Topic: Making Paper Lace
Red White & Black “Be Mine” Valentine's Day Greeting Card With Paper Lace
Red White & Black “Heart” Valentine's Day, Anniversary, Wedding, or Romantic Greeting Card
In my last blog post, I mentioned that some of my paper lace designs were published in this month's issue of The Stamper's Sampler Magazine. The 2 cards that were published would be perfect for use as Valentine's Day greeting cards, but they could also be used for any occasion that requires a loving or romantic touch- anniversary, wedding, prom, or any other time you'd like to send a little love to someone special.
Due to space restrictions in the magazine, the Stamper's Sampler editors decided to present their readers with a greatly abbreviated version of my project instructions. When I saw the revised instructions, I had a sinking feeling that most crafters would read the revised instructions, scratch their heads mumbling "huh?" to themselves, and promptly move onto the next project. Then it occurred to me that I have absolutely no space restrictions here on my paper lace web site, and that there isn't anything stopping me from sharing the full project instructions for these Valentine's Day Cards. So that is what I am going to do! I am posting the projects in chapter 6 of my idea book about how to make paper lace, complete with links to sources of supply for the products I used to create these cards. Hope you will find it helpful having the longer version of the project instructions available.If you haven't already started reading my paper lace idea book, I recommend that you start at the beginning and work your way through. I am still in the process of posting some of chapters of the book, and I apologize that it is taking longer than expected. At any rate, if you are new to making paper lace, the paper laces shown in this blog post are not the ones I would recommend that you try as your first. I'd recommend that you try a few of the very basic paper laces before proceeding to make these. Of course, if you're an advanced paper crafter, by all means jump right in. Thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you are having a lovely and creative day.
Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace and Cosmo Cricket: Flowers at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California
Materials and Supplies:
- The patterned paper used for the background is "Flora Bella", from the Fleuriste Collection by Cosmo Cricket.
- The green patterned paper used to make the paper lace accents is the "Garland Green" design from the Snow Globe collection by Reminisce. Never mind that that's supposed to be a winter-themed line of papers. When I am creating, I feel completely free to ignore how supplies "should" be used. There is no rule that says you must use papers in exactly the way that the designer or manufacturer intended.
- The other papers used to make the paper lace are Strathmore Bristol Board that I hand painted using Jacquard fiber reactive dyes. Yes, you read that correctly: dyes. As in, fabric dyes that were left over after a session of dyeing fabrics for one of my surface design classes. Paper and cotton fabric have some similar properties, and hand-dyed paper is every bit as gorgeous as hand-dyed fabric!
- Narrow ribbon (1/8" / 3mm.)
- Colored Pencil (for journaling): Prismacolor
- Decorating Chalks: Craf-T products
- Dye Ink: Rubber Stampede
About the Journaling Block:The journaling block is a block print of my own design. Block printing and rubber stamping are very similar processes; the biggest difference is that, with block printing, you are easily able to design your own stamping block from scratch. Then you carve your design out of an appropriate material such as linoleum, wood, etc. Some people carve their designs using unusual surfaces like erasers, potatoes or styrofoam plates (Sherril Kahn teaches about using stamps cut from styrofoam plates in her book called Creating With Paint: New Ways, New Materials a book that I highly recommend.) My personal preference is to use Staedtler Mastercarve Artist's Carving Blocks, which are much easier to cut than wood or linoleum. That is one very good reason to use them; they cut so easily. Also, they do not crumble up like some other brands that I have tried (although they are still a bit fragile and should be used and stored carefully.) Here is a picture of what these Artist's Carving Blocks look like when they are brand new and uncut: And then here is a picture of what mine looks like after having been cut. I am warning you, it isn't pretty, because these aren't easy to get totally clean after you have inked them. Seems like no matter how much you wash them there is going to be some faint staining. But despite that they work well and stamp cleanly. The block is carved using a Speedball Linoleum Cutter.. It looks like this:
About the Paper Lace Used to Embellish This Scrapbooking Layout:The paper lace is handmade using techniques that I will be writing about in upcoming chapters of my Free Paper Lace Idea Book for scrapbooking, card making and paper crafts. I haven't yet posted the instructions for how to make the paper lace designs that you see on this layout. However, I will be adding the instructions shortly, so please check back soon! Thanks very much for taking a peek. Hope you are having a fabulously interesting and creative day!
