Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Repurposing

I guess my definition of re -purposing is: altering the original use of something. So how many ways do you know you can alter the use of baby oil, besides the original use. which is of course using it on a baby. To begin with, some people have an opinion that the use of baby oil, on a baby or adult either one, is not good, because it is the by product of manufacturing, petroleum into gasoline. I respect those people's opinion, but I enjoy the feel and smell of baby oil.

Just the other day, my son was fixing something on my car, and got his hands greasy and oily. He proceeded to pour just a tidbit of some clean car oil into the palm of his hands. I asked about it, and he said that the clean oil, cut the dirty oil, better then soap and water. I watched and it sure did. So the next time my hands were very dirty from working in the garden, I used baby oil that I had added some granules of sand too. The sand made it a little abrasive, and really cut the dirt off of my hands, and added moisturizer to my hands also. We all have used it to remove makeup, get gum out of our kid's hair, and adding a sparkle to our chrome fixtures. But what Pat mentioned awhile back blew my mind. She had read that you could use baby oil to make vellum paper out of regular printer paper. I've always been a bit of a doubting Thomas, so when she said what this weeks Saturday Night challenge was, I knew right away, what I was going to try. Well doubt NO more. What she had read, was correct. The first picture below shows 4 colors I tried it on. I could not believe how well it worked. I just laid the paper on a paper towel, used a cotton ball to saturate the paper with the baby oil, then blotted the excess off the paper with a dry paper towel. I waited awhile, and then wiped the excess off the paper again. I let it dry thoroughly overnight, before using it. I used black Ink It Up ink to stamp the butterfly on the orange sheet of vellum, I had made. Heat set it, and then cut 2 of them out. I placed them on a piece of orange checked DP using 3-D dots. I then placed the sentiment and little pearls and ribbon on the yellow CS card. I thought with this sentiment, that I would be able to use this for a graduation card. Thanks Pat for the challenge and thanks to rest of you for letting me share.



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

what a clever way to use baby oil and the card you created is outstanding. You never cease to amaze me with your talent.*

Robyn said...

Shelia - I've said it before, and I'll say it again - YOU ARE SO CREATIVE!!!
Thanks for sharing this new technique - I can't wait to try it!
I love your card....especially the sentiment!

Pat said...

Now I really have to try this for myself!! Amazing as usual!

pam said...

i never heard of this !! will have to give it a try....and see if it works on patterned scrapbook paper. that would be soooooo neat.

thanks for sharing this....

mugsy said...

your flutterby is so cheerful !! have to try that vellum technique

singnals3 said...

Now I really have to try this for myself!! Amazing as usual!

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