Saturday, May 28, 2011

Getting Creative

Sometimes it just takes a challenge to get my creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, I never seem to remember this whenever I get into a little slump. At any rate, I challenged my fellow administrators;  Christine and Kerri over at Practical Scrappers to a friendly monthly challenge using items found at the local dollar store ( or hardware store).

This month, the challenge was coffee filters. Odd? well not really given that companies like Fancy Pants are selling diecuts made of the same thing for about 40 times the price.

Here are my layouts, but there are also more fun techniques and ideas posted in today's post at Practical Scrappers.

 I folded the filters like you would if you were going to make snowflakes. Although I freehand cut the edges, you could just as easily use pinking shears or deco scissors. Another fun thing to try while you've got your filter all folded up- punch holes in it using your crop-a-dile.
I had lots of fun adding glimmer mist to these as well, because they are white and the colours show so true, and it doesn't matter how much you mist them, they dry flat.
After they dried, I stamped using my texture stamps and Staz On inks.

 This page was made using the same folding technique, but I figured out that if I took a stamp, and stamped onto the folded filter and then trimmed around it, I could easily figure out where to place repeated stamped images in order to create a pattern. I think I tried this with robots, spaceships, elephants as well as flowers and frilly stamps- it was lots of fun!
I may just have to do a video tutorial so you can all see how crazy I really am.


Fern said...

Great layouts, and fantastic idea using the coffee filters!! Very creative!! TFS!!! Hugs!!