Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Recycling X-Mas Cards

So I scout out local thrift stores and buy large mish-mash packages of Christmas card leftovers. Generally, they group anywhere from 3o to 50 cards and envelopes into a baggie and charge $1.99. I don't particularly like these cards, but I like to get envelopes this way, and sometimes I snag the sentiments and use them on my handmade cards.
I really liked the texture on the inside of the card, and I decided I wanted to use that texture for some Christmas cards.
I'm going to show you how to use 90% of this card to make your own prettier (I think) handmade cards.
There were four distinct textures. I cut the card backs into 1 1/2" squares.
Then I inked those squares. I used Ranger Distress Ink in brick and Marvy Heritage Ink in Pond Green.
Notice how my card front is a panel I cut from the inside greeting of the original card. I cut it to 3 3/4" x 5". Then I mounted 3 of my inked squares. Finally I decorated the top with green and gold ribbon.
Finally, I mounted the card panel onto a green card. Voila! A re-purposed Christmas Card! What do you think?


  1. So clever! And thrify! Thank you for the idea. You are right, what a great way to get envelopes as well!

  2. Gosh, how I'd love to be the giver of such fabulous cards.