Wednesday, February 23, 2022


I recently saw a card with a technique I had never seen before, so I started digging to find out who "invented it".  I found a video done by Bruno Bertucci from Australia back in March of 2020.  So, this obviously isn't a new technique, but it was fun to watch his video.  It was fun for a few reasons.  1) I loved the contemporary and chic result of the technique.  2) It's a technique that is a fantastic way to use up all those little strips of scraps that we paper crafters have a tough time throwing away, 3) Bruno and his wife were entertaining, and 4) the video was made just as we were starting to hear more about COVID, and some of the comments were interesting in view of what happened globally since that time.  I found his video on YouTube if you would like to watch it.

On Monday, I indicated that I was using some Sale-a-Bration Products this week that will soon be gone forever (or presumably forever).  Today, I'm already breaking my own "rule", but the products I'm using are also soon going to be gone "forever".

To make my Scrappy Strip focal point I decided to use the 2020 - 2022 In-Colors.  When the new catalog launches in May, these colors will be retired, and we will have to say good-bye.

The colors are Bumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight and Cinnamon Cider.  I am definitely going to be sad to see Misty Moonlight go as it has been one of my favorite go-to-colors these last couple of years.

Back to the technique...

Isn't it eye-catching?  I am definitely going to be using this technique again.

All you do is cut a bunch of different color strips at various angles (NO MEASURING REQUIRED), and then start adhering them to a piece of cardstock leaving little gaps between each color.  I used Basic Black for my piece of backing card stock, but any color can be used.

Since the "scrappy strips" were the focal point, I kept the sentiment small, and I can never have too many thank you cards, so it was an easy choice.  The sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set called Special Moments.  I debated back and forth if the card needed anything else, and finally I just added three Classic Matte Dots in black.

When I made the focal point for the card front, I made it a little larger than needed so I could trim a piece off from the bottom to decorate the inside of the card.

You can also see a peek at the envelope behind the card.  I used more leftover strips and the same Scrappy Strip technique to cover the flap of the envelope.  In this case, the gaps between the colors are white -- the color of the envelope, so it looks a little different.  This gives you an idea of what it would look like to use a different color for the backing cardstock.

Do you have a preference? Which do you like best?  The black or the white background?

If you would like to download a tutorial for this card, you can use this link.

Below is a list of the products I used, but obviously, you can try this technique with any scraps you have.  Even scraps of designer series paper could be beautiful.  After trying this for the first time, I have so many ideas that I want to try with the Scrappy Strip Technique.

Product List

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