Friday, September 28, 2012

Halloween Is in the Air

I made this piece of black paper in the middle of the summer, and have been waiting, ever so patiently, to use it to make a Halloween card. Our hot, hot summer has given way to cooler temps. The crisp nippy nights make me think of Halloween.

Here's what I started with: the handmade paper I made using Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit and the embellishments—a tulle bow, a length of black jewelry chain, a couple jump rings, a pumpkin trinket, and three mini vintage tags.

Embellishments for Halloween card
I used my Score-Pal to score the handmade paper so it would fold neatly, and creased it gently with a bone folder. I punched a small hole in the corner of each of the vintage tags and put them on a jump ring along with the jewelry chain. I punched another hole at the top of the card and used the other jump ring to secure the other end of the chain to the card. 
Close-up of mini vintage tag booklet
I added the other embellishments and the word Halloween to the front of the card. I dusted the edges of the card and the lower edge of the Halloween sentiment with Terri Sproul's Gold Jewel Effects Mica Powder. Now I just have to wait until a little closer to Halloween to mail this off to a friend.

Finished Halloween card made using handmade paper
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Spooky Accordion Mini

Hi everyone I am back again with another Arnold Grummer creation.  I want to share a accordion mini album I made for my niece to handout to her classmates as a Halloween treat.  Anyone with kids this kit is a must have.  It makes mini's so easy my niece cut the papers for me.

Zig Zag Book Kit!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Envelope(s), Please

Lined envelopes made with A2 and A6 templates

After some experimenting with the envelope and card templates from Arnold Grummer, I have discovered that I can make envelopes as beautiful and as varied as the cards they hold.

My first discovery was that the A2 template also contains a note card template that works as an envelope liner. Align the newly made (soaking wet) note card with to top edge of the newly made envelope. Sponge in place. Dry the flat envelope in a paper press. Once the envelope is completely dry, fold it and seal the edges using a glue stick. Slide a piece of wax paper inside the envelope and press it again.

The deckle sheet template works as a liner for the larger A6 envelope.

Window envelopes

You can make a window envelope with any of the templates by placing a block onto the paper making screen, centered onto the envelope face of the template. This might require three hands.

I used a stack of Legos as a block.

I'm thinking Valentine.

I used a cardboard disk as a block with the petal template.

Mailing Labels

Next I tried using the Artist's Trading Card (ATC) template to make a writing label for the front of an A6 envelope. In order to get an extra-smooth writing surface, I added two squares of cotton linters to the white pulp before pouring into the ATC template.

I placed the wet ATC sheet in the center front of the wet envelope, sponged them together and put them in the press to dry. Once dry, I folded them and sealed them using a glue stick. After placing a sheet of wax paper inside the envelope, I pressed it again.

But can you really mail them?

Yes, you can.

Look at that great cancellation stamp!

The white labels were very easy to write on. I mailed four envelopes, they all arrived at their destinations in perfect condition.

The A2 template also has some small decorative shapes that look great affixed to any of the envelopes.

These envelopes are crying out for sealing wax.

Now that I know how easy it is, I'll be making envelopes for holiday cards, invitations, gift enclosures, store gift cards (little square ones), and of course, Valentines.

What will do with your envelopes?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cookie Exchange Accordion Book

The Arnold Grummer 6-Panel Accordion Fold Book is my new favorite paper crafting/book making product! It was easy to make, very sturdy, and it turned out great. I think using an accordion book to house the recipes for a cookie exchange is a perfect match, and it also makes a great gift for family, friends, teachers - just about anyone who likes cookies! 

Here's what you'll need to make your own Cookie Exchange Accordion Book:

  • Two 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheets of card stock
  • Six cookie recipes (I used index card sized recipes from Taste of Home Holiday Best Loved Cookies & Bars Book)
  • 24 inch piece of ribbon
  • Decorative pictures, items for cover
  • Scissor
  • Glue stick
You're going to cut two 5 1/4 by 6 1/2 inch cover pages from the card stock.
Apply glue over the entire surface of one of the cover boards contained in the Arnold Grummer 6-Panel Accordion Fold Book Kit, then center it glue side down on one of the covers you cut from the card stock.

