Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

Christmas Tree Light Garland

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I love Christmas and I love Christmas crafting projects.  There’s no better time to start something than when it’s cold and snowy out.  If you’re like me there’s always a trade off between practicality and holiday festivities if you live in a small space.  I love real trees, but unfortunately I don’t really have room for one.  This year I decided to put my tree on the wall!  Seen here with the Christmas garland I made last year.

light garland tree

I cut the lights from four different coloured cardstocks we carry and added the end bits out of our Titanium cardstock.  I used about one 8.5×11″ size sheet for each colour .  I strung them on our twine and topped it with one of our great Dresden Trim stars.  I used washi tape to hang it up on the wall.

close up

The perfect thing if you don’t have any floor space to spare.

Jax

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Printed Washi Cards

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I recently went on a family vacation to Quito and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.  It was truly an amazing experience.  Everything was so beautiful.  Using some of the papers from our Natural Washi Sampler (available instore) I printed out some of the pictures I took. I then mounted them on the Photo Frame Die-Cut Cards we carry instore (8 cards and 8 matching envelopes to a pack).  A perfect way to send out some easy cards when all you wanna do is recover.

Packs

I was able to get some great results printing on the Washi, but I would always test print before committing to any paper.  Every printer is different so it’s hard to say what will work best for you and your project.  The Natural Washi Sampler is great to play around printing with because they’re already cut to 8.5×11″ sheets.  If you wanted to test out different papers, than are in the sampler, you could always cut them down yourself as well.

Cards 1

I printed a picture from the Cloud Forest in Mindo on the Gampi Smooth (left) and of Darwin’s Lake in Targus Cove on Isabela Island on Kozuke (right).  I loved the texture the fleck in the Gampi Smooth gave the picture of the forest floor.  I really wanted to work the beautiful nature of the paper into each picture.

Back Detail

On the back side of the print you can see the natural fleck in the paper a little better.  I thought this would be a great pairing and add another layer to the photo.

Cards 2

I think the thing I loved the most was the Lava Fields, there was so much raw texture everywhere you looked.  I printed a picture of the Lava Fields on Santiago Island on Usu Kuchi Heavy (left) and Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island on Sekishu Tsuru Large (right).  The photos almost look three dimensional printed on the light paper and then mounted on the cards.  Again you can see the natural fibre inclusion in the clouds (right picture).

Hope your printing projects work just as well as mine did!

Jax

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Constellation Charts

Friday, June 27th, 2014

I made two Constellation Charts for a friend of mine.  They’re all the constellations that can be seen in the night sky, in Canada, in June and October.

Star ChartsI used the Sumi-e ink on the 6×8″ pieces of Etchu Hagaki for the background.  Using a Metallic Silver Sharpie I drew the oval and the Roman Numerals.  The holes were created using an awl as well as the Martha Stewart Screw Punch for the larger ones.  I then connected the dots with a pencil.

Tools

I liked the subtle look of the pencil on the black ink.  You get a different experience close-up and far away.  I used floating frames to really let the light shine through the holes.

Close-up

Jax

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Crafting with Dresden Trims

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Of course I had to wait until after the holidays to post photos of cards and crafts I made as gifts for Christmas this year. I’ve been really inspired by the Dresden Trims we carry in the store. Made in Germany from antique paper moulds, some of which are over 100 years old. We carry a variety of different shapes and colours of these fun paper shapes, most of them covered in gold foil. I was especially taken with the arrow and antler shapes we carry, and worked them into my holiday crafting.

I used the arrow shapes as inspiration for my cards this year. I thought I would play on the idea of seasonal fruits, I chose a pear, a clementine and an apple, and made it look as if a gold arrow had been shot through them! I used Nepalese papers and origami papers to make the fruits. I also made use of the Make Your Own Card packs we sell in the store in a variety of  sizes.

pear

 

The results were quite luxurious and rich. Paper cutting crafts can be time consuming, but using good quality tools can help. I made sure I used a self healing mat and a fresh Exacto blade when cutting papers, and I use Coccoina glue sticks for all my pasting. I used the left over Nepalese paper to make an envelope liner for the cards. A simple effective way to customize your cards even more!

cards

I also made a smaller simpler small gift item using the antler Dresden Trims and some of the wooden shapes we sell in the store. A wooden badge shape and the antlers, with a bit of help from a fine Le Pen, helped me make these cute, very canadian looking fridge magnets!

antlers

 

These were so simple and easy to made. A dab of white glue and a stick on magnet roll is all you really need. I made a whole bunch of these and packaged them up with little tags for a cute little holiday craft that can stay on your fridge all year long!

tag

 

The store is full of little treasures that may inspire you to craft something this year. Being artistic doesn’t need to be complicated, sometimes you just need to find the right materials to work with!

Happy crafting in the New Year!

 

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Holiday Bunting

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Now that it’s December holiday decorations are going up everywhere.  I wanted to make something easy for my  apartment to make it a little bit more festive.  I love bunting.  It’s simple, classic and easy to store once the holiday’s are over.

bunting

I used our solid coloured Nepalese paper for the flags in Green and Red.  They have great bright, vibrant colours that really make the lettering pop.  I cut triangles with a little extra flap at the top to fold over and glue onto the Divine Twine in Cherry.  I taped them to the wall using Washi Tape.

close up 2

 

I used the Petite Damask and Petite Fleur (pictured above) as well as the Cameo and Droplet Patterned Nepalese papers for the letters.  I love the petite prints on the brightly coloured papers.  I used different printed papers in the same tabac and white colour so it wasn’t too overwhelming to look at from afar.  I really wanted the red and green holiday colours to shine through.

Come on in and pick up some paper or decorations to make your own space a little bit more festive!

Jax

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