Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recycled Christmas Cards & Gift Tags

 Card #1 - used a holly border punch along bottom, then tore along 3 other sides. 
Glued to embossed piece of golden cardstock which then was glued to green mat
 and all 3 layers glued onto card base.
Card #2 - trimmed father christmas (used card) and glued onto scrap gold 
paper (trimmed to size). Using piece of 'scrap' scrapbook paper, glued to red mat and then 
attached all to base of card. Added bow for decor.

I know there are people who love to receive greeting cards for special occasions  - especially at Christmas time. They're thoughtful, memorable and beautiful - I hold on to them for years and years… But when they start to pile up, it can create a dilemma; what should I do with all these keepsakes?

If you feel like lightening your load of cards, don't send them to the recycling bin right away! There are many ways you can reuse your cards - one is to make easy, beautiful new cards, from pieces of the old ones!

Card #3 - punched circles from a few cards (shimmer/glitter) and created a wreath. 
Added a bow and red gems for holly.
Card #4 - glittered ornaments were done using a paper punch. Attached silver twine 
and bow. All 4 layers of matting were attached to card base. One of the 
white mats was embossed. Added silver Merry Christmas sticker.

You will be able to clear out some clutter, help the environment, and create something new and beautiful - all at the same time! Those who receive your "upcycled" Christmas cards will know that no one else has anything like it!!! :-)

If you’re not crafty and are looking for another option, instead of throwing them away, donate them to a friend, a local school or daycare, or a senior centre. I volunteer my time at a local senior activity centre, and my annual Recycled Christmas Card class (this year on December 5th), is always "sold out"!

Tag #1 - Snowmen with trees were cut to fit tag; added dimension with pop-ups.
Glued to embossed mat and then all was glued to green tag. Used corner punch on 
all 4 corners. RIbbons were attached with a fancy stapler/fastener. 
Tag #2 - Scallop punched both pattern (from card) and blue bling base. Attached gem to
 centre of snowflake and used Stickles to give remainder of snowflake 
some shimmer. Punched hole and attached ribbon.
Tag #3 - Trimmed what I wanted from card and matted onto green, then onto golden tag. 
Stamped "No Peeking!" and used Stickles to give falling snow and flakes some shimmer.
 Punched hole and attached ribbon.

This year create you very own GREEN Christmas cards and tags! ~ Sharka