut files!

Happy Creating! :)



The colors for today’s card was inspired by Color Throwdown’s challenge of the week, featuring the colors pale pink, rose, kraft, and green.

The layout of the hedgehog card was inspired by Mojo Monday’s card sketch of the week.




3 Responses

  1. Vickie Z says:

    Adorable cards!! Love that little hedgehog image!!! Thxs for playing at CTD!

  2. Vervegirl says:

    These are just both so darling! Thanks for playing along with Mojo Monday!

  3. Jingle says:

    This is super cute! Great designed! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! Have a wonderful holiday!

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