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Native American Icons

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There are many designs from the Native peoples in the Southwest. It is hard to pick favorites but having a set of clay coasters with some wonderful designs made it easier. You may recognize Kokopelli the flute player, Jack rabbit the clown, Coyote the trickster, and Bear the wise one. The set of 4 cards in a matching box will make a great gift for a male friend or relative.





Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of tan handmade paper to die cut
•Rust red card stock and envelopes
•Dies: Tonic Studios™ #2356e “for you” #2353e “always”, #2354e “Celebrate”, #2352
        “with love”
•Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
•Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
•Scor-Pal™
•Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky
•Prismacolor™ reddish brown pencil
•Paper stump
•Organic patterned embossing folder

Instructions:

1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold…

A Gift For You

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My nephew’s birthday is in a few days and snuck up on me! I was a bit worried about creating a special card and gift wrap for him. FLASH!!! Then I remembered some of the paper castings done during the VETS class that would be perfect for him! I filled the box with fishing lures and hooks. Paper castings are such an easy way to customize the card and gift box for that special person!   



Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Swordfish mold (ceramic coaster)
•Scrap of tan (Kraft colored) heavy weight handmade paper to die cut
•Die:  Tonic Studios™  #2356e “for you”
•Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
•Tonic Studios™ TH® paper trimmer & scissors
•Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky adhesive
Scor-Pal
•Black gift box
•#40 Kraft colored open weave wired ribbon
•Black cardstock and envelope
•Brownish Prismacolor pencil and paper stump


Instructio…

Under the Sea

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Summer is in full swing and many people are spending their days either around their pool or at the beach. Since I live in SE Arizona a very long way from the ocean and I do not have a pool, neither of these are an option for me….smile. Creating beach/ocean themed cards using some of the handmade papers from the Veterans’ class are the next best thing! And they will be great for Aug. birthdays too!



Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummerr® paper making kits & paper press
•AG Iridescent Flakes
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white paper (and blue think junk mail, etc.)
•Dies: Ocean things: MemoryBox
         Word: Tonic Studio #2350e hello
Crafters’ Edge Crossover II™  die cutting and embossing machine (Absolutely LOVE this
  machine!)
•Westcott™ paper trimmer
•Scor-Pal™
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
•Dark blue card stock and envelopes to fit cards
Marvy 920-S #0 White pen.

Instructions:

1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Gru…

Stamping and Die Cutting Cards by Steph

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Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here to show you just how easy it is to create amazing cards using assorted papers created with the papermaking kits.


You can stamp and die cut your handmade papers just as easily as any other types of papers.  



Using VersaFine black ink I stamped the images and then heat set them.  Then I used the coordinating dies to die cut the design.



Using a different die, I die cut another handmade paper - look at all those details.


I chose another paper for the background of my cards, then assembled the cards using Scor-Tape.


I used Glue Dots to adhere the center elements to the cards to give them a little dimension. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Dragonfly Duo

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I really love this mold from AG and use it a lot. I was delighted to learn that the dragonfly is a symbol of peace in many cultures. The paper casting was done several weeks ago with the “Healing With ART” Veterans program. I recently taught a polymer clay class with the Veterans and wanted to play with some air dry clay that I had on hand using some of the same casting molds and/or casting stamps that we had used for the paper casting class. I think you will agree that both cards below are pretty nifty and totally different.



Supplies:
•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits  •Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels •A sunny window •AG Dragonflie paper casting mold •Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)  •Scraps of colored handmade paper scraps or card stock to die cut •Medium lavender cardstock •Medium brown card stock  •Envelopes to fit cards •Dies: Tonic Studios™ #2350e “hello” & #2351e “thanks”,  square to fit outline of paper casting •Tonic Studios™ Tanger…

Quick Paper Cast Cards

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When you need some really quick cards, paper cast designs and some card stock are the answer! I always cast extra pieces to have on hand. These two cards went together in less than 10 minutes because of planning ahead….smile….and having the extra pieces.






Supplies:
•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Dark brown card stock cut to 5 ½ x 11” and envelopes
Crafters EdgeTM  Crossover II ™ die cutting and embossing machine (LOVE this new toy!)
Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
Scor-Pal
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
DecoArtTM   Metallic Luster™ Iced Espresso
•Scraps of thin foam board

Instructions:

1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create
        tan slurry and cast one or more each of the Dragonfly and flower molds.
2.Allow the casting to dry in the sunny window.
3.While the castings are drying, cut the dark brown cardstock to cr…

Paper Casting with the Vets

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We had such fun in the VETS paper casting class taught in June! They were amazed at the many items that can be used to cast paper! Just a few are: candy molds, polymer clay molds, the backs of plates or bowels, metal jewelry findings, rubber stamps. Being Veterans and Vets’ spouses they fell in love with the wonderful military paper casting/polymer clay stamps from Rycraft! Several projects have already been posted this month using those Rycraft paper casting stamps. I wanted you to see a few of the castings using some other Rycraft paper casting stamps and a variety of other items. What fun it will be to create projects this fall using some of these castings!


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.)
•Scraps of brown paper bags
Rycraft paper casting stamps: R439 Bumble Bee, R388 Three Gulls, R376 Bison,
        R375 Elk, R527 Feather, R389 Wolf, R249 Hummingb…

"Believe in Yourself" Journal Cover

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Hello Crafters!

