Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Postcards By the Sea!

Working with papers you have made yourself is rewarding.  When you tell people you made the paper yourself they are amazed. There are so many things you can add to the paper you make and so many ways to use your handmade papers. 
Today I am using more of my blue handmade paper.  Yes, I made it with the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit

I cannot stress enough how easy it is to make paper with the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit.  If you have never made paper with Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit, be sure to watch the Basic Paper Making video. Making paper is so much easier than you ever thought.

Using the Arnold Grummer's Accordion Fold Book I made my Postcards by the Sea book!


TO MAKE THE BOOK
First, cover the chipboard front and back with hand made paper.  Adhere ribbon to the back cover of the accordion book.

Spritz the accordion pages with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Crushed Shells and Mister Huey's Color Mist - Seafoam.  Ink edges with brown ink.


Create pockets with handmade papers.  The pockets can be on the diagonal or across the bottom of a page of the book.

Add Graphic 45 By the Sea papers to the accordion book.

Attach the front and back covers to the accordion.  Add shells and Stickles to the front cover.

Supplies:
Handmade Paper
Arnold Grummer's Accordion Fold Book
Graphic 45 - By the Sea 8X8 pad
Ink - Brown and Blue
Small shells from stash
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Crushed Shells
Mister Huey's Color Mist - Seafoam
Stickles
Ribbon
Shop online at Arnold Grummer's and use the code - EARTH20 20% off your purchase! You will find everything for your paper making needs there!!! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Arnold Grummer Blog - Making Seed Paper

A suggested theme for this month was making seed papers.  Since this is one thing that I had never tried before I decided to give it a whirl!

The results are these seed packets using the seeded sheets of paper.  Along with those I included a paper casting "plant poke" to add in a garden or a flower pot.

I did a bit of research on making seed papers and found a couple different approaches. The process began just as if making any sheet of paper.  Create the pulp and add it into a vat for dipping.  Choose a mold to form your paper.  NOTE: Either use the dip method or the pour method.  Add a template before proceeding if desired for a shape.  Use cookie cutters for creating unique shapes.

The samples of the finished papers show two different methods for adding the seeds.  The sheet on the left had the seeds added as the paper was lifted from the water vat.  Most of the seeds stay on the top of the sheet.  The opposite side is fairly smooth.  The sheet on the right has the seeds added to the mold of pulp before lifting.  They are mostly embedded into the pulp.  I used a mixture of seeds that are meant to attract butterflies and are of various colors.  Larger seeds are more difficult to embed into the papers.

Use the packet from the seeds to create a template to form the "seed paper packets" or draw your own. The sheet on the left was used to make the larger packet NOTE: Any seeds that became loose from the sheet were placed inside once the packet was formed.
Inside of Packet
Outside of  Packet
The seeded paper sheet on the right was used to make the smaller version of the seed packet.

To finish off the packages, I used an image from the original seed packet that was scanned and printed from the computer to create bands, plus the band describing the seeds.  A small label was placed on the back with directions.  Just a small ribbon and a punched paper butterfly finishes the look.

Make these as shower favors for a wedding or baby.  Think of using "baby's breath" for a baby shower.  Use them for wedding favors with flower seeds that the bride likes.  Make them for sending to friends and use "forget-me-nots" seeds.

Along with making the papers, I found some molds in my crafting room that are used for other various mediums.  It was time to experiment a little more.  From a mold that was made for making plaster casts, I made the coordinating butterfly shape from paper pulp, to create the plant poke.  A bit of paint and a coating of varnish is all that's needed before placing on a "Sticky Stick" to finish the plant poke.

For my first attempt at making seed paper I was pleased at the results.  This process would be fun to do with kids.  Make several sheets and allow them to cut it in various shapes, by hand or using a simple die-cutting machine.  Then plant some paper that grows!

Earlier this month there was another post on this process.  Refer to this previous post about making wedding favors from seeded papers for another example:
http://arnoldgrummer.blogspot.com/2014/03/recyclable-wedding-favors.html


For savings this month at the Arnold Grummer website here is a link and use the code - EARTH20 for savings.  There you can find a fun kit for kids (or any one wanting to have some fun) on how to make paper that grows.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy Chicky Easter! An easter card Tutorial

Hi all - Debbie here

My paper making is coming on really well… I've been making coloured paper by adding a little square of colour to my white-ish recycled paper pulp.
My results…
and as you notice in that photo I have been painting chicks…

These are samples of my chicks that I have been painting in my exploration of Chinese Brush painting. Its been a real blast learning how to use a paintbrush differently and using black ink only.

but we should get back to the Easter thing aye… ;)

I have been making easter cards by combining the chick paintings and my handmade recycled papers.


step 1:
choose one sheet of your handmade paper for the base of your card that is close to the thickness of card stock.

