Thursday, 21 February 2008

When is a milk bottle not a milk bottle?

When it’s a birthday card, of course!

Now I know that doesn’t make any sense at all but all will become clear, I promise.
It’s all to do with Today’s dare set by the Daring Cardmakers

This week it's Rhi here to dare you and I'm on a recycling mission. I dare you to look again at the plastic packaging around you and transform it into a brand new card. It could be food packaging, craft packaging or just something plastic that's destined for the bin or recycling. Trim it, die cut it, alcohol ink it, crop-o-dile it, give it a new lease of life then share it via your blog for us all to see. Happy Recycling!

I actually ended up making two cards for this, purely because I didn’t read the dare properly and the first card I made doesn’t clearly show the plastic, which was the whole point of the dare.

So this is in fact my second card. The recycled plastic started out its life as........ yes you've guessed it.........a milk bottle but you would be hard pushed to see that now thanks to a nice covering of alcohol inks and a quick wizz through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.

I started off with a plain White card blank which was stamped with VersaMark ink and given a quick dusting of pearl pigments. It doesn’t show up very well in the photo but it’s a pretty Lavender and Blue. The rest of the card is my usual layering with inked edges using K & Co papers and the focal point is the recycled plastic which has been dabbed with alcohol inks and then the moth has been over stamped with Staz-On. The two tags were also cut from the inked plastic using a Whale Of A Punch and then embossed and peel-off butterflies added.

The components were:-

White Card Blank – Craft Creations
Patterned Papers – Wedding Designed Mat Pad – K & Co
Wings Rubber Stamp – Penny Black
Inks – VersaMark, Blue Staz-On & Lavender Color box fluid Chalk
Alcohol Inks --Stream, Wild Plum, Blending Solution & Silver Mixative - Adirondack
Pearl Pigments -Sugar Cool Lustre –Blonde Moments
Ribbon and Peel-Offs - My Stash

This was the original card I made.

I was given a lovely Sanctuary gift set for Christmas and the box had doors on it that had an acetate panel covered in a sheer fabric.

I’ve stamped onto the acetate using a Black Staz-On inkpad and then I turned the panel over and painted directly onto the fabric with Twinkling H2o’s. I stamped a second image onto some of the patterned paper and cut out the individual flower heads, which I stuck over the top. The greeting on the tag was printed on the computer.

The components were:-

White Card Blank – Craft Creations
Patterned Papers – Hopscotch Designed Mat Pad – K & Co
Hydrangea Rubber Stamp – Rubber Stampede
Inks – Black Staz-On
Twinkling H2o’s
Brads & Ribbon - My Stash
Gold metallic pen


Lythan said...

these are both such works of art Sue. Who would have thought that milk bottles could look so good!

Angelnorth said...

Two beautiful cards Sue - well done! The milk bottle took the embossing much better than I would have imagined - it looks fab!

Andrea C (Frog) said...

Wow Sue they are all gorgeous.

Andrea x

traciejane said...

Beautiful cards, very pretty and great use of milk bottle :-)x

Adele said...

You have made me look at milkbottles in a completely different light!!! Fantastic work Sue!!

love Dingle.x

mamaluke said...

The embossing works so well, just fab!

Jules {Creative Makes} said...

Both are amazingly stunning!