Rainbow Scrap Backgrounds

Hi! As cardmakers, we end up with a collection of colorful scraps. Well today’s technique puts them to good use! And I have many card examples to share…

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I have always enjoyed cutting my scraps into strips to make striped backgrounds. (You can see videos show this HERE and HERE.) Well, a few weeks ago I got an email from a kind lady named Carol Duncan. She suggested using a paper shredder! And boy did this save time. Try any paper shredder you have – it may work. (Thanks to Carol for letting me share.)

After creating lots of strips from cardstock scraps with my paper shredder and trimmer, I created many rainbow backgrounds by adhering strips to white cardstock. In the video I share LOTS of examples using these rainbow backgrounds. Here they are…


My first card is super simple – I just white heat embossed the “His love never fails” sentiment from the Mama Elephant His Love Stamp Set onto a rainbow background. Such a stunning sentiment! I also added simple Your Next Stamp Crystal Clear Sparkle Gumdrop embellishments.


You can create your own “patterned paper” by stamping small sentiments with VersaMark Ink along the strips. Such a happy look!

I am really liking the style and sizing of the Honey Bee Hooray Day Dies. It has word and word shadow dies! For these examples, I cut the word “celebrate” from black cardstock and the shadow from vellum.


If you want to put something with lots of detail over a bold, colorful background like this, it is helpful to “mute” the background with vellum. For the large butterfly card, I white heat embossed the “you got this” from the Simon Says Stamp Handlettered Encouragement Stamp Set on vellum and wrapped it around a rainbow strip. I then added a white-cardstock-and-vellum-layered Birch Press Design Paradiso Layered Butterfly. The detail in that butterfly is gorgeous!

I created the second card the same way, but used the smaller Birch Press Design Genevieve Layered Butterflies.


Dies are great for cutting “windows” to put on cards. Here, I used the Memory Box Butterfly Swell Die to create a window that allows the rainbow background to show through. I added some shimmer to the rainbow paper with my Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and it really makes it shine! That lovely sentiment is one I reach for often – from the Gina K Sending Love Stamp Set.


For these next examples, I “stepped it up a bit” and used the new Birch Press Design Flutter Plate Layer Die Set. I am a huge fan of layering dies and am always looking for new looks with them due to the higher price point. (Be sure to check out THIS video where I share many unique ways to use layered background dies.)

I cut the two top layers from white cardstock and the bottom from vellum. After layering them on rainbow backgrounds, I used the Papertrey Ink Prayer and Faith Dies along with the Papertrey Ink Prayer and Faith Mini Stamp Sets.

FAux die cut inlay with strips

I really like the look of die cut inlay, but sometimes a die has way too much detail to use the technique! Here, I got a faux die cut inlay look with the Impression Obsession You Are Word Block Die. After adhering the die cut over a rainbow background, I put it in a folded of typing paper and ran it through my die cut machine. This squishes it and gives a smooth look.

WEAVING with strips

Another way to use cardstock strips is for simple weaving. I just added a sentiment from theย Mama Elephant His Love Stamp Set and a Birch Press Design Paradiso Layered Butterfly.

I hope you give this a try!


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90 thoughts on “Rainbow Scrap Backgrounds”

  1. WOW-O-WOW!!!!!!!! I have more scraps than any one person should have (I hardly toss any paper) This is the BEST idea I have seen for using them! Also I NEED (and I am shouting NEED) the layered butterfly dies!!!!!
    I will be pulling the paper shredder out and working on this probably tonite! (That means no housework tonite!)
    Thanks for yet another great idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Loving this technique, Jennifer. My husband always teases me that my favorite color is “multi”.
    Another idea for cutting the paper into strips? Use a pasta machine that cuts fettuccine-size pieces.

  3. What a beautiful bunch of cards! So much creativity in one place. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us with your excellent videos and card examples.

  4. This idea was basically my first card making experience!

    I still keep strips that are 1/4 inch because this is such a fun way to use scraps and make completely original patterns!

  5. Hi Jennifer
    This is such a great idea, I love all your cards! Thank you so much for always sharing these great ideas and techniques, I know it takes alot of time to not only to create them but to film them and edit voice over and stuff, so I greatly apperciate all that you do .

  6. Great cards as usual! And seriously, every Birch Press die I see, I like even more than the last one!!

  7. So many beautiful cards. I love this technique, I made some Christmas cards with this technique in the past and I’m so glad you have reminded me of it and so many ways to vary it. Thanks!

  8. Great cards and thanks for passing on the hint you received about using shredder to create strips. SO CLEVER.

  9. Simply stunning Jennifer, all of them! I can’t wait to try out some of my own:) TFS!
    p.s. using the shredder??? GENIUS!!

  10. Jennifer, these cards could not be more beautiful!Very well done and thanks for all of the helpful tips packed into the video!

  11. Thank you for such a great video Jennifer. Your cards are stunning, and I am drooling over all the neat dies and products that you have !

  12. Wonderful cards! They all look so smooth, I’d never guess they were strips of paper! Your work is so beautiful and I love the message stamps you use!

  13. You are crazy talented!! I loved all of them ,but, the weave is my favorite. Thank you for sharing your card making wizardry with us, can’t get enough!
    God bless you and your loved ones

  14. Did this! It was so much fun, and looks great – I did one 4 1/4 x 11 with rainbow strips, and a second one with various shades of aqua/teal. One thing I found was that it’s better to use solid core cardstock; some of mine wasn’t and so it had white edges showing a bit. It turned out okay, and I think it will be even better when I run it through my Cuttlebug. Thank you so much for this idea!

  15. I’m not so good about saving scraps but I’m going to be better about it if it means I get to create beautiful backgrounds like you! I LOVE rainbow colors and I love all your cards. Thank you for pushing me to not be so wasteful.

  16. I save scraps, too. I use them sometimes, but not often enough. This really is a wonderful idea, you could make up lots of them for the whole year. Pastel ones for spring, bright cheery colors for summer, autumn colors for fall & thanksgiving. Purple , orange & black for Halloween, red, green and metalics for the holidays. Can not wait to try this. thanks for the idea!

  17. Beautiful cards, Jennifer! I especially love the woven background–something I haven’t done in a long time & never so random which I really love!

  18. Thanks a ton! I have an 11×14 gift box with all my stripes scraps. Thanks to this idea, I finally can get rid a bunch of my scraps. :o)

  19. Jennifer these card samples for the rainbow background are great! I love a colorful card. Who wouldn’t love to receive one of these cards?!!! You are so very creative. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

  20. Beautiful cards as always. I can’t wait to make some. I made some like this before with the previous video and everyone loved them. I love these butterfly’s!

  21. would you believe … it’s now Mothers Day, and I’m JUST NOW reading this post?! I’ve been woefully behind and use Feedly to breeze thru blogs usually, but haven’t had the opportunity to sit at the PC lately. this post is SO great and I thank you for the inspiration!

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