Saturday, June 28, 2014

Art Journal Page - tutorial

Hi all
with sad regret I say that this is my last post for my 6 month DT position here.
But I hope this tutorial will be a good one for you....



You will need:
Hand made paper (using the Arnold Grummer Paper making kits)
Reinkers that can water activate (i.e.: Stampin Up! or Distress inks)
Craft mat
Light grey marker pen (I used copic C1)
Black marker pen
gel medium
Black paper
handmade paper larger than other piece
versa mark pen (or versa mark ink pad with lettering stamps)
white colouring in pencil
white embossing powder an heat gun
Circle stencil






1. select your re-inker colours and put them on your craft mat. Spray them with water and get two sheets of handmade paper - put one on top of the inky mess.... then do the second... I find that the second one is more the splotchiness we need not the first.... use the first for another art journal page or a greeting card background.






















2. using my C1 copic pen (you can use any grey medium you want - colouring in pencil, felt pen, gelato, fabercastell marker etc) I traced the outside of the circle with my pen and then proceeded to shade in areas....



















3. I then ran my black marker pen around the paper to frame it a little



















4. using the gel medium stick it to the larger sheet of handmade paper, then a white sheet of paper or in your book. I added the back paper behind here too.




















5. use your versa mark pen to write the words you want, heat emboss with white embossing powder..... and use the white pencil to out line the words.




















Using the gel medium stick the words to the page and you are finished!
and it looks really really arty! lol



































Thanks for dropping by and i do hope you have fun drawing your own crystal ball.
So what do you see in my Crystal Ball?
Beach House?
Flower Garden?
Book being read?
Greeting card being made?


all the best and happy crafting!
Debbie Buckland
New Zealand
artycrafty.wordpress.com



Coupon Time!

This month you can use the COUPON CODE: SUMMER20 and save 20% on your entire order, so head over to the website and place an order today so you can create some wonderful handmade papers for yourself or for gifts.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pressed Flower “Blossom” Cards

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

(2 projects)

Summer is here! It’s a perfect time to start harvesting those wildflowers or blossoms from your garden and pressing them in any of the Arnold Grummer flower presses. The presses are so easy to use and the results are wonderful. The cards created with some handmade paper and pressed flowers are a special way of preserving the memories of summer.


“and then the day came when the risk to remain tight
in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom”
Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Any of the Arnold Grummer Flower Presses (take advantage of the sale this month!)
  • Microwave if using either of the Mirofleur presses
  • Flowers of your choice to press
  • Scraps of off white and dark green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder
  • Deep grape (or color to match your pressed flower) card stock 5 ½ x 8 ½” folded and envelope
  • Dies:  CheeryLynn tiny leaves
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • ColorBox™ Chalk Warm Violet Ink pad (or color to match your flower)
  • Stamp A Mania MH7061G “Blossom” stamp: (verbiage “and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom
  • Beacon  ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Double sided foam tape or foam dots
Directions:

  1. Follow the directions for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create white slurry.
  2. Create one (or more) sheet of thick white handmade paper.
  3. Create a sheet of dark green paper.
  4. When the white sheet is dry, tear it into 4 pieces. (set the extra 3 pieces aside for other cards)
  5. When the dark green sheet is dry, die cut three of the tiny leaf stems. (I always cut more leaves than I need for a project and keep them on hand for future use)
  6. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer flower presses to press flowers of your choice. (I press a number of flowers at a time so that I always have some ready)
Assemble the card:

  1. Attach the pressed blossom and tiny leaf sprigs with the Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive.
  2. Stamp the verbiage with Chalk ink.
  3. Attach the handmade paper to the card with foam tape or foam dots.
  4. Add your special message to the inside of the card.

NOTE - Since the pressed flower is a bit fragile, I suggest placing some bubble wrap or thin foam packing over the front of the card before mailing it.

Any of the Arnold Grummer flower press kits would make a wonderful gift for your gardening friends!


Project 2

“Passion of Life” Pressed Daisy Card

Glorious summer wildflowers and garden flowers are everywhere and are ready to be picked and pressed in my Arnold Grummer flower press. Hundreds of blossoms can be dried in a short time and stored for future creations.

