Making Greeting Cards from Recycled Art Scraps

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This article is written by Laura Shelton Thykeson

I know that there are many, many artists that make their own beautiful and original greeting cards for all occasions, and they have so many creative ways to do it! I love the variety and beautiful cards I see out there. I wanted to write a short tutorial for those who may be just beginning to venture into this fun field and are maybe looking for some easy tips and techniques.

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

The card I have made may not be to everyone’s taste, but I love mixing up colors, textures and designs to really make for an interesting card to look at. It has several elements, but it is really easy once you know the details and instructions.


Below is a list of supplies you will need:

  1. Blank watercolor card w/envelope, or a piece of cardstock if you would rather work with that. You will have to cut and fold your cardstock over in half to make the card shape.
  2. Bits and pieces of our recycled art, old art journal pages, paint splattered pieces of papers, collage material, pretty paper napkins, stamps (optional), any 3d embellishments you choose. (I chose the yellow sunflowers for added texture, ribbons, buttons, sequins, etc….
  3. Coordinating scraps of “stencil play” pages, scraps of cardstock that may not be your favorites and you won’t be using for anything else.
  4. ATC’s in abstract, colorful and textured designs, or even postcards you have made that you don’t mind cutting up to reuse


  • After you have chosen your blank watercolor card or made one from cardstock, take your colored papers and glue and layer them on the front page of the card to start your colorful background. This is layer 1. I used a piece of brown paper, with a stencil design of a tree that I had been playing around with in an old art journal.

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

  • Once that is dry, open up your card and spread glue or your fav adhesive all over both sides of the inside pages of the card. Then take the paper napkin and lay over the glue, pressing and smoothing to get any wrinkles out. It is ok if you have some wrinkling, because the texture is always nice, but for this card I wanted it smooth. Let this dry well.

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

  • Using your choice of stamps (optional), or if you prefer your own handwriting, add some cool sayings or words on the inside of the card.

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

  • I also ran across another old ATC size scrap of art that caught my eye, and using decorative scissors, I trimmed all around the edges of the card to give it some interest and texture, then glued it to the right side page of the inside of the card to finish it out.

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

  • Now, take any old ATC’s, collage papers, gelli print papers, etc and cut them into triangles. Take these triangles and glue them to the corners of the front of your card to add more color and texture. If you are using an old ATC, cut it first in half, then cut the two halves into triangles by cutting from opposite corners to make the triangles. Also add some stamped words.

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

  • At the bottom of the front page of my card, I cut small strips of abstract, glittery watercolor paper scraps I had painted a long time ago, and glued them on as stems for the 3D yellow sunflowers that I added at the last minute.

Handmade Greeting Cards are quick and easy to make

This is a really fun and easy way to make a unique and interesting card for any occasion! Using different papers, napkins, stamps etc, you can fashion it to fit any occasion. I really hope you have enjoyed learning how to recycle scraps into something both unique AND useful!


Laura Thykeson has been totally immersed in mixed media art for many years. She discovered altered books and art journals about a year ago and have been hooked ever since! She has always loved mixed media art because of the variety and the “no rules” aspect! Laura lives in Granbury, Texas USA.

You can see more of Laura’s work at Taz’s Corner




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Vintage Easter Pop-up Card

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This article is written by Michelle G. Brown

Last year, we had not one but two Easter Ephemera sheets to download – #11 Vintage Easter Wishes and #12 Cute Easter Cards but I hadn’t put them to good use, so for this month’s ephemera sheet, I thought I’d revisit these cute little vintage cards, with their lovely sayings, and turn them into a cad, ready for Easter this year.

Vintage Easter Card by Michelle G. Brown


  • Mixed Media Ephemera Sheet #12 Cute Easter Cards (scroll down until you find #12)
  • Yellow and white card
  • Glue stick
  • Double sided tape
  • craft knife and rulers
  • Ink and sponges, to decorate


1. Gather materials

EasterCard materials by Michelle G. Brown

2. Cut out images for card. Here I added a bit to the airplane wing and cut a cloud around the front greeting.

Mixed media vintage Easter Card

3. Cut the yellow card to 165mm x 110mm [6 1/2” x 4 1/4”] and round top corners

Cute vintage Easter card - round corners

4. Cut out a cloud template from leftover card


5. Sponge clouds onto card front

Cute vintage Easter card with ink clouds

5. Sponge blue around the greeting. Edge the main image with black marker. Stick onto front of card with glue stick.

Cute vintage Easter card front

6. Cut inner card to 160mm x 105mm [1/8” smaller than the outer card]. Mark out the tab for the pop-up; 15mm from the bottom, 10mm to the left of the centre fold, then 25mm to the right, then another 10mm. Cut along lines parallel to bottom of card.

[**Note careful measuring is needed for pop-uo cards, so take your time here. it is important to have the lines parallel to the bottom of the card and parallel to the centre fold.]

