Hello crafty friends!
It has been so long since I have posted but I thought this was a great way to come back! I am kicking off my Christmas Series this 2019 with some recycled Christmas cards.
My husband works in a residential building and receives a good amount of Christmas cards every year. Now being the card lover that I am, I fall in love with most of them and do not want to part with them once the season is over. I started saving all the ones I loved and ended up with an unmanageable stack. This is when I decided to “recycle” them and create new cards using elements from those previous cards that I loved.
Here I recycled a small bunch and use an additional supply of Christmas themed items I shopped for in my stash to make the 16 cards presented here.
I kept these cards fairly simple but they of course could be dressed up even further with just a few simple added details. For each card I will explain what I did and how you could spruce it up even more should you want ideas for added oomph.
An accompanying YouTube video on the process for creating these is available below.
This 1st card is embellished with silver snowflake brads and red metallic sequins. I also used a piece of light blue tulle to border the top and bottom of the focal piece. This card could be dressed up further with pieces of fabric adhered over the penguins’ scarves.
For cards 2 and 3, I remove the focal point of the original card which includes a 3 dimensional element. The cat card came together very simply by just adding the cut out cats to a new card base with honeycomb embossing and the reindeer card was super simple so I added snowflakes in the background with a whist gelly roll pen and I swapped out the ribbon scarf for a silver sparkly piece of eyelash trim.
The cat card could have been dressed up more with glossy accents or fussy embossing on the hats. The reindeer could have even more pizzazz with added glitter splattered in the background.
This snowman card is number 4 and it also came together very easily. I added the cutout snowman to a piece of left over gift wrapping paper. I really like the contrast on this card and it has all my favorite colors 😉 I left it with a very simple sentiment (would that even be called a sentiment?) as it already has the feel of a Christmas card.
This could be embellished further with ribbon or fabric on the snowman’s scarf. Or even added glitter to the snowflakes. Some dimension on the buttons would also make it pop even more.
Card 5 is a shaker card. These can be a little tricky sometimes. I used a scalloped lace edge die to remove the middle of the red mat and adhered a piece of acetate to the newly created frame. I lined the edges of the frame backing with a double layer strip of foam tape. I added my contents except for the microbeads directly onto my card base which already had the recycled piece glued on. Then I removed the release paper on 3 edges and stuck it onto the card. With a scrap piece of paper I inserted the microbeads into the well from the open side. Then I removed the remaining release paper and sealed it shut. The process video shows this method much clearer than I can explain but I find this to be the best way to insert micro beads into a shaker card. I later added a few red metallic sequins to the top of the acetate using glue dots to complete the card.
Unlike the other cards I think this card is fairly snazzy on its own and I don’t know that it needs much more embellishing. Perhaps a bow but that might be a bit much with all the details it already has on its’ own.
My next cards are once again very simple and were easily put together.
Card 6 includes the scalloped lace piece that I diecut out of the red mat in card 5. That was topped with the piece from the grey owl card and finished with a hint of teal on either side, a simple sentiment diecut and a green ribbon at the top which I added after all the cards had been completed. Additional accents could be made i the form of shimmer splashes, enamel dots or sequins
The 7th card is even simpler and was put together using a few layers of paper. The focal point is the recycled piece which was accented with a tan and red striped patterned paper and a red scalloped card mat. A left over piece of that striped pattern paper was adhered to the inside of the card as well. Adding a few brads to the corners of the recycled piece could add some dimension.
Card 8 came together using the a recycled piece from one card for the backgroung mat and a diecut piece from another card as the focal piece. Silver metallic ribbon adds a subtle elegance to this card and some glossy accents on the berries add dimension. While this card is simple I would prefer it as is and would not add anything else to it.
This card had me stumped for a while and I returned to it after a day or 2. I knew I wanted the scalloped circle shape but I was unsure of the background. I finally settled with this red polkadot pattern paper with a simple sentiment. Then I accentuated the card with silver sparkly eyelash trim, and red metallic sequins. Again, card 9 has a lot going on and I would not add much to it. Perhaps some glossy accents or shimmer to the snowflakes falling around the tree trunks.
This is card 10 and it was the easiest of all the cards to create. I used another piece from the same recycled card used for card 8 as a background mat, then glued two precut diecuts from the Bella Blvd. Merry Christmas collection that I used throughout my cards.
While completing my cards for this video I temporarily misplaced the snowman card and it is not seen in the last part of the video when I lay out all of the cards. I had not realized until writing this blog post haha. Therefore, there is a bonus card created in the video! Below is card 11.
By the time I got to making this card I was running out of steam and ideas. After looking through Pinterest for some inspiration I came up with this layout. I cut out my “trees” with scissors and I didn’t measure but I think they turned out good. I added a simple sentiment from the precut diecuts and a snowslope from another recycled card piece and completed this card.
I am now including a few additional cards I made using a few more left over pieces. These are not included in the YT video but I am adding them here for some added ideas and inspiration.
Find the Youtube video here.
Below is a list of the supplies I used (or similar products in case I did not find the exact thing) for these cards and links for where you can find everything. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Teflon bone folder
White Cardstock for card bases
Paper trimmer 12″
Fussy cutting scissors
Bella Blvd Christmas ephemera
Scallop A2 card mats
Hexagon embossing folder
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Elmer’s glue stick
Elmer’s craft bond
Snowflake paper roll
scallop lace die
Sequins (from AliExpress but are no longer available)
Scallop circle dies
Hope these were helpful in giving you ideas for recycling Christmas cards!
Hope to see you all in the next one!