I ran out of business cards this past week & then the shop got very busy. Without any cards to tuck into packages I looked around my studio for other options & my eyes settled on a 1967 Memory game that I picked up at a local thrift for fifty cents last week.
I bought it because I was in love with the illustrations on the little 2" x 2" cardboard game cards, why not utilize their awesomeness for the shop in a way other than reselling? So here's what I did.
Vintage game pieces (playing cards would work well too), craft glue, a sheet of printed out shop info & my trusty scissors.
I cut the printout into long strips & then into squares. Put one card onto a cutout & used my scissors to trim around the edges.
Then I used that first cutout piece as a template for the rest of them. This part was a bit tedious, but I listened to some Old 97's & it moved me right along.
I mixed the craft glue with water (2 parts glue, 1 part water) & brushed it on the back of the cards with a small paintbrush & applied the cutout. I put them face down on a sheet of newspaper & weighted them with books for about 15 minutes until all of them were finished.
Then I set them in the windowsill behind the woodstove to dry ... it only took about twenty minutes.
Now I have a tray full of 64 super fun "cards" to tuck into my packages before mailing them. Even when my new shipment of Moo Cards arrive, I'll probably use these once in a while ... they're SO darn cute. They took about an hour to make & cost me a whopping fifty cents (plus two cents worth of card stock ... maybe ten cents in printer ink & maybe a penny's worth of glue).
They look super cute on my packages ... the hard part is giving them up, see what I mean about those illustrations!