Showing posts from February, 2019

Celebration Card Using Handmade Paper

Hello, everyone! It's Nancy here with a card I created with some handmade paper. I thought this paper turned out so fun and festive, that I just had to turn it into a special "CELEBRATE" card!

Materials Used:
Arnold Grummer's PAPERMILL Complete Papermaking Kit; Blender; Packing Paper; Red Crinkle Basket Filler; Red Cardstock; Ribbon: Offray - Red Satin; Alphabet Dies: Little B - Block Out.

How I did it:
During a recent marathon day of paper-making, I made some plain pages using the packing paper that came in a parcel. I then experimented with adding some crinkled strips of basket filler. With one page I cut the filler up, and with one page I kept the filler in the original long pieces. Here are what all three pages look like:

Here's a photo of the red crinkled strips, so that you know just what I'm talking about:

For my card today, I am using the paper shown in the center of the photo. I'm also using just a small strip of the plain paper shown in the photo. 
1. Th…

Handmade Paper Love Notes

Love Notes

I always need thank you cards for different occasions. Creating these with AG templates, some beautiful handmade papers and a set of cherub dies was perfect to use a thank you notes to send to all my loved ones. These are so quick to make by the batch to keep on hand for future use…just vary the die cut to fit the event.

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and paper press •Blender,  cello sponges and soft towels •A sunny window •Scraps of white and colored paper (think junk mail, etc.)  •Scraps of white card stock and scraps of handmade papers to die cut •AG  #354 Thank You Card Medium Template •Dried flower petals •Crafter’s Companion Gemini Junior™ Die cut machine •Die:Nellie’s Choice Vintasia™ VIND007 Cupids •Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape  
1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to          create white slurry with flower petal inclusions. 2.Pour the slurry into the template to c…

Kindness is Contagious Card

While I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day, I absolutely LOVE everything about this card! Hand made sparkly paper, pretty fonts, teddy bears, paper piecing, flowers and kindness :o)

AG Medium Pour Handmold
AG Abaca Pulp Sheet
AG Iridescent Flakes
AG White Cotton Rag Pulp
Scrap Red Cardstock, shredded white office paper, small piece of light colored hand made scrap paper, 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock, Sunshine Yellow pigment ink (VersaCraft) Heart Punch (Fiskars), two black mini-brads, 2 standard sized black brads, Ribbon, Markers: Brick, Forest, Spring Green (Fabrico), Water spritzer, green chord fiber, green variegated fibers, alcohol ink applicator, beading pliers, PC/Font, Glue, scissors, piercing tool.

1. Create the red sparkly paper as instructed on the Handmold directions using scraps of red cardstock, white office paper, Cotton Rag Pulp and Iridescent Flakes.
2. Cut the red paper to 5 x 8".
3. Create a word processing document on your PC …

Boîte de Fleurs

Boîte de Fleurs



Arnold Grummer's PAPERMILL Complete Papermaking Kit Cotton Lintner Sheet Pulp (8 oz.) -or- Cotton Lintner Pre-shedded Pulp (8 oz.) Gold Dust (Copper would look great, as well) Petals: Summer Gold
Paper (I suggest white or beige)Medium Round Paper Mache Box (4-inch diameter)Round Wood Plaques (4inch) Small Wood Star Accent
Mini Wooden Peg Dot and Flower Embellishments Stencil for lid design Tacky Glue Acrylic Paints in your favorite colorGesso Food Color Versamark Pen Gold Embossing Powder Angel Mold
Flower Fondant Mold Ribbon (1/4 inch wide and as long as you need for the layers of wafers)
Red Onion Skins (Hint: Buy one red onion but pick up some loose skin…

