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. Kathy says:

    Beautiful cards Nina!

  2. Maureen Reiss says:

    These are Amazing!!! I love the design of your cards!!!

  3. tina Z says:

    I love the colorful paper strips you used.

  4. Scraporcraft says:

    Nice project design share for using up the scraps. Great look to the embossing and finishing details.

  5. Shar Zar says:

    Terrific use of paper strips.

  6. Steffi H. says:

    I love the colorful paper strips you used.

  7. Tammy Hanson says:

    Very colorful card.

  8. Karen B Walker says:

    Love the idea of embossing the cardstock strips! Your cards are great!

  9. Sue D says:

    So pretty and festive with the colorful strips.

  10. Megan N says:

    So fun! The embossing folder really amps up the strip background!

  11. Michele W says:

    Such bright and cheerful cards. Sorry but I can’t pick a favorite. Love them all. I really like the way you used metallic cardstock in with your other scraps. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  12. Mary Espeland says:

    So pretty! Love the bright cheerful colors!

  13. Patricia Coleman says:

    Such beautiful and inspirational cards!! Love this release!

  14. Jill A Figley says:

    I love the colorful stripes, and how you used that beautiful embossing folder with it. Thank you so much for sharing 😊

  15. Patty A Eifert says:

    Love all of these!! What a great use of paper scraps and embossing folders! Definitely have to try this!

  16. Lynn Conlon says:

    I love the idea of using scraps with the embossing folders. The beautiful Christmas colors indeed made this card a favorite of mine too. Thanks for sharing.

  17. So many fun colours, and I love all the texture!

  18. Aisha Roberts says:

    I love your card. That is such a clever use of embossing folders, I never would have thought to use them and my scraps like that. Thanks for sharing

  19. Claudia L says:

    I love this simple classy, scrapbusting card set!

  20. Christy Meyers says:

    I am in awe of your cards! Can’t wait to try it myself. Thank you for sharing your creations and a how-to!

  21. Louanne Collins says:

    I can never part with my paper strips and have made backgrounds with them but never thought about embossing them – thanks for the tip!

  22. Birgit Norton says:

    I love the striped colors on this with the embossed background. The pretty leaf cluster pops!

  23. Jaye says:

    So nice to the variations on a single theme!

  24. Carol E. Wortman says:

    Scraps everywhere! Always love to see the colors and cheerful cards stripping makes! Love the grand sentiment fonts, yup cheerful!

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