Using one of the techniques below, use the recycled card parts to
make a new greeting card.
- Technique 1: Embellished Card Front
This is the simplest technique
to make new cards from recycled card
fronts. Just cut the card front to the exact size of the new
card, glue in place, and decorate with message strips, paper
punches or rubberstamps.
Materials: White cardstock for message
strip, colored cardstock for mats and rubberstamps
- Select a card front and trim it to the size of the new card.
- Stamp a greeting on white cardstock for the message
- Cut the message strip and a mat for the strip. Size them to fit the
greeting message and the card width.
- Decorate the message strip with additional stamped
images. Glue the
message strip to the mat.
- For the card's inside, select a recycled verse and
coordinating colored cardstock. Decorate the verse with the
same stamps used on the message strip. Cut the verse and mat to size, and glue the verse to the mat.
In this example, a matted message strip is glued to the card
front and a matted verse is glued inside the new card. The
message strip is 5/8" by 4 7/8", with a green mat that is about
1/8" larger in both dimensions. The strip is stamped with "MERRY CHRISTMAS" in red, and decorated with small snowflakes
stamped in blue. The matted strip is glued on the card front,
near the bottom, in a place that doesn't obscure key elements of
the card's image.
The inside verse is matted in red, and decorated with the same
snowflake stamps used on the message strip.
Tip: Your card will have a more polished look if the inside elements
include colors and images that coordinate with the card's front.
- Technique 2: Matted Card Front
this technique for making cards from recycled card
fronts, the card front is cut down and matted. Just trim the card
front into a rectangular or square shape smaller than the card,
cut a mat, glue the card front in place, and decorate.
Materials: Colored cardstock for mat and rubber stamps
- Select a card front and trim to a rectangle or square
that is at least ½" smaller than the card in both
- Select color-coordinating cardstock for the mat. Cut a mat that's
a bit larger than the cut
image and a bit smaller than the card.
- Glue the
cut image to the mat, and glue the mat to the card.
- Decorate the card front with rubber stamps and/or paper
- For the card's inside, select color-coordinating cardstock
for your mat, and stamp a message on white cardstock. Cut the verse and mat to size, glue the verse to the mat, and glue the mat
inside the card.
- Cut an image from the remaining portions of the card
front to decorate the inside of the card.
In this example, the bird is cut from the
card front in a 3½" by 4" rectangle. A 4" by 5¼"
mat is cut from brown cardstock. The brown mat is stamped on the
right side with "Merry Christmas" in gold. The bird is glued to
the mat, and the mat is glued to the card.
The inside verse is stamped in red and green, matted in the same brown
used on the front, and decorated with
a cutout from the recycled card front.
- Technique 3: Fussy-Cut Shapes
uses motifs that have been closely trimmed. In quilting, this is
known as a fussy-cut. Fussy-cut an image or images from
a card front, arrange on the card along with mats or strips of
cardstock, glue in place, and decorate as desired.
Materials: Colored cardstock or foil for mats, rubber stamps,
and metallic pens
- Select a card front with motifs to fussy-cut. Cut out the
motif's general shape, then closely cut the motif to its
outline or leave a small margin.
- Cut mats and/or colored cardstock strips to enhance the
- Arrange the motifs and other cardstock elements on the
card front. Glue in place.
- Decorate the card with rubber stamped messages or words
cut from the recycled card front.
- For the card's inside, use leftovers from the recycled
card front to mat a printed verse.
In this example, a butterfly on a gold
square is fussy-cut from the recycled card front, along with a 3½"
by 1¼" rectangle in mottled green. The mottled green
rectangle is stamped with "Thanks" in black and edged
with gold ink. A 4" by 5¼" mat is cut from green cardstock, and a
3½" square mat is cut from gold foil paper. The gold
square and mottled green rectangle are glued to the green mat
and the mat then glued to the card. The fussy-cut butterfly is
attached to the card with foam tape to give a 3-D look.
the card, a printed verse is double-matted with the same green
used on the front and a mottled green rectangle cut from the
recycled card front.
- Technique 4: Feature a Message
this technique, words or verses from recycled cards are featured
on the new card. Cut words or messages from a card in a round or
oval shape, then cut a slightly larger mat from colored cardstock,
glue in place and decorate.
Materials: Colored cardstock for mats,
scraps of cardstock for punches and/or paper cuts, and markers.
- Select words, a phrase or a verse from a recycled card.
Cut the message out in a round or oval shape.
- Cut a slightly larger circle or oval mat from
color-coordinated cardstock. Tip: You can print Aunt Annie's
oval patterns for templates to trace.
- Glue the message to the mat and glue the mat to the
- Decorate the card with paper punches or paper cuts that
enhance the message's theme. Add embellishments with
In this example, orange cardstock is used
for the card blank. Words with a white daisy are cut from the
card front in a 3¼" by 4" oval shape. Another oval that
is ½" larger in both dimensions is cut from red
cardstock. The message oval is glued to the red mat, and the red
mat is glued to the card. Daisies punched from white cardstock,
flower centers punched from yellow cardstock, and leaves cut
from green cardstock are glued to the card. Flower stems are
drawn with a gold marker, along with a circle of little dots in
each flower's center.