Friday, 29 January 2016

Playing with snippets

Apart from the kraft card blank, this Christmas card is totally made from snippets - even the tag counts as a snippet as it was upcycled:
I used:

- 4" x 6" kraft card blank, chopped down from a 6" square one

- snippet of black card stock, trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller on each side compared to the card blank then glued to the card front

- snippet of red patterned paper from the LOTV 'Classic Christmas' paper pad. Now that LOTV have stopped selling paper pads - even snippets of snippets will be squirreled away!

- snippet of white card, embossed using a Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder

- trimmed them to size and adhered both the red patterned paper and white embossed panel  to a spare snippet of thick paper which was about quarter of an inch smaller than the pieces I just listed so, when they'd been added to the paper, there was a neat little border all round on the reverse side. I then cut a narrow strip of black card leaving it a bit longer than necessary and stuck that over the join of the patterned and embossed panels so I could hand trim it to size (from the back - always) which ensured perfect alignment. That then made it so much easier to attach the whole assembled panel to the black panel on the card front - why didn't I think to do this before now?!
 
- and the final part was really where the idea for this card came from. In the box of Christmas cards to upcycle there was one card I'd been looking at all last year - it had a traditional image of Santa on and a sentiment label added using sticky pads

- had to chop away a bit at the card to prise the label off the card without damaging it - so poor Santa was sacrificed. Part of the label's design was a printed eyelet and a little printed strip of string which would need to be disguised.

- created a separate eyelet from a snippet of kraft card, using a small SU round punch and a smaller hole punch. Then punched a hole in the tag itself and added the newly made eyelet over the top of the printed one

- a rootle through some snippets of ribbon turned up some black and red ribbon which was then added to the tag

- stuck the tag in place using 2mm thick sticky pads - had to do that due to the thickness added by the ribbon. Simple tip here - if the hole you're threading ribbon or cord through is quite small, use a loop of thread as a 'fishing line' to loop the ribbon through and then pull it through the hole

Have a feeling this card will need a large letter size stamp - or be hand delivered :)

I'm entering this card into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #265 where it's 'Use a sentiment' - and also into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January where it's always 'Anything goes'.

Di
x

26 comments:

Glennis said...

A very classy card Di - great use of your snippets!

Carol L said...

I really like the sharp contrast of the colors and panels, but those little trees are just the cutest! Great card Di!

Greta said...

Ah ha--I spy "our" embossing folder! Very pretty snippets card, Di!

Brenda said...

What a fabulous card Did!! I love the paper and embossing and I love that tag. The sentiment is laid out so cute. Hugs, Brends

Kath said...

A lovely card Di - great use of snippets and upcyling too!
Kath x

SARN said...

Love the look of this festive snippets tag card Di. Thanks for the "how to" details.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Whisper said...

Oooo what a super snippets Xmas card and good on you for upcycling, the tag too, Luv Sam x

Pat said...

This is a lovely snippets make Di and the red, black and white go beautifully with the kraft sentiment tag on the top, and such pretty ribbon to finish. x

Barb said...

Great recycling Di. I save tags too. That's a lovely little red snippet. A very pretty card. Barbxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful totally recycled card, I think it's perfect for male!

Viv's Visuals said...

Great recycling Miss! Lovely card.

scrappymo! said...

Another great Christmas card. Love that upcycled tag. You did a wonderful job on reviving it!

I have made a list of exactly how many Xmas and Birthday cards I can hand deliver. My thicker, heavier cards will be used for those. Once those are made, it can only be slimmer cards for me or I will have to take out a mortgage on the house to pay the postage bills!!!

scrappymo! said...

Another great Christmas card. Love that upcycled tag. You did a wonderful job on reviving it!

I have made a list of exactly how many Xmas and Birthday cards I can hand deliver. My thicker, heavier cards will be used for those. Once those are made, it can only be slimmer cards for me or I will have to take out a mortgage on the house to pay the postage bills!!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Neat card! And extra cool that it is all recycled.

Jane said...

A great upcycled snippets card Di. Black white and red is always such an elegant colour combo. I really love that embossing folder....onto my wish list it goes ;0) Have a lovely weekend xx

Kathleen said...

Great use of the up-cycled tag and mounted on a great background.
Have a good weekend, not that it makes a difference to us.

Kath x

Mrs A. said...

What a clever use of all those snippety snipets. So glad I availed my self of the art pads when they were on offer last yr. I have my stash. Trouble is you can't really cut them down!! hugs Mrs A.

Karen Petitt said...

I adore the colours Di and as Mrs A has said awesome snippeting/snippetdom! Maybe we can make a new word from that and get it into the Oxford Dictionary lol! I just popped my final snippet entry in but have labelled it wrongly as #2 instead of #3: so sorry Karen xx

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Liz said...

Great upcycling Di, the tag looks lovely against white and rich red background. xx

La Papera Gialla said...

Thanks for playing with us at CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January and good luck!
Monica - DT

Pippa said...

Great use of snippets Di and a lovely card too x

Eemeli said...

Lovely card. Great use of those snippets.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Sharon said...

Love any colour against black, makes it stand out brilliantly...great card!

Hugs

Sha
xx

Sue - said...

Great up cycling Di. Love the Kraft with the black and red.

Donna said...

Big thumbs up for up cycling, Di :)
Love this card.x