Upcycle Cereal Box Cutouts into Tags
scissors, ink and stamps turn recycled cardboard into neat little decorations
MATERIALS:cereal boxes or other thin cardboard or chipboard
stamps and ink
markers or colored pencils (optional)
hole punch and ribbon (optional)
RECYCLED STAMPED TAG INSTRUCTIONS:Cut a piece of cereal box cardboard about a half inch all around larger than your stamp. Coat your stamp well and stamp the back or non-print side of the recycled cardboard.
I adore Tim Holtz products in general for their truly excellent quality and array of uses from scrapbooking to home decor items. I have personally used his stamps, inks and markers on so many different craft projects - they are crazy versatile! When I worked as a Craft Editor in publishing, I communicated a little with him directly via email (or perhaps really one of his staff answering for him) when featuring some of his products in a magazine article. I can honestly say he (or his staff) was very, very nice. Working in craft publishing, I came across a lot of industry people and products. He was one of the more memorable and courteous ones. To this day, not only because of their excellent quality, but also because of his professional communication, I really like using his products. (And, no, no, this is not at all a paid advertisement - just the truth from a former craft publishing insider.) Now back to the tutorial...
As for me, I just really enjoy the process of making these little embellishments. It is relaxing to sit, cut, stamp and color (especially since I like using my Distress Markers so much!) - similar to the joys of being a child and being in the moment of creating something fun and whimsical. I make one after another of these little stamped shapes and put them in a plastic baggie for destinations yet to be determined. And that's perfectly okay. After many years of working in a deadline driven industry like publishing where everything is riding on perfect physical results, it is nice to be able to churn out funky little stamped snowmen, birds and the like without caring for its final destination - the process is totally freeing to my hyperactive, creative mind. Happy crafting everyone!