Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Personal Note Cards with Handmade Papers

Today I am working with several of my handmade papers to create a few personal note cards.  I made the papers a few weeks ago with the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit and shared on a tutorial...HERE>>> Angel Wings, Sparkle and Paper.  Before making handmade paper be sure to watch the Basic Paper Making video
On each of the cards my handmade paper was used as the background panel.

Base panel handmade paper with Angel Wings and Sparkle!
Attach handmade paper panel to card base. Adhere pink and purple flowers to card base.  Mount the butterfly stickers on thin chipboard, fussy cut.  Attach the butterflies with foam tape.  Stamp and mount sentiment on handmade paper, adhere to card. Glue dew drops for a little bling.
Handmade paper made with Angel Wings and colored paper pulp!
Attach handmade paper panel to card base. Adhere pink and purple flowers to card base.  Mount the butterfly stickers on thin chipboard, fussy cut.  Attach the butterflies with foam tape.  Stamp and mount sentiment on handmade paper, adhere to card. Glue dew drops for a little bling

Handmade paper made with colored paper pulp!
Attach handmade paper panel to card base. Mount the bees and sunflower stickers on thin chipboard, fussy cut.  Attach the bees and sunflowers with foam tape.  Stamp and mount sentiment on handmade paper, adhere to card. Glue dew drops for a little bling.

Handmade papers
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Robin's Nest Butterfly Glitter Stickers
Foam Tape

Just a Note - Rubber Stampede Inc
Thinking of You - DenamiDesign
Thank you - Rubber Soul

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Just a Little Bit of Luck

Hearts shapes are so last month, with March just a few days away it time to think of "Shamrocks" and GREEN.

From the last post I wrote, I mentioned how I was playing around with paper pulp.  After making several sheets of handmade paper to be used in cards for embellishments, I decided to use paper pulp to form thicker shapes and thicker pieces of paper to be used for other projects.

The idea of making thick shapes and paper sheets was to show how hamdmade paper pieces like these can be used several other ways.

After forming a thick shamrock shape, with a cookie cutter as a deckle, it became a perfect base for a necklace.  It was colored using thinned acryrlic paints of various green hues.  It was applied by tapping the colors onto the surface using a brush or sponge applicator.  NOTE: Do not use too much water in this process. Allow the piece to dry between applications as not to saturate the paper too much.  When the coloring is to your liking, allow the piece to dry very well and it will become very firm once again.

Punch a small hole near the top where desired and add a eyelet. Add a large jump ring for the necklace. I used two different size and colors of crystals to apply to the shape.  Using a thin beading wire, transfer each set of crystals onto length of wire.  Begin wrapping the crystals around the shape, keeping the crystals only on the front of the surface.  NOTE: I began with the smaller sized crystals on the bottom and overlapping the larger ones on top.  I left a small length of wire on the back side from each strand of beading wire to twist and connect the two to hold them in place.

At the bottom of the shamrock a small hole was made with a piercing tool and a wishbone charm on a jump ring was added.

Three different strands cord or ribbon became the necklace.  Cut the same length from a jute cording, and two different ribbons.  Find the middle and lace through the large jump ring.  Each side was braided and then knotted to from the necklace.

After finishing the necklace I thought why not add something else.  So a pair of earrings were created, again with only papers.  To make the base discs and the small shamrocks, I used scraps of other handmade papers that were left from the previous projects.  Punch two round circles for each earring from the paper, punch three flower shapes for each earring from the paper.  NOTE: It may be helpful to place the paper to be punched between two pieces of waxed paper.  This aids in the process of punching the handmade papers.   I trimmed one of the flower petals with small scissors to form the stem of the shamrock.  The flower shapes are glued together to give them a little more stability.  NOTE: As each is glued, I trimmed it to make the stem.  The finished shamrocks are colored using the same process as above. 

 I created two discs for the background using handmade paper scraps also.  I made them to look similar to the metal discs that could have been used.  This was done to show how paper can replicate other mediums.  Again, I glued two layers of the punched circles together for each earring.  Two more circles were punched from a gold cardstock I had on hand for the backside.  NOTE:  Three layers of the paper circles would work fine too.  This was just a preference.   These circles are glued to  the others with the gold facing out.  The front surface was colored with a bronze paint and when dry, I inked over the discs with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  The results looked very similar to the copper metal discs.  Pierce a hole into the top of each disc for a jump ring and attach.  Add a smaller ring to the earring wire, then attach to the the earring disc.  I coated the discs with Ranger  Glossy Enamel to give them a resin look.

These ideas that I have shared so far are created to show the various ways handmade paper can be used.  It is a fun process to create your own papers or castings.  Paper can be used for many things besides writing on!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Colour of the Year - Radiant Orchid - friendship greeting card

Hi all Debbie Buckland here again.
Every year Pantone (the design industry leader in colour consistancy) announces their colour of the year. Last year you may have noticed the world went bit huts on Emerald Green… well that was the colour of 2013. Pantone influences graphic designers, fashion designers all the way down to paint, paper and paper making designers….