“There is no end… there is no beginning…
there is only the infinite Passion of Life”
Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Any of the Arnold Grummer Flower Presses (on sale this month!)
  • Microwave if using either of the Mirofleur presses
  • Daisy type flower
  • Scraps of off white and light green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder
  • Olive green card stock 5 ½ x 8 ½” folded and envelope
  • Die:  CheeryLynn tiny leaves
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • ColorBox™ Pastel Olive Chalk Ink pad
  • Stamp A Mania MH7102-H “Passion of Life” stamp: (verbiage “There is no end…….. there is no beginning………there is only the infinite Passion of Life”
  • Beacon  ZipDry™ and QuickGrab™ Adhesive
  • Double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • 8-10” of 1” sheer white ribbon
  • Heat tool/gun
Directions:

  1. Follow the directions for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create white slurry.
  2. Create one (or more) sheet of thick white handmade paper.
  3. Create a sheet of light green paper.
  4. When the white sheet is dry, tear it into 4 pieces. (set the extra 3 pieces aside for other cards)
  5. When the light green sheet is dry, die cut two of the tiny leaf stems. (cut more leaves than needed and keep them on hand for future projects)
  6. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer flower presses to press flowers of your choice. (press extras to use on other projects later)
Assemble the card:

  1. Attach the pressed blossom and two tiny leaf sprigs with the Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive.
  2. Stamp the verbiage with the Olive Pastel Chalk ink.
  3. Tie the ribbon into a tiny bow. Attach it to the stem area of the pressed flower with QuickGrab™ adhesive.
  4. Heat the ribbon for a few seconds with the heat tool to “crinkle” the ribbon.
  5. Attach the handmade paper to the card with foam tape or foam dots.
  6. Add your special message to the inside of the card.
  7. The pressed flower can be a bit fragile, so I suggest hand delivering the card or placing some bubble wrap or thin foam packing over the front of the card before mailing it.




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Create a Journal Using Handmade Papers

Have you made a lot of papers with your Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Mill?  Wondering what to do with some of the papers?  Do you love journal books?  Have a friend that a journal would be the perfect gift.  Here is  an easy journal to make!
 
 
Find an old book about half the size of the handmade papers (8 1/2 x 11) you will be using to fill your book.
 
 
Cut the pages out of the book and remove the back spine.


Gather handmade papers to fill the book (8 1/2 x 11),
cut them in half.
 
 
Cut them in half, to give the sheets a handmade edge use a scor-pal to score the paper. 

 
With a make  a q-tip wet the score and gently rip the paper.
 
 
Punch three holes in the  book cover, use it as a guide to punch the holes in the handmade papers!

 
All the beautiful papers look wonderful together.
 
 
To make a beautiful cover on the book.  Take a piece of handmade paper and adhere with gel medium.
 
 
Print Altered Pages Collage Sheet Eiffel Tower Over Paris on Craft Attitude printable film.

 
Cut out the large Eiffel Tower and the word Paris.
 
 
Adhere the Eiffel Tower and Paris with glue stick. Coat with a layer of IMAGINE Crafts Creative Medium Vintage, let it dry.
 
 
Attach lace/ribbon and Graphic 45 scrap OOH LA LA with Tacky Glue, then spritz with IMAGINE Crafts iRESITable Spray

 
 
Add Silk Flowers and Dew Drop centers with Tacky Glue.


Finally, add SARI Ribbons in a variety of colors to the rings.
 
I have had a great time creating with Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Mill during my six months on the Design Team... I LOVE handmade papers and plan to continue to make handmade papers, I hope you try making  

SUPPLIES:
Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Mill
Handmade Papers
Altered Pages Collage Sheet Eiffel Tower Over Paris 
Gel Medium
IMAGINE Crafts Creative Medium Vintage
IMAGINE Crafts iRESITable Spray
Craft Attitude printable film
Sari Silk Ribbon
Lace/Ribbon
Silk Flowers
Dew Drops
Old book
Three Rings
Graphic 45 scrap OOH LA LA



To start you paper making adventure check out the supplies on the Arnold Grummer's site.  If you start this month you can get a 20 % discount using the code: SUMMER20 when placing your order

Monday, June 23, 2014

Papercasting Three Dimensional Shapes

While processing pulp for casting in molds for the last project, an idea came to try and sculpt a three-dimensional shape using the left over pulp.


Experimenting with crafting material of any kind just happens to be something I enjoy doing.  It's fun to push the limits of materials and play with combining products because that's how new techniques and ideas are created in my opinion.

