Making cards with cardstock strips has been on my bucket list forever! Last December I snagged Simon Says Stamp's Strips 2 Wafer Die and I found the perfect opportunity this past weekend to test it out while I was getting to know Simon's line of 100lb solid color cardstock.
I planned to make 2 cards and ended up making 5! They are all simple, but I used the strips to great some fun backgrounds and then just embellished simply with layered diecuts and heat-embossed stamping.
Blame it on the cardstock! Get a load of this beautiful palette!!!
You don't NEED a Strips die to make these cards, but the die gives the paper a clean, uniform finish which enhances the overall look of the card. If that appeals to you, consider investing in that die.
Also, as you review the key supplies below, remember that you can substitute items like for similar supplies from your own stash.
A full supply list is available at the bottom of this post.
This project starts with creating your strips out of 17 different colors primarily from the Rainbow and Sweet Treat Cardstock packs. If you would like to match the exact colors I used here, consider adding the following shades of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Cardstock - Lavender, Royal Purple, Soft Navy, Cornflower, Peacock and Fog Grey.
Select all the pink, purple blue and green shades from the pack, plus the 6 additional colors I mentioned above. Cut down 1 sheet of each color to 5" x 8.5" and diecut with both of the Strips dies.
I also cut free-hand 2 ~3/8"" strips of each color to get a few thinner strips. You may consider getting the Strips 1 die if you prefer to diecut your thinner strips.
Instead of cutting them after you complete our die-cutting, I suggest cutting them first, this will be a lot easier than the route I took here.
Now, that all our strips are ready, let's take a closer peek at each of these cards and I'll share a few quick notes on what I did to assemble them.
Good Vibes Card
Each card in this series is approximately A6 size (4.50" x 6.25" folded, 9" x 6.25" unfolded).
Apply adhesive using the Tombow Mono Adhesive Tape Runner all over to the a 7.25" x 6.25"
Align the first 1/2" strip with the top edge and then repeated this process until all 17 colors are used
Trim the card front to 4.50" x 6.25" with a sharp scissors or guillotine trimmer. Reserve the excess striped panel for another card (Two-fer Alert!)
Embellish as shown with a stacked holographic diecut, sentiment strip and enamel dots
Never Forget Card
This card uses the remaining rainbow strip that we reserved from the Good Vibes card.
No long-winded explanations needed here:
Heat emboss the rose image from the Spring Bouquet set onto the right half of the black A6 folded card base using clear embossing powder
Adhere the rainbow strip to the card base as shown
Layer the "Never Forget" white diecut on vellum
Assemble and embellish your card with silver foil diecut hearts
Sending You Love Card
There is another two-fer opportunity with this design as well and that's already a win in my book.
As before, apply adhesive using the Tombow Mono Adhesive Tape Runner to all over the front of an A6 card base
Align the first deep pink 1/2" strip with the top edge and then repeat with strips of varying sizes and colors as shown or try your own pattern