Friday, October 30, 2015

For My Guys

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015


Creating cards for the guys in my life can be a challenge!  Never fear - .a few pieces of handmade paper to the rescue!

I wanted to play with some new ideas and this was the perfect place and time. If I make at least two of each card I will have one for each of the four guys birthdays…..smile. Better make some extras just in case!


 

Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of ivory or white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:  Impression Obsession #310-XX Forest & 080-N Deer Trio
  • SpellbindersTM  Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Tan and white card stock for card bases (small card is 4 ¼ x5 ½”, large card is 5 x 7” folded)
  • Envelopes to fit cards
  • Black scraps and tan scraps for die cutting
  • WestcottTM paper trimmer & scissors
  • Scor-palTM (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
  • BeaconTM ZipDry™ adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • DecoArtTM Acrylic paints: golden yellow, olive and grass green, brown
  • Sea sponge
  • Autumn word stamp
  • Clearsnap™ Olive Chalk™ ink pad
  • Iron if you want the paper smooth

Instructions:

  1. 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 white/ivory scraps.
  2. Create one or more sheets of medium weight white/ivory handmade paper.
  3. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut them in half.
    - For the large card: trim to 4 ½ x 6 ½”.
    - For the small card trim a ¼ sheet to 4 1/8 x 5 ¼”.
    (Save the extra pieces for other projects)
  4. Water down the acrylic paints.
  5. Use the sea sponge to dab and swirl the paints onto the handmade paper pieces. (See samples for color combos.)
  6. Allow paint to dry.
  7. Die cut the 3 deer, and one set of trees from black cardstock.
  8. Die cute a set of trees from tan scrap.
  9. Stamp the word “Autumn” with the olive Chalk ink onto a scrap of the painted paper.
  10. Cut a piece of the tan scrap a little bit larger than the stamp piece.
  11. Score and fold the cards.

Assemble the cards:

Large card:

1.      Attach the painted paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.      Attach the die cut trees and deer trio to the painted paper with tiny pieces of foam tape.

Small card:

1.      Attach the painted paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.      Attach the die cut trees to the painted paper with tiny pieces of foam tape.
3.      Layer the stamped word onto a tan scrap and attach to the bottom of the card.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

ATC

Hello all, I made an ATC for my post today. It is the size of a playing card. On it I drew a pumpkin and painted it all in with Twinkling H2O's. I then made a couple casts, from paper pulp, of leaves and adhered them to the front of my ATC using Helmars glue. I then painted those in with Twinkling H2O's also. You could also make these using your smaller scraps of handmade paper.


Making your own handmade paper and making castings from paper pulp is so much fun. Really, you need to try it. You can check out all the info Arnold Grummer's Paper making shop. Get yourself a kit and see how much fun you have creating your own handmade paper.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pretty As A Picture by Tamiko

Hi Tamiko here and Happy Wednesday to you all! Can you believe that October is almost  over and that there is less than 60 days until Christmas? Wow, where has the time gone? (smiles) Today I have a frame I created using my handmade paper products and special trim.



Items used from Arnold Grummer:

Item from the Ribbon Resource

Other Items:
Twinkling H2Os
Waterbrush
Scissors
old Christmas wrapping paper
blender
strainer

I began by creating my handmade papers and paper castings with the instructions found here. After the paper was made, I cut it to size and adhered it with my Helmar 450 Quick Dry. I then embellished the corners with the paper casting.  I added color to the castings with a little bit of Twinkling H2O.  I then took the gorgeous bow paper raffia bow trim and added even more texture to my frame and adhered that with the PVA glue.  Wasn't quite sure if i wanted to use a picture or a quote for my photo, but I was indeed sure I could use use either.. and YOU CAN also! 

To get a look at all The Arnold Grummer video tutorials click here and don't forget  to subscribe!  We even have newer videos from a few of our ridiculously talented design team!  ::waggling eyebrows;::

Arnold Grummer Fact:

Arnold Grummer had traveling live exhibits making 6 appearances at the Smithsonian; 10 consecutive years at the Museum of Science and Industry; and 20 consecutive years at the Great Lakes Logging Congress.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Stamps and Papermaking

Once I had my sheet of paper made, I wanted to try an experiment. Could I use my stamps to make impressions in a damp sheet of paper? Sort of deboss, if you will. The answer is yes! You can!

Using my wood block, I pressed the stamp into the damp paper. 
Look at  the wonderful result!






Next I inked up the stamp and applied it to another sheet of paper. Isn't this pretty?



I proceeded to apply Twinkling H2O Paints for a shimmery feel.


Here is my finished card! Don't you love the look??

As we finish up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to remind everyone that there is hope! Mammograms and early detection are key! If you, or anyone you know is going through this right now, please let me know and I will mail this card to them!!

