Paper Crafting

Paper Source Workshop: Fall Card Making – Colorful Paper Tapestry

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Last weekend it was back to Paper Source for their Fall Card Making: Colorful Paper Tapestry workshop at the Birmingham location. We were promised the cards would be beautiful with just the right amount of new, challenging techniques to master. They were right!

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We had a smaller group this time which ended up being perfect as we could help one another with some of the knot-tying techniques. I don’t know about you, but tying knots was definitely NOT one of the skills I mastered as a Girl Scout, I’m sad to report.

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Our first card was the quilt block-like card featuring Rifle Paper Co.’s wonderful (and exclusive to Paper Source) mint floral wrapping paper. We used a flag hole punch to create the pennants that made up the block.

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Next up was this stamped card, featuring the sketch flower rubber stamp, with knotted flower center details. We stamped the images three times in different directions to create a full-looking bouquet on the card. Once embossed, the finished look really stood out.

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Next up, it was time to braid. Using yellow summer brights natural hemp cord, we made a thicker length of braid to add to the front of this friendship card. Braiding was a snap and a glue dot was all that was needed to keep it in place. The yellow matches perfectly with foiled wrapping paper and gold “for you” Prima Press stamping.

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Our final card of the afternoon, and probably trickiest, was this card featuring a mariner’s knot in the center. Again, the Rifle Paper Co.’s mint floral wrapping paper was used, this time paired behind a Silhouette Cameo-cut zig-zag design. We used the hemp cord to create the knot. It took all of us a few tries to get it right, but eventually it clicked for everyone. What I learned from the knot-tying exercise was to definitely use longer lengths of cord than you think you could possibly need. Trust me, it’s helpful!

The workshop was so popular in Birmingham that it sounds like an encore class is on the way. Check your store to see which workshops are coming up this fall.

Paper Love: Ladyfingers Lettepress

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During a visit to Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor earlier this week I found myself picking up items, from greeting cards to snack bags, that had a similar look and feel. Come to find out I’d picked a handful of items from Ladyfingers Letterpress of Rhode Island, and I’m so glad I did because I’m in love with their product line.

Ladyfingers Letterpress is the hard work of Morgan Calderini and Arley-Rose Torson. The two have been creating for years and offer a variety of letterpress greeting cards, paper products and custom stationery. On top of their wonderful creativeness they give back to the community by donating a portion of sales to marriage equality and LBGT awareness. I was impressed with their cards, but I’m even more impressed with their mission. (more…)

Washi Tape Fourth of July Card

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The Fourth of July is just a few days away; seriously?! The holiday snuck up on me, so I found myself scrambling to make my flag-friendly greeting cards for my family last week after work. I had an idea after staring at my washi tape stash that turned into a cute card that was easy to make in large quantities. If you’re like me and want to surprise someone with a card for the Fourth, give this a try. (more…)