This years colour is Lilac (with fuchsia, purple, pink undertones) - 2014 here we come!
Pantone says that Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.

With that I made a greeting card using this colour in mind…

For this card i had a bit of Stampin ups rich razzleberry card stock scraps left over from a project….. bits that were not big enough for anything even flower making with bits of pink tones of other scrapbook card stock. So I recycled these into my own handmade card stock using the Arnold Grummer's Papermill complete paper making kit #301 which makes the perfect sized paper folded in half for a greeting card!

I also made some paper with left over predominately red christmas wrapping paper. It made a nice light pink card stock (ended up looking like light pink plaster colour on the card)

1. After the papers were made i folded the darker hand made card stock in half.

2. Inked up a cuttlebug gate embossing folder with rich razzleberry ink pad on one side of the folder then put the light pink hand made card stock inside it and rolled a brayer over the top of it… (yea couldn't be bothered getting out my Fiskars Fuse to use the embossing folder)

3. I had previously a cog cut out with a Tim Holtz die and grunge paper so i inked that up and used that for the front of the card.

4. adding the three buttons, a hand cut strip of raw canvas from a left over painting project then frayed the edge, then added the green ribbon on top.

The card was finished!
For the envelope I had a commercially made one already so i just stuck a strip of my handmade paper left over from another piece I made and inked the edges of the envelope. Matching envelopes always make hand made greeting cards have an extra awesomeness to the whole package. ;)

All the best and I will see you on my next post!

Debbie Buckland

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Steeped in Tradition

I have to admit that I have never really created or done anything for St. Patrick's Day. As I created this card, I thought about the traditions of St. Patrick's Day and the Celtic cross.  After doing a little research I learned that the cross was thought to be introduced by Saint Patrick.  The article I read said it may have been 2 other symbols combined into this one design.  Isn't fun that you learn something new every day?

This card was made using one of the Papermill kits and the basic instructions to create 3 sheets of paper which became the card base and the circles for the card. When making the sheet for the card base I wanted to add a little gold color to it so I added some of the Gold Sprinkles to it.   I, also, used the Celtic Cross mold to make the focal point of the card...the cross.  I love using the molds from Arnold Grummer.  All you have to do is put some of the cotton linters in a blender and add some water and press it into the mold.  It's that quick and easy.  Before you know it, you'll have all you'll need to make a paper cast to be the center of attention on your project. What's even more fun is that there is a huge selection of molds to choose from on the website.  If you want your creation to have a little color to it just add some of the Tissue Tints.  That's how I got the yellowish gold color for the molded cross.

If you think about it, handmade paper has a tradition behind it, too.  Maybe take a little time and research it to find out more about it.  I think I will. 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hand Made Paper Lantern

Hello! My name is Peggy and I would like to show you my lantern made from handmade paper.
The tools used today were:
  • Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Kit
  • Sticks from my morning walk
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Light Source

I started with making my paper, this kit has all, pulp
and botanicals. I recycled my trash paper and made beautiful sheets with flowers. I followed the directions of Arnold Grummer Here
 I used hot glue and sticks to make a square like base and took more sticks to create a teepee shape.

I placed the hand made sheets behind the sticks in the corners and glued them against the sticks.

Not a very clear picture but here you can see the top. 

And here is my light source that I will be switching out for electric. 
Thanks for joining me today! I had a great time creating and getting to share with all of you!
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Angel Wings, Sparkle and Paper!

Playing with the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit has been  addictive. Be sure to watch the Basic Paper Making video. I may have said it before, but I was intimidated by making handmade papers.  Now I can't stop! I am continually experimenting!
I want to share a few of techniques I did while making the papers above.    
  1. Made colored paper pulp to add to my base paper. 
  2. Added whole Angel Wings and rose petals to my paper.  
  3. Used glitter with the Angel Wings!
Note: I did not show all the steps in the papermaking process in this post, just the additives I added to the paper I made. 

Using scraps of paper I made colored paper pulp.  I wanted to add a splash or pink, yellow and orange to the paper I would add Angel Wings of the same color.
Here I have the base pulp in the Papermill Complete Kit, with a baster I added orange paper pulp. 
There are a number of Botanicals available on the Arnold Grummer's web site.  Today I am using the Arnold Grummer's Multi Colored Angel Wings.  The instructions on the package say to add them in the blender. I sorted through the package and found colors to match my pulp.  
The rebel I am... I wanted to try adding the Angel Wings whole to my paper. To flatten them I soaked them in water before adding them to the water. When I lifted the Papermill out of the water the pulp held the Angel Wings in place. 
Making the pink paper I added pink paper pulp with my baster, pink Angel Wings and a bit of the Arnold Grummer's Multi-Color Sprinkles. Again lifting the Papermill out of the water the pulp held the Angel Wings and Multi-Color Sprinkles in place.  
In the Arnold Grummer's Botanical Sampler you will find some rose buds.  I gently took the rose buds apart and soaked the petals in warm water before adding them to the paper pulp in the Papermill. Then I gently added them to the water.  
When lifting the Papermill out of the water the pulp held  the petals in place.
Once the papers are dry they are ready for use in your paper crafts!  It was fun playing with the different additives while making my paper.  
A card using my handmade paper with a 1920's Graphic 45 Couture image, peacock feather, and handmade paper flowers.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Shades of Green

