Saturday, September 12, 2009

Quilt Cards Use Scraps!

Quilt cards are a great way to use up those darlings little scraps of your favorite scrapbooking paper or cardstock. Maybe you have leftovers from a project. You love the colors but they are too small with which to do anything. I know I always have my favorite papers and I just HATE throwing away scraps because I just know I can do SOMETHING with them! Well, I've found that something!

It's hard to tell in the picture, but this is a 3"x3" card. If you have bigger scraps, your base square card can be bigger. This was my first time "quilting" so I wanted it to be small in case it turned out to be a small mess! I was pleasantly surprised how easy it is to "quilt"!! My Bella Rose DSP scraps on this card were cut into 1/4 inch wide strips. It doesn't take much to make a pretty design!

Use a ruler to find the center on a piece of base cardstock. I used Very Vanilla in this one. It will be covered up completely by your quilting, so the color doesn't really matter. I found it easiest to draw a large plus sign all the way from top to bottom on the Very Vanilla to find the center of the base piece. From there I could just easily match up the corners of my flower piece to make sure it was exactly center.

If you make your center piece diamond shaped, you need to draw a plus sign on your base piece. If you make your center piece square shaped, you need to draw a diagonal X in order to line up your corners of the center piece. This is the easiest way to make sure your center piece is exactly centered! Adhere your center piece and then glue matching stripes of paper around it, going one layer at a time.

I started at the top of the flower with the gingham looking piece. I lines up the corner of the scrap with the top corner of the diagonal and glued it down, making sure that the piece was glued snugly to the side of the center piece. From there I worked my way around the right repeating the step at each corner. Once the first "layer" of "quilting" was complete, I began a new layer with the very pale piece of scrap paper. Be sure to glue everything snugly together so your quilt doesn't have any holes.

I used 1/4" strips, but I think I'd use larger if I were making a larger card and not a mini. I matched my layers, but you wouldn't have to if you didn't have enough of one type of scrap paper.

This is what I put on the inside of this mini card.

1 comment:

Trish said...

I just found your Blog and am in Love with your Quilted Cards. They look just like a real quilt, so warm and cozy. I am a quiltmaker and would love to know how to make these type of cards. Would you mind sharing the information with me? you can email me at rhoffman16@wi.rr.com Thanks in advance.

Trish in Wisconsin