You Can Use Wrapping Paper Or Newspaper To make Cards
You can use old wrapping paper, or old newspaper, as in the design below, to create new designs. You can use the wrapping paper in the background of the card, or to make flowers. To make the individual flowers, you need to have a long piece of newspaper and roll it into a small tube, so it is about the size of a straw. Slightly flatten the tube, and spread glue or double sided sticky tape along one side of it. Then roll it up from one end and hold in place until the glue dries.
Fabric has been used for the leaves in this design, but you could use green coloured greetings cards to create them.
Below is another design where you could use old wrapping paper where they have used newspaper. Or use old newspaper if you wish.
If you want to, cut out a piece of wrapping paper or card to use as a background. If you do, make sure the background looks good along side the paper you choose to use for the dresss.
Get a template of a dress shape you like from the internet. Draw round it in pencil onto an old greetings card. It doesn’t matter what the old greetings card looks like, as it will be completely covered. Cut out the shape.
Roll tubes of the wrapping paper the length you want the skirt of the dress to be, making them wider at the bottom and narrower at the top. Slightly flatten the tubes, maybe a bit more than for the card above. This is one pleat for the skirt, so you will need to keep making more until the template shape is filled in the skirt area. The design below needed it done five times, and they overlap at the top. Experiment with how you overlap them and go with what looks most natural for how a skirt would lie. Once you are happy, stick it on. Don’t worry if the top of your pleated skirt looks messy, as a band of paper will be used as the waist band of the dress to hide it.
Cover the top of the dress with the same wrapping paper used for the skirt. You can cut additional strips to make a collar, as below. Cover the waist band area with with a section of wrapping paper, with the pattern running a different way to the skirt and top part. This will cover the messy bits of tube at the top of the skirt.
Stick the finished dress onto your card and draw in a coat hanger. Do it lightly in pencil first so you can rub it out easily if it goes wrong. Look up pictures online to copy. When you are happy with it, go over it in a black fine line pen. The design below has also drawn a black border around the shape of the dress.
You can add a flower or any other embelishments you like, and use printed greetings cut out of old greetings cards.
The cards below have used a similar dress theme, except they have used whole flat pieces of wrapping paper to cover the template shape.
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