Tuesday, December 29, 2009

recession ideas

i meant to post this project before christmas but whatever. presents are given all year round, c'mon.

everyone is feeling the pinch even though the 'experts' say that the recession is over. here's a freebee idea to make cool gift tags, embellishments, or journaling spots for card-making or scrapbooking.

if you go to the paint department of home depot or lowe's you'll find a wall stocked with paint swatches. you can grab as many as you'd like -- all for free. choose brands that have larger swatches if you need to make a lot, such as glidden. ralph lauren paint also has swatches of metallic paint, cool!

i used white ink (staz-on brand) but you could use any color. be careful using the staz-on brand, it's quite sticky and will imprint on your clothes. be sure to wipe your acrylic stamps immediately because the ink will dry opaque on your stamps which kind of defeats the purpose of having clear stamps. even though it says 'opaque' it'll work best on darker shades.
let the ink dry completely. next grab some paper punches, glitter, rhinestones, whatever you have to make your gift tag, embellishment, or journaling spot.
one thing to consider is that the back side of the swatch will not be blank. if you're making a gift tag one option is to xyron or glue two back to back to cover this. if you're making an embellishment for a card or scrapbooking page the back side probably won't show.

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