I used wire mesh to form a simple body base for a dragonfly.  Two sizes of wings were cut from wire mesh.  NOTE: The mesh used was Amaco WireForm Metal Mesh.

The process I used to cover the mesh forms was to dip the pieces into the pulp that is in a shallow container.  Move the mesh shapes around in the container, lift the mesh pieces from the container and press some of the water out with your fingers.  Place the mesh covered pieces onto a board covered with a towel.  Use a sponge or toweling to continue to press the water from the shapes.  This process was repeated to continue to add a coating of the pulp to each shape.  NOTE: When repeating this, do it carefully to as to not add too much water, causing the pulp to wash away.  Small amounts of pulp were lifted with a fork and placed onto the mesh shapes to continue to add layers of pulp to cover the shapes.


Dry the shapes in between the layering in a toaster oven.  Once the shapes are covered to your liking, the pieces can be painted and finished before completing the dragonfly.

The body was first painted with black paint.  A combination of other metallic colors were carefully brushed on randomly.

The wings are painted with a white pearl paint and then brushed with a light coat of Ranger Ice Stickles for a bit more sparkle.

A hole was poked through the dragonfly body to add a wire for attaching.  Two bronze beads are added for eyes.  The wings are glued together  and then glued into place on the top of the dragonfly to cover the hole made for the wire, slightly overlapping them.  Shape the wings as desired.  NOTE: The wire mesh makes them easy to shape.

I attached the dragonfly to a "found" branch that is part of a wall arrangement in my front hallway.

I am sure I will attempt this process of working with pulp in the fashion again.  It's always fun to experiment and work on perfecting a process and discover new ideas.

Give papermaking and papercasting a try!

If you haven't tried paper making or paper casting go to the Arnold Grummer website and check out the products, ideas, videos and place an order using the code: SUMMER20 when placing an order.



Friday, June 20, 2014

Starfish Favor/Gift Box


©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

I am always looking for easy and elegant favor/gift boxes to slip a tiny gift or trinket into. I like to make up several at a time to have on hand. This is one of the easiest boxes ever created and can be made in any combination of colors and themes using the wonderful selection of the Arnold Grummer casting molds.



Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Molds: CP Starfish
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, ruler
  • QuickGrab™ Adhesive and double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of peach/pink and white paper (think colored junk mail, etc.)
  • Tiny amount of Gold glitter
  • 12 “each of 1” sheer Burgundy ribbon and tulle

Directions:

  1. 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 peach/pink paper.
  2. When the paper is dry, create a simple 2 x 2 x 2” box.
  3. Make white slurry, add a tiny amount of gold glitter to the slurry and cast the starfish.
  4. Dry in the microwave, with the heat tool or place in a sunny window. 

Assemble the box:

  1. Attach the castings to the top of the box lid with QuickGrab™ adhesive.
  2. Tie the double bow around the box.
  3. Place a tiny gift in the box or a small wedding or anniversary favor.

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thinking of You This Summer

 
 
It's hard to believe that summer is almost in full swing now and we are half way through the year.  This time of year is often very busy for all of us and it's when I like to make a special effort to keep in touch with my friends and let them know I'm thinking of them.  This card was created with just that in mind. 
 
I used one of the Papermill Kits to create the white cardbase and the green sheet of paper.  I added some of the Tissue Tints to get the green color in the white paper pulp.   I had a leftover flower and leaf when I had dried some for a previous project so I decided to use it, too.  The flower was dried using a Microfleur Press.   It's great to be able to dry several flowers and keep them on hand to use for those special projects.  There's nothing more fun than using a sheet of handmade paper and then adding a hand dried flower onto it. 
 
Enjoy creating some special cards for your friends and family this summer.  Use the coupon code:  SUMMER20 to get 20% off your entire order.  The cold weather will be here before you know it and you will be set with a new hobby to enjoy when you aren't able to be outside, but now is the time to use this special offer so head over to the website and start shopping today! 
 
~Peg
 
Join me on my blog:  Peg's Crafting Corner
 
 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A buggy card - tutorial

Hi all
Today I bring you a simple greeting card with the bug paper mould.....

You will need:
plain white greeting card base
dark brown handmade paper
brownish grey handmade paper
paper pulp and mini bug paper mould
paper trimmer and adhesive
brown stamp pad











1. make your paper pulp as per usual but instead of making it into a sheet of paper put it into the mould squeeze out the water with a cloth over top of the paper pulp and the sponge till the sponge is not squeezing out anymore water. take out of mould carefully then let both dry well.



















