Creative Ways To Reuse Old Cards On Your New Cards

There are so many ways to reuse those greeting cards you’ve been sent over the years. Here are just a few examples, which can all be found in our Etsy shop, Stuff From Trees. You can cut large blocks from the front of the card that include both images and text. Mat them on coordinating card stock to stand out from the background.

If the card has a tag shape on it, cut it out and add a ribbon. You can also cut your own tags using a template. Then any part of the card can become an embellishment. Attach them with 3D adhesive for some added dimension.

If you don’t want to use the entire card, cut it down into smaller pieces. These beautiful gardening images were part of a patchwork quilt image, but I fussy-cut them to use as embellishments. And trust me, soon you’ll be seeing the small possibilities in every card.

You can also go big and use an entire card for your background. Some of the largest cards I have are too big for most card layouts, but they’ll fit really well across the whole card. Then all you need is a verse and a few tiny embellishments.

Whenever possible, I save the phrases and verses from the cards I use. If I don’t use them with the rest of the card they came with, I can mix and match them later on a card with coordinating colors and styles. It’s a great alternative to always writing sentiments or printing them off the computer.

You can always create something completely new and different, like combining squares cut from card backgrounds with small flowers from other cards to make tiny packages for a birthday card! Look for ways to use every scrap you have and make little works of art to send across the miles in an envelope.


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