Friday, February 27, 2015

Cherub Votive

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Spring is just around the corner and things are beginning to bud here in SE AZ. We are lucky to have lots of sunshine and a long growing season. Thinking ahead to the delicious fruit and vegetables that my husband Charles grows every year inspired this project. I have a perfect place for it on the dining room sideboard.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Arnold Grummer Cotton Press Cherub casting mold
  • Microwave, heat tool or a sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Pastels, chalks or powered eye shadow (if you want to add a tiny bit of color) and applicator (cotton swab)
  • Faux fruit candle ring
  • Long steamed wine glass
  • Battery operated votive candle
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive

Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to cast two of the Cherub molds.
  2. When the castings are dry use the pastels, chalks or powdered eye shadow to very lightly apply color to the casting. I chose to leave mine white.
  3. Place the faux fruit ring around the bottom of the wine glass.
  4. Use the QuickGrip™ to attach the two cherubs to the glass.
  5. Place the battery votive candle into the glass.

Note: I always make extras when doing paper castings so that I have them on hand when I need a fast gift. I have also created the votive candle holder with fall or holiday themes - BEAUTIFUL!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tag.. You're It with Tamiko..



I have to say I didn't create any handmade papers today.. (insert - Awwwwe!)  Only because I have created a decent size stash to play with (Yeah buddy!!) Well for a very little while.  I mean.. do you EVER really have enough paper when you are a serious paper crafter? (smiles)  I wanted to play and color on my handmade papers.  I think when you art on top them they add such texture and detail, even before adding color.  Here is a tag I did.  It was such fun to play.. and watch as things as it came into fruition.



The supplies I began with were only made possible after using any one of the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kits to create the papers of your dreams. (smiles)  After you have those, you then need:

  • XL Manila Tag
  • Prima, Bloom Girl Summer Stamp
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad- Jet Black
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals -Autumn Leaves
  • Sakura Water brush
  • Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue
  • Embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics- Ball
  • Round Brush

I took some of my rose paper that I made here, because of course I made more than one sheet! and I glued it to a manila tag front with my Helmar Glue!  The rose bits add definite texture and color to the tag. I cut to size and save the paper bits for embellishments on future projects.




Here I took my ink pad and inked my stamp. When you get larger stamps its usually better to ink them face up so you can see that you have covered the surface area you want.  In the second picture you will see that image is not perfect and that is because my paper is not flat or smooth.  That's fine with me.  I don't really need the hard black lines.  I just need to know where to put my color! (smiles)




I used my Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals- Autumn Leaves set.  I only use enough water to wet my brush and swirl it around in the cap of the colors I chose to use for my face.  No need to soak the paper, that would indeed break it down to a pulpy mess.  My Sakura water brush provided just enough controlled moisture to add color.  My Lindy's, not only did it color, it shimmered!  I also took my small round brush and added some highlights/line work in cotton ball white acrylics.  Nothing is cooler than bringing a picture to life, I am actually utilizing my very own hand made papers with gorgeous colored images to enhance its uniqueness. Yayyy me!! You CAN do it too!! (winks)
 Here is another close up from the tag.




Thanks for coming by this week and spending a few minutes checking out my post, please know your time is noticed and appreciated.

Don't forget to use the code TWO20 at check out to save  20% over at http://arnoldgrummer.com/ 

T


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Wishes for Spring" Vase designed by Linda Hess




BRRRRR! the East Coast has had more than its share of winter weather this year.  I thankfully live in VA where we have felt the bitter cold, but have dodged many of the snow storms...that is until last week.  With the snow and ice in the process of melting I find my mind wishing for spring temps, buds popping, and flowers blooming.  What better way to coax the season out of hiding than with a vase design??  super easy to do AND (even better) I have done a bit of experimenting for you so that you can skip over my boo-boos and go straight to gorgeous results.

Materials:
Arnold Grummer's Papermaking kit (I use the Papermill Pro)
Arnold Grummer's Paper Tints
Arnold Grummer's specialty pulps ( white cotton rag pulp)
LuminArte' Pure Color in Olive Vine (www.luminarte.com)
Glass column vase
Batik craft yarn by Princess Mirah Design (www.batikbymirah.com)
fibers from my stash
Optional: Buttons, dried flower sprigs, polymer clay flowers

Procedure:
1)  My vision is to create a flexible paper/fabric sheet to wrap around a glass vase. I work in my laundry room when creating paper.  Hmmmmm, I wonder what would happen if I added a bit of torn dryer sheet to the pulp?? 
(NOTE: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!)  I placed shredded paper into my blender, a torn sheet of Paper Tints (green), and topped it with 2-3 dryer sheets, torn into little bits. 
Water added to cover and WHIRRRRRRRRR...R...RRR...yikes (not a pretty sound coming from the blender)!  I quickly turn off the blender and check to find that dryer sheets love to wrap around the blender blades.  Hmmmm, not one to give up easily I clear the dryer sheets from the blades and try again (of course)...same results (well DUH).  I clear the dryer sheets completely from the blender and move on.
2) What could I use in place of the dryer sheets that won't try to kill my blender?  I grab my bag of Arnold Grummer's specialty pulp and add a heavy 3-fingered pinch to the blender.  The color from the Paper Tint was not as vibrant as I had hoped, so I also added a bit of LuminArte' Pure Color
powder....WHIRRRRRRRRRR (happy sound coming from blender now).  Gorgeous color, great consistency.  The batch is poured into the papermaking assembly.