2. with the light brown ink pad and a water mister (in my case anyway - it helped spread the ink better) apply stamp pad over moulded paper cast.















3. Carefully rip the little squares of bugs apart from each other. cut the dark brown card stock to 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" and cut the grey card stock to 5 half" x 2"



















4. I used double sided foam pads for sticking the strip on to the dark brown card stock. Then stuck the squares on to the strip....



















you are finished!
easy and quick to assemble once the paper and cast is made and dried.

its a great male oriented card too.

All the best and please have fun with your paper pulp moulds.

there are plenty in the shop at Arnold Grummers website
click here to check them out









Thanks for dropping by and I hope you give this tutorial a go.


Debbie Buckland
artycrafty.wordpress.com



Coupon Time!

This month you can use the COUPON CODE: SUMMER20 and save 20% on your entire order, so head over to the website and place an order today so you can create some wonderful handmade papers for yourself or for gifts.



Friday, June 13, 2014

Memories from the Beach

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

The "By the Sea" gift bag filled with Salt Water Taffy was a great success. My mom has been ill for almost a year and has spent more days in the hospital and nursing home than at home with my dad. Creating small gifts to brighten her day is a pleasure. My sister was present when I gave mom her bag of taffy and this matted sand dollar. What a wonderful afternoon of sharing those memories of our times at the beach.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Mold: CPSand Dollar
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, scissors
  • QuickGrab™ Adhesive, double sided tape
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Light blue 6 x 6” mat board (with backing) with a 2 ¾”- 3” opening
  • Embossing folder with words
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • ColorBox™ Chalk Ink pad in Lavender Blue and Stylist handle with white foam tips
  • ColorBox™ Metallic Gold Ink pad and Metallic Gold embossing powder

Directions:

  1. Emboss the front of the mat with the folder.
  2. Edge the outside and opening of the mat with metallic gold ink.
  3. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat with the heat tool.
  4. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to caste the sand dollar.
  5. Dry in the microwave, with the heat tool or in a sunny window.
  6. When the casting is dry use the Stylist and foam tips to add a small amount of Lavender Blue Chalk ink to bring out the texture and design of the sand dollar casting.
  7. Line up the casting in the opening of the mat and attach it to the backing with QuickGrab™ adhesive. 
  8. Use double sided tape to attach the mat to the backing. 





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tea Time Note Cards!

You have already heard from me how easy it is to make paper with the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Mill, if you don't believe me, watch the video on Basic Paper Making HERE to see how easy handmade paper making can be. 
 
Personal notecards are the best to receive, also great gifts to give as a notecard gift set.  For the cards below I made handmade sheets of paper with my Arnold Grummer Paper Making Mill. Almost all of my papers are made with papers from my shredder.  The color is added with scrap cardstock. 
Here are the papers I made using my Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Mill
The base card was made from shredded papers from our personal shredder.
The papers above were made from scraps of leftover papers that were any shade of green and any shade of purple.  These are the results I got. On some bits of  Arnold Grummer's Iridescent Flakes and Arnold Grummer's Gold Dust were added.

Paper pulp can be cast in clay molds, acrylic molds for polymer clay, cookie cutters and more. Today I am using clay molds that I had in my kitchen.  They were given to me as a gift a while back and I never used them much in the kitchen.  Now they will be part of my paper making supplies!

Here you see the paper pulp in some of my clay molds.  Press the pulp into the mold and use a sponge and then use a paper towel to get out the excess water.  The more water you remove the faster it will dry!
Once they are dry you can gently ease the paper casts out of clay form.
 
Lightly coat the casts with a couple of coats of gesso, drying between layers.  

 
After the gesso is completely dry the images were painted with Faber Castell Gelatos.  When painting with Gelatos use water sparingly.

Layer the hand made papers, add a bit of ribbon and adhere the cast to the card base.

 
Supplies:
Arnold Grummers Paper Making Mill
Pulp
Clay Mold Casts
Vintage Silk Ribbon
Faber Castell Gelatos
Double sided Adhesive

To start you paper making adventure check out the supplies on the Arnold Grummer's site.  If you start this month you can get a 20 % discount using the code: SUMMER20 when placing your order!