Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stampendous Saturday April Challenge!! Reuse, Recycle or Repurpose!


Woohoo! It's the first Saturday in April, and that means the Stampendous team has a brand new challenge for you. This month, in honor of Earth Day, we are challenging ourselves (and you) to make something that uses product(s) that are recycled, repurposed, or reused in some way. The possibilities are endless! Snazz up a household item and turn it into something beautiful, use something unexpected on your card, or even just use up some scraps you've had in your stash forever (that's recycling, right?!?)

I had to think about this one for a long time.  I finally decided on a fun technique that I had never tried before requiring, yep, toilet paper.   You can see more about paper casting with rubber stamps.

I started with 10 single sheets of Charmin, placed them in  a shallow dish with enough water to get the TP a good soak.  I carefully lifted the toilet paper and placed it on Cling Clock Work (CRR141), a soon-to-be released stamp from Stampendous!! 

With a dry towel, I pressed into the toilet paper, pressing the impression into the wet toilet paper.  I left the paper on the stamp until I felt that the paper was dry enough until remove it without disturbing the impression. 

After two days, the toilet paper was finally dry enough to add color too.  I stitched the “paper casted” impression to a piece of kraft paper that was coffee spritzed with warm water and instant coffee.

I applied embossing in to the die cut gears and heat embossed Aged Black and Aged Gold Embossing Enamels.

Here is a closer look…


You can see in this photograph, I have another bit of recycled and reused material.  If you see where the arrow is pointing there is a piece of metal that fell out of my Big Shot Machine as I was breaking it.  I new this piece would come in handy one day!!!

This is a sneak peek of two new sets coming out later this month from Stampendous, Guys and Gears Perfectly Clear (SSC1145) set and Cling Clock Works (CRR141).  You will see them on the Stampendous! site soon.

Ready to see some more?  Here is the whole list of my fantastic teammates, who are sharing some fabulous inspiration with you today:

Don't forget - we want YOU to play along with is!  You have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog).  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous Mother's Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  Available in stores now, it will be on the website for purchase soon!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you'd like!) this month...Happy Crafting!

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Pam Hornschu said...

What a cool technique. Love the addition of the part off of your Big Shot.

Suzanne C said...

Very cool technique and love your details as I have never tried this before! Going to have to try this as your card is fabulous!

Tenia Nelson said...

Okay....this is seriously rad.....Tissue....who would of thunk it....awesome!!!

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

How cool is that Wendy!! TP and a Big Shot part!! Fabulous job girlfriend!

Kristine Reynolds said...

This is amazing! Not sure I have the patience to wait two days for the TP to dry but I love how it turned out!

Arnoldo L. Romero said...

This is an ingenious technique, and it resulted in a very artsy card. I've done paper casting before, but never with toilet paper. Blessings!

Janelle said...

If I remember... casting is a messy process, but this technique is SO easy and clean. I love the great impression and coloring. So cool!

Melinda Gleissner said...

Bravo! This is fantastic! Love the casting, love the enameled gears, even love your broken Big Shot piece (that is a bummer though). Terrific card, Wendy!

Lea said...

This is so freaking cool! I love it! I've made paper before but not like that. I'm going to have to try it out down the road. Very cool!

Jingle said...

Awesome! I've actually done that technique before, but I usually just mist the paper until it is damp enough. I might try soaking to get a deeper impression. This looks great!

Terrece said...

REally like how many ways you use the gears with such different results! Great card.