A lot of the TAC Angels have been trying to come up with more and more clever ways to recycle & re-use the plastic clamshell packaging in which our rubber stamps are shipped. Heather, Diana and so many others have come up with some fantastic ideas... thanks, ladies! But there are only so many of certain projects you can give away and sell, and you are still left with more packaging. So, for the past year or so, I have been building my stash of clear die cuts created from the clamshells with my Big Shot and Sizzix dies. I've got shapes, tags, flowers, and now, snowflakes. I LOVE the look of these babies.

I created a large clear tag for a baby gift: with just a small piece of white cardstock with a sentiment, backed by a scallop border, and a flourish stamped in StazOn on the rest of it. Clean, simple, and elegant (no, I didn't get a picture... sorry). But I did get these pictures of the last two Holiday cards I made this season! The plastic clamshells that I was working with were on the smaller side, so I didn't get the entire snowflake cut... which was perfect, since I only needed half of one for this design anyway.

Stamps: Just for You (current hostess set), Simply Christmas, Tag Tidbits
Paper: Bazzill Mono-Blues & Bazzill Basics cardstock
Ink: Starry Night & Seascape Palettes, VersaMark (w/ Silver EP), MM Spotlight Paint
Other: Winchester Hardware, Blue Scrapper's Floss, misc. ribbon

I used a sponge brush and swabbed a bit of MM white paint to make the clear snowflake stand out a bit off of the navy background. You can't tell from the photos very well, but there is also a small stamped snowflake border along the light blue cardstock strip with Stickles at the centers. The large sentiment was heat embossed in silver, and the small sentiment was stamped onto a frosted acrylic tag with Palette ink and tied to the ribbon w/ Scrapper's Floss.

Please post a comment with links to your recycled clamshell projects... we love more options!!

This is so much prettier in real life. You'll just have to trust me. :)

What do you think?


Anna said...

That's a really cool idea! I never thought about what to do with mine. I did just stick my stickles in two cases the other day. They layed quite nicely on their sides.

Kimberly said...

Dang this is such a neat idea and so clever. I LOVE it!

Bridgett Owens said...

I love your snowflakes! I am using a clamshell for storage on my blog. Here's the link:
Merry Christmas!

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Sarah said...

Ummm....wow!!! I just love this card!! Simply amazing!

Sarah G.

Diana said...

I love your card!! and I love the way you paint it!! About clamshells, you don't have an idea on how much of this stuff I have, the other day I sent a bunch to the recycle center because I can't stock more of this babies! and yes I used them, I gave away a lot of them on my last workshop, but as you said there is a lot of this stuff in our houses!! I also cut some with my bigshot and now I'm packaging stuff there and organizing scraps by collections there too, I have another project to share on my blog soon but in the meantime here are a couple of post labeled with clamshell, I guess I have more but not labeled! lol, lazy me!


Anonymous said...

Barb, these are absolutely fantastic. Never would have thought of cutting out clear dies from the boxes. Thanks for the tip. rita w

Card Creations said...

I have oodles of clamshells just waiting to be used. This looks great!

Suzanne said...

B e a utiful!!! I love it.

AmethystCat said...

wowza - that's awesome!!! such a creative way to use the clamshells. that's awesome!