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June 2009

Use your scraps.

 Your Clear Scraps scraps that is. I find it difficult to throw away items that could serve a good purpose. The following cards were made using the remnants of a few Clear Scrap products that I had used for previous projects.

The first was made using the centers of the Clear Scraps flower shapes. I stamped on the circle with white Staz On ink and then used a ZIG paint pen for the red berries. I adhered it to the card by using my machine and sewing it to the card around the edges, another nice feature about Clear Scraps can be easily sewn through!

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This next card was made using extra chipboard shapes from the Clear and Chip Miss Molly album. This flower was painted and then covered with Glossy Accents. Love the look.

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Graduation - New Cog Album

Oh I had fun working on this album as I just took all the pictures one week ago.  My 11 year old son promoted from elementary to middle school last week and I wanted to create an album that was mature for my young man.  The Clear Scraps Cog album and the matching Scrap Within Reach - Industrial Park line was perfect!

Supply/Materials List:
Patterned Paper       Scrap Within Reach - Industrial Park Paper, Rub Ons & Embellishments
Ribbon/Fibers              Scrap Within Reach Ribbon, Fibers - Fiber Scraps
Ink                                  Stayz On - Jet Black
Fasteners                    Mini Brads - Unknowns
Templates                    Tags - EK Success Cricut
Adhesives                    Helmar Acid Free Glue, Helmar Premium Craft Glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Other                            Cog Chipboard Album - Clear Scraps, Paints - DecoArt (grey)

Step-By-Step Instructions:
-Cover one or both sides of Cog Chipboard page with Scrappin Within Reach Patterned paper.  On sides that are not covered paint with DecoArt Grey Paint
-Distress all edges with Stipple Brush and Stayz On Jet Black Ink.
-Adhere "Tyler '09" on cover with Scrap Within Reach Letters.  Adhere ribbon on cover with Helmar 450 Quick Dry
-Print Wallet and 3.5 X 5" sized black and white photos and adhere 1-2 photos per page with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.
-Embellish pages with Scrap Within Reach Ribbon, Buttons and tags cut out with EK Success Cricut.

So along with being a proud Mommy I have this great album as a keepsake from the day.  This Clear Scraps Cog Album and the Scrap Within Reach Indusrial Park line was perfect for that masculine effect.


Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos, Clear Scraps Design Team Member

Another Way to Use the Heart Shaped Mini


Here's a card sketch you can use to generate new ideas for your handmade greeting cards. The focal point of the card is a page from the Clear Scraps mini keychain album.

Below, I've posted 2 interpretations of the sketch.


Want to make your own version? Grab some supplies and play along with me! 

The photo below shows the supplies I have used to create these cards.

  • The papers and die cuts I used are by My Little Shoebox.
  • The stamps are by My Stampbox.
  • The heart shaped minis are inked with StazOn.
  • The base of the cards is Strathmore Bristol Board.


"Sending All My Love" Greeting Card

This greeting card measures 7" x 5".

Supply List:

  • One page from the heart shaped acrylic mini keychain album by Clear Scraps
  • "Sending All My Love" clear stamp from the " Oval Office - small box" stamp set by My Stampbox
  • Heart die-cut from the "My Neighborhood" 12X12 Diecut Cardstock sheet by My Little Shoebox
  • "58th Avenue" patterned paper from the "My Neighborhood" collection by My Little Shoebox.
  • The scalloped border is cut out of the "Prince Lane " patterned paper from the  "My Neighborhood" collection by My Little Shoebox 
  • Turquoise cardstock
  • Circle template 
  • StazOn solvent ink pad in Olive Green
  • Cat Eye Fluid Chalk ink pad in Olive Pastel
  • Versacolor Bamboo ink pad
  • Assorted dye inks from Rubber Stampede
  • Tsukineko walnut ink spray bottle in the cornflower blue color
  • Strathmore Bristol Board; you could substitute white cardstock instead of this, but the card won't be as sturdy.
  • Paper Trimmer (I used a Purple Cow Ultimate Trimmer.)
  • Scissors
  • Either a bone folder and ruler, or a Scor-Pal scoring tool
  • Adhesive of your choice; Zip Dry paper glue is a good choice if you aren't sure which adhesive to use with the clear acrylic. If you don't have Zip Dry, clear Glue Dots are also a good choice.

Instructions for Making the Base of the Greeting Card:

Cut a piece of Strathmore Bristol board measuring 7 inches wide by 10 inches high. Score the Bristol board horizontally at the halfway point (5 inches) using your bone folder or Scor-Pal. Set aside for later use.

Instructions for Making the Front of the Greeting Card:


Cut a piece measuring 7 inches by 5 inches out of the green striped paper.


Cut a piece measuring 6 inches by 4 inches out of the turquoise cardstock. 


Cut a scalloped border out of the "58th Avenue" patterned paper by My Little Shoebox.

Cut a circle out of Bristol board using the circle template.

Spray a small amount of Tsukineko Cornflower blue walnut ink onto the circle. Let it dry.

Ink the circle using Olive Pastel Fluid Chalk, Bamboo Versacolor ink, and various blue and green dye inks by Rubber Stampede. (You can substitute other inks you have on hand if you prefer.)


Ink the Clear Scraps acrylic heart with StazOn ink in Olive Green. Let it dry.

Remember that you can emboss your Clear Scraps acrylic with the Cuttlebug machine if you want to. (You can see some more examples of embossed acrylics here, here, and here.) I didn't emboss the acrylic for either of these cards, but you can if you want to when you are making your cards.

Stamp the "Sending All My Love" sentiment using turquoise colored ink on a scrap of Bristol board or white cardstock. Cut it out with scissors.

Punch out the heart-shaped die cut.


Assemble the greeting card elements onto the green striped paper as pictured, and then attach the front of the card to the card base.

Send the card to a loved one or add it to your card stash for later use.

Posted by: Amy Solovay

Create a Rustic Look

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There are actually various different ways you could create a rustic look to your acrylic pieces. For example, on my "Dream" acrylic bookmark, I've used some alcohol inks (ie. cranberry, espresso, butterscotch and silver mixative) to colour it using the alcohol ink applicator. Only add the silver mixative alcohol ink after you've added all the others. It makes it look a little rough, unfinished or textured.   

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An easier or alternative way to doing it would be to simply get yourself a metallic acrylic paint dabber. For example, as per my layout about, I've inked an acrylic deco frame from Clear Scraps with some copper paint dabber. Why paint dabber? The texture on the dispenser (sponge) would create a rustic look to your pieces instantly. If you don't have a paint dabber, try using some sea sponges or uneven sponges.

Try to create some rustic look to your acrylic projects! 

Irene Tan

Clear Scraps DT Member

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