On the Pj party this week I’m sharing this is a cool ‘vintage’ technique. I was out in the ‘Shed’ checking out the archives from momma Aleene’s…. the other day and came across this …It came from the 40′s and 50′s….. making greeting cards with glue and facial tissue (Kleenex)… glitter, confetti or whatever you have around the house that is flat. We use to use pressed dried flowers.
Vintage Technique- Greeting Cards
Here’s what you will need:
Aleene’s Tacky Glue-1 Tablespoon.
Water- 2 Tablespoons
Stir Stick/craft stick
Paper- Construction paper works best ( but for my samples I used scrapbook papers)
Assorted Confetti paper or metallic, Glitter, tinsel, paper shreds, anything that is flat
White Facial Tissue (like Kleenex)
Brown Grocery Bag
Combine the glue and the water in the plastic cup. Mix thoroughly with the craft stick. Cut a piece of paper (white works best) a little large than desired size of card. Brush thinned glue mixture on one side of the paper. Sprinkle confetti etc. onto the glue covered paper. Remove bottom plies of the facial tissue. Center and lay 1 ply of the facial tissue on top of the confetti arrangement. Using the brush, gently dab thinned glue mixture on top of the tissue at saturate, wrinkling tissue slightly and bring sure to cover edges of tissue. Sprinkle glitter over wet tissue. Let dry.
Cut a piece of wax paper a little larger than design. Center and lay waxed paper pn top of design. Place design between 2 layers of brown bag. Iron until flat. Discard brown bag layers and wax paper. Cut desired background color of paper to desired size to finish card. Fold paper in half to create a card. Center and glue to front. let dry
Be sure to experiment with other items…. I think it needs to have lots more on the card….I was trying to do mine to quickly and didn’t put enough.. So play around and send me photos of your creativity with this cool technique.
Check out the PJ party http://apps.facebook.com/inspiredathome every Wed nights at 6pm Pt
Did you see Cool2Craft this week? I had such a great time creating this cool project from tin cans and Cool2Cast plaster from Cool2Craft. It’s a great way to first recycle tin cans into gift cans and second it’s useful. I know it’s been done thousands of times but it’s always fun just to spark our creativity and see a new version.
Recycle Tin Cans into Gift Cans
When opening your cans, be sure to use a ‘Smooth Edge’ can opener. When it cuts the can, it creates a cap from the lid and there are no sharp edges. I then filled the lid with a little bit of Cool2Cast plaster. Let it dry and rubber stamped the top. You can decorate the sides any way you want. I collage-d one, put fabric around on one and also just rolled the can in the plaster….let it dry and decorated the plaster with alcohol inks and acrylic paints.
I went with a ‘Wish’ theme and rubber stamped…’I wish you love’….Wishing you dreams come true …wishing you Happiness!!!
If you want to watch the replay of my demo on the Cool2Craft web Tv show, here’s the link:
Also check out all the other wonderful designers on the show:
Me Heidi Borchers – www.ecoheidi.com
Linda Peterson – www.lindapetersondesigns.blogspot.com and www.craftechuniversity.com
Lorine Mason – www.divaschmivas.com
Tiffany Windsor – www.cool2craft.com and www.tiffanywindsor.com
Just being EcoFriendly….
Posted in Creative Thoughts, Eco Project Tips & Tricks
Tagged Cool2Craft, Creative Recycling, Eco art, EcoFriendly, EcoHeidi, Green Crafting, repurpose, reuse, Smooth Edge Can Opener, tin cans
I’m excited…on Monday’s Cool2Craft show I have a great idea for using Tin Cans…. now I won’t be posting photo of project here until Monday (sometimes it’s more fun to keep it a secret until show time) but you can use it for Christmas gift giving….also you need one of those special can openers to get a smooth edge.
But I do have a wonderful useful project I made for my studio using tin cans…..
Before Photo- Selecting Cans
I drilled a hole in the bottom of each can… Spray painted each can inside and out…..then attached with small screws, through the holes I had drilled and into the wood (a piece of 1″ thick board I think I cut down a pine wood shelf I was no longer using) I laid everything out on the board first before attaching.
Tin Can Tool Organizer
This photo was taken after I made organizer…..it is very full of all kinds of tools. I use this every day several times a day to put the tools I use on a regular basis. It is on my worktable, within reach, when I am designing. I actually think I should make more for my colored pencils, marking pens and other items I have not quite organized.
Let me know what you think! and I’ll see you on Monday’s Cool2Craft Show
Today’s Cool2Craft show was fabulous. So many great ideas. If you missed it, you can always watch the play back from this link http://www.linqto.com/PlaybackRoom.aspx?roomname=cooltocraft&name=SingleExplicit_2010_07_05_11_00_05_809
Remember to check out http://www.cool2craft.com There are some very cool products, kits etc on the marketplace.
I showed how to make soda can flowers for your garden……
Soda Can Flower
Andrea Currie Made very cool plastic drinking straw pendants check out her web site http://www.andreacurriecrafts.com
Linda Peterson made the cutest pendant with Friendly Plastic- and she has some fabulous classes on her site http://www.craftechuniversity.com
Tiffany Windsor demo’d her designs using the new TAP transfer paper- so very cute http://www.cool2craft.com
Check these all out and come join us on Mondays LIVE on http://apps.facebook.com/cooltocraft it’s like watching TV on your computer. 9 am PT… noon ET
Invite your friends
Soda Can Garden Flowers
A great idea for EcoCrafting….. make flowers for your garden from aluminum soda cans……the colors are amazing. They are fun and easy to make. I will be demo-ing these on Monday’s (July 5th) Cool2Craft show. Check this amazing show out- there’s is a small screen that comes up on your computer screen- just like having tv on your computer…… it’s live …it’s creative…. it’s Cool…..http://apps.facebook.com/cooltocraft (noon ET- 9am PT) If you miss the live show, you can always watch the archived show …go to http://www.cooltocraft.com and click on archived show (It’s there about 10 minutes after the show airs).
Just lovin being eco
Love My Tea
I just made this project for Cool2Craft’s June 28th Show. I love anything about tea…. tea cups…tea pots….tea parties…drinking tea….all the different flavors of the teas…. . love my tea…..
And I now have these letters available for sale that you can say what you love…. check out the marketplace on http://www.cool2craft…; the letters are available plain (as shown below) or painted black.
Letters now For Sale on Cool2Craft
Think of all the personalizing you can do with these cool letters.
I’m thinkin of using them in my mosaics… name plaques….address plaques…mixed media….altered art….
So check out the http://www.cool2craft.com marketplace and come join us on Mondays at 9am PT at Cool2Craft http://apps.facebook.com/cooltocraft for live demos on creative projects.
How cool is that?
btw: there is also a ‘get you started’ kit for the tea mirror above…
My Green Bling Kit
My Green Bling Bracelet design by Cheryl Nordblom
I just love it when one someone shares with me what they made from seeing my designs. Well Cheryl Nordblom did just that! She purchased one of my Green Bling Kits. The kit makes three bracelets and she just kept going… Look at all the cool bracelets she made!! Way to EcoCraft Cheryl!!
And Thanks for sharing