3) After using my fingers to pat the mixture into an even-ish sheet,
it is covered with the cover screen.  First I pressed it all over with the press bar to get as much moisture out as possible.  Then I used the sponge to remove even more moisture from the sheet. 
4) Once this was complete I went to retrieve a couple of couch sheets to continue the moisture removal.  Hmmmm, wonder what would happen if I used a couple of sheets that are terribly stained from past projects.  I remove the cover screen and replace it with a couch sheet.  Turning over the "sandwich" I carefully remove the papermaking screen (the edges are the most fragile, so take your time!) and replace it with another couch sheet.  The new "sandwich" is placed on the floor (remember I work in the laundry room) and I proceed to use the press bar and my body weight (I stand on it!) to create a firmly pressed sheet of paper/fabric.
5) Once the entire sheet is pressed, removal of the couch sheets reveals a slightly tie-dyed sheet of flexible paper/fabric.  PERFECT!
6) The sheet is carefully wrapped around a column vase and pressed into place.  Do this while the sheet is still damp and it will mold perfectly to the vase PLUS stick in place (bonus!).
7) Time to pull out the fibers.  I have an extensive collection of fibers and ribbons.  One of my favorites that I got maybe 5 yrs ago is a batik ribbon from Princess Mirah Designs.  I have multiple colors, but I chose Garnet to use with this project.  It seems to pull out some of the tie-dye effect.  Wrap, wrap, wrap and tie. 
To balance the purple tones with green I pulled green fibers from the stash (Adornaments). 
The colors are well balanced, but it still needs something....I pull a flower pendant from my clay table, tie it on and stand back...PERFECT :-)

Now all that is needed is a bouquet of fresh flowers.  Off to the store I go.  I hope you have enjoyed this.  If you have any questions about the process or polymer clay, feel free to contact me.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Going Green

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

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.


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 Grip™ 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)
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Westcott® personal paper cutter and scissors
  • 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 Stylus handle with white foam tips

Box Instructions:

  1. 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.)
  2. Check the grain of the card stock to determine the layout for folding, then cut four (slightly smaller than) 4 x 8” cards from one sheet of the 12 x 12” card stock.
  3. 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).
  4. Fold the cards in half. Emboss the front of the card with the Décor Circle folder.
  5. 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.
  6. When paper is dry cut four 3 ¼“circles and one middle size Celtic Circle die from the handmade paper.
  7. Make more slurry and caste one each of the four molds in light green
  8. Dry in the microwave, with the heat tool or place in a sunny window.
  9. Make a small amount of dark green slurry and cast one thistle (*see notes), dry casting.
  10. 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.
  11. Use the Olive Pastel Chalk ink for the dark green casting.

Assemble the cards and box:

  1. Attach the light green castings to the dark green Celtic Circles dies with Quick Grab™ adhesive.
  2. Attach the dark green Celtic Circles die to the 31/4” light green circles with foam tape or dots.
  3. Attach the light green circles to the front of the embossed 4” cards. \
  4. Attach the dark green thistle casting to the light green Celtic Circle die.
  5. Attach the light green Celtic Circles die to the top of the box. Place the four cards and envelopes inside the box.
 
Cards Instructions



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

Instructions:

  1.  Check the grain of the card stock to determine the layout for folding. 
  2. Cut one 6 x 12” cards from one sheet of the 12 x 12” card stock.
  3. Cut one of the middle sized Celtic Circle dies from the dark green card stock.
  4. Fold the card in half. Emboss the front of the card with the Décor Circle folder.
  5. 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.
  6. When the paper is dry cut one large Celtic Circle die.
  7. Cut one middle size Celtic Circle die from the dark green card stock.
  8. 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.  
  9. 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:

  1. Attach the light green castings to the dark green Celtic Circles die with Quick Grab™ adhesive.  
  2. Attach the dark green Celtic Circles die to the large light green Celtic Circles die with foam tape or dots.
  3. Attach the light green Celtic Circles die to the front of the embossed 6” cards.
  4. Add an Irish blessing with a light green gel pen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pushpin paper charms

Hi everyone!
As promised I am going to show you how easy and fun it is to take some junk mail and turn it into a brand new useful object....a pushpin, along with the Mini assortment casting mold. You might remember that I made a Charm-ing paper heart banner the last time and used the coordinating pushpins to hold it up with.

