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Thursday, January 25, 2018

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Upcycles Some Cards

Hi, Cornelia here today upcycling some commercial cards. I always get a lot of cards from organizations I make donations to and I usually don't throw them out, but use them for various things - mostly to try out a card idea, use them as shims, or whatever. But this time I thought I'd re-purpose them into handmade cards.

So I checked out my large supply and selected 4 different ones - two pretty busy ones and two more subdued ones.

I then selected stencils according to the motive:

Then I used white embossing paste and applied it to the cards with the stencils in place.

Let them dry. Trimmed them and added the sentiments.
Here are my 4 cards separately and you can see for yourself if you like the results.
I think they came out okay. What's your opinion on it?

My stamp supplies:

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  1. What a great idea, Cornelia. Your stenciling made your cards so much more trendy and personal. TFS Hugs..

  2. Clever idea and you've made these cards your own. Thank you for teh wonderful inspiration x

  3. These are cool. Fab idea. Love how you combined the sentiments. Hugz

  4. Love this idea. I have lots of cards I would try this on.

  5. Wondefrfully up-cycled cards - the stenciling really makes a huge difference!

  6. What a good idea! Your upcycled cards look awesome! xxx

  7. I love the leaves over the bird - something about the beautiful and large bird with all that yellow and then the natural, iconic leaf print pleases my eye.

  8. I absolutely love this idea, Cornelia! Brilliant way to recycle! Thanks for inspiring!

  9. brilliant ideas - these stencils really liven up the projects:)


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