Floating Fairy Card Tutorial

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Whether for Valentines or other occasions, for cards that will have them floating on sunshine recycle some of the plastic packaging that surrounds us daily. Stick with me to see how this card turns out!

Have you heard about the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" of plastic swirling in our oceans?  

We currently only recycle 7 percent of the plastic produced. 

And we produce enough plastic yearly to be the equivalent weight of the 7 billion people on earth. 


So let's reuse some packaging to make a sweet little card. Take some plastic packaging and cut it down to size. use your ruler and a bone folder to score a line down the center for the fold. It will fold nicely and hold it's shape well.

The bonus about using plastic is having 4 transparent surfaces. This creates lots of opportunity for dimension and depth. Start by putting your main image on the inside flap. Here we have a fairy and a few star sequins.

On the outside front flap, add a flower with a rhinestone brad. Trim the edge of the card by tying on some fun yarn.

Now on the very back flap, you'll want to adhere your background. Right now I haven't done that and you can see the back of the fairy, who is glued to the inside flap.

If we currently only recycle 7% of plastic what happens to the rest? It {93%} goes in landfills, rivers, streams, and eventually the ocean. Along the way it breaks into confetti-like pieces nearly impossible to clean up. It is mistaken for food by wildlife. The plastic fills their bellies so they can't eat, and they die. Millions of sea creatures are killed each year.

So repurposing is a gift within a gift. Back to our card tutorial: here it is with the background. I layered some inked newspaper {more recycling!} with a background paper. Adhere it with a bit of hot glue. The fairy image covers up where it's glued.
Ta-da!!! Isn't the final card so cute?   Pin It

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I believe in positive action. 
I believe when we know better, we do better. 
So let's have fun raising awareness and repurposing the trash around us. And what we don't repurpose, let's recycle. 

You can write your message on the back of your fabulously up-cycled, transparent card!

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Recycle. Reuse. Repurpose. {With Love.}

You may have curbside recycling in your hometown. If not, find your nearest recycling center with these resources:

ocean &plastic info from: http://www.pbs.org; www.voanews.com

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