Using Leftover Scraps in Unexpected Ways!

Good morning!  Jess here with an unexpected card showing the reason why you should never throw away scraps!


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I was working on a few alcohol ink backgrounds this weekend and was left with a scrap of yupo paper.  It wasn’t quite the right orientation to work for another card in the style I had been making previously and I was considering throwing it away when I decided to see if I could do anything else with it first.  And spoiler alert, I’m so glad I kept it!! 🙂

tonicpaste Shimmers and sparkles make everything better so I immediately grabbed my Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone and a delicate stencil.  I sprayed temporary removable adhesive on the back of the stencil and pressed it over the alcohol inked paper.  Then I used the Nuvo Mousse and Paste palette knife to spread a thin layer of the Nuvo Glimmer Paste over the stencil.  The glimmer paste is iridescent and full of sparkles but clear so it still shows the colors of the alcohol ink.  For a more organic look I allowed the paste to go over the edge of the stencil in a few areas.  After I applied the paste I carefully peeled up the stencil and allowed the paste to dry completely.


Isn’t it pretty?!

While it was drying I worked on the rest of the card.  I started by running the Miniature Moments Best Wishes die through my Tangerine Machine with black cardstock from the Monochrome Essentials Card Pack three times.  I layered them together with deluxe adhesive and then added a layer of clear glitter gloss to the top of the die for even more sparkle.


I also knew I wanted to add a few nuvo crystal drops but I was concerned that the dimension of the stencil would cause the drops to dry oddly.  So I applied nuvo crystal drops in ebony black to my crafting mat, let them dry completely, and then carefully peeled them off to create my own enamel-like drops.  Then I just adhered them to the card with deluxe adhesive!  To finish the card I trimmed the panel to 4″ by 5.25″ and adhered it to a black card base.


Again, when I originally set out to play with this stencil and paste I never would have thought I’d end up with a card I like so much.  Part of my original thought to just toss the scrap was because the alcohol ink didn’t extend across the whole A2 panel so there’d be a patch of white at the bottom of a card.  But now, one of my favorite parts of the end result is that white area and the contrast between shades of pink.  And off course, all the shimmer! 😉

Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous crafty day!

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5 thoughts on “Using Leftover Scraps in Unexpected Ways!

  1. Wow! I am in love with that background. I came over from the SSS blog hop, and I can’t believe you considered tossing any part of that lovely background. I would love to know your technique for achieving that blend. Youl have inspired me to play with the inks I have. Thank you.


  2. Wow, this is beautiful Jessica. I can’t bring myself to throw out scraps like this either. My experience has been to leave it and come back to it at a later time and I usually am happier with it then than I would have been originally. Well done.


  3. Beautiful!!! I just had to look after seeing the other cards you did with your pink background. Love the effect with the gold glitter. It’s so rich and luscious. Thanks.


  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m obsessed with scraps and looking at where, when & how they may be used again…the ultimate in recycling! You’re satisfied that you’ve reduced waste, exercised your creative brain cells and most likely created yet another piece of art. Thanks for sharing and validating ONE of my obsessions. 🤪


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