Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cardboard Art


I really do love taking pieces of cardboard and turning them into little pieces of art that I can give to someone to sit on their desk, or where ever, to bring a little cheer to their life and remind them how very special they are to me.
I created this one for my daughter Nicole's birthday.  Yep, it's a little bright, but if you knew my daughter, you would now this is right up her alley.  And the sentiment is special between us because when she was little, "our song" was, You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are gray ....  Ok, enough singing, you get the picture.  The stamp set is called Gardenia's, but I think it worked just fine as a sunflower and to be honest I don't even know what a Gardenia looks like, teehee.  Isn't that the great thing about art  ...  you have creative liberties to make it what you want.  Corrugated cardboard is free and easy to work on.  I always start by tearing away some of the surface paper so that some of the ripples show.

Here are a couple more I created last year.  Since I have way more readers on this blog than I did on my TAC blog, I will gradually work in some of my favorite TAC projects I have created on this blog.


You can view more of my Cardboard Art HERE.
You can view more of my Collage / Mixed Media projects HERE.



 Tip / Technique : Using Pumis Gel
Pumis is a sandy/grainy medium found in the artist section at local craft stores.  The brand I use is Golden and it is "coarse pumis".  It's easy to work with and adds great texture to projects.  It's comes a light shade of grey, but you can mix it easily with acrylic paints.  I used pink on these projects.  You just smear it on using a Palatte knife and let it dry.

You can buy these little cardboard easel pieces to attach to the back of your project. I got mine in the picture frame section of one of the local craft stores, maybe Michaels.
So what do you think??  Hopefully you will be inspired to share a cheerful project with someone special in your life.

As alway, thanks for stopping by, letting me ramble and admiring what I love to do!

11 comments:

Barb said...

BEAUTIFUL work, Melisa! The sunflower is just stunning!

ScrappyPam said...

These are gorgeous!! I'm going to start running out of room with all of the neat stuff I need to save to create with! LOL

Maria Matter said...

Melisa you do such beautiful work! These are gorgeous!!!
Blessings, Maria

Chrissy D said...

Gorgeous projects! Love them!!!

HappyCrafter said...

Wow, what great pieces and very inspiring! I love the idea of recycling the cardboard, and what a nice little gift, I will have to try this, thank you for sharing!

Laurie Unger said...

Wow! this is awesome! I love the colors and how it's a little bit grungy too! Nice!

Joan Ervin said...

These are FABULOUS, Melisa!!!! I just love the Shabby Chic look you have achieved with the cardboard and beautiful details!!! I have a project using cardboard sitting on my counter that I need to get finished...thanks for the inspiration!!!

Jodie said...

Hey girl, your pieces are amazing! We need to get together and do some crafting. Hope you are doing well!

StampinCarol said...

Love what you did with the cardboard. The sunflower is my fav!

Jess said...

These look fantastic! I love the sandy look on the last one!

Justine said...

I love this. That seahorse is so beautiful. I have a thing for anything with seahorses!!!

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