Thursday, June 4, 2009

How to make a Paper Scraps Card - Tutorial

I love to make cards and to scrapbook, so I have a LOT of paper scraps laying around. I used to wonder what the heck to do with them, but lately I have been making cards with all my scraps. It's really easy and fun!

1. First, you don't even have to buy pre-made blank scored cards. Just use some white (or any color ) cardstock (you can even use a brown grocery sack!) and cut it down to about 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.

2.Fold it into a card. I like to use a ruler (or bone folder) to make the fold nice and flat.

3. Now find some scraps of patterned or solid color paper, all different colors or patterns. I used about 5 strips of paper around 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches long. Vary the lengths so they are not all the same. They can even be different widths!

4. I inked the edges of each strip with a brown chalk ink. You can even use paint! It gives it a dimensional look.

5. Now, stagger each strip on the front of the card. It looks better if they are not perfectly straight and put them about 1/2 inch or so apart. I like to position each strip first before I glue them down. Start in the middle and work out.

6. If you want a sentiment, go ahead and write, print it out, or stamp one on a punched out shape or just a strip of plain white paper! I used an acrylic stamp for mine, but I have also just written or printed sentiments too. Whatever you are most comfortable with. I also inked the edges of my sentiment.

7. I attached my sentiment with a pop dot. It's basically a piece of foam with adhesive on both sides. It gives your card dimension and looks great!

8. When your done, think of someone you can give your card to and tell them it is handmade! They will be so impressed!

If you have any questions, or want to let me what you think of this tutorial (I love comments!) please comment here on my blog or e-mail me at:


  1. I love this idea, particularly using a paper grocery bag as the backing for the card. Very eco-friendly and right up my alley. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

  2. Hi! I follow you on twitter. Your tutorial is great! So simple and very cute! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Cute tutorial! I really need to get back into some scrapbooking/card-making. Can you tell I don't multi-task well... AT ALL!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and saying hello! I'm now "officially" a follower of your blog, but I have always thought it was cute and enjoyed reading it! And I've had your button on my blog too :) Thanks!

  4. Love this idea!! So many paper scraps, and for some reason I can never just throw them away!! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Michele from By Your Side

  5. Hi Karen...thanks for the comment on my blog, & for the link to your Etsy shop!'ve done really well for yourself! It's no wonder though...your cards are so pretty!


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