Do you ever look at your 6×6 papers and wonder “How do I use this without wasting half of it?”

Today I have some tips on how to get the most out of your 6×6 patterned papers and make them into cards quickly.

Calypso Coral card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Patterned paper: 2″ x 5-1/2″

 

I like to cut my 6×6 pretty papers down into 2″ x 5-1/2″ pieces because you can make 3 cards from one sheet of paper.

 

Sure, there’s one little strip that gets cut off that you may or may not use, but that’s a whole lot better than using one little bit and throwing the rest in a pile that never gets used.

 

Use the pieces to make three of the exact same card to save time (Designing a card is always what takes me the longest!) OR take your time, get creative and make each card its own masterpiece. It’s up to you!

For each of these cards, I used the Stitched Shapes dies to highlight the main dragonfly image and I used the Subtle embossing folder to give the shapes a little texture.

I recommend that you stamp your greeting BEFORE you emboss your card stock to get a better stamped image.

 

If you don’t have shaped dies or punches, keep it simple by just cutting a square or rectangle with your paper cutter for your main piece.

These squares are 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″

You could also add a card stock mat behind the white squares to add a little more dimension if you’d like.

 

Watch this video for a closer look at the cards, tips for making them, and instructions on how to cut your pretty paper…

 

I’ve shown you two different layout ideas for these 2″ x 5-1/2″ strips of patterned paper but of course, there are many other layouts you could try.

Flip the layout on its side for a horizontal card, center your pretty paper strip or even move it all the way to the right instead.

You can also use this idea with your 12×12 pretty papers.

 

You’ll get TWELVE cards out of ONE 12×12 sheet!

That’s what I call making the most of your paper.

 

I usually like to keep my cards pretty simple, but you may like yours to be a bit fancier.

Step up your cards by adding more texture with embossing folders, add some ribbon, or your choice of extra embellishments like BLING!

A little Wink of Stella on your dragonfly wings really makes them shimmer.

 

Now it’s your turn!

Go grab a pretty piece of 6×6 paper and give it a try, and don’t forget to pin this tutorial for later!

Your cards can be all the same (that’s a time saver!) or all different.

Happy Stamping!
Jessica

P.S. For more ideas on how to use your pretty papers to make cards, join my One Sheet Wonder Card Club!

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