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to head over to the store for these supplies:


Arnold Grummer  was later appointed Curator of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, housed at the Institute. Here he facilitated research and networking among founders of the hand papermaking movement in America which grew into The Friends of Dard Hunter, an association of paper, book and letter arts. The Friends awarded Arnold their Lifetime Achievement Award in part ‘for sharing your infectious joy of the craft with us all.’



Friday, October 23, 2015

Spooky City!!!!!

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015


I LOVE Halloween! Creating and sending out over 50 Halloween cards every year is such fun to do. This year’s cards are really different; no pumpkins, skeletons or black cats for me, but the card still conveys the spirit of Halloween. Wonder what the ghosts and goblins who live in the imaginary city are doing to celebrate?


Supplies:

·        Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·        A sunny window
·        Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·        Scraps of ivory or white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·        Dies: Impression ObsessionTM #339-Z Cityscape
·        SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ Machine
·        Black card stock for card bases (card is 4 ¼ x5 ½” folded)
·        Envelopes to fit cards
·        Black white core cardstock scraps for die cutting
·        WestcottTM paper trimmer & scissors
·        Scor-palTM (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
·        Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
·        DecoArtTM Acrylic paints: golden yellow, black and reddish brown
·        Med. sized foam alphabet stamps
·        Sea sponge
·        Iridescent glitter
·        White sticker circle
·        Iron if you want the paper smooth
·        Sanding block

Instructions:

1.      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 white/ivory scraps.
2.      Create one or more sheets of medium weight white/ivory handmade paper.
3.      When the sheets of paper are dry, cut them into quarter sheets.
4.      Trim a ¼ sheet to 4-1/8” x 5 1/4". (Save the extra pieces for other projects.)
5.      Water down the acrylic paints, and use the sea sponge to dab and swirl the paints onto the handmade paper pieces.
6.      Allow paint to dry.
7.      Randomly stamp some of the alphabet letters with the black paint onto the painted papers.
8.       Allow paint to dry.
9.      Die cut the two cityscape buildings from black cardstock.         
10.   Trim the die cuts to fit the card. Save the "trims"....they will be used for the back (3rd) row.
11.   Sand the buildings that you want in the front row.
12.   Sand just the top of the buildings in the second row. Do not sand the building in the third row.
13.   Attach the moon to the upper right of the painted paper.
14.   Apply a thin coat of ZipDry™ to the moon.
15.    Sprinkle on a tiny bit of glitter.
16.   Score and fold the cards.

Assemble the cards:

1.      Attach the painted paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.      Layer and attach the die cut buildings to the painted paper with tiny pieces of foam tape.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hand made paper is spook-tackular!

There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch. 

~Robert Brault

You might be able to tell that I am one of those adults who love Halloween!

A couple of weeks ago while I was on vacation I had 2 kids make some paper with me right on the beach. I asked them if they wanted their paper mailed to them or would they like for me to make a Halloween card out of their paper? They chose the Halloween cards, I hope they like them!

Gulf paper video ( plus lots of other paper making videos!)


Kim Schiedermayer ( Arnold Grummer's daughter ) asked me to post a picture of my card that was published in the August edition of the CardMaker Magazine.  
It's always fun to see your work published, thank you CardMaker Magazine!

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We are celebrating the man behind the paper this month,
 Mr. Arnold Grummer!

Did you know?
He was inducted into the  Paper Industry International Hall of Fame on October 11th, 2012. 

“The world is a richer place because of Arnie Grummer,” said David Lee, retired former executive director of the Paper Discovery Center. “His accomplishments following the Institute are what really propelled him into the Paper Hall of Fame. He’s the paper version of ‘The Music Man.’”

I really wish I could have met this man


Make some paper and have a spook-tackular day!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Thanks So Much Card

Hello, it's Ann here today with a simple way to make a special Thank You card for someone who deserves it.  Here is the card:



Did you see that it is it's own envelope too?  I think that is pretty neat.  If you have already made a stash of handmade papers then all you need is to use this easy to use Template and you are almost done!



The handmade paper I chose to use for this project was made with some chopped up dried maple leafs!  That's right when I mixed the pulp which consisted of junk mail return envelopes I added a generous handful of crushed red Maple Leafs into the blender and made the sheet as per the original Arnold Grummer way (video link).



Did you know that the AG shop has books?  Well, now you do!  I love this book:



It explains and shows beautiful examples of casting paper in moulds, just like the maple leaf I made here. I coloured the leaf with some creamy pastels or Gelatos.



To add the sentiment inside the card I used a red rubber mounted stamp and some Rust coloured ink.  I also used the ink and a sponge dauber to ink the edges of the card.



To seal the envelope/card I used a real dried flower seal sticker, and a piece of raffia.  This card will be hand delivered, if it were mailed I recommend omitting the raffia on the outside.



There you go, a quick simple two for one project,  I hope that you are inspired to make some cards and paper.

Supplies:
Real Flower Seals/Stickers (stash)
Rubber Stamps "Sincere Salutations"  Stampin'Up!
Dye Ink Pad "Really Rust" Stampin'Up!
Creamy Pastels "Gelatos" in Pistachio,Butterscotch, and Blood Orange Faber Castell
Book: The Art of Paper Casting with Rycraft Ceramic Stamps Rycraft (Arnold Grummer store)
Raffia May Arts
Tacky Glue "Aleene's"
Template: Invitation & Thank You Card #354  Arnold Grummer
Cotton Linter for Paper Casting Arnold Grammar
Handmade Paper using the Paper Making Kit from Arnold Grummer
Leaf Mould Arnold Grummer
To see other projects I make, just stop by my blog: http://annmakes.blogspot.com.

Thank you for stopping by.

Playing with Pulp

I have been having so much fun making paper but I wondered what else could I make?? A walk outside gave me the perfect idea!

I started with pulp (recycled paper shredded in the blender) that I moved through a strainer to get quite a bit of water out.



 I started molding the pulp around the large leaf which I picked up outside.


I covered the outside completely and used the screen and sponge to remove excess water.

. Set this aside and let it dry thoroughly.  Peel off leaf and gently bend the paper leaf so it has shape.


I planned on using my leaf for a candy/nut dish but first it needed color. I added layers of red, orange, yellow and even gold acrylic paint. I used brown for the stems and veins. Once done, I gave it a layer of Gel Medium.

And here is my dish


















These leaves would also be beautiful for fall home decor projects such as a frame and wreath. I would definitely try this again!




Did you know you can make paper with something as simple as two tin cans?? Arnold Grummer wrote numerous books on the subject of papermaking and in  trash-to-treasure you will find directions for this fun project! It is available in the store!




Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween Tag

I love using my handmade paper for all sorts of projects—especially this Halloween tag.

I had the perfect paper for the background, but finding the right color for the moon proved more challenging. I tend toward the pastel color palette, so I had to come up with a solution for a glowing orange moon for my Halloween tag. [I know you're wondering: why didn't I just whip up some handmade paper in the right color? Well, I'm in Ohio. I make my paper outdoors, and autumn is really taking hold here, so weather didn't permit a papermaking session.]

So, here's my solution. I punched out a circle from a scrap of pink pastel paper for my moon.

I spritzed it with water, and used a marker with water-based ink to shade it. Because the paper was damp, the ink soaked into the paper, rather than just staying on the surface.

I wanted the moon to be on the same layer as the background, so I punched an identical circle in the background paper where I wanted the moon.

I used a quick dry liquid adhesive to adhere the background paper to my wooden tag. Then, I glued the moon in the circle. My moon was still damp, and I got a nice bleed effect around the circle. For a crisper look, let the moon dry complete before gluing it into the circle.

Next, I painted the bat and cat from Gina's Designs Spooky Shape Set, and used my Zing electronic cutter to cut the trees out of vinyl.

After added the trees and chipboard shapes, the finishing touch was the ribbon hanger.

Happy Halloween!!

Did you know...

...that Arnold Grummer, founder of Arnold Grummer's Papermaking served in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II. 

Carole

Friday, October 16, 2015

Embedded Desert Landscape

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015


What fun! Think of all the themes/subjects that are at your finger tips! One more way of re-purposing items that would go into the trash and make beautiful art too!  What a wonderful gift this would make!


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of beige, tan, ivory paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Magazine page of your choice with torn edges
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Matt board
  • Optional: glass and frame with room for spacers – or perhaps a tabletop easel
Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create light tan slurry. 
  2. Create a sheet of heavy weight paper.
  3. Remove most of the water from the paper.
  4. While the sheet of paper is still damp, lay the magazine page onto the damp paper.
  5. Remove the rest of the water from the paper. The page is now embedded into the sheet of handmade paper.
  6. When the sheet of handmade paper is dry, tear the edges and mount it onto the matt board with ZipDry™ adhesive leaving a border.
  7. If you’re framing yours, make sure the glass is clean before placing it into the frame. Then attach spacers to the glass/frame, then place the art work into the frame.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Think Pink

In addition to a month long celebration of Arnold Grummer ---- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month -  a month that really bits home for me. I have had breast cancer twice, in 1994 and 1997. Both times it was detected early on a mammogram. Here are some facts

Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year. 

There is good news though. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

I cannot stress enough about the importance of mammograms!

What does this have to do with papermaking??  Well, I decided i wanted to try to make paper beads using my handmade paper! I took one of the  sheets I  made last time and covered it with pink! I used different types of inks and  paints.
 Next I cut the paper into diagonal strips.

 Roll from the large end applying glue down the inside.

