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Topic: Inchies, finally! With almost 100% reclaimed materials, too  (Read 1802 times)
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« on: May 05, 2011 09:12:40 PM »

It finally dawned on me how to make inchies in a way that works for me. Or decorate inchies, rather -- since I don't have a 1-inch square punch, I'm still measuring and cutting and not doing a great job of it.  Tongue
The initial idea came from Trish Bee's Technique Zone (there are instructions for a multitude of backgrounds on her site, but currently there aren't photos). It was a bunch of small scraps of decorative paper and chintzy stickers that I disliked so much I felt bad even giving them away to someone! All of them were glued down onto the outside of a paperboard cereal box, then painted over with a wash of thinned gold craft paint (which came from the thrift store, so it was even cheaper than usual). When I started last year on this, I had a big sheet of green-colored beeswax (also thrifted) that I didn't yet have use for, so I dripped melted pieces all over the surface. Then I drew a grid of 1-inch squares on the blank side of the paperboard and cut them out. The result looked like this:    -- And they sat there like that for 6 months, unfinished and useless.

Then last week it dawned on me that I should put the beeswax on them to good use. I've been overdoing the technique of printing on tissue paper and using that printed image in beeswax collage for ATCs (a technique I first learned about in this post of the "Share a Technique" thread)...So why not try it with inchies, as well? I spent 3 nights scouring my favorite sites for public-domain images that would look reasonable as transparent, 1-inch versions of themselves, and editing them down for size and quality. After printing, cutting, and melting them onto the surface of the inchies, I quickly ran out of the collaged inchies and needed to make some more! For the 2nd batch I used white beeswax and a lighter background so the printed images would be easier to identify. This is some of what I ended up with; the 1st picture shows the 1st batch, and the 2nd has the lighter background ones.

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2011 02:25:30 AM »

That looks awesome calluna! I'm going to steal your idea for printing on tissue paper for a current project I'm working on in my book arts class  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2011 02:38:15 AM »

Those look great! I love the layering!

« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2011 11:16:15 AM »

I can't see the second two pictures but the first one looks fun! 

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2011 01:56:03 PM »

I can't see the second two pictures but the first one looks fun!  

This link might work better:  http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?u=2668
If anyone else can't see them, let me know and I'll move the images over to the Craftster server!
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011 07:02:12 AM »

Really great inchies, I love the colours, and designs of them

« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2011 02:48:30 PM »

they look great!

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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2011 06:59:43 AM »

Wow, they look GREAT *-* Love them

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011 05:50:46 PM »

These are beautiful, Calluna!  Hard to believe anything in them was ever ugly...gives me some ideas for beautifying some pretty ugly stuff, maybe...

Oh, and I love metallic paint so thanks for giving me another reason to use it. 

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