Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Plastic milk bottle ideas

I like a bit of a play, and since my alcohol inks were out I thought I would have a go at using them on a couple of plastic milk bottles we have - plastic milk bottles are a bit of a novelty in our house as we get millk in glass bottles from the milk man!!! But we needed extra at the weekend.

First clean your bottle out thoroughly (kind of obvious really!!)
Then cut out the section you want ...
 (I know its not the same bottle - I was so excited I forgot to take the first picture!!!)

Then go over the plastic with alcohol inks and a blending tool until you get the effect you want (again too carried away to take a photo!!)

Then stamp your image, or die cut the shape you want onto the plastic.  I used the large butterfly from Visible image.
 I cut.them out - make sure your ink is really dry or it will smudge a little when you touch it. 
 Easy peasy.
And here is the card I made with the butterflies...

So then I had to play more ...

You can use your dies to cut the bottle - I used Tim Holtz dies for this card ...

As well as using alcohol inks to colour the flowers, I had a play with my heat gun.  You just need to be careful not to over heat the plastic, move your gun round alot, and let the plastic cool before doing anything with it, and it should keep its shape and not melt.  I used Stampendous frantage in aged wine and aged teal over the butterfly border, and Ranger sticky embossing powder and glitter on butterflies.  Sticky embossing powder is amazing - stamp your image in versamark, add the sticky embossing powder, heat and throw on glitter, glamour dust, anything sparkly, and it sticks to the embossing powder - amazing!

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.


  1. Well I never! Who would have thought that a plastic bottle could turn into something so beautiful. Thank you for the great inspiration Cathy. Hugs Christine x

  2. This is great Sweetie, thanks for sharing x

  3. Great tutorial! I just might have to try this. x

  4. Brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing x