Friday, December 9, 2016

Autumn Memories

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016



This is such a glorious and colorful time of year! Lots of birthdays this month too; so lots of cards to be made! Keeping with the Autumn theme, but wanting to change it up a bit, I pulled out some ‘reactive” paints to use. Wow, what fun they are!

Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Dried spice/herb for inclusion in paper
·       Scraps of off white and cinnamon heavy weight handmade paper to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ golden colored cardstock for layer and dark green for one card base
·       Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD 1199 Four Seasons & ECD 1197 Memories
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Random pattern embossing folder
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer and scissors
·       Scor-Pal™
·       BeaconTM ZipDryTM and QuickGrip™ adhesives, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox® Stylus handle & tips, rust colored die ink pad
·       “Reactive” paints: Iron, Copper & Verdigris
·       Foam paint brush
·       Plaid® Mod Molds® #24891 Nature
·       Small amount of golden colored air dry polymer clay, Plaid® bee mold
·       Thin twine
·       Clear envelopes for cards


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off-white slurry. Add a tiny bit of spice or herb to the slurry. Create one or more sheets of heavy weight handmade paper.
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Fold and tear the paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ card.
4.     From the other half sheet, hand cut two leaf shapes.
5.     Apply the reactive paints to the leaf shapes.
6.     Allow the leaves to dry.
7.     Apply the second part of the reactive paints to approx. half of each hand cut leaf.
8.     Create the bee with the Plaid® mold and air dry polymer clay. Allow the bee to dry.
9.     Cut a tiny slit in the top left of the handmade paper card.
10.  Inset and tie the twin in a knot.
11.  Die cut the words from scraps of heavy weight cinnamon and off white handmade paper. (Refer to samples.)
12.  Emboss one of the leaves in the random pattern embossing folder.
13.  Cut, score & fold the dark green cardstock to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card. 
14.  Add a bit of rust colored ink around the edge of the golden colored layer piece. Layer onto dark green card.
15.  Attach the painted leaves to the fronts of the cards with small pieces of foam tape.
16.  Attach the die cut words across the leaves with ZipDry adhesive.
17.  Attach the bee with QuickGrip adhesive.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Paper Cast Leaves

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Did you know that almost anything that is convex can be used as a casting mold? The leaf castings on the two fall cards are a perfect example. One is cast from a Jello mold, and the other is cast from a drink coaster! They are both beautiful! Look around your home and see what objects you might have to use as casting molds.
  
 

Supplies:

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of white heavy weight handmade paper to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ various colored cardstock for card bases, envelopes
·       Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD 1199 Four Seasons
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Random pattern embossing folder
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox® Stylus handle & tips, dye based inks pads in olives, rust, browns, golden colors


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and cast one or more of each of the leaves. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Use the Stylus handle and tip to lightly apply the various ink colors to the leaves. (See photo for placement.)
4.     Apply more ink toward the center of the leaves as shading.  
5.     Apply some ink around the edge of one of the castings.
6.     Die cut the word “Autumn” for each card from the scrap of heavy weight handmade paper.
7.     Cut, score and fold various cardstock to create4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
8.     Emboss the card fronts with the random pattern embossing folder.
9.     Attach the leaf castings to the card fronts with double sided foam tape.
10.  Attach the word above the paper casting with the adhesive.
11.   Mail in a padded envelope, or hand deliver.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fall Leaves

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Leaves are turning to all the glorious colors of yellow, orange, rust and reds! There are no two alike, and they are all beautiful! Perfect time to get out those scraps of handmade paper that I am always telling you to save, along with some of the half sheets of handmade paper that were left from other projects, and start creating the many fall and Thanksgiving cards that I send out. I send about 50 cards a month – I’d better get busy! Even though I am using “planned overs” (not left overs), I included the full directions for making the paper.


