How To Reuse Greeting Cards With Epoxy Resin

How to reuse greeting cards with resinOld-school snail mail greeting cards are still a thing. Sure, you can text emojis. Or send a social direct message. Or email a note that’s likely to get buried in someone’s inbox. And those are reasons why greeting cards so awesome. And maybe you’ve held onto your greeting cards wondering how you can reuse them.

Grab that stack. I will show you how to reuse those paper treasures in epoxy resin.

Supply list:

Greeting cards
Decoupage glue
Scissors or 1-inch paper punch
1-inch square bezels
Paintbrush
Resin Obsession crystal doming resin
Mixing supplies
Heat gun
Glitter glue
Scrapbooking stamps
Stamp pad
Decorative scrapbook embellishments
E-6000 jewelry adhesive

greeting card designs

Step 1: Choose your designs

Pick cards from your collection made from heavy cardstock. They’ll be easier to place into the bottom of the bezel without trapping bubbles.

leaf design

Step 2: Punch the cards

Choose a part of the card to include in your bezel.

punch card

Don’t worry about the design looking ‘even.’ That’s part of the fun of using greeting cards. They won’t have the repetitive designs of scrapbook paper.

punching reuse greeting card for pendant

And you’ll make good use of the unusual nature of the designs too.

Step 3: Glue the papers to the bezel blanks

add glue to bezel

Brush a layer of glue to the bottom of the bezel.

pressing paper into bezel

Then, press the paper onto the glue.

pressing paper into bezel

💡 Pro tip: Use the blunt end of your paintbrush to press the paper into the corners. This is a common place for bubbles to appear when you add your clear epoxy.

adding glue layer to paper

Add another glue coating and let the glue dry. It’s important when you reuse greeting cards with epoxy that you seal them. Otherwise, the paper will darken.

adding glue glitter to paper

[OPTIONAL] Step 4: Add glitter

You can embellish your paper with glitter glue to highlight the details.

adding clear resin to bezel blank

Step 5: Add doming resin

Mix crystal doming resin and add to the bezel in a thin layer. This resin is important to this step because it self-levels. DO NOT overfill the bezel. You only need enough to cover half the bottom. Then, use a toothpick or mixing stick to spread it out.

chunky glitter in bezels

Add chunky glitters if you want. They’ll add visual texture to the card design.

Go over the resin with a heat gun before letting it cure.

💡 Pro tip: If you’ve never crafted with epoxy before, spend a few minutes reading how to mix epoxy resin. You want to be sure your resin cures without bubbles and sticky spots.

stamps for jewelry

Step 6: Choose a stamp design

Select stamp designs that compliment your greeting cards.

adding a stamp design to cured resin

Ink the design.  Then, press onto the cured resin.

bird design on resin with reuse greeting card

Don’t get caught up in making sure your stamp adds the design perfectly.

stamped bird on clear epoxy

That beautiful imperfection adds to the uniqueness of the greeting cards you reuse for these pendants.

adding glue around reuse greeting card

You can add more glitter glue at this step if you like.

Let the ink dry for 24 hours before continuing.

adding second layer of epoxy

Step 7: Add more epoxy

Add a second layer of crystal doming epoxy resin. You’ll want it to be even with the bezel edge or a smidge higher.

Let the resin cure for 24 hours.

pearl over reuse greeting card

[OPTIONAL] Step 8: Add embellishments

The design can look flat when you reuse greeting cards (or any other papers) in bezels. But, by adding scrapbooking notions, you give the design an extra layer of depth.

crystal flowers for pendant

Find something that gives flair to your design. To bond it permanently, add more mixed epoxy or use jewelry adhesive.

 

epoxy pendants made with reuse greeting cards

Ta-da! You just learned how to reuse greeting cards to make resin jewelry.  This bumblebee design is my favorite. Even though the original paper design wasn’t a flower, it looks like it was.

You’ll love using greeting cards from holidays throughout the year. Keep your greeting cards in a box, so you’re ready to reuse them when you need a creative nudge.

Ready to try epoxy resin but unsure of the next step?

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2 thoughts on “How To Reuse Greeting Cards With Epoxy Resin

  1. Do you take debit cards? I have order a couple of items before with my debit card, but I don’t see that option today. I don’t have Pay Pal, nor do I want to get it. Please advise!

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