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Old 01-05-2019, 07:11 PM   #1
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As I was putting away Christmas stuff this weekend I found 3 boxes of Christmas cards from last year. I believe I got them for like 80-90% off at Hobby Lobby. Anyhow since I'm all about using what I already have this year, I wanted to see how I could incorporate them into my own cards.

So I tore the backs off the cards, die cut the sentiments with my stitched rectangles and tags. I also matted some with darker cardstock using just a bigger stitched rectangle/tag or a scallop. Not sure which way I like better. But I thought I could either use them as my inside greeting or even a focal point on my card.

Which way do you like better for an inside sentiment? Just the plain sentiment or one with a mat. I know if I use it as a focal point on the front, I'll use a matted one.
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Great idea. I like matting for inside sentiments, personally. Unless it's a very simple CAS card front, in which case the matting wouldn't really match the clean style so well. But then I'd usually just stamp directly on the inside anyway. When I'm adding a stamped inside I would either mat it or add framing with a pen.
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Super idea! I like the matted version on inside and front of card.
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I like matted if the inside is white or cream, un-matted if it's a color. I will qualify that just a bit by saying that this is true if you're using a stitched die (or similar) rather than just a plain one...
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This is such a good idea. I’ve got a bunch of cards laying around with good sentiments. I like the matted ones but I think the unmatted ones would be nice inside a colored cardstock card.
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Loving this idea! I think I'm the only one so far, but for inside the card I like it un-matted with the stitched die. But I am sure they will look great both ways.
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Great idea! I'm going to do this over the weekend and create a Christmas card kit for next year. I'll toss in bits of ribbon and bows, and other elements that I can pull off cards and wrapping. For the insides of your cards, I like the one that's the most plain, but they're all really nice. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Great idea! I love that you're re-purposing something to make it your own.

You could also use them for gift tags, if you do gifts.
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Something that I often do is emboss the edge of the sentiment for the inside or front mat with a finished (indented) edge. I use a rectangle die and an embossing tool. Easy to do and leaves a tailored and finished look to both the front and the inside of the card.
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In the past, I've bought boxes of cards and used them as card blanks, as they already have the sentiment inside - you just need to adhere your own design on the front. If there was a really lovely element on the front which I wanted to use, I might be tempted to carefully remove it with a craft-knife before I added my design and then make sure I put in a thick insert so you couldn't see the missing bit!

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Great idea! I was thinking I could do this with the store bought cards I received. I never thought of using their sentiments and die cutting and matting ahead of time! This is my downfall every year at the end; not having the insides done!
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