Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Recycled Plastic Bag Bows

One of my favorite stories growing up was Little Egret and Toro by Robert Vavra, with illustrations by John Fulton, the "American Matador." Basically, egrets save a bull from death in the bullring by mimicking the tradition of waving white handkerchiefs to pardon a particularly brave bull. I've met John Fulton a few times, when I was a child living in Spain... interestingly, he also spent quite a bit of time in my husband's family's hometown in Mexico. Small world!

So when I won some digi stamps by KennyK Downloads via Party Time Tuesday, I just had to grab his Cute Bull. All of his images have attitude, even the animals!

I colored Toro with Copics, added some black Sparkly Fluff, and attached it to the card with a Wobble.

The bows are made with plastic bags! I used the part at the top of the handles; I just tied a bit of ribbon around it (just like using raffia ribbon. I glued them onto the card with Glossy Accents.

The "bullring" colors are fairly traditional, and are very much inspired by Sevilla's Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de CaballerĂ­a. I cut the circles & scalloped circle with Spellbinders dies.

I generated the sentiment in Chinchilla, printed it on a shiny white paper, and mounted it onto a gold paper (both by Recollections). I added some Onyx Liquid Pearls.

The clouded background is an embossed, two-toned Core'Dinations cardstock; I sanded the clouds to bring out the lighter blue. The white base is actually embossed with polka dots.

ABC Challenges: Recycle
Crafty Boots: Recycle
Digi Darla Challenge: Earth Day (use a recycled item)
Eureka Stamps: Animal Catwalk
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations: Insects Or Animals
Joanna Sheen Challenge: Recycle
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting and do let me know if you try making your own plastic bag bows,


  1. sweet card!
    love it
    thanks for joining us at KKKK!

  2. Great creation hun! Thanks for playing at Joanna Sheen! xxx

  3. Hi, CG! This is a wonderful card. I have not learned how to shade with Copics as well as you have, so I tend to shy away from the darker colors, fearing that my shading won't look very good. Love the pretty colors and, your plastic-bag bows (GREAT IDEA!), and the festive "bull ring" - great idea! Does glossy accents take very long to dry? hugs, de
    {Creative Smiles}

  4. What a complete genius you are to use plastic bags, of all things, for the bows! They could be made to look butterfly-ish, too! I love them and am pleased to have learned something new today! Thanks so much for joining us at CI Paints this week!

  5. Oh my dear goodness me, I was wearing the wrong hat when I commented. Meant to say thank you for playing along with us at Digi Darla's this week. But ok, you should join us at Creative Inspirations Paints too - the challenge theme is Anything Goes, and you don't have to use CI Paints. So perhaps I commented on your lovely card in advance, yes? At any rate, it's adorable and we're glad you shared! :)

  6. Oh bother, it's late and I'm tired but can't resist looking at, and commenting on, a few more cards. Here's the link to CI Paints challenge blog. Hope to see you there!


  7. Your card is SO cute!

    Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

  8. lovely card and very interesting story behind it. TFS

  9. Such a cute card, really sweet image and I love how you have made the bows.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  10. What a cute idea for the bows! Graet way to use up some of those bags I have! Thanks for playing along this week at ABC Challenges!


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