The Children First

Creating paper casting with molds from Arnold Grummer is one of my favorite things to do. I always make multiples of each casting and usually make a day of it. I have to admit that I love casting mold and am blessed to own a LOT of them. “The Children First” is a retired mold but is still one of my favorites. Matted and framed it makes a beautiful gift for new parents.


•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.)
•“The Children First” paper casting mold
• 9 x 9” double matt and matching backing
•Beacon ZipDryTM and PowerTac™ adhesives, double sided foam tape


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  Children First” castings.
2.Allow the casting to dry.
3.Attach the Paper casting to the center of the mat board backing with PowerTac adhesive.
4.Attach the …

The Empress's Screen Pendant

As a mixed media artist, I love to make art that seems extremely difficult. This doesn’t mean that the effort is difficult, only that the result looks so fabulous that others would have a hard time believing that “you” made it. Comments of disbelief are actually my favorite types. They show me that I have created something wonderful. As a newbie to the papermaking world, I found myself fascinated by the process and the materials. I was even more fascinated by the potential for creating 3D art from paper. After several false starts, I walked away and thought I would turn to a different form of art for a minute. I walked into my utility room (one of the five million “arting” spots in my house) and saw a rubber stamp that I had been wanting to use. Yes, dear reader, the light turned on.

I ran to the kitchen and started making pulp using about a 1 x 6-inch piece of cotton lintner in sheet form and four cups of water. After letting the cotton lintner soak a bit, I pulsed it three times then…

Easy Journal Cover & Giveaway!

Arnold Grummer makes creating pretty journals a breeze. 

SUPPLIES:  Arnold Grummer's Hand Made Paper Kit Arnold Grummer's pre-shredded Cotton Linter  Arnold Grummer's Paper Additive Arnold Grummer's Angel Wings Botanicals Arnold Grummer's "Make your own book" Duck Tape, Adhesive, Flourish stamp, Clear stamping pigment, gold embossing powder, ribbon, metal word, alcohol ink, metal embellishment, and brad. 
INSTRUCTIONS:  1. Make sheets of hand made paper following the instructions in the Hand Made Paper Kit. I always add some additive and cotton linter for stronger sheets. The botanicals are pretty too! 2. Use the duck tape binding method on the "Make your own book" kit instructions.  3. Cut hand made paper to cover the cardstock cover provided in the book kit.  4. Cover seams in different papers with fabric ribbon, which goes all the way around the cover.  5. Stamp flourishes with clear pigment and emboss with gold embossing powder. 6. Attach any met…

Something to Brighten Your day

Last Friday’s project grew to be 6 books, one of which will be for encouragement cards. With that in mind I checked out my stash of handmade papers which had been previously made more beautiful with the addition on my favorite inks. You may remember that I create these papers in batches and stockpile them for future use.


•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and paper press
•Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of black card stock to die cut and for layering
•Black card stock for the card bases
•Scraps of thin white tissue paper to stamp on
•Memorybox Fairy and branch dies
   Visible Image™ VIS-WDT-01 “Where dreams take you” and VIS-NEW-01 “New beginnings”
•SpellbindersTM Plantinum™ die cutting and embossing machine
•Westcott™ paper trimmer
•Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
•ColorBox™ black pigment ink pad, Dyestress Blendadble Ink pads: Pansy, Fruit Punch

Die Cut Valentine's Day Cards by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with die cut Valentine's Day Cards using handmade papers created with the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit.

Are you aware how easy it is to create handmade paper?  It's even easier to die cut the papers into a variety of shapes.

Selecting papers from my stash of handmade papers, I couldn't find any that were pink enough for Valentine's Day.  Easy enough to remedy though - I just spritzed the paper with Imagine's Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Angel Pink.  Let the paper dry thoroughly.

Create cards from brown cardstock.  Die cut 2 layers of handmade papers.  Adhere the larger layers to the cards then wrap the cards with twine.  Mat the smaller layers with brown cardstock, then add to the cards with foam adhesives for dimension.

Die cut hearts from the same paper, then die cut the centers.  Adhere the large hearts to the right corners of each card.  Take the smaller hearts and add them back to the larger hearts with foam adhesiv…

And a Happy New Year!

What a perfect way to start the New Year! This loose leaf book will be perfect to hold handmade paper birthday cards for those special people in your life! If you are blessed with a lot of “special” people you may need to make several of these books….smile. Think of the fun ahead  in 2019 of creating the cards to fill the 12 pockets in the book.

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•6 x 6” pocket calendar book kit
oImpression ObsessionTM  G20231 “thinking of you with love”
•SpellbindersTM Platinum™ die cutting and embossing machine
•Large random organic pattern embossing folder
•Westcott™ paper trimmer and scissors
•Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
•Old credit card to use as an adhesive spreader.
•ColorBox™ Dystress Blendable ink pads: Cattail, Salmon and Palomino, Stylus handle
        and white tips
•Small piece of thin white tissue paper to stamp on
•Marvy ® Le P…

Botanical Sticky Note Books

It’s that time of the year when people’s attention is focused on the holiday ritual of gift-giving.  I actually started making my Botanical Sticky Note Books back in July, mainly because my paper making studio  aka my garage is not heated, so all my paper making is done during the summer.  And if you want a great gift to give to someone or even to gift yourself then purchase an  Arnold Grummer Papermaking kit.

I used Arnold Grummer's Angel Wings: Multi Color Mix to create my botanical paper for my  Sticky Note books. I love the bright colors which won't fade and the fact that the Angel Wings tear into long thin strips and will give a mulberry type paper effect.

I love the different effects you can achieve by varying the amount of botanicals that you add for each batch of sheets in the blender.
 If this was to be used as stationery then I would have used less and blended more but I knew I was going to use it for the Sticky books so I loaded up.

Once you've created beautiful sheets…