Earth Day Recycled Greeting Card TutorialDisclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, but it you click the links and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.
I am not a big Earth Day supporter in general. You see, I do environmental and safety in my "real world job" so I find that I am helping the Earth daily.. so to have one day for everyone else seems unfair..
Alas, I wanted to share a new project and this day is a good day to do it;)
- old paint manufacturer cards ( like the kind you get to a choose paint theme from) Can be any kind of junk mail card stock
- a pre-made plain card
- Sizzix die cuts: #9 Flower layers and Tattered Florals
- Sizzix Big Shot machine
- Martha Stewart adhesive stamper
- Spray glitter
- bling or buttons
- Distress Stains in Green, brown and blue
The first thing I did was gather my cardstock for cutting. I tried to line up the card in an interesting way on the die cut. Why not take advantage of the great colors that were on this?
I ended up cutting a few different ways, being careful to save as much space on teh cardstock as possible so I could get some extra cuts on it.
I used both die-cuts that I had. The color themes were matching up perfectly. I even had the option to use either side of the paper- as this was a gorgeous ad.
Next I started fiddling around with all the dies I had cut. It was hard to decide on just one set up. I ended up with a few extras that I can use for another project later.
I liked the colors, but felt I needed to do a little treatment to the flowers. Since this is a glossy cardstock, it does not absorb the distress paint very well, or much of anything really. But I worked with it. This is the fun!
I dabbed on the the brown distress paint and noticed it was beading up something awful. I then smudged it with a piece of stray felt I had on my sewing table.
I liked the effect! I decided to treat all the flowers in the same way.
Not absorbed distress stain
Smudged distress stain
I liked the way it looked.
After all the brown smudging and dabbing, I went back and did the blue and green. This gave it some depth that I thought was pretty appealing. I also added some spray glitter.
I have to say though, the spray glitter I have does not spray anymore. It clogged up almost as soon as I bought it. So I included a link for a different brand for you. I still can use this- but not as a spray!
I let everything dry, and then started to use my adhesive stamper to assemble the flowers on the card.
I kind of felt like it was lacking something. Even though I was really loving the depth on and colors on these flowers.
I could have added some stamping or other designs, but I wanted to keep it kind of simple. I was thinking about buttons, that really would have been great, but then I thought again.
I decided that BLING was the answer (isn't it always?)
I had some adhesive rhinestones left over from some other projects, so I added those.
Earth Day Recycled Greeting Card Tutorial
It is a simple kind of card, but entirely unique, and of course made from reclaimed materials in my house already.
I hope you have enjoyed my little Earth Day Recycled Greeting Card tutorial.
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