Project Ideas For Chapter 2

Project Ideas using Paper Lace Borders Made From American Crafts Funnel Cake Patterned Paper:

All-Occasion Bird Greeting Card With Simple Paper Lace Borders

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Floral Celebration Card With Greeting That Says "Hi!"

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This card measures 7" x 5". The first step is to create the base for the card using Strathmore Bristol Board. I prefer using Bristol Board instead of cardstock for my card bases because Bristol Board is sturdy and withstands layering, inking, chalking and gluing better than cardstock does. However, that is a personal preference, so if you prefer working with cardstock or some other type of paper, please feel free to substitute. (And please comment to let us know how your card turns out!)

Cut a piece of Bristol Board measuring 7" wide by 10" long. Use a bone folder to fold it in half so that it measures 7" x 5".

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Next, cut a piece of purple cardstock that measures 6.75" x 4.75" and attach it to the front of the card.

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Next, cut a square of orange cardstock that measures 4.5" x 4.5". Ink the edges with purple ink and then chalk the edges with purple chalk, and attach the piece to the front of the card on the right hand side as shown.

Set this aside for just a moment in order to focus on making the paper lace. Free Card Making Project Idea From Paperlaces.com

Using the "Heartstrings" Paper Edgers Decorative Scissors by Fiskars, cut out one of the green dotted stripes from the American Crafts "Funnel Cake" patterned paper. This is going to be the top layer of the paper lace.

On the reverse side of the "Funnel Cake" patterned paper is a solid bright green. Using the "Clouds" Fiskars Paper Edgers Scalloped Scissors, cut out a strip from the green side that is slightly larger than the border you just cut from the patterned side. Refer to tips from Chapter 2 "Making Basic Paper Lace" if this part gets confusing. You can attach graph paper to help you cut if you need help cutting straight.

The strip cut out using the "Clouds" scissors is going to be the lower layer of the paper lace that is shown in the center of the card.

Attach the top layer and the bottom layer of paper lace together using whatever adhesive you have handy. (Glue stick, glue, double stick tape, Xyron, or any other adhesive should work OK.) Let dry.

You will see 2 other green borders cut with decorative scissors on this card. To be honest, I didn't really make any effort to design these- I just used scraps that were left over after I cut out lots of the other stripes from the patterned side of the "Funnel Cake" patterned paper using decorative scissors. If you make paper lace you will constantly have lots of strips of "leftovers" like this and I encourage you to use them wherever you can find a spot for them. So if you haven't already cut out some other basic paper laces from the striped side, go ahead and do that, and then use the leftover green strips as shown below.

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At this point I am going to cut down the 2 green "scrap" borders to 7" long and attach them to the front of the card as shown.

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Next, cut a 3.5" circle out of the "House of Mirrors" patterned paper using the Fiskars Shape X-press and a circle template, or whatever other means you use to cut circles. You could use a circle punch, a compass and scissors, a die cutter, or whatever. Attach the circle to the front of the card as shown.

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Next, attach the layered green paper lace you made to the front of the card as shown.

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Next, cut a 2.5" circle out of green paper. I used the reverse side of the "Funnel Cake" patterned paper by American Crafts for this. Attach to the front of the card as shown.

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Next, ink the round "Great Shapes" journaling stamp from the "Great Shapes" stamp set by Inque Boutique with purple dye ink by Rubber Stampede (or whatever close substitute you might already have in your stash of supplies.) Stamp the stamp onto the reverse side of the "House of Mirrors" patterned paper, which is hot pink. Then cut around it with the "Mini Scallop" Paper Edgers by Fiskars. It will look like this:

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Attach this circle to the front of the card, however, please note that I later repositioned this piece slightly after I took the photo. Look at several more of the photos below to get a better idea of where it ended up. It is slightly further right than shown in the photo directly below. Place accordingly.

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Next, attach the purple flower to the front of the card.

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Next, using one of the stamps from the "Great Shapes" set by Inque Boutique, and the same purple dye ink, stamp onto the hot pink side of the "House of Mirrors" patterned paper. Cut out using the Fiskars Shape Xpress with the circle template. Attach a Queen and Company purple polka dotted mini brad to the center. It should look something like this:

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Next, attach this piece to the front of the card (it will be layered on top of the green circle you already cut out and attached, and it will also be partially hidden by the purple faux flower.)

Next, attach the "Details" layered flower embellishment by American Crafts to the front of the card. This is so easy because the Details embellishments have their own dot of adhesive on the back already. This embellishment will be your flower center; it creates a dazzling focal point for the card.

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Next, stamp one of the retro flower designs from the "Retro Shapes" stamp set by Inque boutique onto the hot pink side of the "House of Mirrors" paper. Use the same purple dye ink by Rubber Stampede (or closest equivalent from your stash of supplies.) Cut it out using the Fiskars Shape Xpress tool and circle template, or whatever your preferred method of cutting circles is. Attach a Queen and Company polka dot mini brad in the center. It will look something like this:

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Attach this stamped piece to the front of the card as shown.

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For the finishing touch, adhere the plastic letters to form the word "hi!" I didn't have an exclamation point so I turned an "i" upside down. These plastic letters are see-through, so I used Mod Podge to attach them. I think Diamond Glaze probably would have been a better choice, but I was out at the time I made this card. Pretty much any clear adhesive would probably work.

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Next, use purple glitter gel pen and purple chalk to add some emphasis and focus where needed. I chalked around the edges of the "House of Mirrors" circle and I also drew some dashed lines around the outer circumference of the circle. I also partially traced around some of the other circles with glitter gel pen to emphasize them. Here's how the finished card looks! The last steps: Personalize the inside of the card using whatever stamps, sentiments, and handwritten greetings you like. Then send it off to its new owner!

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All-Occasion Spin Art Spiral Greeting Card With Simple Paper Lace Borders

Handmade Greeting Card With Spin Art and Paper Lace Borders Cut Out From the Funnel Cake Patterned Paper Using Fiskars Decorative Paper Edgers Scissors

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These projects are all original designs by Amy Solovay.