It’s Christmas Card time! And it’s also that very sad time of year when I have to say goodbye to my wall calendar (yes, I still use a wall calendar). I am very choosy about my wall calendars. I like to choose calendars that inspire me visually – so naturally it’s a shame when the calendar has to be folded up and put away. There are times I’ve framed calendar pages because I love the art so much. But I’m running out of wall space, and it’s getting harder to figure out what to do with my precious calendars (and other calendars I’ve received through the year but never use).
So why not make Christmas cards out of them?
In this post I’m not only recycling old calendar pages, but also making use of old note cards I know I will probably never use. It’s very handy to refurbish these old note cards into something more interesting. They already have matching envelopes, which is also very handy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: NEVER USE RECYCLED CALENDAR ART FOR CARDS YOU INTEND TO SELL TO OTHERS. THIS PROJECT IS PURELY FOR PRIVATE CHRISTMAS CARD DISTRIBUTION TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS – NEVER USE FOR SALE.
So let me show you my process of making these recycled/refurbished cards to create really cool Christmas cards.
The only supplies you’ll need are:
- Old calendar(s)
- Note cards (blank inside is preferred) & matching envelopes
- Double sided tape (or glue sticks)
- Faber Castell PITT Artist pens (or Sharpies)
- Stamp ink pad
- Rubbermoon stamp(s) to embellish the envelopes and blank inside area of cards. I used the New Moon and Angel stamps.
- Various scrapbooking materials
This is a project that is easy to come back to over time. Set out the supplies at an unused table so you can keep coming back to it throughout the day/week and get little bits of time in here and there. Since there are no paints or glue used here, if you’re pulled away by some kid-related emergency, it won’t matter. You can return to your materials any time, using whatever snippets of time you can.
FOR RECYCLED CALENDAR CHRISTMAS CARDS:
Step One: Trace the area of the calendar image you want to use on your note card. Always trace the area on the back side of image, not the front, so you won’t see pen lines after cutting. I simply find my area of interest by lifting the paper up to a ceiling light.
Step Two: Cut out your traced area – you can use scissors or an exacto knife if you prefer.
Step Three: Place double-sided tape or use glue stick on back of image to adhere to your card. Make sure the tape/glue goes as close to the edges as possible.
Step Four: Place the image carefully on your card and burnish it down with your fist or by placing paper on top of the page and using a flat object to burnish the area down (start in the middle and work your way out when burnishing).
Step Five: Apply Rubbermoon stamp and marker embellishments to inside of card and envelope. This lovely New Moon stamp seemed to match the feeling of the calendar art, so it seemed fitting to use it for the embellishments.
Step Six: I decided to use the art pen to write a simple “Christmas Blessings” message on the front image of the card to customize it a bit.
FOR RECYCLED NOTE CARDS USING SCRAPBOOKING MATERIALS:
Step One: Go through your scrapbooking supplies to find papers and embellishments that work well as a theme. I used a vintage look to go with the crafty paper of the note cards I found. Used note cards that didn’t have a Christmas feel at all and dressed them up to give them a Christmas vintage look. I found some old vintage Santa embellishments and some metallic paper that would simply dress up the card.
Step Two: Since I wanted a crafty look, I tore the edges of the metallic paper. Then I used double stick tape again to adhere the Santa image and metallic paper pieces.
Step Three: I went on the computer to type and print out an appropriate verse/text for the front of the card, measuring the area first to be sure I used the right size. Then cut out the printed area and applied it to the front of the card.