We all know how precious our patterned paper and cardstock can be. When I first started crafting, I followed the advice of some of my more experienced (and obviously independently wealthy) crafter friends and would throw away any piece that was smaller than about 2 inches. They said it would help keep my craft space organized. What a waste of money. Recently, I started saving these little strips. I tuck them into the binding of whatever paper pack they came from. I'm so glad I did. They make wonderful borders and accents to my projects.
I used all the strips I had collected from the Nursery pack from DCWV to make the background on this card. It was so fun and easy. I used my Xyron to adhere the pieces to a white piece of cardstock. Then I cut it down to size before adhering it to the front of my card. The Aqua Mist border was another scrap piece I would have thrown away in the past. It was the perfect size. All I had to do was punch the border.
The image is a CC Designs Digi Image. I colored it using my Copic markers and cut it out. I used my exacto knife to cut the interior spaces like under the knee. I was a pre-press person in a former life, so I prefer using the exacto knife over scissors. The knife just feels like a part of my hand. Now, however, I have a touch of arthritis in my pointer finger so I can't always put enough pressure on the knife, so I have to use scissors. But, break out the knife whenever I can. OK, enough about my obsession with my exacto knife. It's beginning to sound a little creepy.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic Baskets set. the punch is Stampin' Up's Extra Large Decorative Label punch.
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