Christmas & Everyday Cards from Scraps, 2 Styles, Easy, Made them During Quarantine

I made two styles of cards from scraps..One was influenced by Lindsay the Frugal crafter, and the other, the starburst design, is a favorite go to card for me.

I wanted to start by showing a lot of the cards I’d made for all occasions from my normal scraps of card stock. The process to make these cards is the same as for the Christmas cards, that I describe in detail below. On the all occasion cards, I used: Birthday diamond art from to add to the fronts of several of the birthday cards I made…Here’s a link to them if you are interested.

Paper clips w/ cute leather-look tassels from the Dollar Tree. link:

To make Christmas Cards:  First, I took my scraps and separated them by primary background colors….green, red and light blue. I then took the (for example) red scraps and organized them by the color tone so that when I made the starburst cards, colors next to each other would coordinate. Then I took each scrap and cut part of it into strips of varying widths, then made the rest into diamond/triangular shapes. I found the guillotine trimmer was the easiest for cutting triangular shapes..Mine is from Fiskars and I like it a lot. Link:   You’ll need at least three triangular shapes for each pattern for one sunburst card.

I used glue sticks from the Dollar Tree on the Christmas cards. Link:

I used two sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white Pen Easy cardstock from Walmart, link: to cover with scrap strips. On the all-occasion cards, I used wet school glue and it made the cardstock really waffly, so when I made the Christmas cards, I changed to glue sticks. I hope the glue sticks hold the cards together until Christmas.

Making the cards from strips, I laid the strips in different directions until the card stock is completely covered in card stock.

Starburst cards: Used an A2 sized card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″  Fold the card base and then using your diamond shaped scraps, lay your first diamond so the point isn’t exactly in the center of the card base. Lay each diamond shape so they completely but up against the diamond before it, making sure that the edges of the card is covered. Once you’ve covered the entire front, you’ll let the glue dry and then turn the card over and cut off the excess cardstock. Then put a sentiment and some kind of image on the front over the point where all of the diamonds come together.

Back to the full sheets that you’ve covered with strips.  Let them dry, then cut the sheets so there are four pieces that are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″..I then put them into an (Darice’s Tribal Background or Snowflake) embossing folders and ran it through the Vagabond to get the impression on the cardstock.

I cut them down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ to lay on top of an A2 sized card base. I used different stamps and sentiments that I had accumulated in my stash. I made a reindeer card on camera, and I don’t know who made the reindeer stamp, but I colored it with alcohol markers and die cut it with a postage die, and then put fun foam under it and attached it to a card base. Then for the sentiment, I used Spellbinder’s Dear Santa chipboard stickers, link: Attached it to the card, and it was done.

Next, I made a card with Stamps of Life Light for Xmas stamp set. I stamped then with Gina K’s Amalgam Jet Black Ink, then clear embossing powder, then heat set them. Watercolored the lights w/ Viviva Colorsheets and brushes from Grace Art link: I used a tag die and cut out the sentiment, then colored it with the same green as the bulb, then used fun foam under it, and tied black embroidery floss to the tag, then wrapped the floss around the card and glued it down and glued the bulbs over it. I glued a metal snowflake to the tag and the card was finished.

I had a lot of loose embellishments that made this process SO much easier than it could have been. Unfortunately, I don’t know where I got them, as I found them in my stash..It was a great find, but sadly, no packaging..