Are you the kind of person to tear into a wrapped present, or do you prefer to painstakingly peel it open? I try to be careful but sometimes I can get impatient! When I am careful enough to open the wrapping nicely I like to keep the paper, but I don’t always know what to do with it. Today I thought I would share an idea for reusing wrapping paper to create a thank you card that can be then used as a personalised thank you to the person who gave you that gift!
I started by choosing a portion of my wrapping paper that seemed in good condition for using. No matter how careful I am there always seem to be bits that are unsalvageable, especially when the paper is think like the pretty tissue paper I’m using for this card. I then used a die from Kat Scrappiness Crafters Essentials I Dies to cut a portion of the paper to be my focal panel. I then decided I wanted to cut away the word “thanks” from the middle, so I bought in the Pink & Main Thanks die and used the shadow portion to help me position the word die. I then ran it back through my die cutting machine to cut the word out.
At this point I realised that, had I planned my design ahead, I probably would have been best off adhering the whole panel of tissue paper to some white card prior to doing any of the die cutting. I perservered anyway to make it work for me. I die cut the shadow portion of the word die from a snippet of white card. I also die cut the word itself from another snippet of white, which I had completely covered on both sides with double sided tape prior to cutting. Covering the die cut completely with tape means that the adhesive won’t show through at all, as I was concerned it might given that the tissue paper is so thin. This technique also works really well with vellum. I then very carefully, taking my time to make sure I got it right, attached the tissue paper “thanks” onto the white card version.
I adhered the thanks word onto the shadow portion, then made sure I had it correctly positioned onto my paper panel. I used washi tape – reducing the stickiness by pressing it onto the back of my hand – to hold the die cut element into place and then flipped the entire panel over. After trimming away any loose bits that might get in the way I added double sided tape to the back of the panel, keeping it behind the die cut area so that none of it would show through my panel. I then flipped the panel back over and adhered it into place on the card base.
As the die cut panel has rounded corners I decided to also round the corners of my card base so that it matched. I then pulled out some Love From Lizi sequins and added a few of those scattered across my card. I chose sequins in cream, peach and grey to match the colours on my panel. I then added a coordinating Nuvo Drop to the centre of each sequin, using Liquid Mercury, Simply White and Bubblegum Blush.
I am really pleased with how this card turned out! I think it’s really pretty and such a fun way to use wrapping paper. I love the idea of being able to send a thank you card to someone and personalising it by using the paper that wrapped the gift they gave.
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