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Topic: ATCs using upcycled mylar balloons  (Read 1874 times)
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« on: May 03, 2013 08:32:57 AM »

There's not much "art" in these artist trading cards, but they are the proper size, so I figured I would post them here.  What makes them unique in my opinion is that I used old mylar balloons as my background materials.  I wanted to share them because I know folks are always looking for different ways to add shine or texture to their ATCs.

Back story:  a few months ago, I asked my friend to save old mylar balloons for me, because I planned to make kanzashi brooches with them for a craft sale at my son's elementary school.  My good friend from another state mailed me some of her daughters' old balloons, which was fun, because with a son, I don't get fun flowers and hearts much on his balloons.  Then the craft sale was canceled and I did nothing with the balloons.  I'm going to Iowa to visit my friend this weekend and wanted to at least bring SOMETHING I made from their old balloons, so I made these.  The girls are ages 10 and 7, so I think they will like them.  I also think these would make adorable place cards or favors at a kid's party!  It's also a way to save a little bit of a favorite balloon for memory, without just keeping it crumpled in a drawer somewhere.  I think it's nice to think up ways to use old mylar balloons in crafts.

These are both called "Happy Spring" which is a bit of wishful thinking because it has been snowing all day today here in Minnesota.

The mylar adhered really nicely to the playing card base:

This one did not adhere so well.  Maybe I used less Mod podge?  I had to use double-stick tape at the edges to keep the mylar secure:

Thanks for looking!

PS -- mods, if this would be better posted somewhere related to upcycled materials, please feel free to move it.
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2013 08:42:51 AM »

Ooh, what a neat way to add shine and pizzazz!
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