Deck the halls with… printed plastic cards

What do you do with your used gift cards & old printed plastic cards?

We generally have a load of old printed plastic cards lying around (no surprise there).

There are only so many guitar picks we can make, especially given we don’t even play the guitar. And we already have an inexhaustible supply of ice scapers. So we’re always looking for new ways to recycle them.

printed plastic card wreath
Forget the Holly & the Ivy & upcycle instead

Here are a few different ways you can get crafty and put your old loyalty cards, gift cards or discount cards to good use.

1. Adorn your door with a festive loyalty card wreath

Definitely our favourite this one. We’ve started on ours, so we’ll let you know how it goes. But we doubt very much it will ever look as good as this by Lauren Venell.

2. Turn it into a lunch fork

Recycled plastic fork

This clever fella came up with the idea of a pocket sized piece of disposable cutlery. Ta Dah! The credit card fork was born. Easy to carry and doesn’t cost you anything. Brilliant.

3. Create some stables for your nativity.

Get the kids involved in sticking together some of your old printed plastic cards to make miniature buildings – the cards make good walls and roofs.

We’ve had a lot of fun making sheds for the sheep, but you’ll note we’re not showing any photos. There’s a good reason for this.

recycled plastic card necklace
A gift for the woman who has everything?!

4. Make a necklace

It’s hard to believe that this necklace is made out of Starbucks gift cards, but it is. You’ll have to put some serious time and care into pulling this one off, but we reckon no-one would know what it’s made of when you’re done.

5. Bookmarks and paperclips

Bookmarks with a difference – good little stocking filler gifts. You can find some templates & how to do it here

printed plastic card plant marker
The ‘green’ green choice

6. Mini blackboard plant markers for the garden

Another great idea this. Get some blackboard paint and a plastic fork and hey presto, you’ve got some funky little plant markers. You’ll have to source a grease pencil though (whatever that is) as obviously chalk isn’t exactly weather proof.

If you’re looking for a few ideas that take a bit less time and effort, here are a few suggestions:

– Cut out some collar stays for your shirts

– Put them in your cutlery drawer – printed plastic cards are great for scraping up biscuit dough or pastry

– Give them to young kids to put in their purses and play pretend ‘shop’ with

– They make great art implements for kids – use them with paint and get them to scrape the paint along the paper

– Put them in the toolbox for the next DIY job, they’re perfect for smoothing on Polyfilla or scraping jobs.

Any other ideas? Have you created a full Noah’s ark out of last year’s gift cards? Please let us know. Oh, and send pics.



Spas: theme your printed gift cards for Mother’s Day

If you’re a spa or beauty salon, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest events in the calendar. Spa vouchers or printed gift cards are one of the most popular gifts for mums and grandmas on Mothering Sunday (especially for those who ‘have everything’).

Theme your printed gift cards for Mother’s Day

Rather than giving out a standard card, why not create special Mother’s Day printed gift cards instead? We know they’re well received by mum and the buyer alike – and they’ll be a great advertisement or reminder sitting in your spa window or reception desk.

Customised printed gift cards is easy to do with your own card printer

A plastic card printer is a worthwhile investment if you want to customise your own printed gift cards cards and print them in-house. They aren’t as expensive as they used to be, and for organisations that regularly have a need for plastic cards, the investment quickly pays for itself when compared to using a card bureau (i.e. a provider that prints the cards for you.)

Many spas have a membership programme or loyalty scheme, and so have an on-going need for membership cards or loyalty cards as well as printed gift cards – all of which can be printed using a card printer.

If you’re part of a Hotel or entertainment complex, the printer can also be used to print promotional messages on the back of hotel key cards, or even on staff ID badges.

Which printer?

The printer you choose will depend on the volume of cards you need, and frequency.

For most organisations looking for an entry-level printer that doesn’t need to do anything too clever, or act as a workhorse, the Evolis Badgy fits the bill.

The Badgy is a complete and quick card printer designed to ‘plug in and print’. It’s incredibly easy to use and comes with all the software you need to custom design your own cards. You’ll even find some Mother’s Day templates ready for you to personalise your printed gift cards here. The Badgy is on sale for £585.38, including one year’s warranty.

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 30th March this year. Don’t forget.

Old/used plastic cards? Turn them into jewellery

We were having a discussion in the office the other day about ways to re-use or recycle old plastic cards. What do you do with your gift card for example, when you’ve redeemed it? Or your old loyalty card when you get a new one?

Some plastic cards are made from environmentally friendly plastic, so they will break down after a few years. The plastic we use in our cards is recyclable, but you’ll need to check locally to see if your area supports it.

Resin jewellery from plastic cards
Who’d have thought a plastic card would make a great bracelet?

Here are some other ways you could make use of them:

–  Use them as ice-scrapers. Brilliant for the job, and you’ve always got one on you

– Give them to young kids to put in their purses and play pretend ‘shop’ with

– Put them in the toolbox for the next DIY job, they’re perfect for smoothing on Polyfilla or scraping jobs

– Put them in the bakery drawer. They’re great for scraping up biscuit dough or pastry

– Get crafty – punch them, glue them and create a mobile: the weirder the better.

What we really want to do with them though is turn them into jewellery like Kim Baldwin of Life Accessories in the US. She creates funky bracelets and necklaces by recycling gift and loyalty cards, and creates some really unique pieces. They’re really affordable too.

If anyone is doing the same thing over here in the UK let us know, we have a few spare cards we could send you!

If you’re interested in printing your next run of plastic cards on biodegradable plastic, please get in touch. We also stock blank ultra white biodegradable cards for your own card printing – 100 for £12.64.



Why offer Christmas gift cards?

Christmas gift card graphic
Offer Christmas themed gift cards to increase sales

If you’re a retailer, you’ll be gearing up for the busiest time of the year. Christmas isn’t far away and the organised shoppers amongst us are already beginning to work through the present list. Have you got your Christmas gift cards printed and ready?

All major retailers offer plastic gift cards in a choice of designs, but you don’t have to be a national high street store to provide plastic gift cards to your customers. All shops and establishments, no matter how small, can boost sales during the Christmas period by providing high quality gift cards to customers.

The benefits

As well as increasing sales in the run up to Christmas, gift cards also ensure you have visiting customers during the New Year – many of whom will spend more than the value of their gift card. They also introduce new customers into your store and encourage repeat visits from your existing ones. For a small initial investment, a gift card can give much more in return.

Which type of gift card?

It’s time to get rid of those paper vouchers. We can provide 250 gift cards custom printed to your own designs from just £111.75. These are the same thickness as a standard credit card. You can have cards printed in £5, £10 and £25 quantities, or provide ‘blank value’ cards of different designs that are then pre-loaded. For the latter, you’ll also need the technology to manage card balances in-store. This could work with your existing loyalty card scheme. If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of our friendly team, they’ll be more than happy to help.

Plastic gift cards are easily stored, issued and tracked, unlike paper certificates. Then of course there’s the fact that your card is a constant advertisement in people’s pockets.

So the only question left is what designs will you choose? A traditional Santa or a winter wonderland scene? Design and artwork are included in our prices, so why not let us have a look for you.