How to Create Homemade Recycled Gift Cards

Use Schmincke Aero Colours to turn unused Christmas Cards into fabulous handmade Gift Cards.

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How to Create Homemade Recycled Gift Cards
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I started with some Christmas Cards that I bought very cheap after Christmas

I started with some Christmas Cards that I bought very cheap after Christmas

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Using texture paste and patterned stencils, stencil texture paste over entire card.

Using texture paste and patterned stencils, stencil texture paste over entire card.

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Paint over texture paste with Gesso once it is dry

Paint over texture paste with Gesso once it is dry

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Painted with Gesso

Painted with Gesso

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Speed up drying with a heat tool

Speed up drying with a heat tool

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Get out your Schmincke Aero Color Inks. For the most fun you have had in ages.

Get out your Schmincke Aero Color Inks. For the most fun you have had in ages.

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Using a mister or just a brush

Using a mister or just a brush

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Lightly mist surface with water

Lightly mist surface with water

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Place very small drips of Schmincke Aero Color ink on card and watch as something amazing happens

Place very small drips of Schmincke Aero Color ink on card and watch as something amazing happens

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The Schmincke Inks are so vibrant, they are beautiful.

The Schmincke Inks are so vibrant, they are beautiful.

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Twist Tilt and Turn your card

Twist Tilt and Turn your card

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Keep tilting until covered how you like.  You can mist again to get it to keep moving if you need to

Keep tilting until covered how you like. You can mist again to get it to keep moving if you need to

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How cool is that!

How cool is that!

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Using two or three colours is even more fun.

Using two or three colours is even more fun.

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You can see them just starting to blend together, but look at the next pic.

You can see them just starting to blend together, but look at the next pic.

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Beautiful!! Now what better background to build on for a gift card.

Beautiful!! Now what better background to build on for a gift card.

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Here is the 9 cards that I am going to make into various gift cards. You can see I had some fun with the colours.

Here is the 9 cards that I am going to make into various gift cards. You can see I had some fun with the colours.

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Tags make good bases to build on. Using a felt tip pen mark dashes around tags and stamped embellishments to give them a faux stitched look.

Tags make good bases to build on. Using a felt tip pen mark dashes around tags and stamped embellishments to give them a faux stitched look.

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I quickly drew and cut out a heart

I quickly drew and cut out a heart

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Mark with stitching again

Mark with stitching again

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Ink edges of all embellishments. This gives them a more finished edge and looks very effective when put together.

Ink edges of all embellishments. This gives them a more finished edge and looks very effective when put together.

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Add a stamped birthday greeting some flowers and leaves

Add a stamped birthday greeting some flowers and leaves

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Wrap wire around small cylindrical rod. I have used a flower stem that was cut off for another project.

Wrap wire around small cylindrical rod. I have used a flower stem that was cut off for another project.

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Makes for very pretty accents on flower arrangements

Makes for very pretty accents on flower arrangements

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Foam mounting tape is a must for card making giving a 3 Dimensional look to your cards.

Foam mounting tape is a must for card making giving a 3 Dimensional look to your cards.

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Foam tape!!!

Foam tape!!!

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Foam tape everything. Lol

Foam tape everything. Lol

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More foam tape

More foam tape

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Notice Two different thickness felt tip markers for the stitching. Choose whether you want fine or heavy stitching.

Notice Two different thickness felt tip markers for the stitching. Choose whether you want fine or heavy stitching.

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You can wrap the stem while still attached to the flower.

You can wrap the stem while still attached to the flower.

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Hot glue gun on plastic or a craft mat and you can create any embellishment you wish. Just let set and peel off. You can trace images if you glue onto clear plastic acetate.

Hot glue gun on plastic or a craft mat and you can create any embellishment you wish. Just let set and peel off. You can trace images if you glue onto clear plastic acetate.

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Now there are options for covering the words inside the card.  If you have made a Christmas card it could stay the same but otherwise just put something over it.

Now there are options for covering the words inside the card. If you have made a Christmas card it could stay the same but otherwise just put something over it.

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Stamped and embossed birthday greetings on card stock. Cut out, ink, and stick over the original greeting.

Stamped and embossed birthday greetings on card stock. Cut out, ink, and stick over the original greeting.

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Washi tape

Washi tape

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Washi tape with embossed stamped card, stuck on with mounting tape

Washi tape with embossed stamped card, stuck on with mounting tape

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Staplers are a very cool technique for adhering things onto cards

Staplers are a very cool technique for adhering things onto cards

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Here are the nine cards finished!

Here are the nine cards finished!

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Cut out a bird shape and stamp. Notice the bird, tag, and greeting are inked around the edges. Also notice the faux stitching.

Cut out a bird shape and stamp. Notice the bird, tag, and greeting are inked around the edges. Also notice the faux stitching.

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Stamped and embossed greeting.

Stamped and embossed greeting.

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Using stickers from $2 shops, Punched circle from old book pages, A large flower and some pretty bakers twine.

Using stickers from $2 shops, Punched circle from old book pages, A large flower and some pretty bakers twine.

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This one could be a sympathy card! Notice the more 3D flower (red) stuck onto the flat patterned flower, makes for more interesting flowers.

This one could be a sympathy card! Notice the more 3D flower (red) stuck onto the flat patterned flower, makes for more interesting flowers.

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The bird is just a stamp onto patterned paper and cut out freehand. There is a brad in one flower and a gem in the other.

The bird is just a stamp onto patterned paper and cut out freehand. There is a brad in one flower and a gem in the other.

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Stamped and embossed hearts Washi tape and a bingo stamp, stamped on brown card.  With a cute wooden heart from a cheap shop.

Stamped and embossed hearts Washi tape and a bingo stamp, stamped on brown card. With a cute wooden heart from a cheap shop.

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Hot glue gun heart. Stamped bingo like stamps on different card.

Hot glue gun heart. Stamped bingo like stamps on different card.

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The butterfly is from Free printables off the net printed on photo paper and cut out free hand.

The butterfly is from Free printables off the net printed on photo paper and cut out free hand.

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Punched patterned paper circles

Punched patterned paper circles

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The tickets are also off the net as free printables

The tickets are also off the net as free printables

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Using the cut out heart from the card before. With some flowers and die cut leaves.

Using the cut out heart from the card before. With some flowers and die cut leaves.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, And can enjoy making your own cards as I have. I have a nice little stash of cards now ready when an event pops up.

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The card cost me next to nothing and I couldn't have created such stunning backgrounds without the help of Schmincke Aero Colors.

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