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Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

I love to find household objects that can be used in my crafty projects. Either by using them as ‘tools of the trade’ or by incorporating them into a project, I gain satisfaction of re-using and re-purposing.

Today, I would like to share with you ways of using an old credit card, library card, or gift card.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Number One: Use an old card as a mask. You will need an old card(s) and spray mist.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

You can layer and use multiple cards as a mask for a layout or card. For my layout I used 3 cards and placed them on top of each other to create a horizontal grid. Once you are happy with the placement of your cards, spray with mist and carefully remove the cards when you are done.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Number Two: Use an old card to apply paint, modeling paste, or gesso. You will need an old card, modeling paste, and your favorite stencil.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

You can use an old card to apply product to a project. I love how evenly a card applies modeling paste with a stencil. Remove modeling paste from container and apply (paint) it over your stencil.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Carefully remove the stencil and you have great texture with modeling paste.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Number Three: Use an old card to create splatters and drips. You will need an old card and spray mist.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

You can use an old card to create splatters and drips on a layout or card. Apply spray mist to card.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

For drip effects, allow spray mist to ‘pool’ on the card, then slowly tip the edge of the card to your paper and allow spray mist to drip down.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

For spatter effects, tip card upside down and tap the card to release the spray mist, creating splatters.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Number Four: Use an old card to create hash marks and lines on a layout or card. You will need an old card and acrylic paint.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Pour some acrylic paint to a paper plate or craft mat. ‘Swipe’ card through paint several times to load the card.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Swipe your paper with the card creating your hash mark/line design.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Number Five: Use an old card as an embellishment. You will need an old card, your favorite stamp, embossing ink, and embossing powder.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

Using your favorite stamp, stamp an old card with embossing ink and apply embossing powder. Heat and let your unique embellishment take shape. I wanted a little bit of glimmer and shine to my layout, so I used gold embossing powder. LOVE! You can use the embossed card in many ways on your projects. I cut my card into smaller rectangles and adhered them to the edge of my layout.

Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker @ shimelle.com

How is that for super easy and super fun? Want another quick re-purpose idea? Plastic bread ties and clips make fantastic embellishments on your layouts. Think of the possibilities!

So next time you think about throwing away a normal, everyday household item, think about how you can re-use or re-purpose it into a crafty project.





Tina Walker lives in Sunny Salt Lake City, Utah, but is a mid-western girl at heart. Much of her crafty inspiration comes from her two French Bulldogs, Moose & Flikka, who have quite the reputation in the scrapbook world. She is currently a Design Team member for My Mind’s Eye and Jenni Bowlin Studio and owns and designs for Frog Dog Studio, a monthly Mixed Media kit club. You can see more of her work on her blog, A Dog’s Life and on her Mixed Media kit club blog.

30 August 2013



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13 Comments for Five Ways to Use Cards in your Scrapbooking by Tina Walker

  1. truskawkaM Says:

    GREAT JOB!

  2. Jill Says:

    I love these ideas, and posts to do with re-purposing in general. Thanks!

  3. tracy Says:

    I love your layout. Your Boston is super cute so any layout featuring a Boston terrier is amazing. love your work.

  4. Michelle Wedertz Says:

    Love this! Totally something I want to try!

  5. Emmy Says:

    What an amazing an inspirational project, Tina! Thank you for sharing all those crafty tips with us!

  6. scrapbooking ideas Says:

    I was really stunned to see that old card can actually be used for designing. Can you post other scrapbooking blogs that will feature old stuff? It was amazing to see that does material can actually be used for designing. Great job!

  7. Annie Claxton Says:

    Brilliant ideas Tina – I’m going to have to go and play RIGHT NOW! Thanks for sharing :o)

  8. Karen Joslin Says:

    I LOVE these ideas, thank you for sharing them!!! Great page, BTW.

  9. Anne-Liesse Says:

    Hi Shimelle,
    I have’t gotten an email about Learn Something New but I’d like very much to re-take it this year. Please add me to your list. I can’t wait!!
    Anne-Liesse

  10. Linda in Aus Says:

    Wow thanks loved this tutorial now i will have to go through my kids rooms as i am sure there will be some old cards in there.

  11. Alice Boll Says:

    I love these creative ideas for using credit/gift cards! I had never thought to spray onto a card and use it to drip onto a layout. Thanks for the tips! I shared it with the Scrapbook Wonderland Facebook group HERE.

  12. Teresa Springer Says:

    Love it. And it also looks like fun.

  13. Mary Full Says:

    “Distressing is something that was out many years ago and it’s now being introduced into scrapbooking which is beautiful. I love your scrapbooking page created using the distress inks, stencils, cards, gesso is something new to me I just went to CK expo in PA and am trying to find right stencils. Great work!! I hope to teach this at our scrapbook retreats sometime.

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