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Old 12-28-2005, 12:41 PM   #1
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I have received some lovely commercial Christmas cards with beautiful artwork on them. I really hate to toss them and wondered how, or if, anyone incorporates these as a part of their cards. If there are any in the gallery I would love to see them or hear your suggestions on ways to use them. Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:44 PM   #2
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Ths is not exactly what you are looking for BUT, i thought i would suggest it anyway. I use hole punch and punch aroudn the major design(s) then i give ot my boys to 'sew' with yarn.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:52 PM   #3
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I have received some lovely commercial Christmas cards with beautiful artwork on them. I really hate to toss them and wondered how, or if, anyone incorporates these as a part of their cards. If there are any in the gallery I would love to see them or hear your suggestions on ways to use them. Thanks for your input.
I haven't ever used them as cards, but you could use a cutting system (or make your own pattern) and cut out the best parts to use as a "To: From:" tag for next years gifts.
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Old 12-28-2005, 01:56 PM   #4
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Every year around November my mom pulls out all the Christmas cards from the year before, looks at them one more time, then I go to work.

I cut apart the cards to make gift tags. Sometimes I use decorative scissors, but usually I just cut rectangles around the images, or parts of images. We ususally like them to be anywhere from 1 x 2 inches to 3 x 4 inches depending on the size of the box, so anything goes when I cut the cards apart.

I even save the plain colored parts sometimes. If the card is made from a red base card, then you can use all the parts around the writing in the middle as plain red tags, that you can stamp on, or just write To: and From: on the back of.
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:55 PM   #5
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I meet once a week at a senior center with 10 to 12 woman. We bring stamping supplys and make cards for ourself. We share our stamps. Once a month we recycle used cards. All kinds not just christmas. We cut around these cards and use whatever part we can to create a new card. We put this on new cardstock. The inside is useally stamped. These cards are given to the center and they sell them to the seniors for a small amount or send them to their members when needed. We enjoy doing this and they don't have to buy cards. They turn out really nice. It's a shame to throw those nice cards away.
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Old 12-28-2005, 05:14 PM   #6
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I have made collage tags out of them and mounted them in my scrapbooks and used them for cards. I have also made holiday bookmarks out of them.
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:08 PM   #7
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A friend of mine gave me a cute card this year made out of an old Christmas Card. She sized it to fit , tore the bottom (for effect) and layed a piece of vellum over the top of the image, say a horse and cutter in the snow. Then she stamped a snowman and children of the vellum as if they were in the foreground and the horse and cutter scene was behind the vellum in the background. Added glitter, ribbon and brads and "called er good."
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:15 PM   #8
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My Great Aunt uses hers for next years present tags (trims them of course). I also have donate mine to the local nursing home for them to use for patients. They use them for sewing to keep their fingers loose.
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My very non-crafty friend lays just the fronts of cards out an a paper the size of a placemat, thewn runs them thru a xyron laminator, and she has her holiday placemats!! They are done very nicely and dont look chessy!!
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I use the square punch and punch out certain pictures from different cards, Usually about 6 squares, I then use my gold krylon pen around the edges--mount onto a card front and stamp a holiday saying below.They turn out nicely!
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There is a wonderful book (buried somewhere in my stamp studio ) that showcases some extraordinarily beautiful ways to craft by recycling commercial greeting cards.

While there is a little redudancy (decoupage), the photography and projects themselves were so beautiful and inspiring to me, I had to buy the book!

I don't know if it's in print any more, but I did find a listing at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance
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There is a wonderful book (buried somewhere in my stamp studio ) that showcases some extraordinarily beautiful ways to craft by recycling commercial greeting cards.

While there is a little redudancy (decoupage), the photography and projects themselves were so beautiful and inspiring to me, I had to buy the book!

I don't know if it's in print any more, but I did find a listing at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance

I have this same book and it has some wonderful ideas on using the cards to make Christmas Ornaments, decoupage objects. The ideas are very unique - it's a good book.
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I cut apart the cards to make gift tags. Sometimes I use decorative scissors, but usually I just cut rectangles around the images, or parts of images. We ususally like them to be anywhere from 1 x 2 inches to 3 x 4 inches depending on the size of the box, so anything goes when I cut the cards apart.
This is sort of what I do too. I usually silhouette around the image, or I'll cut it into a square or rectangle. Then I punch a hole in the top, and use ribbon to make tags for next year's gifts.
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I use mine to make children's ABC books for a charity sale each year. There is a verse for each letter of the alphabet and finding the right picture takes a bit of time but goes faster if you collect cards from your friends. You can incorporate stamping on the pages if you are really ambitious.

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My mom taught me once how to make little boxes out of old cards... I cannot remember how the folds and stuff go, but I am guessing somewhere out there on this great world wide web that there are instructions! (if I come across them I will post them here) They end up looking like little jewelry boxes and if you do it right the main image from the front is on the top of the box. They are cute and could also easily be "jazzed" up with your stamps and embellishments!
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okay so that was easier than I thought! I quick did a google search for "boxes out of greeting cards" and the following was one of the top links...

http://www.allfreecrafts.com/recycli...card-box.shtml
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