You might be asking yourself, "Why did Linda give this post the title 'Nutty Snowflake'?" You will have to read on to discover my reasoning.
I have been doing a lot of online shopping this season. When a package for my son-in-law arrived, I was annoyed at the multitude of packing peanuts that were in the oversized box. Grrr. I hate those things.
But, wait! They are actually ART SUPPLIES! Yessss!
Look at the background of my snowflake card.
I used a few of those pesky packing peanuts as STAMPS! By picking up Pacific Point ink with the ends of the peanuts, I created my unique background.
I thought my peanut stamped background sort of resembled snow flurries. Yes? So adding a crispy white diecut snowflake to a backdrop of diecut Pacific Point, I added a focal point to the snow storm.
Follow my tutorial to see just how you can upcycle those annoying peanuts in a good, useful way.
Pacific Point cardstock
Pacific Point ink
Die Cutting Machine
Encircled in Beauty dies (page 159, Annual Catalog)
Pastel Pearls (page 143, Annual Catalog)
This card measures 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". Take a piece of white cardstock that is cut to 8 1/2" x 4 1/4". Fold it in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
To this, add a 4" square of Pacific Point cardstock. Set this aside for now.
Cut a 3 3/4" square of white cardstock. Use a styrofoam packing peanut -- yes! A packing peanut! -- for your stamp. Gently dab one end of a peanut in the Pacific Point ink and stamp it anywhere onto the white square. Keep reinking your peanut stamp and continue adding to the white cardstock, leaving a bit of white space between stamps. You don't need to add the snowstorm to the center of the cardstock as that portion will be covered up.
NOTE: Sometimes the peanuts have funky ends. Either turn it to the other end, or choose another peanut to work with.
From Pacific Point cardstock, cut a piece with one of the dies from the Encircled in Beauty dies.
Using a snowflake die that measures about 3 1/2" in diameter, cut out a snowflake from white cardstock. Use glue sparingly to add the snowflake to the blue background.
Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add the snowflake panel to the center of the nutty snowstorm.
Add a pearl to the center of the snowflake.
Have you ever used a packing peanut as a stamp? What do you do with them when they arrive in a package?
You were "lucky" on getting the kind of peanuts that don't self-degrade. The ones that self-degrade get mushy when subjected to moisture. Those ones are considered to be more earth friendly because they wither away to practically nothing and don't fill up the landfill *as much*. Of course, I recycle my peanuts, if I can, but I put them in plastic grocery bags first so the recipient doesn't get aggravated like we do when we receive them!!!ReplyDelete
That is a very neat background you have made, and the colors you used work so well with the theme!
Not sure "lucky" is the word for any peanuts at all, being they are so pesky. But I did feel lucky that I was able to come with a use for a few of them.Delete
What a beautiful card you came up with! Pinned.ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you so much, Joanne!Delete
Oh Linda, this card is absolutely gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michelle! You are too sweet!Delete
So very clever and the result is beautiful of course. Thanks for linking up this week. #HomeMattersPartyReplyDelete
Aw, thanks, Donna! I'm so glad you like it!Delete