How to polish paper with a stone

Do you like to read about other handmade paper artisans? Recently I read an article from the Monte Crisco Magazine on Master Papermaker Francesco Proietti and one line really caught my attention. "Finally, a rounded stone “polishes” the paper until it is flat and smooth." Now I'm all about learning things the old fashioned way albeit I might not prefer to do it all the time, I do like my modern ways too, just saying. However I enjoy a respite from the modern world every now and then and this technique just called to me to try. So I got out from my stash a sheet of one of my "perfectly imperfect" hand made papers that I created using the medium Dip Handmold. I wanted a rough sheet of paper to see if this would actually work. I planned on doing a bit of stamping on it so I drew out a grid that I intended to polish. I'm glad I chose a small space because it is a little labor intensive although not difficult.
By rubbing the stone over the paper and exerting medium…

More Love With Handmade Paper Castings

More Love

“How do I love thee…….let me count the ways….”. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life and for the whole month of February I will be creating and sending them cards and notes telling them how I love them. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all did this!

•Any of the Arnold Grummer ® paper making kits and paper press •Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels •A sunny window •Scraps of white, and blue paper (think junk mail, etc.)  •Small piece of tissue paper to stamp on •Small heart with flower paper casting mold •Impression Obsession™ stamp # 13699 •Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape •ColorBox™ Dyestressable Blendable Ink pad #23105 “Moonstone”,          Archival Ink pad “Midnight” & Stylus handle & tips,
1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create          light blue slurry. Reserve enough slurry for the heart paper casting. 2.Create one or more she…

Quotes Book Using Handmade Paper

Hello, everyone!

It's Nancy Nickel here today. I'm very happy to be sharing my first Design Team project with you!
I love to use handmade paper to create books. I just love the way they feel in my hands. Sometimes I even like them to serve a purpose. Such is the case with the project I'm sharing today. This is my Quote Book:

Materials Used:
Arnold Grummer's PAPERMILL Complete Papermaking Kit; Iridescent Flakes; Zig-Zag Books: Original; Blender, Dies: Tim Holtz - Alphaneumeric, Spellbinders - Romantic Rectangles Two; Small piece of Silver Velum; Glue Stick; Double-sided Tape; 1 yard Sheer Ribbon.
How I did it: I followed all the directions in the PAPERMILL Papermaking Kit to make my paper. I recycled a newsletter, and it created this beautiful color of handmade paper. I created several plain sheets, and I added Iridescent Flakes to one sheet. I knew that would be for the cover of my book. Before using it for a book cover, you want to ensure that it is as smooth and flat as it can b…

Love Is In the Air With Handmade Paper

Love Is In the Air II

Creating individual cards for those people whom are extra special in my life is such a joy. Matching each card to the personality of the recipient can sometimes be a challenge. Using handmade paper and some pre-printed card bases makes it so easy and even more fun. Today’s cards are for two friends who are shy and quiet, the cards fit them so well…smile.

I apologize for the distorted photo...will have to get my camera checked
•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and paper press •Blender, cello sponges and soft towels •A sunny window •Scraps of white & mauve paper (think junk mail, etc.)  •Scraps of white card stock to die cut (I used white food packaging) •Dies:          o MemoryBoxTM #99355 “Ellianna Heart”, #99925 “happy valenine’s day”,          #99339 “Devotion  Heart”, #99351 Fancy “Heart Duet”, CheeryLynnTM #B227 “Love” •Crafter’s CompanionTM Gemini Junior™ die cutting and embossing machine  •Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam t…

Floral Photo Canvas

As an empty nester, I find myself cleaning out boxes, cabinets, and drawers, and ridding myself of unnecessary pieces of past lives and those “papers” that have no meaning and should have been discarded years ago. However, I have a stack of cards that keeps growing year by year. There are several that are from friends who no longer keep in touch and I wondered what to do with them. These cards are lovely, and I hated the thought of simply tossing them out. Thankfully, I was prepping to make paper and I thought, “What better way to recycle and share the love and joy that came with those cards?” So, off to the blender I went. I also dragged hubby kicking and screaming into the papermaking process so that I could “teach” him how to make paper. He was impressed.
For this project, I made a crafty version of the traditional photo on the wall. I am currently making a wall of these types of family photographs in 10 x 10 size. This project is 5 x 7 and will be sent to my son and daughter-in-law…