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One Woman’s Trash Is…..

Upcycled packaging

Upcycled packaging

Hello!  Hope all is good and right in your world.  I’ve been off creating in the art shack for a few days.  Working on several different projects.  I thought I’d share one of them today.  As you may know I enjoy upcycling things into other things.  This is a trash to treasure project I made last week.  Literally–trash.  I’m sure you can’t imagine that I would have a love of art supplies of all kinds.(wink wink)  Well this project is made of art supply packaging that would normally end up in the recycling bin or trash.  See if you can recognize some of the elements.

The background is distressed, inked, and painted cardboard packaging.  The flowers are made out of the cut out hearts and their centers are made from the plastic shell packaging.

Trash to Treasure

The hearts used were cut out of stuff like this.

The brown “rack” for the words is also gessoed and painted plastic packaging shell.

Upcycled packaging

Upcycled packaging

The “medallions” were made by molding the plastic shell packaging and then pouring Ice Resin into the molds.  The resin pieces were then inked and misted to give them an aged look.


Resin Medallion


Resin Medallion

In the picture above I used the cellophane package as an embossed background for one of the medallions.  I colored it with alcohol inks and some Lindys Stamp Gang mist.  The bow is made of part of a mesh produce bag tied with scrap ribbon.  The words in my Word Garden are also cut from packaging and are backed with brown paper bag and they are removable.  Don’t ask me why on earth I made them removeable??!!  Just because.

I hope you enjoyed my trash to treasure Word Garden.  TFL!

Art Out With Your HeArt Out!






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Spring Tag Tutorial

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Hello Hello!  Today I have a tag tutorial that features another SPRING theme.  In spite of the snow that is forecast in the next couple of days I am moving headlong into spring.  So–alittle background for this tag–

I have a thing for recycling.  Not unusual–recycling is very popular right? I recycle cans, and paper, and glass, and all the usual stuff but I have a couple of less usual things I like to recycle art-wise–non-styrofoam packing materials and clothing hangtags.  I’m not sure why I’m so enamored of these two items  but I am.  Sometimes when I unpack a new item I’m almost more excited about the packing than the actual item.  When I look at packing materials I see all the texture and layers and it makes my heart go pitty-pat.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to put packing material in the recycling bin and I can totally see myself hoarding it but as you know my art shack is small so I can’t.

Hangtags are my other weakness but on these I’m a bit more discerning.  I don’t go for just any hangtag.  They have to be a certain weight and it helps if they have interesting texture or pics or graphics or shape.  It’s amazing how creative companies are getting with their hangtags these days!  I really enjoy upcycling these tags into little works of art that I then use on greeting cards or presents.

So I made one spring tag and then decided to do a step-out photo tutorial and make another one.  I started with these items

Tag Tutorial 2013-03-18 004 (600x435)I first covered the Calvin Klein tag with gesso and then painted it with craft paint.

Tag Tutorial 2013-03-18 007 (421x600)I used a couple of coats of gesso and then covered the tag thickly with paint.  I applied the paint with a foam brush and let ridged brush marks form for extra texture.

I colored my flowers with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst dye using the foam stamping applicator tip.  I then spritzed with water to allow the color to blend a bit.

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I like the distressed look so I roughed up the edges of my accent tag using my old school Making Memories distress tool.

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I also did some inking of some of my elements to get that grungy distress look.

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Then it was time to start putting all the pieces together.

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I really like the way my background looks like painted wood with all the texture and the graining highlighted by the ink.

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I use PVA glue to adhere most things.  It dries clear and is virtually indestructible once it dries.

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I added leaves and layered the flowers and a bit of raffia.  Also added a butterfly stamp to the accent tag.

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Put a few touches of gesso on a few areas to add a bit of shabbiness.

Here’s a couple of sprigs of spring!  In my next post I’ll show you what I did with these tags!  TFL!

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