©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015
I have never been a “glitzy” person…. no “BLING” for me! I am understated with what I create, what I wear and how I decorate. I needed cards for two friends who are moving into retirement centers and another friend who is getting married. Follow along to see how I created the three cards for them.
- Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
- A sunny window or traditional oven
- Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
- Scraps of ivory & brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
- Dies: 3 different types of “label dies” to layer
- Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
- Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
- Scor-Pal™ (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
- Envelopes to fit cards
- Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry™ adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
- Verbiage stamps (or computer generate the message)
- ColorBox chalk to correspond with the paper colors
- 1/2” sheer Ivory ribbon, picot edged ribbon
- Short “nubby” twigs, flower centers
- Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the ivory scraps.
- Create one or more sheets of heavy weight ivory handmade paper. Save the left over slurry.
- Iron the paper to make it smooth.
- Cut, score and fold half of the sheet to make one 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
- Die cut the other half of the paper with the label dies (refer to photo). Remember to always save the scraps.
- Create brown slurry and make several sheets of heavy weight brown paper. Save the left over slurry.
- Iron the paper to make it smooth. Cut, score and fold two cards.
- Die cut some labels from the brown paper in different sizes to layer with the ivory labels.
- Combine the left over paper slurry (do not over mix it….you want it to be mottled) and create a sheet of paper.
- Iron it to make it smooth.
- Cut it to 4” x5 ¼”.
- Attach it to the front of the ivory card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
- Stamp the verbiage onto the smallest label die cut piece.
- Layer the labels die cuts with foam tape between each layer.
- Add the ribbon bows to the fronts of the cards.
- Attach the flower center or twigs with QuickGrip™ adhesive before tying the bows.
I think my friends will enjoy receiving the cards as much as I did creating them.