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!

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!  handmade card using scraps
Here's another version, this time in brown. 
handmade cards using scraps

For this next card, I used both the outline and the innards on the same card. 

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 ideas! I took a sunflower die from Simon Says Stamp and layered the negatives on a black rectangle.
    • Bazzill Card Shoppe in 
Designer Kate Deignan


  • Kathleen

    Found the leaf dies on eBay. Love your suggestion how to use them. Thanks!

  • Michelle

    The supply list for these cards is at the bottom of the post. The leaf is a metal die from My Momenta. Kate primarily works with metal dies rather than SVGs. Hope that helps.

  • Arnell

    This is such a pretty card idea! I think a man would appreciate this card. I wish I could find that leaf die ANYWHERE to purchase! It’s not available.
    Thx for the beautiful idea!!

  • Shirley

    I am a scrap saver!! However, I have not seen anything this lovely made from scraps. I love it.

  • Heather Amuny

    Great idea! I think I have seen crafters use low tack tape on back of die cut before removing parts and then
    pasting them on paper.

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