Throwback Thursday: Stamperia Atelier Cards from Scraps
Hello, Friends! Welcome to another edition of Throwback Thursday! Today we are going to make a stack Stamperia Atelier cards using just the scraps from that lovely paper collection. One of the ways I’ve been passing the time during quarantine is by digging through the Closet of Shame looking for collections that are mostly used up. I’ve been polishing them off by making happy mail to send out to help brighten the days of others. You may have been the recipient of some of these little treats. If so, I hope they brought you joy. I’ll continue to do this as time allows, until I run out of postage (or paper…which let’s face it….not very likely. Have you seen my Closet of Shame???)
I don’t have a tutorial today, but I do have lots of tips for working with scraps. My hope is that you will find inspiration for using up bits and pieces of favorite old collections. We need to make room for the new, right?
The cards made in this post were all devised from pre-cut pieces, fussy cuts, and scraps of the Stamperia Atelier collection. I did not have a single full sized piece of paper. I think the largest scrap I had was about 6″ x 8″. But I still managed to make 5 lovely little cards.
Stamperia Atelier Butterfly Postcard
Stamperia Atelier had a few post card sized images. This butterfly was one of them. To add a few simple layers to the card I did the following:
- First, mat the image on light blue, steel grey and cream cardstock. This instantly lends depth and dimension.
- Don’t worry about creating a “standard” sized card. Instead, create the card base to fit the paper panel. This card ended up being about 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. (I forgot to measure.)
- Add a torn paper edge to the back side of the postcard to give it a more organic feel.
- Use art pieces from the collection cover. The fussy cut scissors and thimble were cover art. The little square behind them is also from the cover.
- Keep the inside very simple, like a note card. Add a small strip of paper to the side or bottom to make it look as though it came from a boutique, but that is all that is really necessary.
Stamperia Atelier Dress Form Card
Once again, I sized the card base to match the largest panel of paper I had to work with. Here are a few tips for this card:
- First, ink edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. This helps to define and unify each element in a card.
- Die cut doilies, frames or other layers from cream cardstock to help fill in the space and add visual interest.
- Again, use the cover! The little measuring tape on the bottom of this card was from the back cover of the collection.
- Create tags from small scraps. Simply trim little triangles from the corners. These can be tucked behind a larger panel , so even if the end is ragged or uneven, no one will know!
Stamperia Atelier Tall & Skinny Card
- Stitch together a patchwork of smaller patterned pieces to create a unique card background. The stitching helps to cover up the “pieced” panels and looks deliberate.
- Die cut a dress form from patterned paper and from chipboard. Layer the paper over the chipboard. Place dimensionals on the back to make it pop off the page.
Stamperia Atelier Shaker Card
For this shaker card, I joined together two panels of paper that were the same width. The machine stitching and lace accent makes this look like one solid piece of paper. But it’s not.
The image in the shaker frame is actually cut from the cover art of the collection. It was small, and would not have had much of a presence on the card all by itself. By framing it inside the shaker, it becomes the main focus of the card. It’s like a magic trick!
Stamperia Atelier Tag and Pocket Card
By the time I got to this card, I was really on the very last bits and bobs of this gorgeous collection. So I placed the short panel on the card base, and used another short panel as a pocket! The tags are cobbled together from fussy cut elements in the collection and pieces from the collection cover.
I have to admit…even I was impressed at how many cards I was able to make from these lovely scraps. It made my heart happy to use up one of my all time favorite Stamperia collections. And my joy was doubled by sending these cards out as little surprises for my friends.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use to help you polish off some of your favorite collections. What was your favorite tip that I shared today? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.
Keep calm and craft on, my friends!
NOTE: There is no linked supply list today as most of what I used came from retired goodies in my stash. But I bet if you dig around in your craft room, you can find some lovely stuff to add to your cards, too.