Friday, 31 October 2014

Ten minute card

Whilst rootling through the box of last year's 'received' Christmas cards, kept to upcycle, I came across one card front with a beautifully made sentiment topper that's been longing for a little makeover. This was the end result of literally ten minutes work:
The trickiest part was removing the sentiment topper from the plain gold card front. Little tip, in order to avoid bending or creasing the topper (which was on a large sticky pad), I placed the card face down on my cutting mat and then gently prised the card away from the topper. That way, the card front which I was discarding could be bent whilst the sentiment topper was held down flat. I learned that trick a while back, the hard way :)

I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card blank

- a trimmed slightly smaller gold 'flittered' backing sheet from First Edition's 6" x 6" paper pad called 'Gilded Winter'. I love this pad (bought from Hobbycraft recently) as it's 64 sheets, with a lovely mix of papers, some foiled, some glittered, some double sided and some sort of glazed

- the sentiment I already wrote about - I left the existing large sticky pad on the back and just added some narrow strips the same depth on all four sides. Also moved the teeny bow as it was at a bit of an angle and not centred properly, just by a gnat's whisker and re-stuck it using Glossy Accents

Job done, super fast as already said.



Carol L said...

I never could have imagined this was a recycled card! It's absolutely gorgeous and I love that it only took minimal time to put together! Well done!

Mrs A. said...

Now that is a really good idea of yours Miss. I have ruined many doing just that!! This is one gorgeous card. Hugs Mrs A.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di, lovely card and more to add to your number well done!!
I just posted whole lot of Christmas cards and went to go to Sarn's and gates shut early this month .. one time when I happen to remember too not to worry..
I will add them to the snippets as used them as always, Shaz in Oz.x

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SARN said...

Perfect recycling! Very pretty results.

Happy Friday

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Pat said...

What a great idea Di and this topper goes beautifully with the background. Thanks for the tip for removing from the old card. x

Hettie said...

Great bit of recycling there Miss. I learnt that trick the hard way!

Irene said...

Hello Di,

Just fabulous. I would never have guessed any part was recycled. I love the backing paper.


Liz said...

Gorgeous card, and thanks for the tip! xx

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card Di, and a fab recycling job too. The sentiment topper was well worth saving and that tip is definitely one to keep in mind. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

jackiescrafts said...

What a great up cycled card, I would never have guessed that topper was taken off another card

Jackie x

Kath said...

A lovely upcycled card!
Kath x

Karen Petitt said...

Now that is fabulous and so green too! I think you will already know this, but just in case, trying heating the reverse with your heat gun for a few minutes. It sometimes helps the glue to soften and releases from the card much easier Karen x

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
what fab creation today, and very lovely way to upcycle.
Thank you so much for the tip too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Hi Di! I love this card! You always make the best recycled Christmas cards!! Thank you for that great tip, too, BTW!! I feel like I've been gone forever and I'm sorry for whatever I've missed these last couple of weeks! I hope all is well with you and the Playground!! Hugs, Darnell

Jacee said...

Very stylish Diane, love it.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Jean Straw said...

What a beautiful elegant card, the topper is ls lovely and such a nice shape, well worth reusing. I love the background paper it looks fabulous.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Looks like that First Edition paper was made just for this topper, goes so very well, great card Di.

Kath x

Sue said...

This is really lovely Di and thanks for the tip!!! huggles Sue xxx

Brenda said...

Oh my word Di, this is a gorgeous card!!! You sure can recycle your cards well. It would look like I was trying to up-cycle my cards if I was trying to do this. But I think I am going to give it a try on cards that I truly love a lot. lol Hugs, Brenda

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Such a beautiful card Di!

Warm hugs

Sandra H said...

Di your card is beautiful and what a great tip too! x

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Gorgeous card. I seem to always have a hard time removing pieces from other cards without bending. Thanks for the tip.

Mau xx said...

This is Beautiful Di, what a lovely card created by recycling.
Hugs Mau xx