Don't you just hate to cover up so much of your pretty designer paper with other card layers? Well, cut it out! That is, cut out the some of the design being covered up and use it somewhere else on the card.
Here's an example using the Candy Cane Christmas paper from Stampin' Up! These little trees are just perfect to cut out and use separately. Yet the rest of the paper's smaller elements are very pretty too.
I cut this out carefully starting in the middle of the paper. Then I colored in parts of the tree since it was just a line drawing. Often you can use the cut out element without further embellishment.
The only thing to be careful of is to use good cardstock behind the are you have cut out. You don't want a 'hole' to shine through if someone handles your card with light shining behind it. Otherwise, no one will be the wiser of your frugality.
Thanks for visitng today! Hope you'll find lots of creative ways to use those pretty papers.
Ingredients all by Stampin' UP! except ink: Stamps: A Cute Christmas
Ink: Staz-on black, Real Red
Cardstock: Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White
DSP: Candy Cane Christmas