Here's a way to turn the cards into something unique and new. Take these two hideous specimens below. By cutting out the bugs and flowers from one card, and the kitty from the other, we can create two brand-new cards that you won't be embarrassed to send.
|Ugly greeting cards, awaiting transformation|
What You Need
- ugly greeting cards to cut up
- blank greeting cards
- paper scraps, stickers, trims, embellishments
- pigment ink pad
- decorative scissors and regular scissors
- dimensional foam tape
- glue stick
First, the most satisfying part: cut out the parts of the ugly cards that you would like to keep, and discard the rest.
Now, the challenge: how to make two new cards out of these bits of old cards. I stockpile decorative papers, images, felt shapes, and stickers. When I'm working on a card project, I pull out a bunch of papers and items with a similar theme and choose among them. Here's a stash below; I ended up not using most of the items, but just looking through them helped me plan the composition.
|Cut out the parts of the cards you want to keep, and grab an assortment of scraps and embellishments to consider.|
Start by using an ink pad to color the paper, inking the paper directly with the ink pad.
|Ink the paper directly with the ink pad|
|First card in progress, with papers and image affixed|
Glue the paper down with a glue stick, then position the bugs on the card, some coming in from the edge, others pointing outward to give it a dynamic look.
|Give paper an attractive edging with decorative scissors|
For the bug card, a felt flower with an added flower sticker in the middle added dimensionality and a different texture to the card. And no card is complete without a bit of shine; red Dresden foil trim at the bottom adds that shine and ties in with the red of the ladybugs.
|The finished cards|