Krafty Tips & Tuts - Being Frugal With Cardstock!

Hi everyone!!  It's Krafty Girl Marilyn here and I've got a few tips on how to be frugal with your cardstock.  Like everyone I'm sure you all have tons of cardstock in so many colors!  I try to use up an entire sheet when I make a card.  I hate to cut into another sheet of paper when I need just a little bit more...for example if you want to add a die. 
So let's get started!  I've made a card using just one 8.5 x 11 inch blue cardstock and one 8.5 x 11 inch pink card stock.  That includes all the layers, dies and the inside of the card.  My card features one of the stamps from the "You're Sun-Sational" stamp set.


First off, here is a picture of the supplies used, minus the flowers.


So, the first thing I did was cut the card base down so that I would end up with a 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch card.  This is my usual size card.  The pink and the blue and the designer paper are all 1/8 of an inch smaller then the previous layer. 


Next I took the large die from Spellbinders called Triple Tear and taped it down to the middle of the pink cardstock. 



Then ran it through the Cuttlebug.  Once this is done, I taped the blue cardstock to the pink cardstock and this  covers the hole made by the die.  Then I added the designer paper which is from the Lawn Fawn - Perfectly Plaid paper pad.



Here is a view of the backside!  It is completely hidden!  Fantastic right???


So after that, I started putting my card together.  I added more layers (including the pink and blue cardstock) then ribbon and then the flowers.  Now it was time to work on the inside.  As you can see from the picture below I have two different sizes of cardstock left!  Neither size large enough to create a layer for the inside.


I need the layers, but I didn't want to cut another 8.5 x 11 inch paper.  No problem, as long as they are big enough I just tape them together.  They don't look pretty, but by the time I am finished no one will be the wiser!


Here they are cut to fit and showing the good side with the tape in the back.


They are layered together with a piece of white cardstock on top, and you can't see where they are butted up together and taped.  It looks perfect!!


It takes no time to use up your scraps like I just did when you are creating a card.  All you have to remember is to make sure you have a layer for on top so that the cut from the die or the butting of sides together doesn't show!  I hope I have inspired you to be frugal with your cardstock and that you will give this a try!  Any feed back about this tip is always welcomed!   

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