The winter weather here has been pretty brutal this year.  Though I normally love the snow and can deal with the cold without much of a problem, I have to say I am getting a bit tired of seeing "white" everywhere for this long.  When Spring arrives it will be truly welcomed.  Looking forward to the sight of tiny purple and yellow crocus' and the bursts of green everywhere.  Green, the color of new life.  Here are three cards that I created from a handmade sheet of paper and extra pulp. Shades of green to express "Thanks", Happy St. Patrick's Day and a Celtic note.

The first card above with the Celtic Heart design began with a small square of handmade paper.  I used a brass stencil with the design to transfer the image to the paper.  Hold the stencil in place tightly.  NOTE: It can also be taped down carefully using a low tack masking tape.  Using a small foam applicator, ink over the stencil with a dye based green ink.  I small amount of Peeled Paint Distress Stickles™was carefully spread by a fine paint brush onto the stenciled image.  Carefully  tear the four edges of the square.  The torn square image is layered onto a light green square, cut with decorative scissors, then layered onto a gold square that was textured with a Sizzix Embossing Folder, finally onto a blank card. NOTE: A length of ribbon with a small tailored bow was added for embellishment.

The second card used two shamrock shapes that were first colored by applying one or two inks.  Both are embossed using a Sizzix Embossing Folder.  The embossed shapes get one more ink added to the raised areas.  The shamrocks are glued onto a gold piece of card stock. These two layers are placed onto a coordinating card stock that is edged using a decorative border punch.  The card is finished with a length of "St. Patrick's Day ribbon over the layers after being attached to a blank card.

The final card starts with a piece of handmade paper being stenciled with the word "thanks" using a brass stencil.  Both edges are punched with a border punch.  NOTE: A piece of waxed paper is folded over the edges before punching the decorative design. The waxed paper helps with this edge punching.  This piece is glued onto a gold square that has an embossed design on half the piece and corners rounded, then onto a colored piece of card stock with the two edges cut with the same border punch.  Add ribbon onto the three layers (refer to photo), tie a bow and glue the entire piece to a blank card.

NOTE: I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the stenciling on two cards and to color the two shamrock shapes.

After making a few sheets of simple plain white paper (one can never have enough of these on hand), I felt like playing around with extra pulp. I made three blender containers of extra pulp.  After transferring all the pulp into a different container, I began adding the pulp into two shamrock shaped cookie cutters that act as a deckle.  Place chosen deckles onto the white grid and screening to allow the water to drain from the pulp.  To add the pulp into the shapes I used an old fashioned baster to collect the pulp and then squeeze into the shapes.  I was able to make several shamrock shapes from the pulp.  I cut a narrow strip from a sponge and used it to remove as much of the water from the deckle shape before removing it.  Once the deckle can be removed follow the steps for more water removal and pressing as you would to create a sheet of paper.  NOTE:  Refer to the card above where a set of these were used as an embellishment.

The last large shamrock I made was fairly thick and this was done by adding several layers more of pulp.  Again I removed as much of the water as possible with the use of the strip of sponge and then continued the process.  An iron was used to start the drying process and then left to dry overnight. The thickness of this shape will find its way into a piece I hope to share with you at a later date.  Any thoughts of how I will use it?

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

St Patricks Day practical gift….

Hi all Debbie Buckland here,

St Patricks day is an interesting time in New Zealand…. if you don't drink you don't really celebrate it.
Although it really has nothing to do with drinking!!!

St Patrick was a Godly man that did good for the Irish people.

I decided to make a Note Pad Book with the Starter Kit/coverboards set all available from Arnold Grummer online shop

First of all I made my paper using the paper mill kit using one sheet of green sticky note and the rest white paper.
Then i drew and cut around the template

Then I stuck the cardboard to the paper and folded it over:

After that I stuck some hand made paper inside and added a green Sticky note pad to the inside

Now is decorating time:
When I was making my paper I also made my paper casts

there are many irish looking themed ones on Arnold Grummers website

I only used recycled paper and nothing special. It worked well.  But I really had to be extra careful taking the wet pulp from the mild…. but it still works.

I decorated the shamrock by spraying the copic ciao marker with the spritzer tool (stamping up not tim holts although its the same thing)

Then painted around it in old brass

Then stuck that to the front of the note pad book and added ribbon

I like it a lot with the multi sprinkles in the paper too. Kind of looks like a magic leprechauns note book. ;)

Will make a perfect St Patrick days gift
All the best and see you next post…
See ya again

Debbie Buckland

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