Saturday, October 31, 2020


 Hey there friends!  Happy Saturday!  I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy.  Today at the Catch the Bug blog, we're looking for some new techniques, or ones you don't do very often.  For my card, I chose to do some "paper stripping," as Laura Bassen calls it.  In other words, I used different paper strips to create the background of my card:

I actually have never attempted this technique before, but now that I finally have, I WILL be doing it again.  I was super intimidated by the idea of laying my strips down and then not having them look right.  I think as long as you are working with coordinating papers, your background will turn out!  The strips I used all come from Recollections 8.5x11 paper packs geared toward Christmas, along with black.  I just used my guillotine trimmer to trim them down to various widths, with the black ones being really thin.  I used a piece of cheap white cardstock and my ATG gun to adhere them down in a diagonal pattern, as they say that is the most forgiving.  After filling the cheap cardstock up with the strips, I used my trimmer again to cut off all the extra around the edges.  Then I used a Spellbinders Card Creator die to cut a panel for my A2 card base, leaving a nice white border all the way around.
The image square was backed with another black square to make it stand out.  The snowman image I used comes from the Christmas Blocks stamp, and I colored it with alcohol markers.
I chose a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Christmas Dreams stamp set, and white heat embossed it onto a scrap of the red cardstock strips.  I also matted this onto black.  To add some sparkle and interest (because hey, it's a Christmas card, after all), I added Stickles to the outer edges of his face, clear Wink of Stella to the whole sentiment panel, and white gel pen accents.
Another viewpoint

If you enlarge the above picture, you can see the Stickles.

And this one really show off the sparkle of the Wink of Stella. 

Crafty Catz #525:  Winter (1/3)
Not Just Cards:  ATG (3/5)
The Holly and Ivy #82:  ATG Christmas
Aud Sentiments #263:  ATG + Sentiment (1/5)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to stop over to the Catch the Bug blog to see what other techniques the DT are using.  Until next time,
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  1. I love your cheery card! Great colors.

    Cheryl (SheStamps)
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  2. Your strips are so perfect, I never would have known that background didn't come straight from a paper pack, like that. Fantastic! Such a fun image too! Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny's!

  3. Thankyou for sharing this delightful card with us at Craftycatz this week.x

  4. Came out awesome! Frosty looks mighty handsome on this bold background 💗



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