Save money and use watercolour scraps for card making!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ll know I love to create watercolour backgrounds. In fact, I love it so much I designed a class just for you with lots of techniques to make your own.

Why do I love it?


  • fast to make
  • easy to create
  • different every time

And sometimes we have scraps left over like these ones.

Use Watercolour Scraps for Card Making
Use Watercolour Scraps for Card Making

Either you have pages you don’t necessarily LOVE (like the sort of purply-brown splotch in the middle of that one background above 😬) or you’ve used a piece of your background for something else and have a left over.

That’s what today’s card is all about. Using up those scraps to create awesome designs!

Use Watercolour Scraps for Card Making

Use Watercolour Scraps for Card Making
Die Cut Watercolour Scraps Make Pretty Accents on Handmade Cards

I had various pieces of watercolour paper with some similar colours of ink. (I think my fave colours must be Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana based on my scraps!) So I was able to use a few different pieces and my Butterfly Beauty Dies to cut out three of the butterflies.

If you’d like to learn this simple background technique, click here.

Why Use Scraps?

  1. It saves you money! Getting the most use from your supplies, including paper, is a great way to maximize your stamping supplies. I keep all kinds of little scraps in my scrap drawer that I can pull out at any time.
  2. You’re being environmentally friendly! Instead of throwing our left over papers in the garbage, when you cut them out for a pretty card like this, you’re helping save the environment.
  3. Accents like dies and punches are perfect for odd sized scraps! When a watercolour background isn’t the right size any longer for a layering rectangle or circle, your punches and dies come to the rescue! There are some really tiny ones that will for sure fit on that piece of paper.
Use Watercolour Scraps for Card Making
Colours Blend Wonderfully With Water and Rubber Stamping Ink

I do love the freshness of these pretty butterflies on the bold black cardstock. Having them reach out beyond the edge adds a touch of whimsy.

Now while I used watercoloured backgrounds, you could also use patterned paper like I did on this other butterfly card for your die cutting. The blended colours and patterns add so much more polish to your die images.

Use Up Those Scraps!

If you’ve got lots of scraps, give this technique a try at home. Besides butterflies, try flowers, labels, words and just about any other punches and dies you have.

And if you’d like to use just what I did, here are all the supplies I pulled out. Just a caution! Both the Well Written and Butterfly Beauty Dies are retiring as of May 3rd, 2021, so you’re going to want to get them soon!

Supplies I Used

Have You Got Scraps?

I’ll bet you have some leftover scraps from your card making right? What kinds do you have the most of? Patterned paper? Card Stock? Foil Paper? Or maybe watercolour backgrounds like I do? Let me know!

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Hopefully you can put them to good use with this idea.

Use Watercolour Scraps for Card Making
Embossing, Die Cut and Watercolour Make Lovely Cards

I had fun creating this design so I could use watercolour scraps for card making – drop back soon too to see what else I am playing with!

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