Use Free Recycled Materials to Make Trendy
Handmade Greeting Cards
I don't make recycled craft cards because I have to. I do it because it's a fun way to come up with unique embellishments. And it's good for the environment to reuse resources (even better than recycling since that requires energy and resources still).
Utilizing and reusing materials you would normally throw away can really spark your imagination! And fortunately, I've noticed the use of recyclables to make recycled crafts is getting more and more popular, which really just puts a smile on my face.
This recycled craft card was made with a few basic craft supplies (paper, foam, ribbon) and a juice lid (the kind from a can of frozen apple juice). The lid makes a cute metal frame for whatever stickers or picture you might want to put inside. Plus, it's light weight and flat enough to be mailed (with the right envelope of course, I recommend a bubble mailer for this one).
Cut Paper . Cut card stock to the same size as card blank, in this case 5 x 7 inches.
Embellish Lid. Arrange chosen stickers on clean juice lid, using lid as a frame. Translucent stickers such as vellum look especially good on tin.
Add Ribbon. Place ribbon on card stock and tape or glue to the back. Once ribbon is secured, glue the entire piece of card stock to the front of card blank.
Glue Foam and Lid. Place a thin rectangular strip of foam over ribbon, centered. Place juice lid frame on foam to the right side and glue to foam.
Note: I found it helpful to Glue down a couple pieces of foam (small enough that they won't be seen) under the juice lid embellishment for support at top and bottom.
Add Foam to Draw Eye. Place another thin strip vertically from top. Make it point to the center of the juice lid embellishment to draw the eye to your creative centerpiece.
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