September 30, 2023


 I have another project to share with you today that uses something that helps the environment in a small way. I love to find artistic uses for things that normally get thrown away.

Do you ever buy bottles of juice that have those nifty heavy duty caps on the top that a normal person would just chuck in the recycling bin? Well, I suggest you save at least one of them (or possibly more in varying sizes for other projects), wash it well, and put it with your stamping supplies.

These throwaway circles make great backgrounds when they are used as stamps:

Obviously I used the bottle tops to create the background on this card.

I stamped a strawberry and its flower, fussy cut the components, and added them to a strip that tells the recipient I am thinking of them. So easy and effective

White cardstock
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Scrap of plaid Designer Series Paper

Sweet Essentials stamp set
Sweet Strawberry stamp set

Cherry Cobbler ink
Granny Apple Green ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Cap from Tropicana juice bottle
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

To this card base, add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Cut a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of white cardstock.

Using a cap from a bottle of juice, "stamp" circles across this piece, first in Cherry Cobbler ink, then in Granny Apple Green ink.. Overlap the circles and extend them beyond the edges of the cardstock.

Cut a 1" x 3 3/4" strip of coordinating Designer Series Paper. Also cut a strip of white cardstock that measures 3/4" x 3 3/4". On this strip, stamp towards the right end a sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.

Adhere the two strips together.

On a scrap of white cardstock, stamp the strawberry components, first the outlines in black ink, followed by the inner parts in Cherry Cobbler and Granny Apple Green. Use a yellow marker to color the center of the flower.

Fussy cut the strawberry components.

Adhere with glue/Stamapin' Dimensionals the strawberry pieces to the far left of the strip as you wish.

Glue the finished strip towards the bottom of the card.

My heart dances with joy when I think about you.
- Debasish Mridha -



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