Handmade Paper

Giving plain ‘ole cardstock a new look was the objective for this project.  Here is what the paper looked like when I started….

As you can see it is nothing fancy.  But after a little TLC, it became a beautiful, delicate background paper. 

I cut part of the paper into strips using my Tonic papertrimmer.  (Set aside the remainder of the paper to be used in a later step)  Once the strips were cut, I laid them side-by-side and sprayed them, using the mini mister, with Perfect Pearls mixed with water.  Once the strips were wet and shimmery, I crumpled them up and then reopened them allowing them to dry.  Once dry, they were stitched to the piece of cardstock that was set aside earlier, using black thread and a sewing machine.  Each strip was stitched down the center allowing the edges of each strip to have a “mind of it’s own.”  Allowing the paper strips to create their own “edgey” shape made the texture element just pop.

 Isn’t this a beautiful alteration to a plain piece of cardstock?  The white core gave the edges some nice subtle color.   This simple technique will allow any color of cardstock to experience new life.  Give it a try!  In the next post, I will share with you how I put this paper to great use.  So check back!

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About Christy

I am a papercrafter who attempts to view life at a tricycle pace. If you are in a hurry don't ask me for directions. I love making art to swap, especially retro art. Creating is fun, but creating for the purpose of sharing is fulfilling.

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