Pop up card tab

7. Carefully fold tab out and close card to check it will fold flat

Pop up tab folded

8. Decorate the inside of the card with the same cloud template as on the card front and add some green grass.

Inside of vintage Easter card

9. Add double sided tape to the top of the tab

Add image with double sided tape

10. Add on the pop-up image and sentiment

Inside of card, ready to go

11. Now to add the inside into the card front. Again, care is needed here to make sure the card will open and close properly. Firstly hold the two sections together and check it will work as you expected.

Double sided tape on inner card

Add a line of double sided tape to the outer edges of the inner card.

12. Attach to one side of the card front, leaving  a little room in the spine to allow for the inner section to move a bit. then peel off the backing from the second piece of tape and close the card to stick these two pieces together.

Half stuck in

13. Now your cute little Easter card is finished.

Michelle G. Brown makes a vintage Easter card


Michelle G. Brown is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!


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Vintage Birthday Greeting Card

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There is nothing that shares those special sentiments like handmade birthday cards. Michelle has used the images from the Mixed Media art Ephemera Sheet 20 – Vintage Birthday Wishes to create this lovely card. The pink image with the works “To a Dear Sister on her Birthday” captured Michelle’s imagination for this handmade birthday cards and she began to pull out pink card and embellishments.

Send your sister love with this handmade greeting birthday cardMaterials & Tools

  • Pink “To Dear Sister” image,
    downloaded and printed from 
    Mixed Media art Ephemera Sheet 20 – Vintage Birthday Wishes
  • Pink card [148mm x 210mm / 6" x 8 1/4" approx.]
  • Black card [94mm x 135mm / 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" approx.]
  • Color-coordinate paper [90mm x 130mm / 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" approx.]
  • Pink ribbon [12omm / 5"]
  • 5 chipboard flowers
  • Cutting mat, craft knife and steel ruler
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Black ink and pink ink
  • Mod Podge Sparkle


1. Print out the ephemera sheet and choose an image that appeals to you. Gather materials that suit the color scheme of the image. You will need card and a few embellishments.

Vintage birthdays

2. Fold pink card in half to create greeting card. I prefer to score the card first to make sure the fold is in the center of the card.

3. Cut black card to size. The measurements provided are approximate only – use your own judgment  to determine what size looks “right” for the layers.

4. Layer black card and ribbon onto pick card with double sided tape

5. Cut printed paper to size and attach onto card with double sided tape

6. Cuto out image from ephemera sheet

7. Edge image with black ink and attach to card

Black ink helps image to stand out from background

8. Color chipboard flowers with pink ink

9. Using Sparkle Mod Podge, attach pink flowers and leave to dry. Add other sparkle highlights to image, as desired.

10. Your handmade vintage greeting cards complete

Pretty pink birthday card with vintage image

Happy creating!


Michelle G. Brown is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!

You can see more of Michelle’s work at Mixed Media Art or via Facebook - Creating Mixed Media Art


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Handmade Vintage Christmas Greeting Cards

With the Holiday season approaching, it’s time to get started on our handmade greeting cards. Here we have used our Mixed Media Art Ephemera Sheet 17 ~ Vintage Christmas Greetings to get us started. Once you have downloaded the ephemera sheet and get it printed, it makes it easy to create individual handmade greeting cards.

These Vintage Christmas Greetings have also come from my Aunt’s vintage greeting cards collection. The box is still FULL of cards and interesting ephemera that you haven’t seen yet and I just LOVE going through the musty smelling papers to bring the interesting and the strange vintage images to you.

using vintage images to create your own handmade greeting card

Tools and Materials


1. Download and print off your Vintage Christmas greeting ephemera sheet. Gather supplies together. You can choose the colored card that suits the image that you have chosen.

2. Cut out the image you will be using. I prefer to use a craft knife, steel rule and cutting mat.

3. Cut imaging into roughly thirds, taking the image as a guide to get the best fit. Don’t worry if you make a mistake – just print the ephemera sheet out and start again!

4. Edge three panels with black ink. Let them sit for a minute or so to dry.

5. Use double sided tape to stick three panels onto green card, leaving a gap of about 5mm [3/18"] between panels and around edges. I did this by eye, but you can measure the distances if you would prefer.

6. Cut out the green card, using the craft knife.

7. Layer the green card with three image panels onto the cream metallic paint. Cut it out. I used a slightly smaller border, just to allow the image to sit up off the backing card.

8. My original plan was to put this straight onto the green card, folded in half, but something was missing.

9. I pulled out a holly stamp to tie in with the image theme.

10. Stamp holly around the edge of the green card. Use part images and turn the stamp to add interest and variety from one stamp.

11. Layer image and background onto stamped green card. And admire your work now that your greeting cards finished – don’t forget to sign the back and add the date.

Handmade greeting cards with mixed media art epherma sheet

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