Yesterday, when I needed three special greeting cards to send to members of a friend's family (who were all involved in a car accident and are in the hospital), I came up with the brilliant idea of turning UFO's into cards for them.
Here are the UFO's I started with.
Next, I found this tiny 1 1/2" x 2" winged heart patch that was the prototype for the altered matchboxes I made for an art abandonment project. (The funny thing is that the final matchbox art looks completely different from this prototype! That's creativity for you!) I cut card stock to 5 1/4" x 3 1/2" (to fit into a small envelope I had on hand) and then added scrapbook papers to frame the UFO, which I glued on top. I will send this card to my friend's sister.
I was so excited when I came across this embellished fabric square, below. It was originally going to be a pin cushion, but before I got very far with it I learned that the intended recipient hated the color green! I made something non-green for her instead, and tossed this into a drawer. It's the largest piece of the three: the patch measures 4 3/4" square, and it is composed of a single piece of nature-print fabric backed with linen and embellished with buttons, lace, embroidery, and a little patch on which I wrote "Love" . To turn it into a card, I simply glued dark gray scrapbook paper to card stock to frame it, and glued the patch on top. The finished card measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", and it will go to my friend's mother.
So the next time you need a greeting card, why not try making one from the odds and ends left over from other projects? I know it will be fantastic, and so much more interesting and meaningful that something bought from the store.