©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015
I practice four “Rs”: Recycle, Restyle, Revamp and Repurpose every chance I can. Making handmade paper the Arnold Grummer way is one of the best ways to do it. Most people throw away a ton of paper every year - not this gal! Look what can be created in a few minutes!
As always, with “gratitude” to Arnold and his family.
- Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
- A sunny window
- Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
- Scraps of off white, tan & brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
- Beacon ZipDryTM Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
- Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
- Scraps of ivory, light & dark olive green handmade paper, junk mail or cardstock
- 4 x 5” scrap of tissue paper
- Dies: CheeryLynnTM # B118 Pair of Ferns
- SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting machine
- Stamp: Impression ObsessionTM 14440E
- ColorBoxTM Chalk Charcoal Ink pad
- Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more sheets of heavy weight cream colored speckled paper. (Create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards; one sheet will make 2 cards.)
- When the paper is dry, fold and tear it (you want the deckle edges) to make two pieces 5 ½ x 8 ½”.
- Score and fold to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
- Die cut one each of the ferns from the ivory, light & dark olive scrap. I used the set that curved right for the card and saved the other set for another project.
- Stamp the “gratitude” sentiment on the piece of tissue paper with the Chalk ink.
- When the ink is dry attach the stamped tissue paper to the lower right front of the card.
- Add tiny pieces of foam tape to the back of the ferns, layer light over dark and attach to the top of the card.
Note: The stamp quote is from Melody Beattie and is one of my favorites. It reads: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.