Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jazzing up Plain Card Stock

Hi everyone! Practical Scrapper Alison here with a couple ways to help you get more out of your card stock. If you're anything like me, you've got a ton of card stock in your stash that looked cute in the store (or was part of a rainbow package!) but once you got it home you couldn't figure out how to make it work with your other products. I am here to help with a couple ideas using things you may already have on hand.

First let's tackle that "unloved" piece of card stock. It may be that the colour is too bright or not quite the right shade for the rest of your stash. Whatever the problem, I have come up with a solution that is so easy and fun!
Here is a lovely piece of purple card stock from my stash. I'm not sure why, but I just don't scrap with purple. I think at one point I thought I would scrap with purple, but ... well, I'm still waiting for that day to arrive! What's a scrapper to?

There are TONS of types of paint you could put onto paper, this is just the one I decided to use today. If you were going to be adding more colours or mediums on top of the paint I'd recommend using gesso first. But that's a discussion for another day!

While the paint is still wet, take something with texture (I used the piece of corrugated card board pictured below) and press it onto the paint.

Now you're left with fabulous texture and only limited glimpses of the original card stock that you didn't know what to do with.
From there just make a layout!

Because of all the texture on the back ground, you don't need a ton of extras. A picture, a title and a few circles punched from my scraps and it's done! To see more examples of using paint to transform "ugly" card stock please visit my Flickr stream here and here.

Okay, now for something a bit different. There are many scrappers out there who love to start with a white card stock back ground and I'll admit that my style is changing a bit towards this vein. But sometimes white can feel a bit boring so here is a fun and easy way to make it more exciting!

I may or may not have a few Mister Huey mists (insert sheepish grin here). For this example I decided to use 6 of them to make a rainbow. 

Simply spray a splotch of each colour at the top of your page and then mist with water.

I use this little mister from Stampin' Up but any craft mister will do. Hold up the paper to let the colours run down your page as much or as little as you like. Once you're happy with the results, and everything is dry, make a layout!

I used my rainbow paper to help tell the story of my niece's 4th birthday party which featured a "real life" fairy. Again, scraps from my scrap bin and minimal embellishments were needed to complete my layout.

I hope you've been inspired to go out there, get a bit messy and create a completely different look and feel to your card stock. Thanks for visiting!


Lisa P said...

Awesome ideas, Alison. I love the texture you made with the cardboard.

Brenshevia Baker said...

awesome projects Alison, love all the paint, so colorful!

Lynn said...

Awesome ideas Alison and your projects are fabulous!

Sherri said...

Very cool ideas Alison! I may in fact have to give the misting one a try. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Debbie P said...

Awesome ideas Alison! I use to use cardstock all the time until recently. So I have plenty in my stash! Thanks for this great post!

Melinda Garner said...

Love the ideas! And, love your layouts! Thank you for sharing!

Dawn Carlyle said...

Fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing.....

Carla said...

Fun ideas Alison! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jean said...

Wonderful ideas!

Michele said...

Great techniques, and look you used purple after all in your second layout :)