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altered cardboard

March 17, 2011

it’s altered life thursday and i have some exciting things to share. not just one altered book page, but two! and a video to boot. wahoo!


altered cardboard

altered cardboard


altered cardboard

altered cardboard

so i have been playing around with altering some cardboard. we seem to have a surplus of cardboard in our house right now. i peeled back the paper around the edges so that you can see the corrugated portion of the cardboard. so fun! i am loving the texture of the cardboard.

what i used:



acrylic paint


sewing machine

found papers

tim holtz spray inks

tim holtz distress inks

copic markers

i hope you enjoy the video!

music from free play music

29 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2011 11:00 am

    Oh I love this! Think I’ll try something on cardboard soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. March 17, 2011 12:45 pm

    so so so pretty!

  3. joanne permalink
    March 17, 2011 12:45 pm

    I loved watching the process and those colours and texture it is me all over.Thank you.

  4. March 17, 2011 4:13 pm

    I love these! I run a project for women in Uganda –, would you ever be interested in doing something on our work?

  5. March 18, 2011 6:10 am

    I’m in love! What sort of needle do you use on your sewing machine when you sew on the found papers- is it a leather needle?

    • March 18, 2011 2:53 pm

      no i just use a regular needle natasha. i try to make sure it is a bit heavier. trust me though, i have a ton of machine problems stitching on papers. maybe i should get a leather needle.

  6. March 18, 2011 6:44 am

    i love this!!!!

  7. March 18, 2011 11:55 am

    First time visitor… glad I stopped by, what a treat!! Love it.
    I have enjoyed your site, and will return.
    Great technique using the cardboard.
    I agree, love the texture it leaves behind.
    I’ve been working on cardboard paintings myself, very addictive! :]
    I have also thought about creating an art journaling book, using the cardboard… creative minds think alike :]
    Thank you for sharing your video, delightful.

  8. cari permalink
    March 18, 2011 3:38 pm

    i really love the phrases in the altered cardboard, specially the first, because i feel
    i can identify with that.
    so beautiful

  9. susie carranza permalink
    March 18, 2011 5:29 pm

    i found you through your link in the kind over matter email; this is my first visit here and i loved it. got sucked into your video and that is totally something i have to try! looking forward to popping in on a regular basis… ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. March 20, 2011 7:27 am

    what a great video wendy. love the music ( so soothing) and so great to see your process. i have never used copic markers, they look nice. and i love cardboard. can’t wait to see the finished journal.

  11. March 21, 2011 8:38 am

    these are great, i have a lot of extra cardboard and am inspired to try something similar with my son’s class. thanks!

  12. March 24, 2012 9:57 am

    I saw your cardboard art on Pinterest. I love these pieces! I’m inspired to get out my cardboard again! I love Distress Inks too!

  13. Natalie permalink
    July 2, 2014 7:45 pm

    Love this! I can’t wait to see your finished “book” of cardboard pages!!

  14. Alex Erim permalink
    July 14, 2014 12:40 pm

    How big should the cardboard be?


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