 Once I had all my beads, I painted them with a layer of Mod Podge.

 I strung them adding clear and white beads.




I think this turned out very well for my first attempt at this!! I look forward to making more. 

Arnold Grummer enjoyed sharing his love of paper making and traveled extensively.  
His Great American Paper Machine invention, a “transparent hand sheet former,” made a sheet of paper right in front of onlookers. He loved the reaction from the audience. “How often have you seen a piece of applauded?” he asked. “It tickles the heck out of me.”

I would certainly have loved to have seen his demonstration in person! Here is a link to a Bio video:



Supplies:



Thank you for joining me today!

Please visit us and share your paper making projects!



Thank you!

Jean

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

We Love You... Arnold Grummer

Today's card was created in the memory of Arnold Grummer (AG). This month we are celebrating the love and the passion the man behind the Papermill.  He was an internationally known Paper Educator, recognized for his ability to teach pretty much anyone with even the smallest bit of learnability (is that a word?  It is today if you understood it! ha!!) He honestly believed and proved it time and time again, that people from all over can create a decent sheet of paper with VERY MINIMAL supplies.


I began first and foremost by using papers I had previously made with one of the AG Papermill kits.  Directions on how to prepare those pages can be found here. I also grew quite addicted to creating paper castings, utilizing the molds found here. You can learn how to create the proper cast by checking out the info here. One thing I will tell you is the more detailed your casting mold is.. you may need to use some type of release agent.  I personally used a little extra virgin olive oil and a small brush on my molds at least once.  My castings NOW, literally just popped out.  If you would like to add color, to your finished casts, you can use any of the mica powders and pastels. I have also used wet media like watercolors. I created a faux stitching around the edges with a rotary tool and a pen; used a few of the word stickers from Tim Holtz and tacked it all down with my favorite adhesive from Helmar Craft and Hobby PVA.  I hope you all like my card, but more importantly I hope I have made you want to celebrate Mr Arnold Grummer and LET's GET STARTED!! 

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Did you know... 
Arnold Grummer'sTM Website offers additional free resources, how-to's, projects, lesson plans for teachers, helpful links and more along with the full line of Arnold Grummer'sTM creative products for home, classroom and community. (from the ArnoldGrummer.com site)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Thank you cards and envelopes

Sorry, thought this posted yesterday.....

Hello everyone! Today I want to show you some Thank you cards I made with recycled junk mail. Some times you need a thank you card and never have one on hand so I decided today I would make some.

I also used the envelope template that comes with the Envelope Stationery Template Collection so you don't even need to try and find an envelope to fit your card. I love making my own paper and then turning it into something usable.

Below are the photos after making them. I did have to reinforce the spine on the cards so I used some washi tape on them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Don't forget to check out the  Arnold Grummer's Paper making shop.


I stamped "Thank You" from a Stampin Up set I have.The one looks blue in the picture but it is actually a grey.


Here they are with the hand made envelopes.


And the last picture shows tied up in a bundle if you were giving them as a gift.

These may come in handy for me because October is my birthday month and I am going to be 27 again!! :)


“The world is a richer place because of Arnie Grummer,” said David Lee, retired former executive director of the Paper Discovery Center. “His accomplishments following the Institute are what really propelled him into the Paper Hall of Fame. He’s the paper version of ‘The Music Man.’”

It’s Fall Y’all

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015


I love this time of year. The leaves are turning a multitude of colors as it’s beginning to cool off a bit here in Southeastern Arizona. This is a great time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and/or Christmas cards. Today’s card would be wonderful for either holiday… just change the colors for Christmas.

I have a lot of Thanksgiving cards to send out so I had better get busy…….smile

Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Microwave , heat tool or a sunny window
  • GM H 6031 Pine Cone casting mold
  • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of off white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Spice in a brown color (great way to use up those outdated spices and it smells good too!)
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive
  • Scraps of olive green handmade paper
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Scor-palTM (love the new 1/8version!)
  • SpellbindersTM  Grand Calibur
  • Die: CheeryLynnTM  B146 Pine Branches

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create a pinecone castings. (I always make extra! And did you know that you can save the slurry? Place it in a strainer and let it dry. Pop the dried slurry out of the strainer and store for future use.)
  2. Dry the casting.
  3. Make more slurry and create a sheet of heavy weight handmade paper (create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards….. one sheet will make 2 cards.)
  4. Sprinkle the spice onto the damp paper.
  5. When the paper is dry, fold and tear it to make two pieces 5 ½ x 8 ½”.
  6. Score and fold to create two 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
  7. Die cut the pine greenery from the olive green scraps.
  8. Attach 3 pine pieces to the lower right and 2 pine pieces to the upper left of the casting.
  9. Attach the casting to the front center of the card with the QuickGrip™ adhesive.