This week’s Scrappin’ Green article comes from Mara, she is a very environmentally friendly kind of gal as she demonstrates in the following “Stamping with Trash” article!
You don’t need to spend a bunch of money on fancy stamps to create some great cards and layouts. I bet you have something in your recycling bin or hanging around your house you can stamp with. I’m going to show you a few things you can re-use as a stamp for your projects!
First up…bubble wrap. You know you have some just hanging around a junk drawer or in a used box in the garage. All you need to do is paint a thin layer of acrylic paint over the bubble wrap and stamp directly on your paper. Use bubble wrap to create your own patterned paper, or create a border or frame around a focal point on your layout. Here, I used the bubble wrap to create my own background paper for this summer card.
And speaking of that used box in the garage, corrugated cardboard makes a great background stamp for any project. Tear away the top layer of the side of a box until you see the lined cardboard inside
Using a paintbrush or foam brush, apply a coat of acrylic paint to the bumpy cardboard. Focus on the raised edges, this is what is going to create your pattern. Then…stamp on your paper! You can create great photo mats or borders with this pattern. Don’t have a journaling stamp? Use your corrugated cardboard stamp to stamp journaling lines on your layout!! For this layout, I used it for a border.
Need a circle on your layout but don’t have a circle stamp? Dig through your recycling bin for anything that is a circle…tin can, old coffee can, toilet paper roll, paper towel roll. With a little application of acrylic paint, any of these things will create a circle. Use a variety of objects for different sized circles
What about those hand hot protectors that come on your coffee cup from your favorite local coffee place? Don’t throw those away either!!! If you open them up, the inside is usually corrugated cardboard. Use it as a stamp. Or use the whole thing to make a cute birthday card for somebody special in your life!
What else can you stamp with? The next time you start to throw something away, ask yourself if it can be repurposed or reused. You will be surprised what you might use your ‘trash’ for!
Article and photos by Mara Campbell.