Like most of you, I’m sure, I tend to go through a lot of paint chips when trying to decide on a color to paint a room. And when the project is done, I toss the paint chips into a box I keep in my craft room. They are the perfect “I’ll use these one day” items, right? Well I stumbled upon the box a few days ago and realized just how many I’d collected over the years.
Oh the memories this pile brings back! There are the numerous shades of tan that I went through when painting the kitchen. The blues and purples that I considered for the master bedroom and the greens we ended up with. And the rainbow samples from a toy chest project. Oh, and the hardest color of all to select was the burgundy we used in our living room — I went through so much paint trying to find the perfect color! (The winner was “Japanese Maple” by Martha Stewart, in case you’re wondering)
No matter how I got this collection, I knew it was time to finally do something with them. I decided to cuz them into pieces and create mosaic greeting cards. Oh boy, was this a fun project, and I am so happy with the results. Here, let me cut to the chase and just show you what I created.
Can you believe those were made from plain white cardstock and boring old paint chips? Let me show you how I made them.
First I cut some ordinary 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock in half crosswise, then folded it. This created a great note card size that’s a perfect fit for a standard 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″ invitation envelope. Then I sorted my paint chips into color families and selected sets of coordinating chips for each card.
For the square mosaic design, I grabbed a bunch of smoky blue paint chips and cut them into 1 inch squares. I used a ruler and craft knife to cut the squares, but it would have gone a LOT faster if I’d used a square paper punch! Once I had the squares cut, I just arranged them in a grid on the card and glued them in place. The finished card reminds me so much of the jeans quilt I made.
For the green card, I cut all my green paint chips into strips of random widths. Then I just lined them up on the card wherever they looked right and glued them down. This card was so fast and simple to make, but I just love the results.
For the orange card, I took the same strip idea but turned it on an angle. I started with two yellow squares in the middle and then put strips of red, orange, and yellow in the background.
I spent a lot of time on the final card. I took all of my rainbow colors, two shades of each, and cut them into triangle shapes. I fitted the pieces together, cutting and trimming where necessary, until I had a mosaic pattern with the colors blending from left to right. I absolutely love this card, but it took forever to make so I doubt I’ll ever be able to give it away!
By the way, if you’re wondering what my desk looked like after making these cards, here’s a peek. It’s a mess, but kinda awesome at the same time, don’t you think? Those little blue squares you see scattered around are from my favorite adhesive for paper crafts — photo splits. You can always tell exactly how much fun I’m having in my craft room by the number of little blue backing papers all over the floor!
Here are the cards again, all finished.
Of course, you could use this technique with any colored paper, but I just love the fact that they were made with paint chips that would otherwise be headed for the trash. If you really want to make it clear what materials you used on the card, you can cut a little strip from one of the paint chips and glue it on the back, with a message.
I am so in love with these cards!