Ransom Letter Birthday – Ways To Use It Challenge #849

It’s Thursday and time for another Ways to Use It Challenge.  Toni challenge us to use newsprint today.  I grabbed another piece of my very old newspaper (from 1888) to make a masculine birthday card. The bottom and right edges are naturally distressed. The left and top edges were torn this morning. This thin paper is very easy to tear exactly how I want it. Even though it is my nephew’s birthday tomorrow, this is actually for a friend who asked me to make a birthday card for her nephew. I thought the Big News sentiment would be awesome for this challenge, so I to the idea to combine pieces of different sentiments and make it into a ransom note style.

But it was kind of boring when I put it together. So I added some blueprint stamps to the paper and assembled the card. That’s when I realized it was still boring and I should have heat embossed the sentiments. But it was too late for that. So I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the colored letters and traced over the black letters with black glaze pen. Now it’s go the texture and shine that I want.

I also needed a First Communion card for a little boy and I like the way this old newspaper looks behind the First Communion  cut-out.  The newspaper happens to be The Congregationalist – a Christian newspaper.  I die cut “Smile, Rhys” from glitter fun foam.

You can see part of the 1888 date on the top of that photo.  I think it’s amazing that this paper is in such good shape still.  I feel kind of guilty cutting it up and using it for cards, but at the same time, it’s pretty neat to give it a new life.  I hope these cards are cherished for a long time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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