Embossed Paper Strips (Great for Scraps!) + Simon’s Handmade Holiday Hop

I am always trying to make use of the seemingly endless scraps of cardstock that I have in my drawer; I always feel like I make more than I actually use. Do you have that problem too? Today’s cards helped me make a good dent in my stash (for the holiday colors, at least), as I am paper stripping some festive backgrounds. To make these colorful backgrounds even more beautiful, I’m stepping them up by adding some embossing over top. Each of these cards feature new embossing folders from Simon Says Stamp’s Handmade Holiday release!

Of all the cards I created today, my absolute favorite is this colorful card with the beautiful Etched Berry Branch on top. The berry branch features some sparkly glitter and Mica Flakes on top of the colored cardstock it was cut from. The embossing folder I used for this card was the Snowflake Visions folder. I added a sentiment using stamps from Simon’s XL Christmas Greetings set.

If you wanted to tone this card down a bit, I made a second version using that same Etched Berry Branch

This stem is cut from Matte Silver Cardstock from Simon, with little red sequins adhered over the “berries”. I embossed the background with the Christmas Floral folder, and again used that same XL Christmas Greetings stamp set for the sentiment.

Another beautiful embossing folder from this release is the Pine Bouquet. I used this folder on one of my backgrounds that features a lot of gold paper stripping; you can see how that specialty cardstock embosses with such detail! I added a greeting from CZ Design’s Good Cheer stamp set, along with a small red heart die cut to finish off this card. This card is simple, but pure elegance!

Finally, I made a card with some random strips of embossed paper, interspersed with strips of Matte Silver (not embossed). I tied some Tim Holtz Velvet Trims around the card, added a greeting from the Good Cheer stamp set, and even glued some snowflakes on top! If you look closely, you’ll see there are some gem stickers adhered to the center of each snowflake for some added sparkle.

All of these embossed cards may look similar, but each have their own unique characteristics that make them special. I love that I not only got multiple cards out of this, but I also made some progress in using some of my paper scraps! Now if only I could stop making more than I use…! :)

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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Folder…
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HOP DETAILS

If you have already been hopping along the Simon Says Stamp Handmade Holiday release blog hop, your next stop is my talented friend, Caly Person’s blog! To see the entire hop list, be sure to check out Simon’s blog.

There is a $25 gift card to shop at Simon Says Stamp up for grabs at each stop of this hop! For a chance to win, be sure to leave a comment here and at all the other blogs participating.

If you plan on shopping this weekend, don’t forget to use the code HDMADE4U at checkout to receive a FREE Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink Pad with your purchase!

149 Responses

  1. Kris Reeves says:

    Now I’m going to go look in my scrap drawer!

  2. Denise Bryant says:

    Fabulous cards! I love the embossed backgrounds with the paper strips! Great colors!

  3. Gorgeous cards. And what a fun way of using up the paper scraps!

  4. Adrienne says:

    Super cute. I love the idea of embossing all the different paper strips.

  5. Debbie Frank says:

    Great cards, so bright and cheerful! So many great products, love that berry and branch die.

  6. Susanbcards says:

    Fun idea to use up those scraps! I love the new embossing folders.

  7. Amy Cooley says:

    Gorgeous holiday colors and I love the textured background.

  8. Marisela Delgado says:

    Your cards are always so beautiful and these are no exception! Just gorgeous!

  9. Lisa Saxe says:

    Absolutely love every one of these cards!! Thanks for sharing this fabulous tip for the never-ending scrap pile!

  10. Wonderful use of scraps embossed.
    Melissa
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  11. Cheriese H says:

    fabulous way to use those scrap bits we’ve all got floating around!!

  12. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Beautiful card! I love the embossed colour strip panel!

  13. Lori Spitzer says:

    Nina, these are GORGEOUS! I especially like the Be Merry and the Be of Good Cheer ones… although the addition of the mica flakes make a really cool effect on yet another great card. You are incredibly talented! Thx for showcasing a number of products from this release.
    Lori S in PA

  14. Jeanne Beam says:

    Absolutely gorgeous cards! Such a great way to use your scraps…
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Barbara Chmura says:

    Great way to use scraps to make awesome cards!

  16. Fonda Rush says:

    What fantastic cards!

  17. Alexandra Young says:

    So beautiful!! I love how you created a Christmas rainbow with the colours you chose! They look amazing!

  18. Bonnie King says:

    Love these cards! Clever use of scraps, and they are all beautiful.

  19. Mandi Holmes says:

    Lovely technique. I am going to try that.

  20. Stella Olejar says:

    Nina I love all your cards. As usual they are stunning.
    Never thought of embossing on card strips.

  21. Anita says:

    Such cheerful cards you made!

  22. Teri Smith says:

    Nina-Marie I’m so liking your super idea to add strips of paper to a solid piece & then emboss it, Your cards are fabulous & I like all of the colour combos you used. Who among us doesn’t have paper scraps we can put to good use? This is the best Christmas release I’ve seen.

  23. Denise Spruill says:

    Great way to use up scraps

  24. Nancy K Rodeberg says:

    Your choice of color for the striped background add a wonderful festive look! all the finishing touches are great!

  25. Joyace Feheley says:

    Your cards are amazing. Thank you so much for your great ideas and inspiration.

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