Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Using my scrap tags...

I have little index card file boxes packed full of library cards that I've played with-- they are my go-to substrate.  I guess I use them like an efficient art journal: they are useful for using up extra media... like when I get too much texture paste out, or when I've over-inked a stamp...

Anyway, I have a lot.  And some of them are pretty cool!  This one spoke to me this morning.  It said, "Don't put me back in the box!"  "Okay," said I, and slapped him on a card!

Here is the sketch I used, courtesy of Jen at Freshly Made Sketches:

Supplies and notes:
  • The library catalog card base was initially inked by monoprinting a Heidi Swapp stencil that had been used with Dylusions in Vibrant Turquoise... looks like this was a 2nd-gen monoprint with lotsa water
  • Last night, while doing another project, I had extra Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle on my card (I use cards, like hotel room keys and gift cards,cut at an angleas my usual palette knife), so I used the excess through a stencil made from one of Tim's Mixed Media dies
    This is how I cut my plastic cards to use as palette knives.  Ummm, does anyone see why this is so funny?  Read the card.  It's like the hotel knew I'd use it for paste!
  • This morning, I scribbled a handful of Distress Crayons on the texture,and did a few rounds of wet-wipe-draw some more...
  • Satisfied with the results, I stamped a Recollectons "Fantastic" with ColorBox Archival in Glacier Lake and meounted it dimensionally over some scrap green.
I think I'll also share this for the July Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge:

I used an old library catalog card, plus used up scraps, and also used the hotel room key as a palette knife!  Boom.
Happy Wednesday!!!  Hump Day!


  1. A perfect card for the recycle challenge; glad you listened to the tag! Fabulous!

  2. Cool colorful and textured look! I'm getting a bit bolder using my inks and my library cards will soon benefit from that...

  3. What a cool effect! I love the vibrant colors. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  4. You crack me up! And I like your artwork, too! Great use of the library and hotel card. I use mine for art tools, too! Hugs!

  5. Wow, that library card is simply fantastic! Perfect for this sketch, for sure! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  6. Lovely use of the old library card, Mimi! Beautifully fun and vibrant. I love your card. :) Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers July Mixed Media Challenge: Recyle. :) Melissa

  7. Love that burst of centered mixed media! Very effective!

  8. very nice project
    thanks so much for joining the mixed media challenge at Happy
    Little Stampers
    Barb Housner (DT)

  9. I love projects made with recycled library catalog cards. This is wonderful, and the sketch relay lends itself with the elements you wanted to use Thanks for linking up and playing along with us at Happy Little Stampers July Mixed Media Challenge! ~ Stephanie L, GD.

  10. Love the colours!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
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