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2009-07-17 Something recycled


I’m recycling today. I’m sure you can guess what this is a piece of.

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This is a red/orange stretchy onion bag. I thought it looked like a fish net; but I needed to change it’s color. I tried using some alcohol ink. The alcohol is on the right side and the un-dyed side is on the left. It changed it a little, but not enough. So I took the versa mark pad and dabbed it all over the netting. Then sprinkled with black embossing powder. I grabbed my heat gun without thinking and guess what? Plastic netting shrinks when it’s heated. Duh. Actually it didn’t matter too much. I continued heating to set the powder. I only needed a scrap of this stuff to make my recycled card.

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Here I’m showing you the whole stamp image of the seahorse. It is by Taylored Art Work. I wish when I was at the rubber stamp convention a few years ago I had also had money to buy some of his other animal images. They are so cool looking on cards!

I embossed the image in black and colored with chalks. I used the Iridescent Medium to give it a hint of glimmer. A added benefit was that it wet the chalk and helped to blend and spread it.

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There is another stamp on this finished card that you probably can’t see. It is a map background by Stampin’ Up on the parchment card stock. I also spritzed it with some walnut ink spray for the splatter. I used a part of the original image to make a photo corner image that matches the gold embossed shells.

For the gold shells (Stampin Up set; Stippled Shells), I stamped and embossed leaving a space between each of the shells so I could mask; and then emboss again. I cut around each of the shells for the boarder and you can see the cream card stock (inside of the card). It was a little bright so I used a blending tool and rubbed Antique linen distress ink on just the edge showing.

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Here you can see that I added some homemade dew drops. They were not as glassy looking as I liked so I took a drop of crystal effects and added it to each of the dew drops. You can see in the photo that the drops are still wet. Once I was done taking the photo I laid the card flat and it self settled over the dome of the drop. I also added a black colored crystal for the seahorse eye.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. 2009/07/17 1:45 pm

    Very neat. Thanks for sharing! (visiting from LNS)

  2. 2009/07/17 1:59 pm

    Simply Gorgeous! Thx for sharing! Great card anyone would be proud to receive.

  3. Ruthy Gray permalink
    2009/07/17 2:47 pm

    WOW! Georgous! Recycled even. See what you mean about Taylored Artwork stamps, beautiful. Love the onion bag (gonna try that) and gotta get me some Iridescent Medium!! Never thought of using that. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. 2009/07/17 3:00 pm

    Beautiful – very lovely. Thanks again for sharing your tips!!!!!

  5. 2009/07/17 3:19 pm

    Amazing – your creation is fabulous!

    Where did you find the Iridescent Medium?

    Thanks for sharing.

    Brenda Cook

    • 2009/07/19 9:18 am

      Brenda: The iridescent medium came from the art section in Michael’s Craft Store. I think it was $7 or $8 for the bottle. Seriously, it should last you forever because all you need is a touch!

  6. Linda permalink
    2009/07/17 4:12 pm

    Bonnie on your card “Friendship is a Sheltering Tree” you have a branch added, I’m assuming this is a die cut, which one is it? I really like that and want to get one.

    • 2009/07/19 1:42 pm

      Linda, I went to the Sizzix site and found the exact set that this branch came from.
      Here it is for you: Flowers, Branches & Leaves Set
      This link will take you to the sizzix site so you can see the 3 die’s that come in the set.
      Hope that helps you on your quest!

  7. Cindy permalink
    2009/07/17 4:52 pm

    This card is absolutely gorgeous and I love the “net” idea! Ingenious! Anyone would be proud to receive this; I know I would!

    Thanks for sharing.


  8. 2009/07/18 6:45 am

    Fabulous card! You do the neatest things – love that seahorse!

  9. 2009/07/18 7:19 am

    that is very cool!

  10. 2009/07/18 8:20 am

    most awesome card and some really great ideas including in there, thanks for sharing.

  11. 2009/07/18 9:20 am

    Ohhh this is BEAUTIFUL!

  12. karen permalink
    2009/07/18 12:27 pm

    Another wonderful creation, did I shout wonderful, no well it is WONDERFUL! You just inspire me!

  13. 2009/07/18 1:37 pm

    Love the netting with the gold embossed shells around the seahorse. Too cute!!

  14. Rockin Robin permalink
    2009/07/18 8:34 pm

    Bonnie…this is fantastic!!! Your talent never ceases to amaze me. When I grow up, I wanna be as good as you. Fat chance of that happening since I don’t intend to grow up!!! Hisses, Rockin Robin Caldwell

  15. 2009/07/19 9:15 am

    I love this!! Beautiful card! Great inspiration, too!

  16. 2009/07/19 6:57 pm

    Love it!!

  17. 2009/07/20 9:22 am

    Awesome card and idea, TFS, love your artwork! you are an inspiration! Hugs always!

  18. 2009/07/20 1:06 pm

    How fabulous! I love the netting

  19. Jimi Fiedler permalink
    2009/07/21 8:41 am

    How go-jus is this! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Laurie permalink
    2009/08/02 9:41 pm

    This is a very striking card. I love the way you did the net, that was very creative. And the seahorse is a beautiful stamp (my next stop is to see if that guy has a website.) The question that I had is I have never seen nor heard of iridescent medium before. What is it? How does it go on? Where do you get it? It looks really interesting. Beautiful job.

    • 2009/08/02 9:51 pm

      Laurie: The iridescent medium came from the art section in Michael’s Craft Store. I think it was $7 or $8 for the bottle. Seriously, it should last you forever because all you need is a touch!


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