Saturday, August 30, 2014

One Last Thank You

Here is one last look at thank you cards that can be created using beautiful handmade paper.  Thank you for joining the Arnold Grummer design team as we've shared our favorite projects this month.  Be sure to join us next month as we move onto new themes and ideas! 
 
This thank you card was made using 3 sheets of handmade paper.  Each one was created using one of the Papermill Kits and the basic instructions which can be found under the resources tab on the website.  2 of the sheets were torn to give a distressed look to the clean and simple card base.  The sheets were colored by using some of the Tissue Tints.  The one sheet was created by mixing some leftover pink and blue paper pulps to add an eye catching look to the project.  
 
                                                                 
There's one more "thank you" from the Arnold Grummer company this month, but don't wait to use it as it will be gone at the end of the day tomorrow.  Save 20% of your entire order by using the coupon code AUG20.  Head on over to the website and choose what your next handmade paper will be and be sure to join us next month to see what we are up to next!
 
 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Catch a Falling Star Package Tags by Linda Hess

Catch a Falling Star and put it in your pocket....I know that you are singing along with me!  Make these quick tags when you need an extra little touch on a package or turn it into a notecard by adding a piece of cardstock to the back.  Read on for a super easy how-to.

Materials:
Papermill Pro
Arnold Grummer's Metallic Multi Sprinkles
Pinata alcohol ink (Sapphire Blue JFC1017)
Shooting Star #710 (http://arnoldgrummer.com/shooting-star.html)
Premo!Sculpey polymer clay in gold, silver, or pearl
Optional: Pentel Metallic Brush pens, Silver Sharpie

Place in Blender a handful of shredded paper, 2- 2 1/2 cups water, a few squirts of Pinata ink, and the hefty pinch of Multi Sprinkles.  Blend according to directions with kit (super easy!) and then pour into prepared mold.

Follow directions to press out water and form a gorgeous sparkly blue sheet of paper. 

Condition a bit of polymer clay and press into the large star only of the texture mold.  NOTE: A small amount goes a long way!  Try not to overfill the area. 

Now tear off a square from the sheet of paper.  Press over polymer clay star.  A second square of paper pressed over the first will thicken the tag a bit.  Be sure to press paper firmly into the mold.

Carefully begin to pull tag out of mold.  the clay may want to stay in place, so carefully use a fingernail to pop out one point and then another.  The rest of the star points should follow. 

Place tag on work surface and fine tune any clay details if necessary.  Bake tag at 275 degrees for 15 minutes (NOTE: This is to cure the clay, but has the added benefit of drying damp paper quickly!)

Let tag cool.  (NOTE: If edges are curled, place tag under a box or book to help flatten while cooling)

If your clay star wants to come off the paper, a dab of tacky glue will hold it in place (my favorite is Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate")  Raised areas can be detailed with paint pens or ink (I used Pentel Metallic Brush pens and a silver Sharpie). 

Punch a hole and add a ribbon.  Now your tag is ready to use.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Décor Elements II


©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


If you have been saving the scraps from your handmade paper projects or if you have some scraps left from the “Décor Elements” projects here is another great way to use them up and show off your style! This project also makes a wonderful gift, just match the papers and embellishments with the recipient’s style.



Supplies:
  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter or scissors and ruler
  • Scraps of white, ivory, beige, tan, and brown paper, or colors of your choice (think junk mail, brown paper bag etc.) OR scraps of neutral colors of handmade papers. (I used approx. 1/3 sheet of 5 different colors of handmade paper)
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Disposable brush for applying the adhesive
  • 5 x 7 photo mat with easel back and photo
  • Embellishments: Driftwood, river stones, twigs, natural feathers rusty wire or metal shapes, dried leaves and/or pods, moss

Instructions:

  1. If you do not have scraps yet, please follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create numerous sheets of neutral papers.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut or tear off approx. 1/3 of each sheet. (set the larger pieces aside for future projects)
  3. Separate the front and back part of the mat.
  4. Tear the small sheets of handmade paper into random shapes and sizes.
  5. Apply a small amount of adhesive to part of the front of the mat and cover that area with torn paper. Repeat this step using different shades and colors of paper until the front and back of the mat are covered with torn paper. Be sure to leave an opening to be able to insert the photo.
  6. Set the mat aside to dry thoroughly.
  7. Add whatever embellishments you desire.

