Apologies to Alphonse Mucha. On the other hand - NO apologies! A lot of Mucha's artwork was used to advertise the products of the early 20th century - including soap, cigarettes, insurance companies, wines and even Nestles Cocoa!
I made this from odds and ends that had been tossed out at the warehouse. The base is a very large piece of foam board. I took some cut foam board and glued it horizontaly to the board. Then I used 1/2 inch wide by 24 inch wide pieces of printing plates that had been cut, then the pieces discarded. I glued these to the top and bottom of each row to make a ridge for the cards to nestle in. I covered each entire row with furnace duct tape. You may be able to see that the bottom row is a little different. I embossed this with a pen, as in Lesley's tutorial, and then put a little alcohol ink on it. I decided to complete the board and finish my decorations on the rows later. I will have to rotate photos, because the display board is all filled up! This will be great to have in my ink room as inspiration! It is very light weight and I can hang it on a nail on the wall.
I joined a Yahoo ATC group a couple of months ago. There were a few posts mentioning 'sequin waste, and I had no idea what that was. Finally, I found out what it was - and also, that some people were having difficulties locating it.
What is it? It's a wide strip of plastic ribbon with holes punched all over it - it really IS the 'waste' that is left over when sequins are made! Some call it 'sequin waste,' and others call it 'punchanella.' I found a few online suppliers and have ordered some at this website:
This online store has a lot of very unusual merchandise that is perfect for ATC's. I have ordered some punchanella, and will let you know when I receive it.
Meanwhile, I went looking for things to do with it once I purchased it. I got more good info when I did a Google image search for ‘sequin waste.’ Here are a few more places where it can be purchased online:
This website has several downloadable pdf's with some really cute things made with punchanella. The punchanella design is downloadable from Issue 31. It's worth your time to click on the other issues as they contain dozens of free downloadable craft designs.
This beautiful website has an atc card which includes sequin waste. It also has a lot of completely gorgeous atc’s – including a short description of how they were made. There is a LOT of inspiration here!
You can use sequin waste as a mask or stencil to stamp on your ATC, with stamp pad ink or with paint. Or you can utilize cut pieces to make an ATC. You can weave fibers or ribbon through the holes. You can use it with a brayer to press designs into polymer clay. Use it as a component to a collage.
Actually, it is not really waste, is it? Because not only are the sequins being used, but the ‘waste’ ribbon is highly prized to use as well – nothing is discarded! Maybe it should be called “Sequin Recycle.”
If you have made cards using punchanella, please leave links in the ‘comments’ section so we can all enjoy them