Friday, 8 June 2018

Upcycled Angels

Merry Monday is asking for angels on a Christmas card this week.


I keep some of the most beautiful commercial Christmas cards people send me as I can't bear to throw them in the recycling bin.  And every so often, I go back to what started me making cards - recycling or upcycling the cards I've received.  This challenge was perfect for one card I've been hoarding in my stash of favourite commercial cards.  I should have taken a photo of it before I cut it up - it was a tall narrow card with three angel images on it, each image being in its own square.  I turned it into two cards:


For the one on the left, I fussy cut one of the squares containing an angel, layered it over a bit of the commercial card's background, then added it to a shimmery white layer, and popped that up on a shimmery dull gold card base.

For the one on the left, I fussy cut the other two squares.  I stamped my sentiment on a piece of patterned tissue paper, glued that on a gold border and then onto a white card base.  The two angel squares are popped up on fun foam.

I'm going to send one of them to the person who originally sent me the commercial card and see if she recognizes it.





Supplies:
Stamps - Hero Arts sentiment
Ink - ColorBox gold
Paper - white, white shimmer, dull gold shimmer, and gold cs; patterned tissue paper
Size -  4.25" square and A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, commercial Christmas card, fun foam



14 comments:

  1. I can definitely see why you hung onto this card Susan...those angels are just beautiful and I love it that you upcycled it into 2 more beautiful cards! Just the simple layering on the 1st card is all it needed...absolutely lovely!! Your 2nd card is stunning and love the addition of the patterned tissue paper! Thanks so much for sharing both these beauties with us at Merry Monday! :0)

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  2. Beautifully recycled store bought angels, Susan. How fun to send one card to your friend, who sent you the original card:-) TFS your technique. Love and Hugs...

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  3. What a fun idea to send one of the cards to the person who originally sent you the card.....Great re-cycling and you've produced two very beautiful and classy cards x

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  4. Beautiful recycled card with those lovely angels. I too keep some commercial cards I receive that I can't bear to part with. Glad you kept this one and shared the angels. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week.

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  5. Love your recycled Christmas cards, Susan. Love the way you framed both of these and love the background on the one with the two panels. Love the monochromatic color scheme too!

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  6. What a cute idea.I hope she does recognise it. I upcycle cards I receive too!

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  7. Both of these cards are gorgeous, Susan! It would have been a shame to toss them. You've presented them both beautifully! Love the fancy tissue paper! It makes a perfect background for these beauties!

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  8. Susan, what a fantastic way of up cycling a card. Love the way you layered the cards, the dull gold is so gorgeous :)

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  9. Great job upcycling the card Susan. You ended up with two beautiful cards. Will be fun to see if your friend recognizes it! :) xx

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  10. Thanks for your kind comments!

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  11. Good idea, very nice way to upcycle these cards from your stash.

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  12. Your cards look so elegant and gorgeous. I hate throwing them away too so you have made such good use from them
    xx Karen

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  13. Susan, your upcycling efforts resulted in two elegant cards. Beautiful colour pallet and designs. xx

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  14. Are you really going to do that or were you joshing, Susan? I think you should and I hope she thinks you're a genius like I do with upcycling one card into two gorgeous updated designs!! Hugs, Darnell

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