Note:
I have also done this project using pastel colors of handmade paper, some with flower petal inclusions, fancy fibers and handmade paper roses (check out the Lavender Roses box post for directions on making the roses).

These frames also are terrific to frame a saying or poem….match the subject to the style.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Use Handmade Paper to Create A Beautiful Gate Fold Card

Send a little sunshine to someone with this gate fold card made from handmade paper card.  The gorgeous texture of handmade paper adds one of the best elements to any project.  It's great for embossing and die cutting, too!

This card was created by making 3 sheets ( 2 white sheets and 1 yellow) of handmade paper using one of the Papermill kits and the basic instructions.  One of the white sheets had some of the Opal Sprinkles added to the pulp for a little sparkle.  This sheet was used for the die cut piece.   The beautiful pale yellow color was made by adding some of the Tissue Tints to the paper pulp.  Once the sheets were dry, the first sheet was cut to measure 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and then scored at 2 1/4" and 6 1/2" and then folded on the score lines. They should meet in the middle.   The two yellow panels were cut to measure 1 7/8" x 4" and embossed with an embossing folder and then adhered to the card base.  The inside of the card was finished with a  square yellow piece that measures 3 3/4".

The die cut piece was, then, stamped with a favorite stamp set (this set is from Elemental Doodles) and colored with colored pencils and added to the card base.  A sentiment was stamped on the inside to complete the beautiful look. 


                                                                
Get a start on your next handmade paper project by heading over to the Arnold Grummer website and seeing all of the great products you can use.  Be sure to use the coupon code AUG20 to save 20% off your entire purchase through the month of August. 


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Give A Big Thank You with Handmade Paper

There's nothing better than receiving a thank you for something you've done.  Give someone you know a big thank you with this card made from handmade paper.  The texture of the paper adds a beautiful element to the simple design.

Create the thank you template using your printer and a word program and cut it out by hand or use your favorite die cutting machine to create the template. Make a sheet of paper using one of the Papermill Kits following the instructions that are included and allow the paper to dry. Trace the words onto your sheets of handmade paper and cut them out.  It's that easy to do! 

Make a second piece of paper for the card base and give it a little color by adding some of the Tissue Tints.  Add the 'thank you' and finish it off using a couple of corners from the first sheet to add to the corners.  You are now ready to send a big thank you to someone.

Cards don't need to be complex and complicated to send a message.  Sometimes the message is sent by the things you use to create it like using a sheet of paper that you have made yourself.  Head over to the Arnold Grummer site and pickup what you need to create your own special projects. 

                                                              


Get your project started off right by using the coupon code:  AUG20 to save 20% off your entire order for the month of August.  Don't miss out on this great savings to help you start a new project or a new hobby.  You will be glad you did!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Décor Elements

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


In my last project I talked a bit about textures and how they are everywhere in the home décor market. I love creating my own decorative accent pieces, using my color palette and rustic style. This is a great project for using up some of those “scraps” I keep telling you to save - yep even the tiny ones can be used for this project. So let’s get started.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter or scissors and ruler
  • Scraps of white, ivory, beige, tan, and brown paper, or colors of your choice (think junk mail, brown paper bag etc.) OR scraps of neutral colors of handmade papers. (I used approx. 1/3 sheet of 5 different colors of handmade paper)
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Disposable brush for applying the adhesive
  • 3-5 Styrofoam™ 3” balls
  • One large plastic plate or bowl
  • Embellishments: Driftwood, river stones, twigs, natural feathers rusty wire or metal shapes, dried leaves and/or pods, moss

