It’s a free Saturday afternoon so let’s craft because… well, do we really need a reason? Here are some of our creations from a few weekends ago.
This “Thank You” card was made using a blank cardboard/chipboard card. We glued burlap to the card and then added a sparkly banner as our background. We found a blank thank you card and decided to upcycle it. We cut out the sentiment in a circle and glued shiny bead stickers for interest.
Next, we punched a lot of sea-green hearts from embossed paper (purchased as we do not have an embossing machine.) If you layer the hearts behind the round sentiment, the hearts look like petals. Cut out some green leaves and viola, a flower! Cute!
Okay, two more cards to go. A long long time ago, in a non-crafting galaxy long ago, Liz purchased a We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board while walking through Michael’s… (or was it Joann’s?) She wanted to make decorations for her son’s birthday. The tool was put away for most of the year. Eventually she dusted off the tool again to create this funky “Hello” card. We will probably do a tutorial on the many ways you can use this tool to create all sorts of unique shapes and objects. But for now, we will just show its primary use, which is to cut out alphabet letters.
Add some sparkly dots using a basic hole puncher. Use leftover scraps. With the right scrapbook or cardstock design, you can make this interesting and artsy card right then and there!
Here are the other cards that were created that weekend. We bought some scrapbooking paper and glued put this card together. We love our heart paper punch so much we try to add it to our creations a lot. Anyways, we punched out the hearts out from another thank you card we upcycled. Be brave and make your soul happy ya’ll!
Finally, one more card we want to discuss is this pretty floral card below. The sentiment and floral designs were completely upcycled from other cards. There’s only so much of the same thank you card you can give out. So why not make a new creation by upcycling? We used embossed paper (purchased) and scrapbooking paper as well. We used some foam adhesives to add dimension and height. Done!
If there’s a few lessons we learned from the weekend, it’s the following:
- Keep experimenting and playing around with texture, shapes, and color.
- Buying card stock can be addicting (as well as a source of inspiration!) 🙂
- As you progress, you’ll discover new techniques as you research online for ideas and inspiration.
Keep making and keep crafting!