Using Cardstock Scraps from Die Cuts

Using Cardstock Scraps from Die Cuts

making a handmade card with scraps

If you're a paper crafter, you probably have cardstock scraps! Today's papercrafting tip is a great idea for using cardstock scraps from die cuts in a creative way.

Most of the time I die cut a shape and throw away the “innards”. But one day I thought…could I use them? This technique doesn’t work for all dies, but if it is a relatively recognizable shape, this might be an idea for you!

Speaking of die cutting cardstock  - we love Bazzill Card Shoppe for die cuts. It's smooth, thick cardstock that doesn't warp when diecut. 


how to use die cut negatives on a handmade card

 All I had to do was cut the leaf die in 3 shades of teal.  I laid the outline down and used that as a “stencil” to glue the innards.  Be very careful not to get any glue on the outline part so you can then lift the outline once dry. 

using your die cut scraps to. make handmade cards

 You also can use a heavy item like an acrylic block to keep the stencil in place while you glue down your pieces.

tips for cardmakers - how to use scraps
This is my favorite color combo of all time!  If you cut all three leaves, you have enough to make 3 cards! 
Here's another version, this time in brown. 
handmade card using scraps
For this next card, I used both the outline and the innards on the same card. 
handmade cards using scraps
handmade card featuring leaf dies
For the background of this card, I stamped Bazzill Card Shoppe in Buttermints with a woodgrain background stamp in very light ink.
sunflower die cut scraps made into a handmade card
And one more final idea! I took a sunflower die from Simon Says Stamp and layered the negatives on a black rectangle.
Designer Kate Deignan

Here's another cool die cut card idea!


  • Lyn

    This is a great utilization of offcuts and negative pieces – very creative, and I love your colour schemes – well done!

  • Betty Arnold

    What great ideas !

  • Susan

    Kate, Great use of die cuts; plus you get a new card layout design; puzzle pattern. To Christine, supplies are expensive and there’s no shame in trying to get the most out of your paper. I’m one of those who try to plan each cut and get as much as I can. I have 2 accordion file envelopes, 1 small and 1 large and save my useable scraps too by color and 1 section for prints. Enjoy your crafting!!!

  • Dottie

    I have been saving my scraps from open cuts and do the same thing, it helps save paper especially on gold, copper and other foil paper. I never told anyone because I thought they would think I’m cheap. I’m not just frugal and have to make everything stretch. I also use some of the edge trimmings to frame some cards.

  • Phyllis

    What a fabulous tip! Cannot wait to try it. Thanks so much!

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