Use What You Have | Ideas for 12×12 Paper with Corner Images

If you are like me, you have piles of 12×12 scrapbooking paper! Here is one way to use what you have and create beautiful layouts from papers in your craft stash!

Paper with a big image across one edge or corner

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for pre-printed 12×12 papers, especially when the image takes up and entire edge or corner of the paper. One easy solution to this is to use your craft knife and cut into the paper as if you are tracing an area around the big image.

Use your craft knife!

By cutting into the paper (but not cutting OUT the edge), you create a nice “pocket”. You can slide photos or embellishments inside and stretch the area of your paper without compromising the image. Plus, if you have an area in one of your photos that you wish to camouflage, you can use the “pocket” to cover it up.

Watch the video tutorial to see how!

Here’s a look at the finished projects I created!

I used one of the chipboard dies as a “corner”. I simply cut the chipboard frame in half at a diagonal and used one diagonal piece on each of 2 corners. I also used Embossing Powder (Enchanted Aubergine) by Sweet Stamps Piccolo with their embossing fluid dauber to get that altered look.

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World Cardmaking Day 2022

What a wonderful day of cardmaking craftiness! Enjoy this bit of inspiration to get you going!

Get started with a nice video and crafty chat!

Sort your supplies while the video plays. Get organized. Or use the coordinating kit to create your own thing!

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Maybe a nice dimensional card is more your style…

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Or maybe you want some EASY cards that look amazing!

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Or maybe you are working on your Christmas cards…

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This is YOUR day!

Enjoy it doing what you love! Thank you for looking and please SHARE this post with your crafty friends! Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Rusty Autumn Butterfly Card

Late summer, early fall…

What a lovely time of year! The end of one season and the beginning of another. Autumn is such a beautiful picture of change.

I suppose that’s how I personally feel right now, as well. And my newest art creation really reflects this.

This was how my piece began, and I did all this in one sitting. I started with a random scrap of cardboard painted in white gesso, and I started building on top of that. Chipboard shapes, hot glue silicone mold shapes (the one didn’t quite set right, but I used it anyway). Mini stones, a few shiny gold flakes in one corner, and my favorite – a hatpin embellishment.

I found my last piece of insanely heavy brown cardstock and made it into a card base (no particular size). I wanted the card base to be big enough to hold my mixed media “tag”, so I cut the brown cardstock with “eyeball” measurements. I added black gesso and rice paper to the card base, and then adhered my mixed media tag over top with 3D matte gel.

Then came the “rust paste”!

The funny thing is that as I was creating this, I knew in my head how I wanted the finished product to look. After I created the base mixed media tag piece and adhered it to the card, I went to bed. The next morning when I looked at my half-done creation, I thought, “this looks horrible.”

But I kept going… I knew how I wanted the end result to look

…and sometimes, you can’t just give up when the initial base layers don’t look “right” to you. I’m glad I finished this project and stuck to the image in my head, because it turned out just the way I wanted!

I added a chipboard sentiment and fussy-cut leaves…

Because I built up the layers of this piece from the bottom-up, I really didn’t have to use any dimensional foam or cardboard or anything. I just used the 3D Matte Gel to adhere the chipboard sentiment and then underneath, filled in the empty space with fussy cut leaves and my glue gun.

Images with purpose

Because I chose the “Learn to Fly” chipboard quote, I wanted the focal images to coordinate. So I chose two butterflies and one bird from the “Charming Extras – Autumn” Set. I LOVE the way this looks, and it turned out great!

Do you like this project? Would YOU have quit after the initial base layer, or would YOU have kept on going? LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW, and tell me all about your project successes and fails!

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