Sunday, 28 January 2018

Removing 'toppers' from shop bought cards

I mentioned in my Snippets blog post earlier today about how I remove toppers from shop bought Christmas cards when I want to use them for up cycling.

The face-down idea struck a chord with a few of you so I'm really happy if it's of use. Parsnip just nudged me to say there's another bit to the trick I didn't mention - although it's not always necessary.

Before flipping the card front with topper attached face down, it can be a help if you trim around the topper area, leaving enough card to grab with your fingers easily of course. About an inch all round works well. It sometimes helps you to keep the topper firmly pinned to the desk whilst you're peeling the (now smaller than before) remaining backing layer away from the sticky pads.





14 comments:

KandA said...

Just a thought but would it help to use a heat gun on the back of the card - not tried it myself but I wonder if it might melt the glue on the sticky pad a bit? xx

Kath said...

I now also use the 'face down' technique after creasing so many toppers when trying to remove them. Sometimes if the foam pads are very thick and are difficult to remove I carefully use a craft knife to slice through the pad and them remove them from the back of the topper.
Kath x

Pat said...

Thanks for the helpful hints Di, as it is so frustrating when you ruin a pretty topper that might have made a good bit of upcycling. x

Jenny L said...

Hi Di and the lovely Parsnip.
What a very clever idea Parsnip.
You are a very helpful little play mate till you snitch on us naughty play mates when we are up to no good. LOL.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Liz said...

Thanks for the tip, Di.....and that reminds me, my shop bought Christmas cards are still in a pile ready to be made into toppers! xx

Kathleen said...

Another thank you from me too, I had a shop birthday card that I quite like the topper of, so used your idea and it worked far better than other times I have tried to remove images that I thought may come in handy.

Thanks xxx

Megan J said...

Hi Di, no worries down under removing toppers from cards, a couple of minutes in a warm sunny spot (usually upside down) and they peel right off. I don't suppose that any of you want to keep your Christmas cards around until your summer time though. Have a wonderful week... Megan

Sarn said...

Top tip . . . Thanks mate x

Aquarius said...

just love the way you continue to share your so useful hints and tips - my Christmas cards are still awaiting some treatment (or putting into the recycling)

Kampin' Karen said...

Glad to know I'm not alone in doing this little maneuver, which I now know as "toppers". It's also good to know about the upside down tip. I love challenges that include up/re cycling :-)

Anne Lumsden said...

Hi, To remove toppers from cards I use a cheap craft knife, the yellow ones that you can extend the blade snapping the blunt piece off. I run the fully extended blade under the topper cutting through the foam pads.

Cara said...

I always love a top tip or life hack I as believe the young people of today call them! Well done Parsnip for nudging you x

Fikreta said...

thats great idea.

vaiybora said...

wow !!! beautiful and so lovely work :) i really like your good idea so much.Thank for sharing.

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