Sunday, May 1, 2022

Using Paper Scraps for a Background


Hello! Welcome back! It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. For the month of May, the challenge is to Use a Die Cut or a Punch. The dies I am using for this card are Hero Arts Puzzle die, Lawn Fawn Square Stitched die and Avery Elle Simple Sentiments die.

Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter. I linked below the image I used on this card. I printed the image on white cardstock. I colored it with Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush pens by applying the pigment to a palette, then picking it up with a water brush. I die cut this into a square using a stitched die.

Now for the background panel, I used the puzzle die to cut scraps of paper from a My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad. I first embossed the puzzle on a scrap of white cardstock. This served as a guide as to where to adhere the puzzle pieces once it is die cut. I die cut a scrap cardstock using the same die. This time, I used these die cuts as a guide in cutting the scraps of patterned paper. I adhered a full stick Post-It Note to the back of this. Yes, it took a lot of time but once I had a system, it went by smoothly. The puzzle pieces, when die cut, are usually still stuck to each other so you don't end up with a puzzle that you don't know how to put back together especially when the paper used is a plain cardstock. I separated the puzzle pieces two at a time. I trimmed the patterned paper a little bit bigger than the puzzle piece. The guide puzzle piece helped me in looking for its spot on the die. I used a magnet cutting board to prevent the die from shifting when I run it through the die cut machine. I was trying to avoid using a lot of tape, although there were a few occasions that I had to resort to using a low tack tape. After I cut two pieces, I immediately adhered this to the embossed puzzle panel. I return the puzzle piece back to the Post-it Note backed puzzle piece. I repeated this process until I filled the whole panel. A lot of work, I know but it was very fulfilling for me once I finished the puzzle.

I matted the stitched image die cut with one of the patterned papers in the pack. I only wanted a thin outline, so I traced the stitched die on the patterned paper and used a paper trimmer to cut it. 

I adhered this to the puzzle panel. I created a sentiment strip by embossing a sentiment stamp from Altenew Adore You stamp set to one of the patterned papers. I embossed this with a white embossing powder. I created it into a sentiment strip using the die.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in this month's challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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  1. What a super fun background and a fabulous way to use up paper scraps!!

  2. Great idea and what a fun background.

    Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

    Helen x