Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Scrapbook Paper Is Not Just For Scrapbooking

Since I am primarily a card maker that is
how I view all paper and accessories - as
card making and stamping accessories.
I think that some of the paper companies
are finally realizing they have a huge
untapped market in the stamping and card making sector.
The die cut industry is
also starting to catch on. I am noticing smaller
alphabets and dies coming onto the market that are
designed mainly for the card makers.
This is all to the detriment of my poor stressed money tree.

Karen Foster discontinued paper. (sob)
Stamps by Peddlers Pack Stampworks.

How To:

I always lightly dust the paper with talc first, then
flicked the paper to remove the excess. This lessens
the chances of stray bits of embossing powder where it shouldn't be.

Image is stamped with Versa Mark ink,
embossed with fine line black embossing powder.

Carefully cut the image out to be as square as possible
and then layer, layer, layer. I may deckle cut one layer
to add a little interest.
You can achieve marvelously even layers by using
layering rulers. I got mine several years ago on QVC.
I use them ALL the time. They are a God send
since I am very obsessive about even cuts
in my layering.
(I seem to be obssessive about a lot of things in my crafting, LOL)
There are some unusual sources of paper that
are available to card makers that can not be used
by scrapbookers due to archival considerations.
gift wrap - oh, in the baby gift wrapping and accessories
section of Target I found the most delicious
tiny pastel striped gift wrap yesterday.
You know it came home with me and
will make an adorable card.
metallic gift wrap - a little bit of glitz
will liven up a design when used as a layer.
(see above card, the gold in the layering
is metallic gift wrap) The heavier the paper the better.
I hit the stores as soon as they start putting out
their Christmas gift wrap to replenish my stash.
paper shopping bags - some store have the most
beautiful bags for their merchandise
gift bags - gasp! they are practically works of art.
I have gotten some that I even hate to cut into they are so pretty.
newspaper and magazines - bits and pieces of
articles and ads have some glorious colors and ideas
What do you use as paper sources that I have not
thought of??? educate me!!!


  1. Beautiful! I love how both of these look!

  2. I like using the sturdier paper covers that many catalogs come out with. You usually get at least one a2 if not 1 1/4 to use.
    Origami paper and washi paper are terrific too.