Materials and Supplies:Background Paper is [inline] [/inline] by Cosmo Cricket. The paper lace was made using [inline] [/inline] striped patterned paper, which is also by Cosmo Cricket. The round chipboard is from the Book it Biggest Board Chipboard Set by Fancy Pants. The stamp is from the Bella Flora stamp set by Inque Boutique.
About This Greeting Card:This greeting card is going to be one of the featured craft projects from Chapter 2 of my Paper Lace Idea Book. I will be posting the instructions for it shortly. If you haven't already had a chance to check out my paper lace idea book, you can start by reading the Introduction and Chapter 1 (Materials and Supplies For Making Paper Lace.) Part of Chapter 2: Making Basic Paper Lace is also online but I am still in the process of posting the rest of it. So please check back in a few days for the next installment, which will include instructions for making the paper lace you see on this greeting card, plus the card itself, plus other projects too. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Scrapbooking Layout: Orchid Photos With Paper Lace and Primrose Patterned Paper From the Fleuriste Line by Cosmo Cricket
Materials and SuppliesPatterned Paper is "Primrose" from the Fleuriste Collection by Cosmo Cricket. The brads are by Accent Depot.
Additional Techniques Used:Paper cutting, punching, collage, inking, painting
How To Make The Paper LaceThe techniques for making the paper lace shown on this layout will be covered in detail in my Paper Lace Idea Book. The introduction, chapter one, and part of chapter 2 are already online, so you can get started learning how to make paper lace. So far I have posted the basic information that you will need to get started. Detailed instructions for the paper lace border that you see in this layout have not been posted yet, but more instructions will be posted soon. I invite you to follow my blog for more updates about when the next chapters of the book will be posted.
About This Scrapbook Layout:This layout features another group of 3 photos of orchids and flowers that I took at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California. I already posted another scrapbooking layout with orchid photos that were taken around this time period. Thanks so much for dropping by! I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work.
Materials and SuppliesThe background patterned paper is "Get Happy: Pop" by Cosmo Cricket. The round epoxy sticker at the top of the layout is from the Narratives Honeydew Collection by Creative Imaginations/ Karen Russell. The other papers are hand-painted and hand stamped by me. The stamp is a one of a kind Indian Woodblock / batik block that I got on ebay. I actually have several of them. Here is a photo of them. These are so much fun to use. They are different in some ways than using a clear stamp or rubber stamp- but it's basically the same stamping process for the most part. There is a lot of creative potential for using these. I originally bought them because I used to teach textile and surface design to fashion design majors and I wanted my students to be able to try out authentic Indian batik blocks during our classes. Well, they did, and you would not believe the results! Each and every one of them was able to make these wood block stamps look completely and totally different. It was mind boggling!
Making the Paper Lace:This paper lace was made using The Fiskars Hearts Border Punch. I don't have instructions posted yet for making this particular paper lace, but it is very similar to some of the paper laces I have already posted on the site. Also take a look at this page about the Fiskars Sunburst Border punch and this page about the Fiskars Threading Water border punch because the idea is similar. And then of course keep checking this blog for more updates to my Free Paper Lace Idea Book, where I will be sharing step-by-step instructions for the paper laces and projects you see on this site. Note: If you do decide to make this paper lace, try to cut straighter than I did! But, if you mess up, don't worry. The craft police are NOT going to come after you. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Materials and SuppliesPatterned Paper is "Primrose" from the Fleuriste Collection by Cosmo Cricket. The journaling blocks are hand stamped on hand painted Strathmore paper. I used one of the clear stamps from the Stitched Journaling stamp set by Maryann Wise / Autumn Leaves.
