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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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. Sharon Lyons says:

    What a wonderful way to use up your cardstock scraps, lovely cards.

  2. Rhonda Mizeur says:

    I love the bold colors you used in these cards.

  3. Elaine H. says:

    Love the mica chips but also love the big word stamp. All are very festive. The silver strips are a nice touch.

  4. Jessica Yoder-Jones says:

    LOVELY cards! Thank you for the wonderful video

  5. Veronica Donnelly says:

    Beautiful Card and love the colors!

  6. Alison Woodstock says:

    I love these cards! Great job!

  7. Rose Johnson says:

    You are great talent – love your videos!

  8. Judy says:

    So colorful and bright!

  9. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    I can’t pick a favorite, all of your cards are lovely! I really like this technique and plan on trying it on my next card.

  10. Giselle D. says:

    Beautiful cards! What a great way to use up some scraps which for me are never ending!

  11. Barbara Kitt says:

    Wow, I love the colors, a way to use up scraps, and using the embossing folders for extra texture.

  12. Linda Price says:

    Love this idea! Who doesn’t have way more scraps than they’ll ever use? And I like the color combinations that you used.

  13. Kimberly Asman says:

    Gorgeous cards Nina! Loving the 3D Embossing folders!

  14. Kate OConnor says:

    Great ideas for scraps and embossing

  15. Robin Ridpath says:

    Great cards! Love the idea of using up scraps and the uniqueness of each card. Thanks for the idea.

  16. Sheri Kempke says:

    Gorgeous cards, great idea to use paper scraps and embossing them, love that idea! Another terrific release from Simon!

  17. Lindar C says:

    I love the idea of using scraps with embossing folders! Lovely cards!

  18. Robin in TN says:

    I love using embossing folders! Thank you for reminding me of another way to use them.

  19. Sharon Youngblood says:

    Beautiful Holiday cards. This also looks like a great way to use up some scraps!

  20. Valerie says:

    Love the color pop in these cards, beautiful way to use scraps too!

  21. Hamutal Shafrir says:

    Gorgeous cards and lovely ideas! I love those mica flakes too. Thank you for the great video and inspiration.

  22. Maria Gleason says:

    Love your creativity. Beautiful!

  23. Louise Mozealous says:

    Love love love your color combos and designs.

  24. Kathy Raker says:

    Gorgeous cards! Great video tutorial. Love all the new products.

  25. Cindy Ickes says:

    As a recycler I always appreciate ideas on using scraps! Beautiful!

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