I’ve got a box full of neatly organized, absolutely blank cards sitting in my home office, and this is the year I’m actually going to use them.
I love craft projects, and I especially love quick ones, such as making someone a card. I’ve got an arsenal of rubber stamps, ink, markers, beads and imagination at my disposal, along with my stash of blank cards. The trouble is that, when faced with an upcoming birthday or holiday, I frequently resort to buying a card instead of taking time to make one.
I like store-bought cards, but with ample supplies to make my own, my goal this year is to save money by using the materials I have. Making cards is a terrific way to use up or reuse all kinds of odds and ends I have around the house, including:
- Buttons, decorative coins and beads
- Scraps of ribbon
- Scraps of scrapbooking paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper or paint chips
- Fabric trims, such as rickrack or couch braid, or small tassels
- Odd earrings with broken posts or small decorative pins
- Silk flowers, petals or leaves
For example, I could glue a few inches of wire-edged ribbon, cinched in the center, onto a blank card. In the center of the ribbon, I’d add a button, flower or bit of jewelry. In less time than it takes to drive to the store, I’d have a quick, pretty and one-of-a-kind card.
I’m going to set aside an evening or Saturday afternoon this month to make a few cards so I’ll be ready when the next birthday or special occasion rolls around. In fact, a few handmade cards, tied with ribbon, twine or tulle, make a useful, thoughtful gift.
Hmm … now my creative juices are flowing. Do you like making homemade cards? I’d love your suggestions for decorating them or making them unique.