Instructions:

  1. If you do not have scraps yet, please follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create numerous sheets of neutral papers.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut or tear off approximately 1/3 of each sheet. (set the larger pieces aside for future projects)
  3. Tear the small sheets into random shapes and sizes.
  4. Apply a small amount of adhesive to part of the foam ball and cover that area with torn paper. Repeat this step using different shades and colors of paper until all balls are covered with torn paper.
  5. Cover the plastic plate or bowl following the above instructions.
  6. Set the balls and plate/bowl aside to dry thoroughly.
  7. Wrap some of the covered balls with fine wire or rustic fibers.

Arrange the balls on the plate or into the bowl. Add whatever embellishments you desire.

Save any and all scraps for next week’s project!

Note: I have also done this project using pastel colors of handmade paper, some with flower petal inclusions. I then wrapped the covered balls with sheer narrow ribbon and/or fancy fibers and placed them in a crystal bowl of potpourri.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Memory Book


An option for themes this month is a "vacation summer memory book". My idea was to create a small book using various leftover handmade papers that I processed and went unused.


This small booklet could be used for snapshots of special summer moments or to layer in hand written notes for remembrance.

Each of the pages are different as the photos show:
(NOTE: The front cover is made from a sheet similar to page 1 and it's look changes entirely with the wax added.)
Page 1-Embedded paper  resin shards
Page 2-Texturized sheet
Page 3-Recycled scraps
Page 4-Colored pulp painted edge
Page 5-More recycled scrap papers
Page 6-Recycled from scraps
Back Cover-Extra thick sheet made from scraps

A sheet of handmade paper, with resin covered dictionary pages that are embedded into the sheet, was used for the front cover.  Wanting to make the cover take on a different look, I coated the paper with melted beeswax.  The coating of wax gives the paper an interesting look and texture.  Once it is coated, the paper was heated with a heat tool.  Work on a safe surface covered with a heat resistant craft sheet. A rubber stamp was prepared with ink and set aside.  After heating the waxed cover and while the wax is still slightly soft, quickly press the prepared stamp into the cover, using good pressure.  Black Distress Paint was applied over the image, then wiped with paper towel to remove paint from the raised area.  (NOTE: if needed repeat the paint application and wiping.) If desired add some bronze Rub N Buff and finish by brushing some Perfect Pearls in any choice of color.

Two holes are punched into the left binding edge of each of the pages and two covers.  Lace ribbons through the holes and form a bow.. For a little extra embellishment glue a strip of any lace and finish off with a bit of bling.

A 20% discount on a purchase from the Arnold Grummer website for an order is available - use this code on the order AUG20.

Monday, August 11, 2014

HOOO's Ready 4 School?? by Linda Hess

Hard to believe that the start of school is just around the corner!  Where on Earth did the Summer go?!  I hear the sounds of that old Staples commercial playing in my head..."It's the most wonderful time of the year" (yes, I know it is now playing in your head as well...you are welcome :-)

With Back-To-School firmly implanted, I started on design jump started by a journey to the craft store.  I wandered onto the soap making/resin aisle (don't ask me how I got there) and I found the BEST mold, an owl!  I had to have it as an idea had already jumped into my head and as we all know, once the idea is there it has to get out.  The only way to accomplish that is by running to the studio and creating.  Off to the studio....

