Still have die cut leftovers? Check out this project!

No matter how we try to plan, we always have die cut leftovers, am I right? And I don’t know about you but it’s really hard for me to throw any away! Even if they are tiny – somehow they aren’t “scraps” anymore but actual little things. I shared with you in this post how I used up some die cuts I’d assembled into an actual flower bouquet and today I want to show you how I used up some itty-bitties. I have to say, I think it’s quite pretty! 

For this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Oval Set, Nested Oval Scallop Set, Branches and Leaves and Tiny Flower Buds.  The white layer was made using the retired Loving Thoughts Embossing Folder.

die cut leftovers were used to make this beautiful flower frame on this handmade greeting card

The Embossed Frame Layer

  • Cut an A2 Sized card base and a 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer using white cardstock.
  • Secure the white layer in the embossing folder and run through the die cutting machine.
  • Place the white layer back on the cutting platform, secure the scalloped oval die in place with a piece of masking tape and cut the opening.
  • Cut a pink oval frame mat using pink cardstock and an oval die one size smaller than the scallop die.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape around the front of the pink frame opening and attach it to the back of the white layer.  Note:  Take a look at my  Frame Tutorial if you would like to see step by step photos of how I make my matted frames.  For the tutorial I attached the mat frame section directly to the back of the frame layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame layer and attach to the card base.

The Oval Wreath

I had lots of tiny multicolored flower buds and small green branches from other projects so I tried my hand at making an oval wreath.  I’ve made lots and lots of round wreaths over the years but never an oval one.  It was a happy experiment and I love how pretty it is with all the different flower colors.

  • Use the smallest oval die to cut a small green oval layer.
  • Cut the outer border of the oval layer using your snips to create the oval wreath base.
  • die cut leftovers
  • Place the tiny flowers on the molding pad and form them using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the tiny flowers to the branches using glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  Reverse tweezers takes the work out of picking up the flowers and attaching them to the branches.

die cut leftovers being turned into tiny sprigs of flowers for use on a handmade greeting card

  • Cut the ends off of each flower branch to shorten them for attaching them to the wreath base.
  • Begin by attaching the first branch to the oval wreath base using glossy accents. 
  • Pick up the next branch, tuck it under the top leaves of the first branch and attach using glossy accents.
  • Continue all the way around the wreath base. Pro Tip:  I left a small space of the wreath base open for to attach my bow.

die cut leftovers being added to a small paper oval frame for use on a beautiful handmade greeting card using products from Rubbernecker

  • Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the wreath base. Note: I normally attach wreaths directly to the card base using glossy accents. Since I separated the pink mat from the white frame layer using mounting tape I wanted the wreath to stand away from the base and even with the frame layer opening.

die cut leftovers

  • Attach the wreath inside the oval frame opening.
  • Finish by attaching a pretty multi loop bow to the wreath using several glue dots.  Pro Tip:  I prefer using sheer organza ribbon on a delicate wreath like this.  The bow adds so much to the project but the sheerness of the ribbon looks airy and soft.
  • Check out my Multi Loop Bow Video to see how I make my bows.


a stunning handmade greeting card made using die cut leftovers from other projects all using card making supplies from Rubbernecker

Now – are you looking around for more die cut leftovers because you want to try this out? I suggest keeping a little dish or box on or near your work area to drop these little leftovers into and when you see you have a good batch, try out making a card like this. You won’t ever feel guilty about throwing away your little creations and you’ll end up with a bonus card to send!

 
Nested Oval Scallop Die Cut 5030D
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Nested Oval Die Cut Set 5004D
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5404D Branches and Leaves Die
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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