To begin with you need to make some paper pulp by "tearing up some paper and putting it into the blender with water. Run the blender for 30 seconds or less, turning the paper into pulp."


Here is a short video I made to show you the few extra steps I added to the paper casting and it was very simple to create!


By using the steps that are outlined in the trash-to-treasure-papermaking book on pp.130,131 for making a paper cast you can see how to create your own pushpins. ( There are quite a few wonderful books available and you can save 20% right now by using this code to shop with! )

Monday, February 16, 2015

Seed Paper Flowers

Hello!  It's Ann from Annmakes here today, for the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Design Team.
I have had fun playing recently with this fun kit geared towards school aged children,
The Arnold Grummer's Seed Paper Flowers Paper Making Activity Set, available through this link.http://arnoldgrummer.com/seed-paper-flowers-classroom-kit.html (Use coupon code Two20 and save 20%)

I made this windowsill planter tray:

In addition to the Arnold Grummer Seed Paper Making Kit you will need an empty jar, a tub or container, and some water.  The kit comes with complete easy to follow instructions.
( Over on my blog I list the other materials I used to create this specific project.)


Here is a video that gives you an idea of how I made these flowers.


I hope that you have fun making seed paper too.  Come visit my blog, please.  Thanks for stopping by.  Keep Craftin'!



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Say I Love You With Handmade Paper

Last month I wrote a post entitled, "Love Notes,"  on how to use a cookie cutter to create a solid heart in a piece of handmade paper.  Today I would like to show you another way to create a negative area in a sheet that can be used as a window in a card.  There is just something special about saying, "I love you" with a sheet of handmade paper.  
 
 Begin by making the paper pulp in a blender to create the sheet of paper.  If you'd like to have a colored sheet of paper add some of the Tissue Tints for color. 
 Place the cookie cutter inside the deckle, which is included with the Papermill Kit, making sure that it is positioned in the lower part of it so that you have a foldable sheet of paper when you are finished. 
 Now, carefully pour the pulp around the outside of the cookie cutter.  If you do have a little that gets inside of it simply lightly rub your finer over the area to roll the pulp up and remove it with your fingers.  Remove the deckle from the tub of water and place it on your work surface making sure not to disturb the screen or the cutter. 
 Remove the cookie cutter from the paper. 
Finish off the sheet according to the basic paper making instructions.  Add your favorite embellishments and create a card that sends your special message for today or any day. 

Handmade paper is a fun way to send a special message.  Use any shape of cookie cutter or form to create a different window size and look.  Have some fun today and make some handmade paper.  You will love it once you start! 

 Happy Valentine's Day everyone! 

Start your handmade paper projects today!  Use the special coupon code TWO20 to save 20% on your entire order.  Hurry because this special offer ends on Feb. 28th!
 
 
Happy Papermaking Everyone!
~Peg
 
 



Friday, February 13, 2015

Tea Dyed Heart Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015  


When you are in a hurry but really want a card that looks like it took a huge amount of time and effort, combine some Graphic 45™ paper and a tea dyed heart casting for a spectacular look! Make up dozens of different castings a head of time and assemble the cards in under 5 minutes!


Supplies:
  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits  
  • Microwave , heat tool or a sunny window
  • Heart casting mold
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Westcott™ personal paper cutter and scissors
  • 10 x 7” cream colored card stock folded to make a 5 x 7” card
  • Envelope for the 5 x 7” card
  • Vintage themed Graphic 45™ “cut a part” card stock
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scraps of white or off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Instant tea or coffee
  • 12” of cream colored ¼” satin ribbon
  • 5 x 7” floral themed embossing folder
  • Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur™ machine
  • BowEasy™

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more of the heart castings. Add a tiny pinch of the instant tea or coffee to the slurry or drop tiny specks into the mold as you create the casting.
  2. Dry the casting.
  3. Emboss the front of the card with the folder.
  4. Assemble the card:
  5. Attach the vintage Graphic 45 piece with tiny pieces of foam tape or dots to the front of the embossed card.
  6. Use the BowEasy™ to tie a small bow with the ¼” satin ribbon.
  7. Use the QuickGrip to attach the bow to the top of the tea dyed heart casting and to attach the heart to the front of the card.

NOTE: If you are mailing the card, I would fill the back of the casting with light spackle and let the spackle dry before attaching it to the card front. Mail the card in a padded envelope….or better yet hand deliver it to your “Valentine”.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Me Tender..

Happy Wednesday good people!!  Seemed only appropriate to do something for Valentine's Day, which happens to be this Saturday.. ::insert sappy-like music here::  (chuckles) I am having a ball learning about creating my own papers.  This week I even added *inclusions* (that's when you add things to your pulp y'all)  I added some dried roses I had received from a friend, Tommy Jo, who is a fantastic artist and soap maker!! Let me show you the accordion book I made!