2. trim your 2 other chosen colours of handmade papers that would go with the base and trim them a little smaller than each other as shown.

don't stick them down yet
3.
Next stamp your smallest sheet with a blossom or flower stamp. (I used one that I designed myself)

I stamped yellow on yellow. It makes a subtle patterned paper look.

4.
I used matte gel to adhere the chick (which is painted on rice paper - a think tissue like paper) on the yellow panel then stuck the layers onto the card with double sided tape.

Then the last part is to write or stamp the words "Happy Easter on the card.

First card complete!


The next card has a small difference… the last panel is made into an egg shape…

draw and egg shape on the back of your smallest panel…
tear out the shape or cut - which ever you feel comfortable with.

stamp on the egg shape

stick the chick picture on the egg shape as before…. use double sided foam tape to stick your egg on the card layers….. write your words "Happy Easter" or stamp them.

awesome you have made two cards with your handmade paper!

yipee!












Thanks for dropping by and I hope you give these tutorials a go.

Debbie Buckland
artycrafty.wordpress.com



Coupon Time!
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Monday, March 17, 2014

All this talk these days about “going green” makes me smile. The Arnold Grummer Co., family and friends have been “green” for decades. Not only are we “green” by recycling, repurposing, and re-using, we are adding to the “green” in our wallets by making our own paper from items most people consider trash. What a winning combination that is!
With March’s Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, what better time to gather all those odds and ends of green scrap paper and get started on an Irish project or two.

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Supplies:
Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits

Molds: R 004 Scottish Thistle, R 434 Celtic Harp, R 470 Celtic Knot Work, R 497 Celtic Flourish
Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, ruler
Beacon Quick Grab™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or foam dots
Scraps of green and white paper (think colored junk mail, etc.)
4 sheets of 12 x 12” Forest Green 90# card stock (I used World Win)
Envelopes
Dies: Spellbinders™ Circles, CherryLynn Celtic Circles Stacker Frames
Craftwell™  large Embossing Folder Décor Circles
Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
ColorBox™ Chalk Ink pads in Warm Green and Olive Pastel and Stylist handle with white foam tips

Directions:
Using two of the 12 x 12” pieces of dark green card stock create the box following the instructions available from www.oragami-fun.com (*save the two ½” strips to use in making the dark green casting.)
Check the grain of the card stock to determine the layout for folding.  Cut four (slightly smaller than) 4 x 8” cards from one sheet of the 12 x 12” card stock. Cut four of the middle size Celtic Circle dies from the dark green card stock (*save the scraps to use in making the dark green casting).
Fold the cards in half. Emboss the front of the card with the Décor Circle folder.
Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create a sheet of light green paper. When paper is dry cut four 3 ¼“circles and one middle size Celtic Circle die from the handmade paper. Make more slurry and caste one each of the four molds in light green, dry in the microwave, with the heat tool or place in a sunny window. Make a small amount of dark green slurry and cast one thistle (*see notes), dry casting. When castings are dry, use the Stylist and foam tips to add a small amount of Warm Green Chalk ink to bring out the texture and design of the light green castings. Use the Olive Pastel Chalk ink for the dark green casting.
Assemble the cards and box:
Attach the light green castings to the dark green Celtic Circles dies with Quick Grab™ adhesive. Attach the dark green Celtic Circles die to the 31/4” light green circles with foam tape or dots. Attach the light green circles to the front of the embossed 4” cards. Attach the dark green thistle casting to the light green Celtic Circle die. Attach the light green Celtic Circles die to the top of the box. Place the four cards and envelopes inside the box.
What a great gift for my Irish friends.

