Nature is a never ending source of creative inspiration. The combination of leaf prints and stamps created from recycled meat containers ensures endless creative possibilities.
Recycled Nature Print Postcards
- Strathmore® Watercolor Post Cards, 4” x 6”
- Ranger Adirondack Dye Ink, Raisin, Butterscotch, Oregano, Ginger, Espresso
- Beacon Zip Dry™ Paper Glue
- Tea Bags
- Recycled Meat Packaging (cleaned well with hot soapy water)
- Fresh Leaves (such as Geranium)
- Old Thread Spools
- Other Supplies: Iron, Paper Towels, Parchment Paper, Recycled Container (such as margarine), Scissors
- Using 3-4 tea bags, brew 2-3 cups of tea. Dip post card into tea solution creating a faintly tinted effect. Pat postcard dry with paper towels and place between two sheets of parchment paper. Press dry with iron.
- Using scissors, cut meat tray into shapes such as flowers and leaves. Impress designs onto shapes with items such as water bottle or pen caps. Adhere shapes onto wood spools with Zip Dry.
- To create a background stamp design, draw directly onto a cut meat tray rectangle the same size as the post card. The design can be images such as doodles or vines created by using a pencil or other blunt instrument.
- Ink background stamp with Adirondack Ink. Stamp design onto tea dyed postcard. Repeat using flower and leaf stamps.
- Ink fresh leaves and press directly onto post cards to achieve a collage effect.