I have 2 different types of papers here.  The pink paper was from a previous batch of tissue papers, napkins and soda can boxes.  The green is my rose batch.  Here's a list of the supplies I used to create my project for today.. 


I first began with making a small batch or paper pulp. To me small batch is.. a handful of torn up papers to every 2-3 cups of water.  After the pulp was made I added some dried roses.  I learned quickly, I had added to much and no amount additional pulp in this batch was gonna fix having too much flowers in  it (laughs)!  If that was the look I was going for, I would have been fine, but I wasn't. (smile)  I wanted something softer.  



Below are the 2 different batches of rose papers made...  On the Left was a product of EXTRA dried roses and on the right was much less..




After the papers were made.  I cut them to size so they would exceed about an half inch border around my chip board covers.  I used my Helmar glue to adhere the papers to the chipboard  and inside accordion folded papers.  I also allowed some of the pulp to dry against a stencil, creating a texture of leaves.  had the stencil been thicker, my texture would have been more defined.  I took some perfect medium and lightly rubbed the textured paper.. and the edges of the book.  I then dusted the medium areas with Pearl Ex.  Gave a nice shimmer and added color to my rose paper.  I then embellished the book front with flowers and fibers. (smiles)

I hope you enjoyed my post today and don't forget to pick up this Complete Guide to Paper Casting.. even before you start creating  papers.  I can't wait for what's next.. Can you?  Thanks for taking time to come by and Happy Valentine's Day!!  :::inserting Elvis's Love Me Tender Music here::: 

pssstt.. I almost forgot  don't forget to save 20%

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"My Heart Chose You" by Linda Hess

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I am trying to come up with a little something for my husband of almost 27yrs.  After that number of years he knows what is in my heart, but I still like to show him with unique pieces.  This year I had a puffed heart came to mind...hmmm, with a note hanging from it perhaps??  Off to work I go...

Materials:
foil
Arnold Grummer's Paper Making kit (www.arnoldgrummer.com)
Mod Podge
The Ultimate glue (www.crafterspick.com)
ShrinkyDinks (www.shrinkydinks.com)
chain
jump rings
assorted charms (www.michaels.com/beadlanding)


To create a puffed heart I began with a sheet of foil.  Carefully crumple it between your hands to form a loose ball, then shape the ball into a heart.  A little press here, a dent there, a pinch at the bottom and your heart will take shape. 
Once the form is complete, it's time to make a sheet of paper.

Last month I created multiple jars of pulp (https://polymercreations4u.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/painting-with-paper-pulp/)  I had just enough of the soft pink left to create a sheet of paper large enough to cover the puffed heart.  In my plastic tray I placed the support grid topped with the papermaking screen.
The pulp was poured onto the screen.  (NOTE: colors may vary in photos as I created multiple batches)
I manipulated the pulp with my fingers until it was large enough to cover the puffed heart. The heart was placed on top to check sheet size.  You want extra to fill nooks and crannies and any areas where the paper wants to "rip" as you manipulate it around the form.
Remove the heart (obviously) and place cover screen over pulp sheet.  Press out moisture with the sponge.  Then place a couch sheet over the screen and use press bar to squeeze out even more moisture.  Turn "sandwich" of screens over and remove the papermaking screen.  Place another couch sheet on top and press with bar once more.  Remove couch sheets and cover screen and your paper is ready to use!
Place the damp sheet directly over puffed heart and carefully work it around, pressing into place as you go.  As the paper is worked to the back, tear off excess.  This will be used to fill any dents in the heart as well as patch holes. 
Firmly press any patches into place.  Make sure that the paper wraps completely around the heart and grips a bit underneath.  Double check pointed end and the dent at the top for coverage and shaping.

Those of you who follow my blog posts know that I tend to be a bit impatient when it comes to drying time.  For this reason I placed the heart on a ceramic tile and popped it into a low temp oven (275) for 15-20 minutes. 
(NOTE: While the heart was baking I used the time to google "heart sayings" and "valentine songs" and "love song lyrics" until I found the perfect saying to add to my gift)
 
Once baked, the heart was sealed with a layer of Mod Podge.  After drying, a chain from my stash was laid across the back from top to bottom (as shown), glued down with "The Ultimate" glue.
Trace the heart onto a piece of felt.  Cut out.  Glue onto the back (covering chain).
Finishing touches:  Print chosen saying on Shrink Plastic.  Punch holes at top & bottom center. Shrink according to directions with Shrink Plastic.  (NOTE:  Do not touch the ink while wet or it WILL smear!)
Attach "banner" to heart with jump rings.  Dangle charms (Bead Landing) with another jump ring.