The first Iron Craft challenge (to coincide with their 1st anniversary) was appropriately - paper.
I decided that if I was ever going to get off my butt and try something new, I would have to make it work with my personality. I would definitely have to turn it into an upcycle project! yay!
So .... paper... what to do...
I chose to make something out of this pile of cards. Actually the pile was a lot bigger than that, but I forgot to take a picture before I started cutting them up. Oooops!
I save cards. Birthday cards, Valentine's Day cards, Christmas cards, Just Because cards... everything. I love them so much. But what's the use of having all these pretty cards if I put them away in a drawer and never look at them? So I started cutting them up.
And made these!
Pretty paper drink coasters!
They all came out so pop culture-y. I love them all!
Basically I cut the card through the front and back so that I would have two CD sized pieces of cardstock.
I glued those two pieces together and mod podged them all around.
Some I added fabric backing to - like these:
I found that very tedious and used a lot of mod podge - waited, then podged again.
So then I tried putting a little decorative Duck Tape on the backs. And some I left au natural with the card info or price code on it. They are meant to look upcyled and cool anyway, so it doesn't really matter if I cover the backs or not. Then I podged and podged and podged until I made them relatively stiff.
I made some...
And then more...
And then more...
And then even more...
I love them all! I think I will include them in gift packages. I think they'd make great gift tags.
Or I might use them for my afternoon Diet Pepsi hehehe.
Would it be that terrible if I chose to keep them all for myself? I just love all the art on them and I'm so pleased that I actually get to enjoy it. No more throwing cards in a drawer for me!
Even the back are special!
Stay tuned for the next Iron Craft challenge.
And if you want to follow along with what the other Iron Crafters chose to try out using paper, check out the Flickr Group.