Thursday, March 1, 2012

Going Green for March

I have decided to Go Green for the month of March. This will be the theme for the All Things Tim Yahoo Group monthly Challenge! Please join us if you love All Things Tim
My first project is a green Thank You Card with recycled bottle caps. 

To smash the bottle caps down I ran them through my big shot. There is a trick to doing this. First you want to evenly place them in the middle of the cutting pad. I found it was best to do an even amount and 4-6 worked great. This way they smash evenly down. The second tip is to put the sharp jagged edges of the bottle caps onto a thick piece of cardboard and then onto the cutting mat. This will embed the bottle caps into the cardboard and not your cutting mat! So your sandwich is this: platform, cutting pad, cardboard, bottle caps jagged sharp edge down on cardboard, and last cutting pad.

After the bottle caps were smashed I inked them using Pesto, Caramel, and Bottle Alcohol Inks. I let them dry then glued the letters YOU individually onto each cap. I then filled the middle of the cap in with Glossy Accents.

The background of the card is made with Tim Holtz Coredinations Distress Color Core Cardstock. I embossed it with Tim Holtz Swirls Texture Fade and then sanded the raised portions and edges to have the lighter green show through. The rest of the paper I pulled form scraps that I had lying around - again going green here.

For the word Thank I cut it out of my Cricut using one of those scrap pieces of paper I had lying around. I then added paint to the edges using my Silver Adirondack Paint Dabber. I attached it to a Tattered Banners Die Cut piece of paper inked with Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I then just glued everything together and I had a Green Thank you card. Hope this inspires you to go Green this month!

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