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 theΒ 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. Hi Jennifer ~ These cards are absolutely stunning, each and every one. I love the chance to use scraps and surprise people with a “how’d you do that?” card. Honey Bee has quickly become one of my favorite stamp companies because of the uniqueness of their stamps and the Birch Press butterfly dies are totally gorgeous. Seems like I always need a “sending prayers” card and these are perfect.Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you had a blessed Easter weekend. ~HUGS~

  2. Thank you so much for posting videos. I understand they are a lot of work but they are such an inspiration – I check your site everyday to see if there’s something new. I saw the sneak peak on face book of one of the rainbow butterflies and was hoping we wouldn’t have to wait long for the video. They are gorgeous!! I can see a purchase of a paper shredder in my future! ?

  3. So many amazing ideas! Love the rainbow look and all the variations you’ve come up – they’re all beautiful!

  4. I’m glad you showed this technique again. I wanted to do it the last time and forgot! I’m between projects right now so I can play tomorrow…if I remember. lol

  5. I love to do this. Always have tons of “scrap” strips from trimming down card backgrounds. I save ’em in a Crystal light can, that lives next to my trimmer, and create backgrounds out of them while chatting on the phone, watching TV etc. It’s relaxing and you end up with fantastic backgrounds as you’ve shown!

  6. Oh shucks, I haven’t been saving all those scraps, but now I will. Having a can handy to store them till ready to use is great. Jennifer, each one of your cards is a work of art, and these are no exception. TFS!

  7. Jennifer, I am a terror for saving those thin offcuts and have made patchwork cards in similar shades but never thought of you rainbow idea…. they look fantastic, bright and colourful and lots and lots fabulous ideas and inspiration… I’m already digging out those strips. Thank you

  8. Wow those cards are awesome. I love the colors and the dies used to embellish. I love this idea.. I have a container of papers and I usually die cut or punch flowers and leaves for future use.. But I like this idea.
    I’m off to see what Amazon has for a shredder.. Thanks for the inspirational video.

  9. I save scraps, too, and make “quilt” cards and ones similar to this (but mine aren’t as pretty). I do it while watching sports shows so I can do two things I enjoy at the same time. Maybe I just need to restart my browser or computer, but I couldn’t get the links to the 2 “HERE” and “HERE” video links to work. They just took me to a sign in page for my own videos, of which there are none. πŸ˜‰ I’ve probably watched them before, but review is always good. Thanks for your wonderful never-ending wealth of ideas.

  10. I haven’t been saving my scraps either – no place to keep them in my tiny room :o(
    Fantastic ideas and beautiful cards as always.
    You are a font of great ideas :o)

  11. All of these are beautiful Jennifer! You always come up with so many ideas, variations. I love these and I do keep my scraps (to a point) so will definitely be able to put them to good use now! Thank you so much, I know how long these videos take, and all the photos and editing. You are an angel! Xx

  12. I totally tried this technique (after seeing you do it) to create Christmas cards for the ladies in my Bible study group. The theme was similar, but each one got a card that was a little different. I had so much fun playing with this technique–it really is quite addictive, but so much fun to see how many different ways you can use your strips! Mine were made with Christmas patterned papers printed on a kraft background. I ended up with about 20 different cards and didn’t want to stop playing! Thanks so much for all the inspiration.

  13. Wow, so many pretty cards. I have lots of scraps, so I will be making some cards like these for sure. I have both of the PTI sets, no butterflies but that’s okay, I will make them any way. I do love those butterflies, all of them that you showed today, may have to get some of those too. Thanks you always find a way to help us make awesome cards with what we have on hand.

  14. Is it possible you have outdone yourself here? Such amazing cards. Just love them. Thank you so much.

  15. Wow, I am so excited about this technique. I have drawers full of scraps ! I am going to warm up the paper shredder and really get going with this idea. Since I never throw anything away, this is an exciting way to create cards and use up those scraps !

  16. You always have the best tips and tricks for those of us that are novices or not very creative! Thank you so much for taking your time to make these videos! I know that my card making has come a loooong way since I started watching your videos! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  17. O.M.G. Using a paper shredder on scraps to make rainbow paper?? That IS brilliant. Thank you for sharing your reader’s tip, and nice cards, too!

  18. Hi Jennifer,
    Another amazing video filled with great ideas for using up scraps! Love, love love all these ideas. I especially loved the weaving of the colored scrap pieces, and I’m glad you showed how you created it, thank you! I am so inspired by your videos, thank you soooooooooo much for sharing!
    ~Gin K.~

  19. I have tried this with all my patterned paper scraps but not cardstock. And those are piling up! Eager to try this. Such a creative look. Thanks Jen!

  20. Your cards / techniques / creative influence goes way beyond the craft itself and I find myself thinking about all sorts of things that otherwise, I’m quite sure, wouldn’t really cross my mind as much as it ought to! Kindness for example – YOUR focus on kindness has really made a huge impact on me personally. Yes, we are all capable of kind deeds – here and there – but who goes out of their way to show kindness?! I for one have really tried to make an effort, it has made a huge impact and has humbled me. As for rainbows, it’s God’s promise of hope and mercy and a good reason to zone in on them, especially now in these trying times. I am drawn to rainbow anything at the moment! Thank you for your influence, inspiration and all your efforts. You will never know the full extent of my appreciation.

  21. Thank you for your inspiration! I have been in a creative slump and looking through your blog has me going again!

  22. Your cards are beautiful and this is a great idea for using scraps. I learn so much from you. Thank you very much.

  23. Such a great idea! I recently put all my scrap pieces together by color group and have them stored in sheet protectors. There are many pieces that are patterned papers and I just don’t want to toss but I have a hard time figuring out what to do with them. This new blog post has given me much inspiration! Thank you for sharing ^__^

  24. Your cards are fantastic and you are fantastic. I love all the cards your do. Your videos are great. I learn a lot from you . Thank you so so much. Great job.

  25. Wow, these are beautiful ideas! Thanks so much for your wonderful video!! Always love to see what you make.

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