Monday, 21 February 2011

Recycling and Promarkers

I thought I'd give you a quick step-by-step for the recycling item from my last post. Now I can't claim the idea as my own, it was the most fabulous Tim Holtz who mentioned the recycling of his grungeboard and embossing folders packaging on one of his 12 Tags of Xmas from 2010 and I just think it's a fab way of using up the packaging and not sending it to landfill - I like to do my wee bit.
Anyway, here goes...
First you take the packaging from some of your craft supplies - well this was a blooming good excuse for me to go buy another embossing folder :)

To make life a bit easier I trim off the excess, leaving the main flat area - but I leave on the wee shallow walls just in case I get a bit too excited with the blending solution later (oh you have no idea lol)

Here's the selection of promarkers I'll be using, but the trick here is to experiment - you can get great results with just one promarker colour

I've just scribbled randomly with the chisel tip of each of the colours

And here, I've sprinkled on some blending solution 

I left it to dry for an hour and then ran it through my cuttlebug with an embossing folder (as I mentioned in my last post, I slipped in a thin piece of cardstock between the inked side of the plastic and the folder so as not to mark or stain the folder) I then stitched the plastic to the cardstock and it's ready to use on my card or project...
(I accidentally put my plastic/paper sandwich into the embossing folder the wrong way up, so have ended with a debossed instead of embossed piece, but I kind of like it like that )


SusieLou said...

Fantastic idea, and great instructions, thanks. Just need some new craft goodies, blending solution and a little time!! Susie x

Curlybear said...

Wow Debbi,
I love this idea and the colours you have used,
and I think the de-bossed side actually gives it look of stylised rain drops because of the reflection on the card,

Have a great day,
Hugs Bridget :-) x

kath said...

fabilicious are certainly rocking those PM's girl...hugs kath xxx

Craftyanny said...

neat idea Debbi, I love the effect this has created.
I use copics but am assuming it will work just as well. I'll definitely give this a whirl
Anne x

Paula said...

thoroughly informative & I like the idea of leaving an edge to cath the blending solution - think mine would definitely fall into that category.
Paula (PEP)

Macpurp said...

oooh pretty. so whatca gonna do with it now?

love teen xx

Aunty Sue said...

great post have ended up with debossed many times by accident but like you do like it for a change. Great Tut and thanks

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Kat said...

Great idea Debbi, and thanks for the tutorial. Love the colours, really Springlike.

Kat xx

Aud said...

Great idea Debbi and it looks fab love the colours you have used. Well Done. Aud xx

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Anne said...

love what you're up to with the promarkers ,Debbi, must try them on fabric too. Thanks Anne xxx

Leanne said...

Wow! This is fantastic. I have recycled something too. When time permits do stop by my blog.

Karen said...

What a great idea Debbi, will have to give this a go, thanks for sharing.

Enfys said...

Wow. Talk about inspiring! Thanks Debbi
En xxx

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Ooh! Good idea!
Hugs, Sandra

Atif said...

wow fantastic i am really impress by these colors.
Plastic Card

Atif said...

wow fantastic i am really impress by these colors.
Plastic Card

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