Supplies


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off-white, tan, olive green and rust slurry, and create one or more sheets of med weight handmade paper. 
2.     Allow the papers to dry.
3.     Tear the sheets of tan or off white paper in half.
4.     Score and fold to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” top or side fold cards.
5.     Die cut leaves, ferns and words from various scraps or sheets of different colored handmade paper.
6.     Emboss the leaves to bring out the textures.
7.     Apply Chalk inks to the leaves, acorns and ferns with the Stylus™ handle and tips.
8.     Attach the ferns with tiny pieces of foam tape to the side fold card.
9.     Attach the word “Autumn” to the bottom on the fern card.
10.  Layer and attach the leaves and acorns to the top fold card with tiny pieces of foam tape.
11.  Layer and attach with adhesive the word “Fall” onto one of the leaves.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

SUN

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


This is my favorite time of year! The days and nights are getting cooler, but the sun is still out in all its glory. When I saw this stamp from Impression Obsession, I knew of several friends who would love the message. Follow along with the instructions below as I created two very different cards

  

Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white and off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Dried botanicals
·       Scraps of tan chip board to die cut
·       Scrap of copy paper for mask
·       The PaperCut™ ¼ sheet autumn/gold colored card stock and ½ sheet of rust colored cardstock for one card base
·       Clear envelopes to fit cards
·       Die: Tessler Ellentina™ DCM147 Southwest set
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
·       ColorBox® Chalk ink pad in a darker shade than the autumn gold card stock, Stylus™ handle and white tips
·       Stamp: Impression Obsession TM D17138 “The Sun……..”
·       Tonic Studios™ Nuvo Mousse in a golden or copper tone


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and create one or more sheets of medium weight handmade paper with botanical inclusions. 
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Tear, score and fold half a sheet to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” tip fold card.
4.     Stamp the saying “The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we to can shine our own light.” In the lower left of the folded card.
5.     Die cut two of the sun from a scrap of tan chip board.
6.     Apply the Nuvo Mousse to the sun die cuts. Set one sun aside.
7.     Attach one sun to the top right of the handmade paper card.
8.     Score, cut and fold a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” top fold card from the rust colored cardstock.
9.     Trim the autumn gold card stock a bit smaller than the folded card.
10.  Cut a ¼ rounded shape mask from the scrap copy paper.
11.  Place the mask onto the top left corner of the trimmed piece.
12.  Apply the darker shade of ink with the Stylus™ handle and tip, allowing the color to fadeout toward the right side of the card.
13.  Remove the mask.
14.  Stamp the “The sun……” saying onto the lower right of the card. 
15.  Attach the second sun die cut to the upper left of the card.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happy Halloween RIP

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016



The Halloween holiday is always such fun! I love seeing the kids in costume, and handing out the candy while wearing my “good” witch costume. It bring back memories of my kids when they were little, and one time my son dressed as “Karlif the Mummy,” and lost the wrappings as he went from house to house. Lucky he had long johns on underneath!

Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white and off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of black card stock to die cut and for mouse card layer and base
·       Dies: Die-Versions™ Sweet Petites Mouse and Bird, MemoryBoxTM  “Haunted Web” 99007, and CheeryLynnTM “RIP” B637, “Happy Halloween” B469, Spider web corner B117
·       Stamps: Impression ObsessionTM IOD7839 Crows, and Stampscapes™ Moon and clouds
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox® Black pigment ink pad


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off-white slurry, and create one or more sheets of medium weight handmade paper. Allow the paper to dry.
2.     Tear one sheet of the off-white handmade paper in half, then score and fold to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” top fold card.
3.     Die cut the bird, multi webs, and “Happy Halloween” from black cardstock scrap.
4.     Stamp the crows in the bottom left of the handmade paper card.
5.     Attach the multi web die with adhesive to the top of the card.
6.     Attach the “happy Halloween” die cut above the stamped crows.
7.     Attach the bird to the lower right of the card.
8.     Die cut the web corner and “RIP” from black cardstock scrap.
9.     Die cut the mouse from a scrap of off white handmade paper.
10.  Cut three background layers, two of the off white handmade paper and one black.
11.  Score and fold the black cardstock to create a 4 ¼ X 5 ½” side fold card.
12.  Stamp the moonscape onto the smaller piece of handmade paper.
13.  Layer (see photo), center and attach to the front of the card with adhesive.
14.  Attach the web corner to the lower right corner of the layered pieces.
15.  Attach “RIP” to the mouse’s body.
16.  Attach the mouse to the lower left of the layered pieces.