Monday, May 24, 2010

Herringbone cards

Here is another use for carpet tape. Lay strips of carpet tape down on scrap cardstock. Use thin strips of various, coordinating cardstocks and lay them down in a herringbone pattern. You may stamp on plain cardstock, or leave it plain; you may mix plain paper with patterned paper. You may stamp over the whole piece, or leave it to stand on its own.

Carpet Tape cards

This is a technique shown on a Club Scrap video as part of several ideas you can use carpet tape with. Carpet tape is simply double-sided sticky tape in wider widths, like 2 or 3 inches wide. It can be found in home improvement/hardware stores, or in hardware departments of most department stores.

In this particular style, you stamp the same image on 3 coordinating pieces of cardstock. Then you stack all 3 pieces together and cut them in a good paper trimmer, like a Tonic guillotine trimmer. Shuffle the pieces into 3 sets again, distributing the colors evenly among the 3 sets. Then lay the pieces on the carpet tape to put the stamped image back together again.

Cards using Alcohol Inks

For the background on the first card and for all the stamped squares on the second card I used a glossy white paper and daubed alcohol inks all over it. Then I stamped over it with black Staz-on ink. The second card used some of my inchies stamps.

Card Set in Box

I made a set of cards from an old Club Scrap kit called Sunken Treasures. I used various stamps from Club Scrap and Stampin' Up. I decorated a simple paper box and put all of the
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cards inside. This makes a nice gift set.

Blossom cards

Here are some cards I made using the Club Scrap Blossom Jr. kit. This is a great combination of green and purple and tan. The cards are simple because the papers are so beautiful.