If you’re like me, you’ve got a stack of Christmas cards saved up from past years because they are too nice to throw away – but what if you could recycle them and make some of this year’s new cards in the process?
Seriously, I’m here to help – with our shared “pack rat” tendencies and some ideas on how to painlessly get rid of that stack of saved cards and get your Christmas cards made this year at the same time! (We talked about a similar goal of using 3-D Halloween decorations from earlier years to make cards in this post.)
This pretty little songbird on the snow-glittered branch was a natural for cutting out of a commercial card and using again on a new handcrafted card. I cut out the picture with my sharp Paper Snips and mounted it on a frame of Garden Green cardstock. I embossed the Whisper White card base with the Softly Falling embossing folder to match the snow in the picture. I die cut a Garden Green oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits as a background for the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Star of Light photopolymer set stamped in Real Red on a strip of Whisper White, ends cut with the Banner Triple Punch and mounted up on foam Stampin’ Dimensionals with a little Silver Metallic Thread looped at the top.
I cut this nativity image from a larger commercial card then die cut a scalloped oval mat out of Copper Foil Sheets to pick up the glow of the halos over the Mother and Child. The front panel of the card is embossed with the Pine Bough embossing folder on Garden Green cardstock and mounted on a Chocolate Chip card. The ribbon is Delightful Dijon grosgrain from the 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack and I again stamped a sentiment from the Star of Light photopolymer set, this time in Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, die cut with a scallop from the Layering Ovals set and sponged lightly around the edges.
Here are some of the supplies that I used in my recycled Christmas cards; you can use anything and everything depending on what your saved cards look like! Of course, I have hand-stamped a greeting inside of each card also; there are a lot of nice sentiments in the Star of Light set to choose from! Click on the mini image below to see them all: