In other posts using recycled playing cards (Drama Queen), and King for a Day I promised to show more ideas. Any idea in the craft room for Gin Rummy cards is better than using them to play cards with my husband -- he always wins!
My son's good friend who studied art with him and is now in the art industry just had a birthday. Here's the card I made for him using discarded playing cards. The Van Gogh stamp is from Flax in San Francisco. Inside, my greeting was: "I hope you Gogh and have a great birthday!" Lightly sand the face of old playing cards, stamp an image. Sponge the edges using a Memories Brown Ink Pad to continue the aged look. Simple as that! The background paper is from Dollar Tree and is affixed to a folded sheet of white card stock. One stamped card image is set inside a sizzix copper cardstock frame and the one that overlays is attached with foam mounts. Just think, with just one old deck of playing cards (already aged and distressed), there are 52 opportunities to make something new without shuffling too much through your stash! Happy Birthday Craig -- was your birthday a Van Gogh?