In the ATT yahoo group the question of the week was " how do you recycle in your creations" ?
I think half of the stuff most crafters use is recycled stuff. I cut up my cardboard boxes too, plastic packaging paper is for free and useable for lots of use, left over scraps of paper are reused for other projects..
I made some spinnercards past week in which I recycled too.
The start of the spinnercards were trading cards for children.
I don't know how this is in other countries but at some supermarkets here in Belgium, they give temporarely trading cards with a certain amount on your bill.
In the past my children collected them, especially the holographic cards were their favorites.
Now that they are adults, I mostly give the trading cards to the children of my neighbours.
A while ago they gave trading cards with Disney figures on...
Bambi, the gnomes of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo... the figures of the old movies still speak to me. I thought they were so cute, so I selected some trading cards to keep for myself for " future use".
This week they finally came out of the "collecting box".
They would be perfect as the spinning element on a spinning card !
I love spinning cards, as I do with most mechanical cards.
When you tilt the card, the figure is spinning around until it stops at the end of the card. Then you tilt it again and it spins back to the front...
Every time I make such a card, I amuse myself playing with the spinning... The child in me, I guess...
Although there are wonderful paper stacks out in the creative world, I mostly make my background papers myself.
On most of these spinnercards I colored the white background with distress inks and the wrinkle free distress technique of Tim Holtz.
Perfect projects to practice the techniques Tim showed in his online card class " creative chemistry 101".
On the card with the owl of Bambi, I cut out the branch tree of Tim and mounted the owl on it.
I also cut the tree with foam and made a stamp with it.
The foam was inked with several distress stains and then stamped on the card.
(EDIT : it's been a while since I participated in Linda Ledbetters challenges (due to other creative projects...) but I still like her idea to get us creating using Tim Holtz techniques from his book Compendium of curiosities II.
Maybe an extra push to participate is that there is always a sponsor. Now it'sSimonsaysstamp, an online store I ordered from in the past.
Although I made this blogpost past sunday I would like to participate with the challenge with my "owl card" and the foamstamp made with Tim's treebranch die. This is just an extra use of his dies ! )
The wrinkle free distress technique is very easy to do but creates beautiful watercolored backgrounds. The fun part is also that it's never the same and you can add as many spots and drips as you like until you pleased with the layered background.
On some of the cards I used the edge dies of Tim to add more interest to the element that makes the card spin.
I love the contrast between the crisp Disney image and the splattered background.
On these cards I used the marbled stains technique on the background and the shattered stains technique on the butterfly edge.
The marbled stains technique is again easy to do, but with a lot of different unexpected results.
Edges of the card are always colored with distress inks. On the background of the marbled stains you can always add more color with the distress inks too.
What's also nice about these technique is that you can use any colorcombinations you like.
On the first cards I wanted to create a " forest" feel so I used more browns, green, rusty hinge,...
On the card above I use blues and greens and yellows, to make the front pop up more and coordinate with the colorful butterflies.
It was the first time I used the shattered stains technique : a combination of crackle paint rock candy and distress stains.
I did the technique on recycled cardboard.
I colored the cardboard under the butterflies first with picket fence white distress stain and then added more distress stains.
You add again as many layers of colors as you like.
They make a colorful contrast with the distressed backgroundpaper.
I'm now working on a series of "Dumbo" circus spinner cards.
Background is again the marbled distress stains technique with some extra stamps.
It's fun to combine exploring techniques, recycling free images and left over cardboard to make these cards.