Up first, the background.  I could see a blue sky, possibly a little twinkling of stars (after all when are the owls active??).  Using my Arnold Grummer's Papermill Pro I went to work.  Into the blender I mix a couple of handfuls of shredded paper, about 3 cups of water, a heavy sprinkle of Arnold Grummer's #150 Gold Dust, and a couple of squirts of Pinata Sapphire Blue alcohol ink.  WHIRRRRRRRRR.  Follow the directions with the Papermill Pro to complete the first sheet of paper.  I used an iron to quick dry my background.  (NOTE: the dark blue color that shows when the pulp is wet will lighten considerably when dry.  If you wish to have a dark blue sky then more ink may need to be added before blending)

Now to create the owl.  For this I would like a brownish color.  With no brown ink, I instead grabbed ColorBox Crafter's Pigment Ink refill (Merlot) from my box of inks.  Into the blender I add a handful of shredded paper, 2 cups of water, and a few good squirts of the Merlot ink refill.  WHIRRRRRRRRR.  As above, follow the directions with the kit to create a sheet of paper, but DO NOT iron!  Instead the wet sheet is pressed into the owl mold.  I quickly discovered (after the first owl was molded) that pressing little bits at a time into the deeply recessed areas FIRST is the best way to unmold the perfect owl.  Once the deep areas are filled, continue adding bits of the wet paper until the mold is completely filed.  Press in firmly with the sponge (this will soak up any excess water).  Turn mold over and bang on your hand or a work surface a couple of times until the owl pops out. 
 
Repair any loose areas immediately, then set aside to dry...OR if you are impatient like me, pop owls into a low temp oven (mine is set at 275 degrees) for about 15-20 minutes.  Another option is to use a heat gun to dry.

On to the next component, the words.  If you know my work, you know that no project is complete without a bit of polymer clay.  I conditioned a bit of Premo!Sculpey Pearl #5101 (www.sculpey.com) and flattened it in the pasta machine.  I want the word "HOOO" to stand out from the other words so I used an alphabet cutter for the "H" and a couple of sizes of circle cutters for the "O"s. 
The rest of the letters are made by stamping the clay using ColorBox Archival Dye ink in wicked black.  Rough edges are achieved by tearing the clay (towards you) rather than cutting it.  Place clay components into the oven and bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.  Let cool.  Detail if desired with PrismaColor markers.


The color of my owls was not quite what I expected, so out come the Prismacolor markers.  A little here, a little there and the owls are much better. 
 

                                   
The eyes are simply heat set crystals that I placed before "baking".

Final touches: Cut a wooden ruler to fit (Walmart .25!!).  Glue in place with Crafter's Pick The Ultimate glue.  Position owls and lettering.  Glue in place.  I found fall leaves in the scrapbook section of Michaels and had to add a few. 

This can be glued to the front of a notebook (imagine a spiral notebook hanging on the wall!), glued to a canvas for a 1st Day of School teacher gift, or placed into a shadow box along with school pictures.  I hope you have enjoyed this project. 
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Terrific Textures

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

Texture is everywhere; heavily woven fabrics for home décor, embossed wallpaper and leather, woven baskets, and Anaglyptic tiles and bark cloth boxes are just the tip of the iceberg! How would you like to easily add some textures to your paper projects? Handmade paper embosses so easily! The embossing folders and plates available today include simple to elegant designs and are so easy to use. Follow along to create this quick and simple “thank you” card. Note - I like to create many sheets of paper at a time and emboss them with different folders to have on hand for later projects. If you don’t have access to embossing folder/plates try using the net bags that many vegetables and fruit come in. Great designs, and they are free!


