One day recently I showed my co-worker Lindita a birthday card that I’d made for my son and she told me about the card ministry that she is a part of in her church. The ladies in the group all write upbeat personal cards or notes to someone in their congregation who needs cheering up and they put them all in a basket for the recipient to open, one card each day. She asked me if I could provide her with a selection of cards for this purpose.
I told her that a really cost-effective way for me to make her some cards would be to use some of the card fronts that I’ve collected in swaps from other demonstrators over the years! While these are still lovely cards, they are made with retired sets that I no longer use as examples with my clients. I mounted the card fronts onto blank cards so they can be recycled and used again.
I made a holder for all 15 cards and envelopes out of a regular paper school folder. This is quick and easy to do:
- First, measure a horizontal line 5 inches down from the top of the folder and score it so that it will fold down over the cards.
- Next, measure 1″ on each side of the vertical fold line at the top, mark with pencil dots and with a ruler draw a line from those points diagonally down to the edge of the folder where it meets the horizontal fold line. Then cut on the pencil lines with pinking shears or other decorative scissors.
- Then fold the flap down, close the holder and tie it up with a pretty ribbon!
Have you ever recycled Card Art? What great ideas do you have for reusing paper crafts that are too beautiful to discard?