Friday, December 30, 2016

He Leads me…….

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Wild ferns grow in abundance in the White Mountains of Arizona. Picked and dried, they are wonderful to add to sheets of handmade paper. When I saw the small fern die that was the same as the wild ferns and the stamp from Impression Obsession™, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.





Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Arnold Grummer® flower press kit
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Herbs, onion skins or dried grasses as inclusions
·       Scraps of Kraft card stock or chip board to die cut (I used the back side of a cereal box)
·       Scraps of tissue paper
·       Dies: Tattered Lace™D667 Paradise Ferns, D466 Butterflies, and Unknown: Cross
·       CheeryLynn™ Big Sister™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox™ dark brown Chalk™ ink pad
·       Impression ObsessionTM stamp: C13489 “He leads me……..”
·       11 x 14” tan matboard, envelope for card, display easel


Instructions:

1.     Dry the ferns in the AG flower press kit
2.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off white slurry with inclusions and create a sheet of heavy weight handmade paper with the dried ferns partially embedded into the sheet.
3.     Create more slurry with herbs or grasses and create one or more sheets of handmade paper.. 
4.     Allow the paper to dry..
5.     Die cut 4-5 of the ferns, 1 cross and 1 Monarch butterfly from Kraft cardstock scrap or tan chip board.
6.     Stamp the saying “He leads me beside the still waters…..he restores my soul” onto two pieces of scrap tissue paper.
7.     Tear, score and fold a piece of the handmade paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
8.     Clip the corners on a 2 ½ x 4 ¾ piece of handmade paper.
9.     Glue one piece of stamped tissue paper to the left side of this piece.
10.  Attach the die cut cross to the right hand side with tiny pieces of foam tape.
11.  Center and attach this piece to the card front with small pieces of foam tape.
12.  Arrange and attach the ferns to the sheet of fern paper as desired.
13.  Attach the stamped tissue paper with ZipDry™ adhesive.
14.  Attach the butterfly with a tiny piece of foam tape.
15.  Attach the fern paper to the matboard with small pieces of foam tape.
16.  Place it on an easel to display.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Angel Bookmark & Card

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


“Stocking stuffer,” gift and cards are a snap with small pieces of handmade paper, some chip board and a couple of die cuts. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete these, when you have the components already made a head of time.


Supplies:
 
·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of white card stock and tan chip board to die cut (I used the inside of a cereal box)
·       The PaperCut™ dark brown cardstock for the card base
·       Scrap of tissue paper
·       Dies: Creative Expressions™/Sue Wilson™ CED3016 2015 Christmas Angel, #CED3059 Illuminated Angel Mini Striplet
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Tonic Studios™ #804N Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Quiet Fire Designs™ stamp #5712 “Christmas is the day that holds all time together”.
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky glue
·       ColorBox™ medium brown Chalk™ ink pad, Stylus™ handle and tips
·       ¼” round hole punch
·       9” thin Ivory satin cord 


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off white slurry and create one or more sheets of medium weight handmade paper. 
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Cut, score and fold a 4 x 8 1/2” card.
4.     Die cut and emboss the trumpet Angel for the card from the scrap white cardstock.
5.     Cut the Angel for the bookmark from the tan chip board.
6.     Apply the Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse to both Angels.
7.     Use the Stylus to lightly apply the brown ink around the edge of the trumpet Angel.
8.     Stamp the saying onto the tissue paper. Tear the edges of the tissue.
9.     Tear a piece of handmade paper a bit smaller than the card.
10.  Tear a piece of handmade paper approx. 3 x 6 ½” for the bookmark.
11.  Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark.
12.  Insert the cord into the hole. Tie the ends of the cord together.
13.  Attach the Angel to the bookmark with ZipDry™ adhesive.
14.  Attach the handmade paper to the front of the card with double sided foam tape.
15.  Attach the trumpet Angel to the right side of the card with double side foam tape.
16.  Attach the stamped tissue paper to the left side of the card.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Artist's Trading Cards






Up until a year or so ago, I had no idea what an Artist Trading Card was. Do you know?

