Sunday 11 September 2016

Upcycling - Old Card Reinvented

Hi there

So, I'm back with another card made earlier today where I recycled something not purposely bought for crafting.

This time I used a card I'd received previously for my birthday.  It had a really delicate die cut image of an evening gown on the front so I knew one day I could do something with it.

Here's the card I made using it, but completely reinvented, with the detail reversed...

Here is the original card showing the beautifully intricate die cut...

I originally planned to use the die cut as a stencil and create an ombre effect with ink using ink daubers.  But some of the cut areas were tiny and the daubers just wouldn't reach through effectively so I decided to mix the inks with some pearlescent embossing paste and create an ombre effect that way instead, and the paste picked up all the detail brilliantly.  I used the paste un-inked for the hanger.  Here's a better photo of the pearlescent effect...

As the gown on the original card was quite large I needed to make this into a tall card.  I stamped the sentiment at the top.  I then matted the panel onto some teal cardstock and then adhered to the card base.

Special thanks go out to Michelle at The Card Grotto for this sentiment stamp set which was part of my fabulous prize for her 10k YouTube Subscribers Giveaway, I feel so lucky right now!  :)

Materials used:

  • Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver - Pearlescent
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Message Me
  • Cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - Game #73 - Upcycling
Just Add Ink - Challenge #328 - Just add 'P' (Pearlescent Paste!)

I've kept hold the gown die cut just in case it can survive another pasting! lol

Thanks so much for visiting today, I appreciate each and every one of you.  Bye for now.


  1. Fabulous card you where given and great idea what you have done with it. Loving the pearlescent effect and lets hope you get another chance to use the 'die' cut card. x Beautiful card x

  2. Well I was swooning over the tag but this one really knocks the socks off! So beautiful, so clever, so adorable .... only wish I could wear that beauty. You've rocked the re-cycling and given me loads of inspiration as always. Thanks for playing along again at AAA Cards. x

  3. Wow....this is one stunning card. So in love with that evening gown.

  4. Looks absolutely stunning, what an amazing gown. The pearlescent is perfect as are the colours used. Fantastic card.

  5. This is quite stunning Anita. The intricate detail is gorgeous and you enhanced beautiful with that shimmery paste - love the blue/green colours - just stunning on the white background.Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  6. Hey, Anita! If you are wondering who Ian Lane is......he's my son. I didn't know that he'd signed in to his email when he was using my computer. Thanks again for joining us at AAA Cards. :)

  7. What an awesome idea and wow! Gorgeous! Thanks for joining in at AAA!


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