Supplies:
  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender
  • Cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive, or double sided tape, foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of white and burgundy paper (think junk mail, etc.) or precut and folded burgundy card stock
  • Embossing folder with swirls
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • ColorBox™ Burgundy Chalk Ink pad and Stylus™ handle with white foam tips
  • “Thank You” stamp (or your choice of other message)
  • 18” ½” sheer Burgundy ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one sheet of white heavy weight paper and one sheet of heavy weight burgundy paper.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry cut the burgundy paper to 81/2” x 5 ½”.
  3. Score at 4 ¼”.
  4. Fold in half to create a card. Save the scrap.
  5. Cut one pieces of the white handmade paper to 5 ½” x 8 ½”. 
  6. Rough tear the 5 ½” edge at approx. 3”.  
  7. Rough tear a second piece at approx. 3 ½”.
    Note - save the scrap to stamp the words on--and for other projects.
  8. Place the 5 ½ x 3” paper inside the embossing folder and run it through the Grand Calibur™, then remove the paper from the folder.
  9. To bring out the texture and design of the embossing, use the ColorBox™ Stylus™ handle with the white foam tip to lightly apply the burgundy ink to the embossed paper.
  10. Attach the 3 ½” piece of white paper to the front of the folded burgundy card with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  11. Tie the burgundy ribbon in a bow around the embossed piece of paper, then slide the bow to the left side.
  12. Line up the paper with the top of the card and attach the paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  13. Cut a piece of the white handmade paper large enough for the verbiage, then rough tear the bottom edge.
  14. Stamp the verbiage.
  15. Cut a piece of the burgundy paper a little bit longer than the white paper and attach it to the back of the stamped paper.
  16. Rough tear the bottom edge of the burgundy paper.
  17. Attach the verbiage with foam tape or dots to the right side of the card.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Memory Keeper Photo Frames

I love sharing pictures of family, and decided to make these special by presenting them in frames covered with handmade paper. I used the Arnold Grummer's photo frame set. Everything you need to construct the frames comes in the kit, except the paper you use for covering.

I followed the easy directions that are included in the kit. I selected handmade paper to cover the frames. I used a liquid glue to adhere the paper to the frame. I used small binder clips to hold the glued edges in place while the glue dried. Since handmade paper tends to be a bit softer that regular paper or cardstock, I protected the front of the frame with waste paper where I clipped the glued edges in place so the clips wouldn't dent the paper.

I embellished one frame with rolled roses made from the scraps of the paper I used to cover the frame.

For the other frame I embellished with leaves that I dried using the Arnold Grummer's garden press.

Here are the finished frames, ready to share.

Take advantage of Arnold Grummer's August discount and you can make your own handmade paper and covered frames. Just use the coupon code AUG20.
Carole

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lavender Butterfly Thank You Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts


I made this card for my “baby” sister as a small token of my thanks for everything she does for our parents--every day. After spending a week in Texas working side by side with her cleaning and rearranging our folks’ house, I’m reminded how much of a saint she is. 


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels paper cutter, scissors, Score-Pal & bone folder, ruler, utility knife and cutting pad
  • Quick Grab™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of lavender colored and white paper
  • White cardstock 8 ½ x 11” and scrap 2 ¾ x 1/14 (or whatever size to fit your choice of verbiage stamp)
  • Dies: CheeryLynn™ Butterflies
  • Butterflies and Flowers embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Verbiage stamp
  • 12 “each of 1” sheer Lavender ribbon
  • ColorBox™ Chalk Ink pads in Lavender Blue
  • ColorBox™ Stylist handle with white foam tips
  • Pastel multi colored sidewalk chalks

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 medium colored lavender handmade paper. (Or use some of the left over handmade paper from the Lavender Roes Box.)
  2. When the paper is dry, use the butterfly dies to cut one large and two small butterflies.
  3. Cut the white card stock cut at an angle 11” long, 5 ½” on the left and 3” on the right (this will make two cards.) Use the embossing folder to emboss the card.
  4. Score from the left at 4” and 7 ¾”.  Fold the card on the score lines.
  5. Lightly apply the pastel sidewalk chalks to the embossed areas of the card.
  6. Stamp the verbiage onto the small white piece of card stock with Lavender Blue Chalk ink.
  7. Use the Stylist™ and tip to apply Lavender Blue Chalk ink to the edge of the card and verbiage piece and the three butterflies.
  8. Use foam tape to attach the verbiage to the bottom of the card. Cut a small slit at the right hand fold, insert the ribbon and tie a bow. Attach the three butterflies with Beacon QuickGrab™ Adhesive.