Reusing and Repurposing Christmas Cards

Reusing and Repurposing Christmas Cards
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I am very sentimental and I do not throw away cards people give me – just ask my family and they’ll nod as they recall the boxes of “special Stephanie papers” they’ve helped me move over the years.  This year I got bold and tried something I’ve never done before.  I saved the message from past Christmas cards, and lifted elements from the front of a few cards to re-use for other cards.  This is something I’m sure a lot of creative people do, but it was new to me.  I like to recycle and reuse things, so I was happy that I could make three new cards to send from one pretty card I had received in the past.

These are the three cards I made from the card.  The cards came together so quickly because the embellishments were already done.  I just added a little ribbon, maybe some gems, Stickles glitter glue, a sticker and a fun edge punch… and voila!

I turned one card into three cards!

I turned one card into three cards!

I used cardstock from the DCWV Shimmer Stack to make these cards.  I am hooked on shimmery paper!  You may clack any picture for a larger image.

Reused Gold Christmas Card

Reused Gold Christmas Card

Reused Purple Christmas Card

Reused Purple Christmas Card

This picture doesn’t show the gold edge like the first main picture does, but I thought it would be a good card for my brother, a proud UW Husky Alum.

Reused Star Christmas Card

Reused Star Christmas Card

I encourage you to save your Christmas cards and look at them with a creative eye.  Can you reuse elements from them to make more cards?  How many can you make from just one card?  Stretch yourself and get creative!  🙂  Thank you for reading my blog.

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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