For this birthday card, we decided to upcycle the sentiment “There’s Joy In Her Laughter” from a never-used card. We think this card looks interesting because of the origami cupcake. I think it’s the first time we used origami in our card making adventures. Consider this a first draft. Anyways, you can find so many tutorials on youtube for this origami cupcake.
Once you attach the origami cupcake to the card, cut out a candle from scrapbook paper and add confetti stars or paper dots. Just something different and unique. Cute, right?
Maybe we should look into other types of flat origami shapes that can be attached to cards. Stars? Hearts? Teacups?
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 Liz 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 3D foam adhesives to add dimension and height. Done!
Do you love receiving personalized “Thank You” cards? We love making them!
Here are photos of cards we made for coworkers. It was part of a larger project in which Angie added a box of goodies for the team. This box contained a succulent plant, some snacks and some small gifts. We completed the cards and the project boxes in one afternoon.
For supplies, we used various scrapbooking paper, stamps, punches, stickers and washi tape. Layering papers and adding stickers create dimension and interest.
In the above card, before we added the stamped sentiment, we covered the entire card with washi tape we purchased from Michael’s. It looks like a quilt of positive sayings! Below, we kept it simple and minimalist.
Now it’s time to put the project gift together! We chose these succulent and cactus plants and added them to some tins we purchased at Michael’s. We then added the card to the box so when it was opened, you see it. See below for the final look!
We are always trying to think of ways to attach or enhance a gift.
What are are other unique ways to present a homemade card?
Hearts bring joy to any homemade card. Made with love, always!
Try layering different textures of paper hearts to create an impact. Here is an example that Liz made. She used a heart paper punch and made hearts from different scraps of paper. If you don’t have a punch, simply cut out symmetrical hearts from folding a paper in half and cutting one side of the heart.
Liz then chose some hearts and glued them to white cardstock (I believe we got it from Michael’s but added burlap to it). She started layering hearts and even used foam adhesives to elevate some of the hearts. Foam adhesives give the look a three-dimensional feel. The card looks like it’s bursting with hearts!
Finally, she used a stamp to add a sentiment to the card and glued it to brown paper (thin crafting cardboard).
We think it brings us joy.
What would you layer to add a dynamic feel to a card?
You can upcycle old cards, gift bags, or paper and create a homemade card.
Here is an upcycled card by Angie. We found an old giftbag that had the words in gold, “You Are Magical!” on it with a unicorn image printed on it. She cut out and glued the phrase on the front of the card. She then used a star punch to to cut out 6 stars. She added a “Happy Birthday” sticker.
On the inside of the card, she glued more stars, two bright pink hearts, and the unicorn design. Love!