Adventures in Card-Making

Everything old is new again!

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Well, the holidays are over and you’re packing up the ornaments and taking down all your decorations. One of the last tasks is all those Christmas cards from friends and family. Some of them are too beautiful to throw away. Should you save them or recycle them? Some of them (if handmade by Grandchildren) should definitely be saved just remember to put the year on the back of each. Some of them can be recycled and here are some tips to make new cards/crafts for next year.

Before you get out the scissors, scan the cards into the computer or make notes of what you want to record of the cards so that you’ll have a record of them for your thank you cards.

If you’re not sure of what to do with the cards yet, put them in a large box with a lid to prevent dust. I sort mine by theme birthday, thank you, holiday.

I am sure there are many more, but I found 16 crafts you can make with your saved cards. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Greeting card gift bag: This one is so easy! Cut the front cover off your greeting card and save the printed sentiment for later use. Glue the cover in the center of your bag. You can add glitter or stamped images if you wish.

2. Gift tag: Instead of just cutting off the cover of the greeting card, die-cut or fussy cut the image and glue to a gift tag. Add the “To From” and you’re done You could also use a Sizzix  die cut and then glue your image  onto the tag. Punch a hole near the top and add ribbon.

3. Place Mat: Take a white paper place mat (typically bought at a dollar store or party store) and glue parts of the card onto it. Add flat embellishments or rubber stamped images.

4. Planner: Make planners or note pads for future teacher gifts. Buy small note books, again from a dollar store, and glue background paper onto the covers. Glue part of the greeting card on top.

5. Bookmarks: Cut the greeting card into strips about an inch and a half wide and 6 inches long. Punch a hole near  one end and add a tassel – see link:

6. Place Cards: There are two different ways of making place cards. One way is to cut a piece of cardstock into a rectangle, sized to your specifications. Score the cardstock in the middle with your scoreboard. Fold the card in half. Write the name of your guest using calligraphy or rubber stamps. Add embellishments, stickers and parts of the greeting card.

Another way is to die-cut a rectangle with a Spellbinder nestability – see link:  and proceed as above. Sizzix also has a place card die that would work also for this project.

7-16. Make a puzzle, magnet, mason jar topper, framed picture, collage card, mason jar lid ornament, garland, post card and finally a journal cover.

Needless to say, you might be a tad bit “tired” of holiday crafting, so save this post until November!

Happy Crafting,



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