Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Upcycled Dictionary Page


Thank you for touring the Botanicals blog hop! If you want to start at the top, visit the Club Scrap blog. Your previous stop was at Marya's A Notebook Novel.

The CS Artist Team was given a challenge this month to create something inspired by a collaborative mood board on Pinterest. Hetty posted a nifty card and I used it as a launching point for a few combined ideas. This is the result of my experimentation:


Here are the steps to re-create the card . . .

1. Tear out a page from an old dictionary. (I selected the "botanicals" page, which incidentally contains the word "botfly." Oh, well.) Place the large collage image from the Botanicals Collection UM onto an acrylic block.


2. Stamp the image on the page with CS Sandstone ink. Don't be like me. Thoroughly clean the stamp before inking with Sandstone.


3. Color the stamped image with watercolor pencils.


4. The Sandstone ink will disappear behind the applied colors and you will feel like a brilliant free-hand artist.


5. Lightly blend the colors with a water brush and allow the paper to dry.


6. Place the ruler over the stamped image extending .25" past the outside edge of the frame and tear away the excess dictionary paper. Repeat for all sides.


7. Nest the art panel onto a Brown matte and Green card base.


8. Add a few random outlines and squiggles to the image with a white gel pen, if desired.



9. Add a greeting and deliver the card to Kay Williamson to be photographed.





I can't wait to try the same technique with other images! I have tons of dictionary pages to use . . .

Now it's time to see what Donna Nuce has been up to with her Botanicals collection!

Tricia

24 comments:

  1. Genius, we will ALL become Van Gogh insantly. Thank you so much for this womderful technique.

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  2. Love it!!! I love to incorporate vintage text in my work too and the watercolor image over it is perfect! TFS!!

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  3. How clever! The watercolor pencils over the sandstone ink is a super idea.
    I'll be copying this one for sure. As always, I depend on CS for my inspirations!

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  4. Super cute. Mixed media...LOVE!

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  5. Tricia this is really such a cool card, so many techniques rolled into one. Love that you didn't clean your stamp well enough before using the sandstone, I can't tell you how many times I have done that LOL. Can't wait to give this a try!!

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  6. Oooh, neat idea about stamping in lighter ink and coloring over it!

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  7. Well first off I think the added black ink on the stamp helped for you to be able to see the image to color it ;) Secondly isn't a bot-fly just a robot butterfly anyway? I think next up you need to find the funniest word you can think of to use!

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  8. this is awesome and I am going to "card-lift"

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  9. great dictionary page and coloring and drawing!

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  10. Love this card, I love stamping on top of book pages.

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  11. I love bookpaper for backgrounds, Tricia! You used it for a lovely card.
    It is indeed wonderful.

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  12. Tricia, a lovely card. Can't wait to try this technique.

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  13. Love the dictionary idea! Thanks for a great idea Tricia! Have a great day!

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  14. Gorgeous card. I love book paper for backgrounds. I will have to try this technique.

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  15. OMG! I love the vibrancy of colors on your dictionary page! I just bought a dictionary at the thrift store knowing I can do something crafty with all those pages. Thank Tricia!

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  16. I've seen lots of old book pages being used lately. This is something I really want to give a test run to...

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  17. I love this card! I will be shamelessly copying this idea for sure. Now to just go pick up an inexpensive, well-loved old dictionary . . .

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    1. My dictionary is your dictionary. But the "botfly" page is missing.

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  18. I love your disappearing ink idea with sandstone! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. What a beautiful card! I really like using a dictionary page!

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