Papercrafting in Twenty! Week 4
Papercrafting can be quick, easy & fun! And done in 20 minutes or less!
Got 20 minutes?
Then get your tools and supplies ready ’cause we’re about to do some papercrafting!
We’re sharing project tutorials that enable you to create in just 20 minutes…or less.
Each week (on Tuesdays whenever possible) we’ll share ideas for papercrafting – starting with a look at our finished project and followed by step-by-step instructions so you can make them yourself!
What kinds of projects will we be sharing?
Papercrafting ideas galore including, but not limited to:
- Home Decor
- Party Decor
- Mixed Media
- Art Journaling
- Paper Folding
- Paper Cutting
- Paper Sculpture
- Paper Making
- Book Binding
Grab your timer and join us!
Here is this week’s Papercrafting in Twenty project – these table place cards were designed and created in less than 20 minutes!
A big thank-you to Laura from Stampendous! – we love all the goodies you sent us to create with and can’t wait to share all the projects we’re creating!
Well what do you think?
Are you ready to give these quick and easy projects a try?
You don’t have to create exactly as shown here – you could use different supplies and/or other colors, and/or adapt this same layout design for another holiday, or a party or wedding.
Our goal is to show you what we were able to create and inspire you to create it as well or, better yet, create your own version!
And then, of course, we want you to share yours with us!
Let’s look at how these place cards were created…
Step One: To make (4) place cards – Grab an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of brown cardstock and cut it down to 8″ x 11″. Be sure to keep the 1/2″ x 11″ strip you cut off – you’ll be using it later!
Step Two: Cut the 8″ x 11″ strip down to (2) 4″ x 11″ pieces (you’ll be cutting the 8″ x 11″ piece in half lengthwise).
Step Three: Cut the (2) 4″ x 11″ strips down to (4) 4″ x 5 1/2″ pieces (you’ll be cutting the 4″ x 11″ pieces in half width-wise).
Step Four: Fold each of the (4) 4″ x 5 1/2″ piece in half and score them, creating (4) rectangular card bases that measure 4″ x 2 3/4″ (these will be the base for your place cards).
Step Five: Grab an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of rust cardstock and cut off a strip that measures 3 1/2″ x 11″. Keep the other piece for another project.
Step Six: Cut the 3 1/2″ x 11″ strip into (4) panels that are 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ (these panels, which will be centered on the place card bases, should be 1/4″ smaller on all sides than the 4″ x 2 3/4″ place card bases).
Step Seven: Remember that 11″ x 1/2″ piece of brown cardstock you kept? Cut (2) 4″ x 1/2″ pieces from it (you can toss the leftover 3″ x 1/2″ piece or add it to your scraps). You’ll then need to cut another (2) strips that measure 4″ x 1/2″ from another piece of this same brown cardstock so you end up with a total of (4) of these 4″ x 1/2″ strips. These strips will be placed on the lower section of the rust panels.
Step Eight: Grab an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of gold cardstock and cut off a strip that measures 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Keep the other piece for another project.
Step Nine: From the 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strip, cut (4) strips that are 3 1/2″ x 3/4″. (The leftover piece of gold cardstock can be saved for another project.) These (4) strips will be aligned on their long edges with the long edges of the brown strips, with a slight overlap of the two strips, and also aligned on their right short edges.
You should now have the following cut and ready for action:
(4) brown cards measuring 4″ x 2 3/4″ (when folded);
(4) rust panels measuring 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″;
(4) brown strips measuring 4″ x 1/2″; and,
(4) gold strips measuring 3 1/2″ x 3/4″
Step Ten: Open the (4) brown card bases and lay them flat. Stamp the leaves (with pigment ink) in random patterns all over what is to be the outside of each card. Tip: Stamp the cards one at a time so your ink doesn’t dry before you can emboss each card base. Then, sprinkle embossing powder (mine had glitter in it!) on each card base and use a heat gun to set it.
Step Eleven: Repeat the process in Step Ten on the rust panels.
Step Twelve: Now, adhere a stamped and embossed rust panel to the front of a stamped and embossed brown card base, centering it as you do so. Repeat this process with the other (3) embossed and stamped rust panels. Note: I used foam tape to add some dimension to this layer, but you could use any adhesive you have on hand if dimension is not important to you.
Step Thirteen: Adhere a brown strip, horizontally, to the lower third of a stamped and embossed rust panel which is adhered to its brown card base. Repeat this process for all (3) brown strips, adding one to each of the remaining (3) rust panels. Then, add a gold strip, also horizontally, just above the brown strip (I overlapped my strips, just a bit, on their long edges), aligning the right-hand edges of the strips when you do so.
Step Fourteen: Add letters to the gold strip (aligning the bottoms of the letters to the bottom of the strip) to spell out the name of the person whose place card this will be. Repeat this process for all (4) place cards.
Tip: Place the letters from the end of the name to the beginning so you know they’ll fit correctly! Example: when adding the letters D, I, C, K, I started with the K, placing it on the very right side of the gold strip and worked my way backwards toward the left of the card: C, I, D.
Step Fifteen: Place an embellishment to the left of the name. I chose to ink up and emboss wooden acorns for mine and adhered them with foam dots so they’d really stand out. Note: The inking and embossing of the embellishment can be done during Steps Ten and Eleven to save time.
And there ya have it –
decorative place cards for
your Thanksgiving table!
That’s it – quick and easy!
Oh, but wait, there’s more!
Since these stamps were just begging to be played with a bit more, I stamped the leaves and watercolored them, then added clear embossing powder and heat-set them, and then cut them out and placed them on the same style of place card (sans stamped and embossed leaves), creating another nice option for a place card – check it out:
We hope you’ll give these quick and easy papercrafting projects a try and share your creation with us by linking to it in the comments.
And please share our newest offering, Papercrafting in Twenty, with your papercrafting buddies.
And finally, we’d love to hear from you – what do you want to learn about?
We can’t guarantee we can include every papercraft suggested, but if it’s papercrafting-related, it’s likely we’ll be game!
Oh, and if you know of papercrafters (talented amateurs, or artists and designers) who might want to contribute to Papercrafting in Twenty, send them our way – we’d love to hear from them!
And, we’d love to interview them, to find out how THEY find time to create.
We’d sure love to hear their (and YOUR!) tips and tricks!
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