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5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Crafting

What happens to your handmade cards at the end of their life? In this blog post I wanted to share with you 5 tips for eco-friendly crafting, which is something I have been thinking about more and more. I know we like to imagine recipients treasuring our handmade cards forever and ever, but the reality is they will be recycled or go to landfill at some point so it’s good to think about the impact our crafting has on the environment. I don’t want my family and friends to feel obliged to keep cards I make for them. They have the enjoyment of receiving, opening and displaying the card (and I have had all the enjoyment of making the card) so after that it has served its purpose!

Tip 1: Use cardboard instead of foam squares

Tips for eco friendly crafting - alpaca wishes christmas card

You can easily use corrugated card to raise up layers of your card instead of foam squares or foam tape. It keeps the card recyclable and uses up some packaging you’ve probably got lying around! The added bonus is that you can cut the pieces to any size or shape you need instead of sticking on lots of small foam squares.

Tip 2: Switch to biodegradable glitter

Tips for eco friendly crafting - use biodegradable glitter

It’s now easy to find biodegradable glitter in stores like Hobbycraft or online. CraftStash stock Cosmic Shimmer biodegradable glitter in pretty colours. It costs a little bit more than normal glitter but it’s absolutely worth it to know you’ve made a better choice for the environment!

Tip 3: Reuse and upcycle

Bee Garden twine card

Collect bits of ribbon, twine and pretty patterned packaging to use on your craft projects. It will give something that would be discarded a second life and can also save you money on buying new items. It can also encourage you to be more creative when you set yourself a challenge of using a few different collected embellishments together. Try grouping similar coloured items to theme a card, or pick items of a similar style such as bits of lace and textured card for a shabby chic look.

Tip 4: Look for sustainable craft products

Mermaid Treasures Wooden Shell closeup
All StickerKitten paper packs use FSC certified paper, and many of our designs include kraft papers which are 100% recycled. Our MDF embellishments are also made with FSC certified wood.

Tip 5: Avoid extra packaging where possible

Difficult to do when the items you want to buy are wrapped in plastic, but I’ve noticed some companies are changing their packaging to be more eco friendly. Docrafts have started producing their Ultimate Die Cut and Paper Packs as tear off paper pads rather than loose papers in a plastic packet. And at StickerKitten we offer you the option to tick ‘reduce my packaging’ at checkout. This means that if we’re making your embellishments, stickers and ephemera to order we’ll group them in one packet, use paper or glassine bags instead of plastic where possible, and reuse a mailing envelope so it gets a second life.

How to make a Seaside Dreams boat slider card

Hello crafters! In this blog post I want to show you how to make this super cool boat slider card. When you pull the tab the little boat slides along the waves. How cool is that? All you need is:

– Seaside Dreams paper pack
– Seaside dreams ephemera
– foam tape

No fancy dies required :)

Check out the video or follow the steps below to create the boat slider card.

Step by step

1. Cover the base of a 5×7 card blank with blue cloud paper. Next cut a panel of dark blue wave paper to 12x9cm and cut along the top to create the crests of waves. Adhere to the card and then cut a panel of blue wave paper to 12x8cm and again cut along the top waves. Put aside for now.

2. Cut two strips of white cardstock 14cm long by 2cm wide and glue together to make one thick, sturdy strip. This will be the slider tab. On the back of the blue wave panel you just cut, add two strips of foam tape across the width of the panel, about halfway down, creating a channel for the slider tab to move along. Before you take the back off the double sided foam tape, you need to cut an aperture in the channel so you can attach the boat to the slider tab next.

3. Adhere your aperture wave panel to the card and slide in the slider tab. Cut a 2.5x9cm piece of white cardstock and fold in half to make one thick strip. This is the piece that will hold the boat above the waves. Glue the boat to the top of this piece, and then using foam tape attach the bottom to the right hand side of the slider tab, which is visible through the aperture you cut. Now the boat slides along when you move the slider in and out on the left hand side. To stop it going too far either side, add a piece of foam tape at the far left and far right just above the aperture. Add a long strip of foam tape at the bottom of the card – this will support the final layer you add on top.

4. To cover the sliding mechanism cut a 12x7cm panel of light blue wave paper and cut along the waves on the top. Place this over the foam tape on the layer below to fix it to the card. To neaten the slider tab, cut a small piece of patterned paper with a rounded edge and adhere it to the tab with foam squares.

5. Add the lighthouse and cloud ephemera pieces using foam squares and then glue the sunshine in the corner, trimming it down to fit the card.

6. Stamp ‘happy birthday’ on white cardstock and trim, use a corner rounder punch top left and bottom right, and adhere to the card with foam squares.

Tip: Your measurements don’t have to be too precise – just check that everything sits where you want it to as you go and adjust as necessary.

Seaside Dreams boat slider card screenshot