The Halloween cards are in the mail, and this year some of them are made from reused and recycled projects from holidays past!
As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I often receive some darling cards and 3-D projects in swaps made with current stamp sets, the idea being that they will make good visual examples to share with my clients as idea starters. The cards are easy to store and use later, when they are retired and no longer needed as examples, but anything that is three-dimensional is a little harder to keep around because of the space that they take up. But these things are so cute that I hate to throw them away. So, this year, I cut up a few and used them on card fronts so they would go to good use:
These Wicked Witch of the West shoes and socks and the accompanying tag with brad and Linen Thread (104199) were the decoration on a little die-cut box shaped like a milk carton. It was pretty sweet, but I took it off and used it as an embellishment on this card. I stamped my own witch and cut her out, embossed a purple spider web for a background and added some black sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment (138390.)
This cool item was a door hanger; I just cut it apart and used the flat, decorated surface as the focal point of my spider web-embossed card. I had a leftover spider web doily too; since I was using Basic Black cardstock (121045) I turned the black doily over and used the white back for a nice contrast.
This last 3-D item was a little rectangular box for candy with two long cardstock sides that wrapped up on either side with an oval at the top to make a carrying handle. I simply cut off the decorated panel and applied that to my card front, a piece of Basic Gray cardstock (121044) again embossed with the spider web design. The hole at the top needed something, though, so I found a clip art spider to cut out and glue on to the top of the card. I think it was the perfect touch!
Reusing and recycling to make new cards is a great way to give new life to some projects from the past, plus it helps you produce some great cards in a hurry now when time is short!