These 2.5". x 3 .5" cards are miniature works of art which are shared around the world. Artists create, trade and swap them. Some swaps have themes such as this one sponsored by Grumbacher Offical  Fan Page. The theme for the current swap is Space. Each artist can interpret the theme any way they wish - paint, draw, mixed media, etc.

The paper I used was made with this  Pour Handmold


Medium Pour Handmold
I started by applying a layer of gesso. I was not sure what paints I would be using and this would provide a better surface to work on. 



Now for the fun!! I started with a layer of darks and then added various gold and metallics. 



Just keep playing until you get the effect you want. I cut a star and the ribbon tails from another piece of paper. I painted them gold and added doodling. I finished the ATC  with a quote. 
I love how this turned out and hope whoever gets it in the swap enjoys it too!



There is still time to finish your Christmas shopping with this 12 Months of Paper Calendar!

12 Months of Paper Calendar

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Wings of Angels

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Both of my sisters collect Angels and Penguins. I know, I know - two so totally different things (just like they are). I try to add to both of their collection every year. These two Angel pieces can be left out all year, and will be perfect to place in a small decorative easel. Who knows, perhaps I will also find new Penguins for them too.


Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Dried grasses or herbs
·       Scraps of Kraft colored chip board to die cut (I used the back of cereal boxes)
·       Scraps of tissue paper to stamp on
·       Dies: Creative Expressions™/Sue Wilson™  #CED3001 2014 Christmas Angel, # CED3016 2015 Christmas Angel
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Scor-Pal™ Scor-Tape™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       Substrate: 5 x 7” boxes (these were from some old acrylic frames)
·       Quiet Fire Designs™ stamp #5959 “I will write Peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”
·       ColorBox® dark brown Chalk™ ink pad
·       Tonic Studios™ #810N Cosmic Brown Nuvo Embellishment Mousse™


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off white slurry with inclusions and create one or more sheets of light weight handmade paper. 
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Cover all areas of the 5 x 7 boxes with the paper using Scor-Tape™ or ZipDry™ adhesive.
4.     Stamp the saying onto the tissue paper.
5.     Die cut the two Angels from the chip board.
6.     Apply the Cosmic Brown Nuvo Mousse to the Angels
7.     Attach the Angels to the coverd boxes with double sided foam tape.
8.     Tear the edges of the stamped tissue paper and attach to the boxes with ZipDry™ adhesive.
9.     Place each Angel box on a small easel to display.



Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Peace

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


I create paper castings all through the year so that I will have them on hand when I need a quick card or gift. Doing them by the batch saves me a lot of time and mess. Sometimes I add stitching and/or tiny beads like I did on the snowman. Because I had the casting made ahead of time, these two Christmas cards took less than 5 minutes each to put together - less time than it will take me to write the message inside.

 

Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       AGCP Snowman mold, Acrylic ornament Angel to use as a mold
·       Scraps of white card stock to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ dark blue cardstock for the bases, envelopes to fit cards
·       Dies: Quiet Fire Designs™  ECD #1238 “Peace”, ECD #1199 “Winter” (4 Seasons)
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Christmas theme embossing folder (snowflakes, holly, etc.)
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM & QuickGrip™ adhesive
·       ColorBox® medium blue Chalk™ ink pad, Stylus™ handle & tips
·       Dark blue seed beads, orange embroidery floss, needle


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and cast one or more of the snowman and angel. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Use the Stylus handle & tip to to lightly apply the dark blue Chalk™ ink to the Angel casting.
4.     Stitch the beads onto the snowman as buttons.
5.     Use the orange floss to stitch the hatband and the carrot nose on the snowman.
6.     Cut, score and fold the dark blue card stock to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
7.     Emboss the fronts of the cards with the Christmas embossing folders.
8.     Die cut the words “Peace” & “Winter” from scraps of white cardstock.
9.     Attach the paper castings to the bottom center card front with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
10.  Attach the die cut words centered above the paper castings (Winter for the snowman and Peace for the Angel) with ZipDry™ adhesive.
11.  Write your message inside the card with a white pen.
12.  Mail in a padded envelope or hand deliver.