November 14th, 2014
Today I invited a friend over to make Christmas cards! We had a lot of fun chit chatting until bedtime and even made a few things!
I started off with quite a modern Christmas card that a family member received last year. I chopped it apart, added borders to each chopped rectangle and reassembled it on a green background. Then adhered it all to a white card base.
The next card I worked on was a beautiful vintage looking Santa Claus card. I grabbed my scissors, fussy cut him out, then cut out the window behind him. He needed something more in the background so I created a brick wall as the back drop. i put Santa on a black background so he would have a bit of a shadow and then pop dotted him up in almost the exact place I cut him from.
The next card I worked on was a beautiful vintage card from the 70’s. The image was originally a mouth painting! I thought that was so neat! I cut the print out, put a border mat beneath it and added a red banner in behind it. It didn’t seem complete so I embossed the card front with a wood grain sizzix folder and my big shot machine.
The next 2 are based on the concept of the layered card often seen in stamping. I made a set of template rectangles and then used a ruler and craft knife to cut the rectangles out of the card fronts. I alternated between the image and solid paper to achieve the effect I was going for. Once again, these card fronts came from past Christmas’ and i liked the images, so instead of recycling the cards, I up-cycled the fronts of them.
This next one is one that I am not sure I like. I cropped the image from the front of a card and the words from the inside of the card. Then I added the patterned paper for the base and glued it all together. I think that the reason I don’t love it is because it is too simple to satisfy my collage based brain. There is simply not enough going on on this card! Haha.
The last card i made tonight was very simple as well, but I think I like it the best of the whole set. Once again, all I did was crop the image, adhere it to a red mat/frame, and glued it on to a dark Christmas paper with a white card base. Simple and elegant.
Hope you enjoyed my first set of card up-cycles for this year and will save your cards for remaking in the future!
Thanks for reading!