Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Melting Madness!!!

I have truly broken my new years resolution with this card....more grunge than keeping it simple. Everything is recycled of course, the wonderful string came on a parcel from e-bay last week and the flower is some packaging from a packet of pears, even the quote was destined for a "proper" card but I got a mark on it so couldn't use it as the card was for sale.
The quote reads "True friendship is like peeing your pants. Everyone can see it but only you can feel the true warmth".... a bit tongue in cheek but this has always proved popular when I have used it on a card
I have been having a fun time melting things.... heaven knows why!!! but as I was tidying up the kitchen I found myself forming the packaging into a flower. I wanted it to hold it's shape so switched on the gas ring and slowly melted it. I was quite pleased with the result it makes a very light weight flower and quite uncrushable for posting


I carried on playing in my craft room trying different sorts of cellophane, WORD OF WARNING!!!!!, one piece of packaging let off some horrible fumes and whilst none of them actually caught fire maybe it's best to have a tub of water nearby to extinguish any that might and certainly hold the plastic in tongs or tweezers.
I also tried with my heat gun....this was not so successful as using a flame, which was far more controllable.
I found layering some of the flowers quite effective and I tried decorating one of the test pieces with some pound shop nail varnish and some little beads that came from an accessory set that I picked up some time ago in a pound shop.


I created my own background paper with an old book page scrunched and tinted with pen ink (spritzed with water).



To disguise the mark on the quote (Printed on the PC) I inked round the edge with my daubers.
Finally I created some leaves from corrugated card, added a button and lightly glued the string into position.

Hopefully this card is suitable for some challenges :-
PAPERPLAY has SENTIMENTAL
ALLSORTS has MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWERS
ALPHABET CHALLENGE has QUOTES
and a new challenge site DREAM VALLEY has ANYTHING GOES
DARING CARDMAKERS also has a challenge using Poundshop finds so perhaps I will enter there as well.



3 comments:

Carole of Brum said...

I am well impressed with your blog, Diane, it's a great idea to have some budget crafting blogs out there. The plastic flower looks fab and I love the fact that it is postage-proof and won't get damaged by Royal Mail's careful handling, lol. You must be a recycling queen too! Thanks for entering our challenge at Dream Valley, I do hope you join in some future challenges too. CoB

* Shaz * said...

Brilliant card Thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenge this week x

scotspanda said...

oh wow what a fab card, the cellophane flower is fabulous :o)

thanks for joining in with us at Allsorts this week

hugs

Amanda xx

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