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From the Heart Card

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This folded heart card project is from my book Origami Card Craft and an avid paper folder I had to see if the handmade pink paper I made using Arnold Grummer's Paper Mill Pro kit would fold and it certainly did! I was amazed that my large sheet of handmade pink paper actually withstood the repeated creases without cracking or tearing and now I am excited about making my own origami paper.

Here is how I made the project:

Supplies:

1 sheet 8 1/2" x 11" handmade paper. (It must be fairly thin and well pressed. See my last post on how to make the paper.)
Rubber stamps from Club Scrap
Glue Stick
Silver iron on studs
Stamp pads


1. Valley fold the left bottom edge of the paper to the right edge and crease. Unfold the paper.

2. Valley fold the right bottom edge of the paper to the left edge and crease. Unfold.

3. Turn the paper over and valley fold the paper at the intersection of creases.

4. Bring the folds together to collapse into a flat triangle with flaps on both the front and the back.

5. Valley fold the top edge to meet the raw edge of the triangle.

6. Valley fold the top-layer triangle flaps to meet at the bottom point.

7. Valley fold the right and left sides to meet at the center.

8. Mountain fold the top corners backward so the edges meet on the reverse side. Turn the model over.

9. Valley fold the bottom triangle as far as it will go and valley fold the remaining bottom points at an angle so their tips lie over the folded edge.

10. Tuck the tips into the "pockets" on both sides of the triangle to hold the heart together. Crease all the edges well.

Your heart is completely folded! Now carefully unfold the heart to decorate.

Insert a stamped phrase measuring 1 1/4" X 3 3/4" into the rectangular section. Use a glue stick to secure. Fold the heart back to it's original shape and decorate with stamped flowers and iron on studs.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 August 2012 20:46 )
 

Handmade Pink Paper

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I am very honored to be a member of Arnold Grummer's Design team! Years ago, I got to know Arnold and his family on the Shop at Home set with Carol Duvall and have always loved his paper making kits.
Since it has been so long since I have made paper, I had to familiarize myself with the process again, but I was up and running in no time, making a huge mess in my kitchen and with a big smile on my face.
Paper Mill Pro
I thought I would make pink handmade ATC cards for my first project using Arnold's ATC mould that comes with the Paper Mill Pro. After pulling my first sheet, I realized that it was better to practice making a full sheet before working with the moulds because all but one of my little ATC cards were a little warped in shape most likely because I let the water out too fast. My suggestion would be to watch Arnold's videos BEFORE starting the paper making process. With that being said, I am still pretty happy with my first sheet of paper and ATC cards. I was able to trim the funny shaped cards and still use them so nothing was really wasted.

Before you start this project, have your supplies ready. Make sure to read the instructions in your paper making kit. I used the Paper Mill Pro and Angel Wing inclusions that were in the kit. Make sure you have a large basin that will fit your large mould and lot's of available water!

Here is how I made pink paper:
Tear up 2 sheets recycled paper and put them into a blender. I also used some packing paper and filled the blender about 3/4 full and then covered the paper in water to soak for 5 minutes.

Blend the paper for about 1 minute or less and stop when the chunks are very small. You don't want to over blend.

Add about 10 Red Angel Wing fibers (take out the seed first) and blend for about 10 seconds in short bursts.

Add several drops of magenta ink to the pulp and blend for a few seconds. Make the color a little deeper than you think it should be because the paper will dry somewhat lighter.

Make your sheet according to the instructions in the paper making kit.


Let your paper dry according to directions. I am lucky enough to own an Arnold Grummer Standard Paper Press and was able to press them very flat and because I used a lot of pressure, there was no need to size the sheet! If you don't have a press, don't worry, you can press your paper under a stack of books until dry. 


Next week I will post a project using the pink paper I just made. Stay tuned….

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 August 2012 04:09 )
 

Mixed Media Pendants

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Mixed media pendants with rolled paper beads

 Today, I taught a class on how to make these lovely necklaces and the results were beautiful! First, we made the rolled beads from scrapbook paper then painted them with interference colors. After that we stamped flowers onto shrink plastic and painted them with acrylic inks. I can't wait to tell you about the inks....soon!

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 July 2012 04:19 )
 

Love Knot Card

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Making this card using handmade strips of paper will make it even more special for the receiver! The papers in the love knot can be made with the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill and cut into strips before forming into the knot. I am fortunate enough to own an Arnold Grummer paper press and I was able to flatten the papers for a smoother look.

Supplies:

Two contrasting strips of fibrous or handmade colored paper cut 4" x 11"
Mizuhiki paper ribbon or 1/4" ribbon
Decorative paper or card stock
Blank greeting card
Thin bodied white glue
Double stick tape
Cutting knife or paper cutter

Instructions for preparing the strips for the knot:

1. Fold the two strips in half lengthwise and fold the two outermost edges to the center fold. Open the folds back out and apply a thin coat of glue to the entire surface facing up. The two ribbons will now be about 1" wide by 11" long.

Making the knot: (See diagram below)

1. While the glue is still wet and the paper is pliable, form a large loop in the middle of one strip.
2. Introduce the second strip from the front. Bring it through and behind the first loop, then bring it forward and thread it through the lower part of the loop.
3. Gently pull the two opposite ends of the paper strips carefully together to form the knot. Tighten the knot carefully making sure the paper lies flat. The center of the knot will form a perfect hexagon. Let the knot dry thoroughly and trim ends to desired length with cutting knife or scissors.

Assembling the card:

Cut a piece of coordinating decorative card stock or handmade paper a little smaller than the front of the blank greeting card and glue to the card.  Apply double stick tape to the back of the knot and glue to the front of the card. Cut a piece of ribbon and insert into the center of the knot.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:55 )
 
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