December 1, 2011 in Tutorials and DIY
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I have thrown away many Christmas cards over the years, but last year, I decided to keep them with the hope that I could turn them into new cards this year. I started by choosing 4 cards that had colors that coordinated well. I tore these up into pieces that were roughly the same size.
Next, I glued the pieces onto cardstock that I had already cut to the right size for small cards.
Once the glue is dried, the fun begins. You can use the sewing machine, embroidery thread, tissue paper, paint, markers, stamps, or images printed from the computer to finish the cards. Here are some examples that I did.
(Above) After I had glued the pieces on to resemble a patchwork pattern, I used the sewing machine to stitch straight lines along all the edges. Make sure you set the stitch length to be long or you will end up cutting through the card. I glued on a piece of tissue paper, wrote Merry Christmas on a piece of white cardstock and glued that on. To finish I glued the button that I had threaded a piece of ribbon through.
(Above) I painted around the outside edge of the card pieces with white craft paint. Once that dried, I zig zag stitched around all the edges. I used a stamp from a Stampin Up stamp set, and added color with my markers. I mounted that to a piece of yellow card stock and glued the whole thing down.
(Above) For this card I wildly stitched around the three card pieces I had glued down. Then I cut the letters JOY out of another card and glued them on to each square.
The great thing about this project is you can get really detailed, or keep it really simple. Plus, it’s a great way to make a handmade card for Christmas inexpensively.
Here are the samples that I designed.