Saturday 23 April 2016

CHANGE TAKES COURAGE Upcycled Cardboard into Art

In honor of EARTH DAY April 22nd 2016
I have made this Upcycled Cardboard into a Wall hanging.

I am entering this in the It's not Easy Being Green Challenge 
on the Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog

A girlfriend saved this piece of thick cardboard that had been part of a memo board 
& gave it to me to transform into something beautiful.

It already had a great colour & woven texture on the base.  
I covered up some marks with packing tape & papillon tissue tape was applied in random areas.
I punched some holes with my Crop-a-dile & made a hanger from Curled silver wire.

The butterfly was die cut & embossed from another piece of thick cardboard packaging
using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Layered Butterfly Die & Embossing Folder.
Coloured with distress Inks & then clear heat embossed on the raised areas.

Wendy Vecchi Silver embossing paste was used randomly through the Gothic Layering Stencil from
Tim Holtz & swiped around the edges of the piece.
The embellishment was custom made from my stash of wire & beads.

Tumbled Glass Distress Ink spray was applied to background & let drip down the stencil.
Purple Gelato was rubbed into the background sparingly & fine splatters over surface.

The sentiments were stamped onto Tissue paper with Black Archival ink twice each.
I used the first generation stamping for the main sentiment (Change takes Courage)
& 2nd generation for the Believe & Artist descriptions, which look much softer.

I tore closely around the edge of the stamped images then applied them with soft matte gel.
Much easier than worrying about trying to stamp on an uneven surface.

The butterfly is sturdy & is only attached with glue along the body. The wings sit up beautifully. 
I really love the way this turned out.
The message is very significant for myself & for the Challenge.

Thanks for Reading

Deb Adams


  1. Quite lovely! Thanks for sharing how you did it

  2. Such a lovely transformation of the leftover cardboard. Love the silver embossing and handmade bead and wire charm. Your butterfly is beautifully coloured. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  3. This is just beautiful! The softness of the palette is so vintage looking. Really love it! Thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie for the "It's Not Easy Being Green" challenge!

  4. This is breathtakingly beautiful Deb! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx