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2009-07-27 Recycling a clear plastic fruit container


I have been out of touch as my computer is down. But I did have this finished last week and ready to post so I can share it with you. It may be a while before I’m able to get to a computer again, just thought I’d let ya’ll know.

I joined in on a swap where where were to recycle something. My first try was to recycle an onion bag. Here, I’m working with the top of a pint plastic fruit container. I’ve taken alcohol ink and dabbed it all over. I also added some gold Perfect pearls.
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I’ve cut it out and embossed the plastic using a Cuttlebug die and embossing folder.
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And the finished card with the plastic leaf on it. I used three stamps total…a script stamp by Hero Arts on the plastic leaf; Nature is the Art of God is by The Angel Company (TAC) and finally, almost not visible is a jumbo wheel stamp by Stampin’ Up in the background called Watercolor Vine. I also used the leafy branch cuttlebug folder just to add some texture.
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Here you can see the stamped script words added to the plastic. You can also see another homemade dew drop This one is made from a gold glue stick. I have tons of these left so you’ll be seeing them for quite a while yet.
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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Michelle Jadaa permalink
    2009/07/27 1:25 pm

    Wow that turned out nice!!

  2. Mary-Jane permalink
    2009/07/27 3:23 pm

    Beautiful – as usual Bonnie – thanks for all the inspiration!

  3. Rockin Robin permalink
    2009/07/27 5:23 pm

    Bonnie…I really, really like the way this turned out!!! Good for you for “going green” in your art. Nothing goes out in the trash here in my house before it “reviewed” by me. No chipboard, metallic bags (chips, etc), or juice pouches. Very, very creative!!! Your abilities never cease to amaze me, and your projects are always so amazing!!! I stop by to check out the new stuff every day via feed!!! Keep ’em coming!! Hisses, Rockin Robin

  4. 2009/07/28 8:30 am

    Beautiful card, Bonnie! Sorry about your computer problems. They can be so wonderful, and yet such a pain sometimes.

  5. 2009/07/28 11:53 am

    This is just a great idea! Thanks for sharing your idea.

  6. zgagi permalink
    2009/07/29 8:44 am

    Beautiful card. What a great idea for recycling plastic containers!

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  8. 2009/08/06 4:41 pm

    hey I like your blog and all the papercrafting with a little yarn thrown in. I liked your fussy gluing ideas too.

  9. 2009/08/12 9:19 am

    Wow! What a great idea. I have tons of these containers (not to mention the plastic containers the craft embellishments come in!). This is something I will definitely try.

  10. 2009/08/13 6:22 am

    You are soooo CREATIVE and inspiring!! This leaf business is too much fun. What an awesome way to recycle! 🙂

  11. Kira permalink
    2009/08/18 11:31 am

    Love it, I would have never guessed that was recycled!

  12. Patricia Gageler permalink
    2009/09/22 9:56 pm

    This is such an impressive concept that opens up so many other oppotunities to use waste such as this plastic and turn it into something beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

  13. olive permalink
    2010/04/16 5:01 pm

    Love this card in fact your work is excellent
    Just want to get up to make another card

  14. 2017/09/30 11:06 am

    I’ve been trying to do this, but no matter what I do, my Big Shot won’t cut through the plastic! I do have a Cuttlebug… can you tell me what your “sandwich” was? Thanks!

    • 2017/09/30 12:34 pm

      This was so many years ago I really don’t remember (2009). However; the picture shows that I used a Cuttlebug die. The only way that would ever fit through my machine would be the following plates: A, B, die, B. If it needed shimming I would only do that with a single layer of card stock added on the wrong side of the cutting part of the die. I’ve broken 2 machines by being heavy handed! So a little at a time till you get the right cut.


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