January 18, 2014


I am a true proponent of using nontraditional, unconventional materials in my artwork.

A few years ago, someone online had mentioned the pretty tissue boxes that were presently on the market. I thought, "really?" I went and checked out the boxes I'd had on hand. Omigosh, I had been throwing away beautiful art supplies for years!

For my next Stamp-In workshop, I decided to take advantage of this "free paper". I cut up a tissue box once it was empty, and proceeded to see how it would work if used on a card. Huh. It looked like a tissue box used on a card.

I looked over at my Big Shot, sitting there all innocent, wanting so badly to help me in my dilemma. So, I opted to take Mr. Big up on his kind offer, grabbed a Stampin' Up! embossing folder, stuck my piece of tissue box inside, and ran 'er through. Hmmm. Now, it was an embossed tissue box. And it still looked like a tissue box used on a card.

My sanding block raised its grainy little hand, and cried, "I can help!" I laid the piece of embossed tissue box on my work space, and lightly sanded across it. And I had struck pay dirt!

Obviously, how the end result looks varies depending on which Embossing Folder you use, which tissue box design, and how much sanding you do.

The next time you use that last tissue, confiscate the box, cut it apart, and give it a try! I love the look!

I must admit that I have quite the collection of cut-apart tissue boxes, just waiting their turn at being recycled into something new and beautiful!



  1. I love your card. I've been saving tissue boxes for this. I look at the design now before I buy it.

  2. It's cool! The bow just makes it even more unique. Have to look around the tissue department of a shop...

  3. what an awesome frugal idea, looks gorgeous!

  4. How pretty! I threw out a cute tissue box last week because I couldn't think of what to save it for. Now I know for next time.

  5. Great idea--it turned out really pretty. Love it.

  6. Linda! I absolutely love what you did with this box. Oh, how I wish I did embossing. This is beautiful and would match my newly remodeled bathroom perfectly!!


  7. Linda, such a great idea! Thank you for sharing at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again next Monday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Thanks, Linda, for linking up at Share it Sunday! I love this idea!!

  9. Oh my this is beautiful and thanks for sharing. I have never seen this process done before. Lovely www.mylifeabundant.com

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your post at The Weekend re-Treat Link Party on The Best Blog Recipes this week! Wanted to stop by and pin to our Party Boards while I was here tonight :)

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  11. This is beautiful! Who would have thought a tissue box! From now I'm keeping my empty tissue boxes, you never know what they can be used for! Thanks so much for linking this up at Sewlicious Home Decor.I pinned this to the new Show=licious Pinterest board! Can't wait to see what you link up this week! :)

    Have a great weekend!

  12. I wouldn't have thought to use tissue boxes, but the card turned out so pretty! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  13. Wow! I really didn't guess. Cards like these are a work of love. it is frameable. Thanks for linking with us Super Saturday.