Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

Washi Tape Nails!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’ve been wanting to try out washi tape nails for a while now and with such amazing patterns and colours I just couldn’t resist any longer. It’s a little finicky at first, but once you get a system going it’s pretty quick and easy! To do your own, all you need is:

- A roll of your favourite washi tape
- A pair of scissors (the smaller the better)
- Nail clippers
- Something to flatten out the creases from the washi (I used a cuticle tool)
- Clear top coat
-Base polish (optional)

Here’s how I did it!

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Before I started, I did a quick coat of white nail polish just to make the tape pop a bit more, but it isn’t totally necessary. I then cut the washi tape into strips long enough to cover my entire nail and have a bit extra.

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I then flattened out the washi tape onto my nail, and used the cuticle tool to create an outline around it. I’ve also seen a pencil used to trace around the nail, but decided against it as it marks up the tape.

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Next I took the tape off my nail and used scissors to cut around the outline/crease I had made. I reapplied it to my nail and did my best to flatten out all the creases. I left the length of the tape long and then used nail clippers to shape the tape to my nail.

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…Repeat times ten, topcoat, and you’ve got a super easy and fun manicure! I think in total the whole process only took about 25 minutes. Not to mention how much more cost effective this is in comparison to nail strips, or even polish!

And just as a teaser…here is part of our washi tape selection here at the store.

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Happy taping!

-Emily

 

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Paper Star Tutorial Round-up!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Every year around this time, I start looking at different paper ornament instructions online to add to my ever growing collection. There are so many out there but what always pulls me in are the paper stars. Here are some to try out.

P.S. If you need some paper, I know a great place……

Beautiful origami star from How About Orange:

3 gorgeous different styles of stars over at katescreativespace.com

From Origami USA

From homebylinn.blogspot.ca

Paper bag flower from lorajeansmagazine.blogspot.ca
Super simple paper stars from annekata.com

From twogirlsbeingcrafty.blogspot.ca

Traditional Moravian Star from 33shadesofgreen.blogspot.co.uk

A stunning variety of patterns from goorigami.com

And lastly, a beautiful paper star lantern….

Happy Star Making!!

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It’s snowing origami snowflakes!

Monday, December 19th, 2011

 

These paper snowflakes look quite complex, but should be no problem for the intermediate paper folder to master.  The model was created by origamist Dennis Walker and has been demonstrated in an easy to follow video by Sara Adams.

 

 

The Snowflake starts from a hexagon. Cutting an accurate hexagon might be the hardest part to making these little lovelies, but Sara has also posted a great tutorial on how to do that without too much trouble.  Once you have that part down the actual folding should be a breeze!

I tried making this sweet snowflake out of a few different papers. I got the best results from two Japanese papers I tested, Tarasen dots and one of the many pretty Sukashi patterned papers. The translucency of these two papers makes for a beautiful effect when the snowfakes are placed against a window or somewhere else light passes through.

 

Since these may just be the only snow we see in Toronto this December… why not make a cup of cocca, settle in and fold yourself your very own paper winter wonderland!

 

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DIY Floral Puff Ball Video

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Another video from Weddingbells with Roseanne and Judith! A step-by-step video tutorial on creating your own floral puff balls using Japanese Watermark tissue!

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Star Book

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

This unusual little booklet is the perfect housing for a special letter, poem or anything that requires some dressing up!  We used our beautiful screen-printed Chiyogami papers to make the covers.  Red “Candyflake” paper pages transform this little wonder into a dazzling ornament when open.  Once you learn this simple technique you can make this book in any size.

Star Book

Star Book

You will need:

-       2 pieces of cardboard cut to 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”

-       2 pieces of 3” x 3” decorative paper for covers (we used Chiyogami 787c)

-       5 pieces of 4” x 4” for pages (we used red “Candyflake” paper)

-       20” ribbon

-       Scissors

-       Glue stick

You will need

Everything you will need to complete this project!

Constructing The Covers:

1. Apply glue to cardboard square and attach it to the centre of one 3” piece of decorative cover paper.

Contruct the cover step #1

Contruct the cover step #1

2. Snip corners of paper leaving 1/8”.

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Contruct the cover step #2

3. Apply glue and turn in all sides carefully smoothing paper to the edges of cardboard.

Contruct the cover step #3

Contruct the cover step #3

Folding The Text Block:

1.  With the content side of the paper face up, fold the piece of paper in half.  Open, turn 90 degrees and fold in half in the other direction.

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Folding the text block #1

2.  Open, flip over and fold one corner to the opposite corner.

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Folding the text block #2

3.  Now, the paper has two squares and four triangles created by the creases.  The triangles fold in toward each other bringing the squares together.

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Folding the text block #3

4.  Repeat with all 5 pages.

Constructing the Star Book:

1.  Apply glue to outside square of one page.

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Constructing the star book #1

2.  Attach to outside square of the next page.

Constructing the star book #2

Constructing the star book #2

3.  Repeat until all 5 pages are glued together.

Constructing the star book #3

Constructing the star book #3

4.  Glue ribbon to the inside of the covers with a 1” space between them.  Leave the tails of the ribbon long.

Constructing the star book #4

Constructing the star book #4

5.  Glue the covers to the outside squares of the text block.

Constructing the star book #5

Constructing the star book #5

It’s done!

Fill it with lovely things and present it to someone special this holiday season!

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