OK, be honest, how many of you have ever made a handmade card for someone? Perhaps it was for their birthday or maybe you were ambitious and tackled Christmas cards for everyone on your list.
OK, now how many of you have then turned around and given a (gasp) store-purchased card to one of these same people and gotten "the look"?You know, the look that clearly demonstrates dismay at the fact that you, an artist, didn't use your talents to create a handmade card just for them. I've been there, my friends, and I have found a solution that will ease those feelings of guilt. I use store-purchased cards, but then add my own creative touches to them.
After Of course, you can buy these cards or recycle ones that you've received. I don't know about you, but I always feel a deep pang of sorrow throwing out these beauties after enjoying them. I look for cards that are fairly plain but that have potential for the addition of images, background papers, embellishments, etc. Sometimes I work right on the front of the card and other times I cut up the card as I see fit.
Here are a couple of greeting cards that I've altered using those wonderful French Kissed images. Note that you can even cut up the message inside the card and reuse it in new and interesting ways. Challenge yourself -- it's fun and you'll find that those "looks" you get turn into squeals of delight. The one at the beginning of this post began its life as a sympathy card. Sorry, I forgot to scan it in its initial form. Yes, that's beeswax that you see on its surface!!