Notch the corners of the cover with a scissor as shown in the picture below.
Apply glue to the long flaps of your cover, crease and fold them over onto the cover board. Now glue, crease, and fold the short flaps. Rub your finger over the flaps a few times to press out any air. Repeat the entire process with the second cover and cover board. When you are finished you can place the glued cover boards between wax paper and under a heavy book for a few hours to dry. I was too excited to wait that long and it turned out fine : )
Now take the white 6-panel accordion paper and mark an "X" on the first and last panels on the same side of the accordion fold. These two panels will not be decorated in any way - they will be glued to the covers, so the "X" avoids any opportunity for confusion.
On the side of the accordion fold without the "X's", apply glue to the back of the first recipe you would like to use and center the recipe glue side down on the first blank panel. Repeat with the other five recipes. 
This is a good time to glue your decorative photos on the front cover, or you can wait till the end, it's up to you. 
On the blank side of the accordion fold where you put the X's, glue the front panel marked with an "X" to the unfinished side of the front cover. 

Now center and glue a 24 inch piece of ribbon across the unfinished side of the back cover before attaching to the accordion fold.

Glue the back panel marked with an "X" from the blank side of your accordion fold to the unfinished side of the back cover, making sure the ribbon is flat and straight first. 

Great work! You just finished a Cookie Exchange Accordion Book! 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

~Love Inspires Mixed Media~ New DT Post for Arnold Grummer

I totally love creating  handmade paper with Arnold Grummer's kits and products and finding new ways to incorporate that with my artwork! I just love the texture and colors in this 6 x 6 inspirational mixed media canvas I designed

6 x 6 canvas panel
Assortment of handmade papers
Assortment of scrap booking papers
Mod Podge
Vellum quotes
Epoxy stickers
Small metal frame
Paint- I used Lumiere

1) Randomly paste your assorted scrapbook papers to cover the canvas  board.

2) Apply the vellum quotes over the paper where you would like
3) Randomly place and paste torn pieces of handmade papers around the quotes

4) When dried add the epoxy sticker when you would like it and place the metal frame directly over it.

5) I then painted around and slightly over the side edges and dabbed some paint on the canvas board here and there.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Another Great Back to School Gift Idea

Handmade paper is on of the best tools any artist can have in their tool box.  It can be used in so many ways and for so many different applications.

It's still back to school season around here, so I thought up another great gift for the kids going back to school. 
It's a soft cover journal.

The only items that I used for this project is the Arnold Grummer's Medium Pour Mold and some scrap paper.  I made a quick how to video of how I made this journal, which you will find below.  Also don't forget to check out the Arnold Grummer Design Team Blog for other great projects.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Who needs a label make when you have a papermill?

Who needs a label maker when you have a Papermill?

Just-made paper is wonderfully sticky. That, and the fact that it is so beautiful make it the perfect label material for jars of homemade comfort food.
Make a batch of paper pulp, blend it pretty well. If you want to be able to see the writing on the finished label, the pulp should be a uniform, well blended color. But something chunky and multi-colored would look great too. Use a small can--tomato paste size-- with both ends removed as your template. Place the black mesh screen from the Arnold Grummer Papermill kit atop the kit's large white grid. Rest the grid and screen on a tray with a lip, to catch the water. Center the can on the screen and pour the pulp into the can. Wait a few seconds for some of the water to drain. Remove the can. You will have a nice, thick, round and very wet label.

Pick up the black mesh screen -- the label will amazingly stay in place-- center the label over the bumpy writing on the front of a sealed jar. Lay the wet label in place. With the mesh screen still in place, sponge the label through the screen, pushing it onto the surface of the jar. The bumps on the jar give the wet label something to adhere to. Keep pressing the label onto the jar--through the mesh screen-- until the screen can peel away easily. Let the label dry over night.

The dried label will have a somewhat bumpy surface. Very pretty, but hard to write on. You can use letter stamps to print on the label.
Once I labeled my real canned goods, I made a few more.
Have fun!
I can't wait to see what you cook up.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Autumn Leaves Card

I hate to see the end of summer, but our weather here in Ohio is starting to feel like fall. So, I was inspired to create this autumn greeting card. I started with a blank card, handmade paper that I made using the Arnold Grummer Papermaking kit, and an embossing folder.

To get the deckled edge on the handmade paper, use water to paint a line on the paper, and then, gentle pull the paper apart along the water line. I steamed the handmade paper with my iron to make it a bit more flexible before embossing it.

I gathered the leaves from my yard. Do you believe that the trees are already dropping their leaves?? I coated each side of the leaves with Perfect Paper Adhesive from USArtQuest. This will ensure that they remain flexible, and won't crumble. I used tape runner adhesive to adhere the leaves as an embellishment on the card.

Here's my finished card.

Be sure to check out my other projects on my Create & Craft blog.