I'm wondering who has those gorgeous 12 x 12 papers from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration? You could earn Field & Flowers or Paper Blooms free with a $50 purchase. I cannot decide which one I love more. I keep joking that they are like children....both are my favorite. Each pack has 6 different prints and if you've resisted this Saleabration sale for 20 days.....well, I think you deserve a medal. I've ordered more than once so far!
Sometimes I don't want to cut these big, beautiful sheets of 12 x 12 paper because I don't know how to get started or I wonder if I'll want an entire sheet for a project. I have found a way to cut into the paper slowly and so far, it has worked out nicely for me. I thought I'd share my approach with you.
Here is a piece of 12 x 12 paper from the Berry Blessings bundle (another free Saleabration item.) I made one cut with my paper trimmer at 4". That leaves me a piece that is 8" x 12" for other projects which I set aside. I rotated the 4" x 12" strip 90º so the 12" side was along the top of my trimmer and cut it twice at 3" and then at 5 1/4". That left me with four pieces of paper from that one strip. The smallest one is 3/4" x 4". I used those pieces to make the following cards.
The first card used one piece of the pretty paper (3" x 4") and a piece of Real Red card stock also 3" x4". One piece of basic white (5 1/4" x 4") was run through an embossing folder in my Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine. I also used a Real Red card base cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4".
I layered these pieces as you see in the photo. When I layered the red piece and the berry piece. I kept the berry piece straight and "square" within the card front and angled the red piece only. Then I stamped a sentiment from the Berry Blessings stamp set (bundled free with the paper) and cut it out using a die from the Tasteful Labels die set.
The second card used the other 3" x 4" piece of patterned paper, another embossed piece of basic white (5 1/4" x 4") and the 3/4" x 4" strip of patterned paper.
I layered those pieces as shown, stamped "thinking of you" from the Happy Thoughts stamp set, and punched it out on a 2" circle with a 2 1/4" circle behind it. The larger circle and the card base are both Old Olive.
For the third card, I used the 5 1/4" x 4" piece of patterned paper and a shaded spruce card base (5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"). Before I adhered the large piece of paper to the card base, I wrapped it with Whisper White crinkled seam binding and tied a bow. The sentiment is from the Berry Blessings stamp set and punched on a 2 1/4" circle.
I hope that you will give this approach to cutting your 12" x 12" card stock a try. The paper is too pretty to be kept in your stash! Share it and let others appreciate how beautiful it is!
If you need any of these supplies to make these cards at home, please click on any of the blue links and you will be brought to my store. I'm also very happy to place an order for you, just email me what you would like to order. If, and it's a big if, you've managed to resist the Saleabration deals so far, by all means go order a new stamp set or two now. There's no better way to spend the winter than crafting and sharing hope and sunshine with a card. Remember..." a card is a hug with a fold in the middle!"
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Lorraine is an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator who loves to cut paper (really, it's true), create cards, and help others to discover how much happiness comes from making cards and sending them!
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