Friday, August 5, 2011

Duct, Duct....Card?!

A few weeks ago, Kim's sister-in-law shared photos of actual clothing her daughter made for a duct tape contest in her city. I was inspired by the idea and shared it with my 9-year old daughter, Olivia. Olivia and I picked out some really cool duct tape at a local store and she got busy making purses and wallets with the tape. She is loving the creativity it offers without having to know how to sew. The adhesive backing makes everything stay together nicely. It's the perfect medium for a 9-year old.  It's also a great summer project to prevent "end-of-summer-boredom." My dad always said that duct tape can fix anything and he was right!

A purse and wallets designed by a 9-yr old using duct tape.


I decided to try duct tape on my cards, too. I liked how Olivia could get all this cool pattern and texture by manipulating the tape. The shiny finish of the tape along with the intentional wrinkles and crinkles is really cool. So....here it goes...my cards using duct tape! Next, I've got to make some flowers with this stuff....I'm not done with the tape just yet!

Go wild with duct tape!
For my first card, I used a zebra print duct tape and matted it with a silver tape. The "B-Birthday" image is from Raisin Boat set, "XOXO." The card base is made from our BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock, Think Pink.

Birthday card featuring duct tape and Raisin Boat set, "XOXO."


I like the strong contrast of black and white with a splash of bright colors such as turquoise and orange. I used the Raisin Boat set, "XOXO" again as well as duct tape and our silk tangerine ribbon. The card base is made from our BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock, Black Granite.


Combine the contrast of black and white with bright splashes of color.


A card for the handy-man!
Here's the perfect card for many men out there, including my brothers - gears, duct tape and screws! First, I stamped the background using our Raisin Boat "Distressed" background stamp. Next, I layered strips covered in duct tape and adhered them to the card base using our new screw brads (love them!) for a completely mechanical / industrial look. Next, I used our "Get in Gear" set and some fun stripe ribbon. The card also uses BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock, Red Delicious, Brighton Beach White and Black Granite.
A card made for men - gears, screws and duct tape!
Just last week, I saw a designer on HGTV use duct tape to cover a headboard. Who knew duct tape could be so versatile?! Have you done any duct tape projects? Let us know here! - Smiles, Bobbi   


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