Recycled Birthday Cards Turned Business Cards

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Last year, I started to make my own business cards for Recycled Fashion. Obtaining a custom made self-ink stamp from an etsy seller, I've been making my own cards using cardboard packaging, retaining the concept of recycling. (seen here)

It is a lengthy process, tracing the shape of a credit card onto cardboard, and cutting each individual rectangle with scissors before stamping, but worth it for a) money saving and b) environmental friendly factor.

So far, I have been using empty facial tissue boxes, because their decorative sides are so pretty.


Last month, I received some lovely greetings cards for my birthday from friends and family. I always feel bad placing beautiful birthday cards straight into the recycle bin, although keeping old greetings cards in storage can be a pointless exercise.

I happened to be out of business cards, so instead of recycling or storing my birthday cards this year, I've used them to make some of my prettiest business cards yet!


What do you do with your greetings cards? Do you keep them or recycle them?

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11 comments:

Patti said...

I am a recycler, as we have so little extra space! But this use of them is so clever, Erica.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Love the concept, the look and the recycled aspect!!!

Gail said...

Great idea. Probably the best one yet for recycling beautiful cards.

Claudia Mazzie-Ballheim said...

I really like the look of these cards! The only downside I can see is branding -- by having lots of different images on the back of the card you dilute your brand -- that is, the colors and image you associate with your work. What do you think -- is that important?

Erica Louise said...

Hi Claudia, that is a good point. I think this would be more applicable to those that sell products, but from a personal perspective it doesn't worry me being a blog business card.

Cassandra said...

I normally hoard my cards. Lol. But after seeing this i think I wil recycle them from now on.

elseseven said...

I love these! What a great idea. A really great idea. I may even schnaffle it. I also re-use cards to make....greeting cards. Haha. The originality of THAT thought!

Mezzy M said...

These are very pretty and a great way to ensure that your cards are not stored away collecting dust. I love using retro album covers for my business cards which I also turn into quirky gift tags.

Janet Camilleri said...

What a fabulous idea! Love it! I wonder if there is some sort of die cutter (stampaholics might know) that might be worth investing in? Or could you use a guillotine and then use a die cutter to give the nice rounded edges? Would make your life a lot easier!

jenny_o said...

I love this idea! I have used cards for gift tags, and have seen them used to make gift bags and boxes of various kinds (which I find too fiddly to do). I think they could also serve as tags for smaller crafters to use to identify their products and/or price them. I'm not sure if it would dilute the brand or not - it could be said that the brand is your stamp alone, and the backs of the cards are simply a pretty design, always changing. But I'm not a marketing expert, so take that with a grain of salt :)

tess said...

how pretty! and beautifully presents the recycling ethic
we have 3 draweres and X? boxes of saved cards

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