Monday, June 10, 2024

Stack, Cut & Shuffle

 Hello and welcome!  Today, I am sharing a technique that has been around for a while called stack, cut & shuffle.  This technique is a great way to use up designer series papers because you cut several pieces at one time to create several cards. Here's some that I created for a recent swap with friends.

I used the Thoughtful Journey 6 x 6 designer series papers and stacked 3 pieces together and cut them using my paper trimmer.  No need for measuring; just stack and cut.  Be sure to hold them together if you turn them to make a second cut. This ensures that they don't move, and all pieces will be cut evenly. I'll go into more detail on cutting at the bottom of this post.
Use the scraps from cutting to decorate the inside.


I did this one a little different. Instead of using the front and back of the designer paper, I opted to piece the same pattern back together to give this a stained glass look.

On this one, I used both sides of the paper to make the design.
Here's the basic cutting information to create these very quick and easy cards:
  • Take 3 pieces of designer series papers that coordinate and cut them to 3-3/4 x 5 inches
  • Stack them on top of each other and make 3 cuts of any angle on your paper trimmer. There is no need to measure, just cut at whatever angle you prefer
  • After each cut, be sure to hold the papers together and turn your stack so that you can make another cut without the papers moving. 
  • Take the 3 stacks and set aside. Leave stack # 1 as it is (do not shuffle)
  • Take stack #2 and shuffle the top cut piece to the bottom of the stack and set aside
  • Take stack #3 and shuffle the bottom cut piece to the top of the stack and set aside
  • Cut 3 pieces of basic white cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4 
  • Take the top piece from each stack and lay it on the basic white piece in your desired design. Hint: Be adventurous! Turn one piece over and use the other side with the other patterns. You will have to put the pieces in a different corner on the white cardstock layer. (See photo 1, 3 and 7). Adhere it to the basic white piece leaving a small white space between
  • Repeat until all pieces have been adhered on the 3 basic white cardstock pieces
  • Adhere each basic white/dsp layer to a coordinating cardstock base color of your choice
  • Add sentiment, embellishments and you're finished! 
There are many more stack, cut & shuffle templates on Pinterest. I found some that are 4 pages of paper instead of 3, and some that do require measuring. This is the best design I found that is quick and easy without a lot of fuss and measuring.

I hope you like this technique and give it a try! It's an easy and quick way to make several cards that look alike but are actually different.  And you can use up a lot of paper that maybe you have an abundance of.  I mean, who doesn't, right? 😉😁

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