Since April is National Earth Month, I thought it would be fun to use recycled items on our projects. I save all kinds of things (probably more than I should) and am always finding inspiration in colors and patterns everywhere but especially packaging items. The inspiration for today's card came from of all things, a tissue box!
Love the colors, the patterns...all of it! In need of an idea for a sketch, I went looking at some challenges and found this week's fun Mojo Monday sketch:
I knew I was going to use one side of the tissue box as my focal point, so I cut it apart, cut one piece down to size and used it just as I would use any other pattered paper. The colors were a great match to Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Early Espresso with just a pop of Summer Starfruit.
The images on the box reminded me of the florals from the Secret Garden stamp set so I stamped a few of them in the corners on the card base. I love adding some stamping to the background--especially in a matching color and with coordinating images. It adds a lot of interest and helps ground the whole design.
I liked how the stamps coordinated with the tissue box images so I added some more to the inside in Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue and Summer Starfruit.
So, I'll be you've got some pretty tissue boxes of your own around the house! You won't look at one the same again, will you? I hope you'll reconsider some of the items in your home and look at their potential use on a craft project. If you do, we would love for you to join us over at The Paper Players before the challenge closes on Friday, April 12th at Noon (PDT). Be sure to check out the rest of my mates on the Design Team for their amazing recycled, re-purposed and re-imagined projects!
The Paper Players Design Team
Sandy Mathis (off this week)
Stamps: Secret Garden, Petite Pairs; Blooming with Kindness
Paper: Gumball Green, Whisper White, Early Espresso CS; Designer Patterns Stack (subtles)
Ink: Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Summer Starfruit
Xtras: Scallop Oval punch; Large Oval Punch; Oval Framelits; Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack; Linen Thread; Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon