I am a frugal crafter and today’s #TuesdayTip includes a couple of paper-saving hints for cardmakers and scrapbookers.
I love pretty papers – it’s what got me into papercrafts in the first place – but I have been known to get a bit upset when I run out of my favourite designs. So, when matting and layering on cards, there are a couple of tips that can help your paper go further.
The first tip reduces waste by die cutting from the bottom layer. In this way, the paper that the topper has been cut from will be covered by other layers and no-one will ever know that this layer has a ‘hole’ in the centre.
On this card, the pink butterfly paper is the bottom layer that I cut the wedding cake from. Once attached to the card, this was then covered by the white butterfly paper which was edged with two very thin strips of deep pink paper. I then used three layered doilies to form a focus for the wedding cake to sit on top of. I finished it with a few gems and a sentiment topper.
(These papers and embellishments are from the Dovecraft Perfectly Pink collection.)
The second part of this tip is for larger layers. If you create frames when matting and layering you can make paper go much further.
The principles of matting and layering are simply to fix papers on top of each other, usually from largest to smallest. This is a great quick card making technique as once the papers are cut to size, the construction of the card takes mere seconds. However that does mean that a lot of paper is hidden on the card, covered by other papers.
When you consider that you could be layering four or more papers this is quite a lot of paper that will not be seen. You can get round this by layering frames. Cutting out the parts of the paper that would ordinarily have been hidden. The squares that were removed to make the apertures can then be used on other cards meaning you could at least double your cardmaking output using this method.
You would never know by looking at this card that the papers had been ‘gutted’ before being layered to create a sense of depth on the card and to ‘frame’ each layer.
I hope this helps you make your precious papers go further, I’d love to see your projects made using these techniques; share them with me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you can find me at @KathyCraftsTV.