Archive for May, 2012

You’re Number One!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I’ve been short on free time lately but still itching to craft.  What better way to spend an afternoon then to make cards using metallic gold and silver stickers?  The award ribbon stickers were perfect for my  typewritten “You’re Number One” cards.  (I also made a “Number One Dad” card since Father’s Day is just around the corner.)





With Titanic postage and silver starburst seals the cards are ready for the post!



Cute stuff in this post by Knot & Bow available at The Paper Place!



Penpal Stationery

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I made some stationery sets this week to send to some of my international penpals.


I used a 4×6 inch wooden postcard and glued Katazome-shi and punched shapes in black text weight paper.


I used 5×7 inch luxe white precut cardstock with washi tape and an “abc” rubber stamp set with a bronze pigment ink pad.


I used 4×6 inch Etchu Hagaki with the “Flora and Fauna” rubber stamp set with a bronze pigment ink pad and an “abc” rubber stamp set with a black pigment ink pad.

Make some at home and send them, because who doesn’t like getting mail that isn’t bills or flyers.



Decorative Paper Envelopes and Liners

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I believe that first impressions are most important.  The outside should be just as special as the inside, so why not try setting the mood with handmade decorative paper envelopes!

Envelopes can be made out of just about any kind of paper you like.  I chose papers that complemented the notes and cards I was mailing. Matching the paper inside to the envelope to create an unique set. I made them even better by adding corresponding liners to the inside of the envelopes.  What a nice surprise to receive in your mailbox!

Katazome-shi and Nepalese handmade paper combined for some nautical inspiration!

Soft and pretty Italian paper note to send to someone sweet!

Bright floral Chiyogami lined in Japanese metallic to hold a special Katazome-shi postcard!

Washi tape embellished escort cards enclosed in baby Kiri-ita paper envelopes, so cute!

I made all of these envelopes and liners with super easy to use template kits!  New in store at The Paper Place, these kits have standard mailing sizes 4bar, A2, A6, A7, 5.75 square as well as a little baby coin envelope.  Definitely a must have for any avid card crafter!



June Workshops!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Paper Place June 2012 Workshops

Card Making 101
Tuesday, June 5th 6:30pm – 8:30pm $40

Whether you are new to card making or just want to try out some new ideas, this is the workshop for you! Spend the evening playing and experimenting with our treasure chest of paper crafting tools – rubberstamps, paper punches, ribbon, eyelets, glitter and more. We will share some tips and techniques and show you sample cards to follow but feel free to let your imagination go and create your own unique greeting cards!

Embroidered Hardcover Books
Tuesday, June 12th 6:30pm – 8:30pm $55

Making hardcover books doesn’t have to be tricky! Spend the evening embroidering a cover, and learning how to hand bind a single-leaf hardcover book with bookbinder, writer and arts educator Lindsay Zier-Vogel. Bring along a simple line drawing to embroider onto Nepalese paper (that is incredibly forgiving to stitch) and we’ll create one-of-a-kind books that you’ll be able to make a home.

Japanese Tissue Paper Flowers
Wednesday, June 20th 6:30pm – 8:30pm $50

In this workshop you will learn a variety of techniques to make beautiful Japanese tissue paper flowers that can be used as decorations, or to create a bouquet or arrangement for a special event!

Japanese Stab Binding
Wednesday, June 27th 6:30pm – 8:30pm $55

In this workshop you will learn a modern interpretation of the centuries old technique of Japanese stab binding. Using a selection of beautiful Japanese papers you will produce a unique soft cover book roughly 6 x 9 inches in size. Use your finished book as a notebook, photo album or journal. Simple and satisfying to make, you will be sure to try this binding style out again and again!


Old World Techniques, New Technologies

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I am an iphone user as well as an iphone skeptic. I never really use the camera on my phone but the light in my studio was really great, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

I recently produced some monoprints on a great paper that I had been saving. Ingres Paper was an Italian paper that we used to sell and I really loved, but can no longer get. Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once. Unlike most printmaking where multiples can be made. In the late 19th century artists like Degas and Pissarro produced a multitude of monoprints. Picasso, Chagall and Miro experimented with hundreds of prints in their careers. Contemporary artist and Turner Prize winner Tracey Emin uses monoprints in great depth in her body of works.

I used one of the most basic methods involving an inked sheet of plastic. A sheet of paper is placed face down on the ink and a drawing is made on the back of the paper. Once the paper is lifted a reverse image presents itself. I actually like the way my phone captured the mystery of this old form of printing. My next task is to experiment on Japanese Washi.