Showing posts from January, 2014

Paper Casting on a Card

For this weeks project for the Arnold Grummer Blog, I decided to pull out my paper casting supplies.  With the weather outside being extremely cold and snowy, my eye turned to the flower molds to take my mind off the weather outside.

Making paper castings are fun and easy with the use of Arnold Grummer's Cotton Linter Casting Squares.  I used five or six of linter squares for the castings that I made. I made three castings from the two flower molds I chose to use. The look of the castings can be slightly altered by how you finish the outer edge. For one casting, I carefully pulled the outer edge with the tip of a toothpick to feather the edges after removing the casting from the mold before drying it completely.  Another was left to dry without touching the edges.  The third trimmed by cutting once it was completely dried.  To dry the castings, I placed them on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  I placed them in the oven that was heated to 200 degrees for 15 minutes.  Then I tu…

Year of the Horse 2014 - ATC

Hi all Debbie Buckland here again…

Did you know that the Chinese new year in 2014 is the Year of the Horse?
I love the Chinese ink paintings - very fascinated with them and i have an old love to original concept of Artist Trading Cards (ATC) - which were paintings now they have evolved into other forms of art like collage and mini scrapbook pages. They are art on a 2.5 x 3.5" pieces of card.

The perfect envelope that these can be posted in is in the #375 Medium Template collection pack:
This is also sold separately as  #354 invitation and thank you card

When I was making my sheets of paper I used the template in the frame so when the paper was made it was instantly that shape - no cutting or measurements needed!

I also cut my ATC card from some thick card I recycled from a cereal box.

The easy fold guide was used with a bone folder to get crisp folds once the paper was dry and I started decorating…
The pocket had to be made first of course… That is about 1/4 inch smaller than the…

Old Fashion Valentines with Handmade Paper!

It is getting close to Valentine's Day!  Soon you will be sending a card, gift or both to loved ones.  Make an old fashioned Valentine with your own handmade papers to make it very special. For the Valentines here I used the Arnold Grummer's Heart Template and the Envelope Template from the Cards and Tags Template Collection. I stared with scraps of colored paper, if you are like me you have tons of scraps of paper.  For this project I used papers that were solid (nothing with a white core).   Be sure to follow the directions in your kit or Basic Paper Making video! Using the Papermill Complete Kit you can see the template for the heart card in the water ready for the pulp to be poured in.  I also cast some flowers and birds in silicone molds I have. Check out what you might have around the house that you could use to cast your paper pulp in. Use the Arnold Grummer's Strainer to drain water.  The strainer is made to sit on a jar, bowl or the blender. Casting paper is fun!…

Hearts of Gold

Share the love with someone special this February by creating this Hearts of Gold gift tag to include with that special little surprise gift or tie it around his or her favorite glass to bring a smile to the one you love. 

The tag was created by making paper pulp according to the basic instructions.  The color was achieved by adding some leftover red tissue paper that I had from our Christmas gifts.  I just kept adding it until I reached the color I wanted.  Some of the pieces didn't mix completely in and created red dots throughout the paper which added a nice look to the paper.  The tag was made by pouring the pulp into the tag template and finished according to the instructions for making a piece of paper.  A few weeks ago, I had made some extra sheets of paper using my Papermill Kit so I dug into my stash for a sheet to punch the hearts from.  This was a sheet of tea dyed paper that I had added some gold dust to when I created the sheet of paper.  The gold in the paper reall…

Starting off and having fun!

Hello everyone. My name is Debbie Buckland and I am from New Zealand. I am so excited to be on the Arnold Grummer's Design Team!
Well I haven't made paper since before I was married! I think I was still living at home with Mum and Dad as I remember mum complaining there was paper drying everywhere around the house…. LOL
Well now I'm annoying my hubby thanks to the Arnold Gummer team! he he I have 7 months to go and I will have my own craft room to work in but until then I am working in the kitchen.
I started off opening the Paper Mill Complete Paper Making Kit #301 (Pour Method kit) and watching the DVD provided. (not pictured) and then bought a Blender specifically for the purpose of making paper and a bin. (all on sale of course) Next I followed all instructions that were included and made my very first sheet of paper with used laser printed paper using the pour method… previously I only had ever used the dip method. And the results are so much less messy. ;)
I actually …

Creating With Handmade Papers

This is my first post for the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Blog.  I will be posting a project the second and fourth Monday of the month from now through June.  Just a little information before discribing the project I have to share.  I would consider myself very fortunate to have had a little history with the Grummer Family.  Several years ago I was very happy to work at a CHA show with the Grummer Family in their booth demonstrating paper casting along side Arnold himself showing the wonders of making your own paper.  It was a delightful experience to work for them and with them. Learning how to cast paper and make sheets was fun and I used both forms in design work and personal projects through the years.
I am so very happy to have reconnected with Kim and Greg and to help share ideas for paper making and paper casting.  My hope is that the projects I create will give you the desire to try your hand with this medium or help you think "out side the box" with what you ca…