Chapter 4: Paper Laces With Ribbon
So far, we’ve learned how to make basic paper lace in chapter 2 of this idea book, and how to make paper lace using punches in chapter 3. This chapter about how to make paper lace with ribbon builds on the techniques learned in previous chapters.
Here’s How The Paper Lace Looks From the Back After It Has Been Punched. Click This Photo For an Enlarged View That You Can Use As a Guideline For How To Cut and Punch Out This Paper Lace Border Design.
This Photo Shows 2 Different Colors of the Same Basic Paper Lace Design. One Was Created Using Craft Cardstock and the Other Was Created Using Plain White Cardstock Colored With Various Colors of Tsukineko Walnut Inks. The Ribbons Have Not Been Added To The Paper Lace Yet At This Point.
This is how the paper lace borders look after the ribbon has been woven through the 3 punched rows in the center.
Wide Symmetrical Paper Lace With Ribbon
Fiskars Hand Punches:
- Fiskars Hand Punches 1/4″ Heart
- Fiskars Hand Punch 1/16″ Circle
- Fiskars Hand Punch 5/16” Tear Drop
- Fiskars Hand Punch 3/16″ Square
Fiskars Paper Edgers / Decorative Edge Scissors:
- Fiskars Seagull Paper Edgers Scissors
You will also need cardstock or patterned paper, adhesive, and graph paper. The graph paper shown has 1/4″ grid lines, and this is what I recommend that you use to create this particular paper lace pattern.
How To Make The Paper Lace:
Cutting Out the Paper Lace Border:
- Use the photos above for reference. (You can click each photo to see enlarged views.) In the upper photo, you will see what the back (graph paper side) of my paper lace looks like after it has been cut and punched.
- Attach your graph paper to the back of your cardstock or paper as described in chapter 2. Let it dry.
- Next you will cut out the border using Fiskars Paper Edgers. Cut with the graph paper facing you so that you can use it as a guideline for cutting. Using the Fiskars Seagull Paper Edgers, cut all the way across the paper. When you cut, pay attention to the direction that the paper edgers are facing so that you get the same effect shown in the photo. If you do it correctly the cut will take part of one grid block.
- Count an additional 5 grid blocks down and in the 6th grid block, cut across the paper, again using your Seagull paper edgers. Pay attention to which direction the Paper Edgers are facing when you cut so that you achieve the effect shown.
Punching Out the Paper Lace Design With Hand Punches:
After the punching is complete, you are going to weave narrow ribbon through the 3 rows of square punches. Choose 2 colors of narrow ribbon that will coordinate well with your paper lace. The most prominent color should be used in the center row and then a coordinating color should be used in the other 2 rows.
You now have a paper lace border that can be used in the project of your choice. It would be beautiful in handmade greeting cards or scrapbook layouts or any other paper crafts project where you’d like a pretty lacy touch. Click here to see some project ideas for how to use this paper lace with ribbon.