DIY: Making Greeting Cards from Scraps!

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As previously mentioned in my post about making your own greeting cards, I send out a lot of cards.  Thank you cards, “just because” cards, birthday cards – you name it!  And because we’ve been on a tighter budget for the past year, I’m focusing more on making cards instead of buying them.

Today I’m sharing how I made dozens of lovely cards on the cheap.  The main ingredients?  Decorative paper scraps, blank greeting cards and envelopes, and a bit of time.

Paper scrap hoarders, this one’s for you!

If you’re like me, you hate to throw away smaller pieces of paper and often save them for someday.  Well, someday has come!  This is the perfect way to use some of the scraps of paper you’ve saved.  Similar to quilting, this is a way to let some of your favorite pieces of paper live on in a new project – one that will brighten someone else’s day.

Greeting Cards from Scraps – Materials

Blank greeting cards and envelopes
Decorative paper scraps & colored cardstock
White cardstock
Elmer’s Glue Spots (or another adhesive)
Rubber stamps
Black ink pad

How-To: It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
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1. Cut your decorative paper scraps into rectangles.

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2. Select three paper pieces that appeal to you and adhere them to a blank greeting card vertically.

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3. Stamp a greeting onto a white rectangle with black ink and adhere the greeting piece horizontally.

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Helpful Hints:

1. Measure before you start cutting: my cards have three vertical rectangles and one white horizontal rectangle.  My blank greeting cards measure 5” x 6 ½”.  My vertical rectangles are 1 ¾” x 4” each.  My white, horizontal rectangles are 1 ½” x 2 ¾”.

2. Cut an assortment of colors and patterned scraps, so you have many pieces to play with.  Try a variety of color combinations and patterns together.  Because I was using scraps I ended up with different color and pattern combinations that I might’ve used if I’d started with all new materials. This is a great creative exercise!

3. Batch each set of tasks together to save time: cut all the vertical rectangles, then cut all the horizontal rectangles, then stamp all the greetings at the same time, etc.

One Design, Many Occasions…

This card design will work for just about any occasion, if the sentiment, colors and patterns are appropriate.  The design is simple enough that you can play with color and texture without overwhelming the eye…

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The Nitty Gritty

I made 28 cards in this batch.  Each blank card/envelope cost me 20 cents.  I already had the paper scraps, rubber stamps, ink, and adhesive, so the cost of each card was well below the $3.00 average one might pay for a greeting card from a store.  Total potential savings? Over $75!

That doesn’t factor in time spent, of course, but I’m basing this “nitty gritty” on money put out for materials.  Besides, for me, making cards to send to those I care about is an act of love.  And you definitely can’t put a price on a loving gesture…

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Please let me know if you have any questions.  Will you try making some of your own Greeting Cards from Scraps? If so, happy crafting!

Warm regards,
Melody

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12 Comments

  1. Posted January 5, 2012 at 6:06 am by Karen Pruzansky | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea… I have so many bits and pieces of paper just waiting to be used.

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:34 am by Melody | Permalink

      Karen,
      Thank you – I think these cards are great to, since so many artists and crafters I know have a paper scrap stash. Making use of that, in an easy-to-create card is both practical and creative. :o Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
      Melody

  2. Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:01 am by katherine Regier | Permalink

    Very nice! I have all of the ingredients in my stash, including a drawer full of scraps “too good” to throw away, and a bunch of thank you notes to write after the holidays. Thank you for the great idea!

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Kathy,
      You’re very welcome! I knew this project would resonate with my fellow paper lovers! I’m glad to help, and to share. Thank you for commenting!
      Melody

  3. Posted January 5, 2012 at 11:36 am by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    So ingeneous (sp) and as always, beautiful. I REALLY like the idea of the slide mailer(s) also!

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Beth,
      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you like the projects!
      Melody

  4. Posted January 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm by Amanda | Permalink

    these are great!! I have my scrapbooking stuff in the kitchen…LOVE IT!! Project for this afternoon.

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Amanda,
      Thank you for commenting – so glad you like the project! I’m glad you have your supplies handy, and am sure your cards will be darling.
      Melody

  5. Posted January 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm by Ellen | Permalink

    Happy New Year Melody!
    Thanks this is fun and I love scraps :D

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Ellen,
      Happy New Year! Thank you for commenting. I hope you enjoy making these cards from some of your wonderful scraps!
      Melody

  6. Posted January 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm by pam | Permalink

    These turned out to be so pretty! i wish i hadn’t sent my thank yous out so soon this year! I love how these look and would have loved to make some similar!

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Pam,
      Thank you – so kind of you! The great thing about this card design is you can use it for other occasions, too. Maybe you’ll make some birthday cards instead? :) Thank you for commenting…
      Melody

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