Thursday 27 March 2014

recycled or upcycled?

Well yesterday i had promised myself to start tidying up my stash room. However I received the ebosser and the Clearly for art film and got waylayed. We had finished this tin of coffee - and it was such nice coffee too- and I couldn't get myself to put it in recycling bin as I liked the shape and size of it. 
So finally i thought I'd try to paint it and alter it and turn it into something useful.

So I started by painting on 2 coats of gesso. When it was dry I started to applying distress inks with cut and dry foam. I used mainly neutral and brown colours. i used antique linen, scattered straw, tea dye, rusty hinge.

Next I got out the journaling set from Clarity stamp and started stamping randomly with distress inks. I used rusty hinge, frayed burlap, pumice stone and walnut stain. Some of the images i smudged to give it a more distressed look.
Then I over stamped with archival inks using sepia, coffee, potting soil and watering can.

Then I used a couple of words from the new wordchains by Clarity stamp and stamped art and createrandomly in black archival ink. Finally i stamped dream from birdcage set that was one of the lesson sets from clarity stamp.

I had some leftover music from another project and stuck both pieces down as the colours matched.

Finally it was time for the flower. I so wanted to play with the Clearly for art film that i used Sue Wilson's dies and cut out 3 different sizes of the flower. I heated it and shaped it after i had snipped in the petals almost to centre to allow movement for molding. I also cut out some leaves from same film.

I then cut a base for flower from g45 paper, and yes i have cut into another sheet; whatever next! I attached all the flower dies with a brad and stuck it down on tin. I tucked leaves underneath.

And now my brushes have a proper home instead of lying in a box!
I hope you like what i have recycled or upcycled. I really enjoyed making it. It would be nice if you left me a comment so I know you have visited, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this make in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - transparent
Sunday stamper - Dream



  1. Oooooo this is sooo fab I love it I got stuff in decorated upcycled stuff too..seems a waste sometimes just to bung it in the recycle bin. That film for the flower what sort of die to cut it.was it one with a blade or a pressure die? X

    1. die cut but will need a few passes as thick. the film is called made for art by Wendy Vecchi - off Joanna Sheen's website xx

  2. That wonderful Theresa. Looks like decorated pottery.

  3. Love your alteration.. and Clearly for Art is one of my favest products ever, love how you used it to add the decoration... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  4. Fantastic idea....super job

  5. Brilliant Theresa! A girl after my own heart. Looks great. Loving the colours and the stamps you have used too. Hugs xxxx

  6. Love this project, looks fantastic xx

  7. Thanks for all your generous comments ladies xx

  8. Beautiful project!! Your stamping is wonderful and I love that flower with the transparent petals. Thank you so much for joining us in our transparent challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!