Thursday, February 25, 2010

Recycled Materials

Well it looks like we escaped the five inches of snow we were supposed to get. I was so happy to wake up and see the sun shining brightly. I'm definitely ready for spring.

It seems like every one is concerned these days with being green and recycling. Recycling is not a new concept to artists and crafters. We have always been ahead of the trend when it comes to reusing materials. We often did to help keep the cost of a project under control.

A couple of years ago I ordered some French Martini glasses. When I opened the box I found the glasses wrapped in an unusual paper rather than the traditional bubble wrap. There was a note in the box asking me to recycle the paper. I couldn't bring myself to put it in the recycling bin so I kept it for use in a future project.

Here are some cards that I made using recycled materials. The white card uses the packing material as a background for the heart and the gold card uses ribbon that was recycled (came wrapped around a lounging set).

Love Card Directions:

Fold a sheet of white card stock in half lengthwise and emboss using the embossing folder of your choice. I used Sizzix Damask and medallions.

Cut a two inch heart out of patterned paper using the Cricut Home Decor cartridge. Using the same cartridge set the dial to one inch and cut the word love out of pink card stock. Set the dial size to 1 1/2 inches and cut two flourishes out of blue paper.

Cut a rectangle out of recycled paper. Center the paper on the card and apply with raised glue dots. Attach heart to paper using raised glue dots. Apply pink glitter around the outer edges of the heart. Attach a pink bow to the top of the heart and glue small pearl to the center of the bow.

Glue flourishes along the side and bottom of the recycled paper. Attach flowers to the flourish using small brads. Attach glittered flowers to the top of the flourish.

Glue the word love at an angle across the top of the card. Apply a small butterfly at the top left of the card. I used Flora Doodles butterflies.

Je t'aime Card Directions:

Fold a piece of white card stock in half lengthwise. Cut a piece of gold card stock 8 inches long x 2 1/2 inches wide. Cut a piece of light gold patterned paper 8 inches x 2 1/2 inches. Glue paper and card stock to card. Cut a piece of 1/2 inch wide gold ribbon to 9 1/2 inches. Glue ribbon over the center seam where the two papers meet.

Cut a piece of bronze metallic card stock 6 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches. Cut a piece of patterned patterned 6 x 4 inches. Glue patterned paper over bronze card stock.

Cut a piece of black card stock approximately 3 inches x 1 7/8 inches. Stamp a face image onto a piece white card stock. Color the image using color pencils. Spray the image with Tattered Angles pearl Glimmer Mist. After the image dries trim it fit onto the black card stock. Glue the image to the card stock. Glue the black card stock onto the patterned paper.

Stamp Je t'aime at angle across the left top of the patterned paper.

Attach the bronze card stock to the card using foam dots.

Using a fleur de lys craft punch, punch two fleur de lys out of gold card stock. Cover the fleur de lys with gold glitter glue and glue opposite corners of the bronze card stock.

Make a small bow out of the gold ribbon and attach to the top of the card using a raised glue dot.