With my birthday approaching soon, I pondered with thoughtfulness. It's time to start a new journal to hold my muddled thoughts and possibly some doodles. I'm always picking up cheap pre-made journals, so I have a few laying around.  But, for MY journal, the cover art needed to be special. The mesh paper packing material has been waiting a long time for a new life and it finally happened! I love the effect it gave and it was easy to work with. There's a lot going on here, just like inside every crafter's head :o) But the foundation of every great project on this blog is the gorgeous hand-made paper!

Supplies:
AG Paper-making Kit
AG Paper Additive 
AG Cotton Linter
AG Mica
Journal, Brown stamping ink-ColorBox (Truffle), Map rubber stamp (unknown), Chipboard numbers (Maya Road), Metal sentiment (Life's Journey), Metal gear and key (Bead Landing), Metal Pendant (Olive Moon), Nautical charm (unknown), paper packing webbed material, puzzle pieces, Acrylic pai…

Liberty, Liberty, Liberty!

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July is one of my favorite months of the year. The summer picnics, lazy days around the swimming pool, family reunions, fireworks and a celebration of our country and all it stand for. I could not resist creating these two framed art pieces using some of the paper castings done several weeks ago during the Veterans paper casting class.  They looked wonderful as part of the table decor along with small American flogs for our Independence day celebration.


Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•AG Cotton Linter or craps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of white card stock to die cut (I used white food packaging)
•5 x 6” frames
•Dark blue with silver stars mulberry paper
•Liberty Bell and Statue Of Liberty plastic molds (unknown)
•Dies:  CheeryLynnTM: #B622 “Freedom” & #B352 “Forever”
Crafters Companion Gemini Jr.TM die cutting and embossing machhine
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double side…

A Sticky Note Book - Decorated With Handmade Paper

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Hello, everyone! It's Nancy here with a new project share! Today I've decorated a Sticky Note Book with a stamped and embossed piece of handmade paper. 
Here's What I Used:

Materials Used: Arnold Grummer - Sticky Note Books Starter Kit; Small Piece of Handmade Paper; Stampendous - Wisteria Cottage Stamp Set; Stampendous - Embossing Ink; White Embossing Powder; Nuance Powders - Blue, Green; Paper - K & Company; Small Piece of White Cardstock; Offray Ribbon - White.
Here's How I did it:

1. Following the instructions on the kit, I assembled the Sticky Note Book. 


2. Using the embossing ink, I stamped the cottage image onto a 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" piece of handmade paper. I heat embossed it with the white embossing powder.  3. I sprinkled the blue Nuance powder in the sky area, and the green Nuance powder in the grass area. Then I sprayed the piece with water until it looked as I wanted it to. I set it aside to dry.

4. I matted the inked piece with white cardstock. 5. I wrapped a p…

Salute to Our Military

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I wanted to create something special to give out on Independence day to the many members of local organizations who so selflessly serve the Veterans in Cochise County. Having just taught a class in paper casting to Veterans/spouses, I had the perfect project. These were so easy to do in large batches (I did over 50). Follow along and see how easy it was!  These could so easily be customized for any occasion, check out all the sayings available from Quietfire and the designs from Rycraft.





Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window or microwave (for Terra Cotta mold only!)
•AG Cotton Linter or scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)  AG cotton linter
•Arnold Grummer® 3 ½” 52 Card blank booklets
•Dark blue with Silver Stars Mulberry paper ( a friend gave me three colors of this paper
        several years ago and the blue was perfect for these books!)
Rycraft paper casting stamps: #341 American Eagle, #4…

Thinking of You Card bySteph

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Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a new project using handmade papers created with the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit



Using  one of the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kits, I created an assortment of handmade papers. Once the papers completely dried, I chose one to create with and cut it to 4" x 5 1/4".  I taped the  Bare Trees Meal Stencil from Stampendous on my handmade paper.  Using a pallet knife I  added modeling paste over the stencil.


Carefully removing the tape, I removed the stencil while still wet.  I quickly rinsed off the stencil to remove any trace of the modeling paste.


While still wet, I poured Stampendous Twinkle Glitter across the tree tops and put it aside to dry.

For a touch of color, I spritzed Bamboo Leaves Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray along the bottom of the card.

Using a scrap piece of handmade paper, I stamped a sentiment from Stampendous -  Encouraging Words - with VersaFine Pinecone Ink.


The panel was lightly inked and then added to…

Veterans and Handmade Paper

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I am blessed to have the opportunity to conceive, develop and teach “Healing With ART” classes to some of the 40,000 Veterans and/or Veterans spouses that we have here in Cochise County. June’s classes focus on making handmade paper and handmade paper casting. Last week’s paper making class was a wonderful experience for all of us. The attendees each created 10 to 15 sheets of handmade paper. I warned them that creating beautiful as well as useful handmade paper is addictive and they agreed. Bet they will LOVE paper casting too! Here are just a few sheets of handmade paper we created in a few hours “playing”. Some of these sheets will be used for July AG blog projects….so stayed tuned…..smile.









Papers above:
Red, white & blue papers: used construction paper and red napkin for the red sheet, white scrap and Iridescent flakes for the white sheet and dark blue paper napkin and white scrap with AG Iridescent flakes for the blue sheet.
Pink and blue papers: Added some additional white s…