Project 2:

Supplies:
Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
Molds: R 004 Scottish Thistle
Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, ruler
Quick Grab™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or foam dots
Scraps of green and white paper (think colored junk mail, etc.)
One sheets of 12 x 12” Forest Green 90# card stock (I used World Win)
Envelope for a 6 x 6” card
Dies: CherryLynn Celtic Circles Stacker Frames
Craftwell™  large Embossing Folder Décor Circles
Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
ColorBox™ Chalk Ink pad in Warm Green and Stylist handle with white foam tips
Light green gel pen

Directions:
Check the grain of the card stock to determine the layout for folding.  Cut one 6 x 12” cards from one sheet of the 12 x 12” card stock. Cut one of the middle sized Celtic Circle dies from the dark green card stock.
Fold the card in half. Emboss the front of the card with the Décor Circle folder.
Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create a sheet of light green paper. When the paper is dry cut one large Celtic Circle die. Cut one middle size Celtic Circle die from the dark green card stock. Make more light green slurry and caste one of the thistle molds, dry in the microwave, with the heat tool or place in a sunny window.  When casting is dry, use the Stylist and foam tips to add a small amount of Warm Green Chalk ink to bring out the texture and design of the thistle casting.
Assemble the card:
Attach the light green castings to the dark green Celtic Circles die with Quick Grab™ adhesive.  Attach the dark green Celtic Circles die to the large light green Celtic Circles die with foam tape or dots. Attach the light green Celtic Circles die to the front of the embossed 6” cards.
Add an Irish blessing with a light green gel pen. Any of my Irish friends would treasure this card.

Special Occasion Thank You Notes

I couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about making your own wedding favors from seed paper.  Today I would like to share a card that is also made from seed paper and can be used for wedding thank you notes or just an everyday thank you note.  The great thing about the paper these are made from is that it can be planted in a garden and the seeds will grow into beautiful flowers which makes this card very earth friendly. 

The paper was made using one of the Papermill Kits from Arnold Grummer's Papermaking and the basic instructions.  Before lifting the paper from the water, I sprinkled a packet of mixed flower seeds onto the surface and then finished the sheet of paper off according to the instructions.  I trimmed the paper to create a 3 1/2" x 4 7/8" note card and then stamped the sentiment and design on it.

 It takes little time to create a sheet of paper and it's so much fun and more satisfying using something that is handmade.  It being recyclable and earth friendly sends this card over the top.  Who wouldn't love receiving a thank you that can bring flowered memories later on? 

Wedding season is just upon us so start planning your Earth Friendly Thank You Notes today and if you don't have a wedding coming up plan ahead for all of those occasions where you will be needing to say, "thank you."
                                                                

Head on over to the website and use the PROMO CODE:  EARTH20 to receive 20% off your order until the end of March.

~Peg

Join me at Peg's Crafting Corner to see more of my work.



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Handmade Spring Flowers Mini Album


Hello, Peggy here to show you how I made this wonderful little mini album
to be filled up with some pictures of spring. It's in the air isn't it?
Well, OK, a little early for some but here in British Columbia
on Vancouver Island we are in full bloom!

List of supplies for today's tutorial: 
I made some wonder full paper again with my Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Kit.  This time I made my sheets a bit thinner to be able to manipulate the paper around my chipboard easily.  I also used an iron to dry my sheets as last time I made paper I air dried. They came out much flatter.
I used my chipboard from the sticky notes kit for the front, spine and back covers. I taped my edges with double sided tape to make my handmade paper adhere. This picture below is a bit blurry but I thought I would include it as it shows my placement for the chipboard and the space allowance (1/8th of an inch) for the covers to close.
Below is my paper after being  taped down. 
Next I made four envelopes with my envelope punch board.
These tiny envelopes are perfect for my envelope mini. 
Then I made a hidden hinge system to place my envelopes onto to create pages in my book.
 I adhered the bottom of each envelope to the binding system. I placed a slit in the bottom of each envelope to slide onto the tabs. I ended up cutting off the top of each envelope as well to act as pockets. 
Next I made some tabs for each tag that I wanted to pull out of the envelopes. I used a Tim Holtz Die to cut these and I adhered them to each tag. I lined each tag with a matching cardstock.
On the front of my Mini Album I had made a Magnolia Paper Cast. I lightly brushed a Gelato in blue to highlight the edges of the beautiful flower.
It gave me a lot of texture but I was looking for more definition. 


This photo below shows the hidden hinge system perfectly. 
So in the end I went ahead and made a cast from the same Magnolia Casting 
mold with Polymer Clay. I colored it with acrylic paint.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. I love these products as they are so 
easy to use and easy to follow directions.

You can receive 20% off using this coupon code: EARTH20 for the month of march at checkout on the Arnold Grummer Web Site. 
Design Team Member
Peggy Oliver