Techniques Used:Paper cutting, punching, stamping, collage, inking, painting, chalking
How To Make The Paper LaceIf you want to know how to make paper lace such as the examples you see on this layout, but you haven't already begun reading my Paper Lace Idea Book, please take a look at it. I recommend that you read through the chapters that are already posted on this web site first. So far I have posted the basic information that you will need to get started. The specific instructions for the particular paper laces that you see in this layout have not been posted yet- which is why I referred to this as a "sneak peek". I will be covering more details about how to make these specific paper laces in upcoming chapters.
About This Scrapbook Layout:This layout features a group of 4 photos of orchids and flowers that I took at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California. At the time I took these photos, I was taking a class in botanical illustration. It was a wonderful class; I learned how to draw a variety of plants and flowers. During the time the class was in session, I took a bunch of reference photos of different flowers such as these lovely orchids. I still enjoy working from my reference photos when I want to do some floral drawings and paintings. However, nowadays I get even more inspiration from scrapping the flower photos. Flowers are probably my second favorite photographic subject (my husband is my favorite subject. LOVE taking pictures of him, I think he is gorgeous.) Since flower photos and paper lace work well together I will be posting quite a bit more of my layouts and projects that feature flower photos embellished with paper lace. So if you are interested in seeing more paper lace borders used in scrapbooking projects, please bookmark this blog or add it to your feed reader and keep reading! Thanks so much for dropping by! I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work.
- I made a new page featuring Prima Marketing's Lace-themed paper crafts products.
- I made a new page dedicated to Fiskars' Threading Water Punch.
- I made some updates to my page featuring Martha Stewart's Punches. This isn't a brand new page; it's been on the site for awhile, but I've added some new things to it that you might be interested in seeing. If you are interested in a simple way of making paper lace, Martha Stewart brand border punches are definitely worth checking out.
- My digital paper lace page has been updated. Even if you're not a digital scrapbooker, you might be interested in some of the latest digikits I've posted. I found some amazingly gorgeous digikits for scalloped lacy journaling blocks that could save you a small fortune if you typically purchase cardstock journaling blocks. These are really trendy and pretty.
- Die Cut "Ava" Making Memories Noteworthy Paper With Artisan Edge
- Making Memories Boho Chic Lauren Paper (From the 6 x 6 pad)
- Fancy Pants Wild Heart / Fancy Free/ Dreamer Paper
- Fancy Pants Key Lime Pie Heavenly Paper
- Creative Imaginations Flora Coral Paper From the Sonnets Collection by Sharon Soneff
- Bella Flora Mini Stamp Set by Inque Boutique
- Stitched Journaling Heart Stamp by Autumn Leaves
- Happy Birthday Calligraphy Stamp by PSX (Stamp is discontinued- If you want this stamp you can try searching ebay for it, and maybe you'll get lucky and find one. That's a link to ebay USA; it is possible that you could also find it listed in ebay Canada or ebay UK or ebay Australia.)
- Rose Bouquet Stamp by PSX. (This is another discontinued stamp.)
- Heart Hand Punch by Fiskars
- Small Dot Hand Punch by Fiskars
- Victorian Paper Edgers by Fiskars
- Mini Scallop Paper Edgers by Fiskars
- Seagull Paper Edgers by Fiskars
- Plus another unknown pair of decorative scissors
Other Embellishments & Supplies:
- Silver Brad by Accent Depot / Hot Off The Press
- Spin Art Heart Painting by Amy Solovay (Painted using Lumiere Metallic Paints)
- Acrylic Paints
- Gel Pens
- Prismacolor Colored Pencils
- Basic Grey Alphabet Letters From the Romani / Gypsy Collection