Friday, July 1, 2011

Conserving Paper Tutorial

Today is my day to post a tutorial on the Stamping Scrapping Design Team Blog. I have posted this tutorial on how to Conserve Paper when making a card.

 If you have ever thought that you didn't want to use up a sheet of DSP to make a card because it is the last one you have of that design, or you spent a lot of money on it and you hate to use the whole thing in one layer on a card, I am going to show you a trick/tip to make that beautiful piece of DSP, or any piece of cardstock, go a bit further.

I have some gorgeous Magnolia DSP that I have been saving and have finally decided to use it.  First I am starting with some of the Cryogen White paper as the base of my card.  I love this paper because it has a shimmer to it.

For my first layer on this card, I am going to use the Core'dinations Gemstones paper.  I am all about the shimmer, so had to add some more.  

Since I am going to add another layer on this paper, I am going to use my Big Shot to cut out the center with the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Nestabilities..  You won't be able to see that I have cut out the center when I add the next layer,   I will use this piece on another part of the card.  

I take the DSP that I will be using as the next layer, and cut it out with the Spellbinders Beaded Circle Nestabilities.

This piece will go over the scalloped circle cut out and you won't even be able to tell that I did not use a full sheet of paper underneath it.  However, since I will be placing an image on top of this cut out DSP, I will cut the center out of this piece of paper as well.  You will never be able to see that I did not use a full beaded circle cut out when I am done.  

Here I have placed the image on top of the beaded circle die cut.  So, can you see that I have not used a full sheet of paper?

The piece of DSP that I cut the center out of the beaded circle is used as a part of the inside of the card, along with the scalloped circle cut out that I cut previously out of the gemstone paper.  With this part of the card, I didn't mind it you could tell that I cut out the center of the DSP since I am using it as a layered frame. 

This is how I conserve paper and piece together a card with all of the items that I have cut out. So, you might now be asking yourself why I have not shown the complete card so that you can see all of the items that I used on it?  Well, this card is my post for the buttons challenge at Magnolia Stamp Lovers, so you will have to hop over there to see the card  in its entirety.  I am such a tease!!


  1. I do this exact paper saving! Gotta make it last!

  2. Great idea Meg. Thanks for sharing..Loz

  3. What a great idea for saving paper.