Papercrafting in Twenty! Week One
We’re gonna do our best to inspire you to create…in 20 minutes or less!
Got 20 minutes?
Then we’re here to help you make the best of them!
Almost all of us can find at least 20 minutes in our day (or week) for being creative and we’re here to show you quick and simple projects YOU can create in that amount of time.
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 Projects
- Mixed Media
- Art Journaling
- Paper Folding
- Paper Cutting
- Paper Sculpture
- Paper Making
- Book Binding
Grab your timer and join us!
Here’s this week’s Papercrafting in Twenty project – this was designed and created in 19 minutes and 37 seconds (whew, that was close!!!):
And, I created it with this fun stamp set from Lawn Fawn (thanks Kelly!):
Well what do you think?
Is this a project you want to try and create?
You don’t have to create it exactly as shown here, and you could even use a different stamp set.
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!
The key with this project is to use a stamp set, a set of stamps that are designed to work together, easily, so you can just crank out those projects without having to spend too much time coming up with a coordinated design!
Why not let the stamp designers do the work for us, right?
Let’s look at how this card was created:
Step One: I stamped the two trees, in a light color of green, around the edges of a pre-made kraft card.
Step Two: I stamped the same two trees, shadowing the previously stamped tree images, in a darker shade of green to create a bit of depth to my forest.
Step Three: I then stamped the squirrel, his roasting stick, the flame and the firewood in a light brown ink.
Note the placement of the squirrel’s roasting stick – oops!
I didn’t align it to be in the squirrel’s hand (see how I fixed that boo-boo below).
Step Four: Because I wanted to stamp the next image (a bear) so that it appeared to be behind the fire, I needed to create a “mask” for the fire image I had already stamped on my card. (The white mask is shown above.)
I stamped the flame and firewood images again on a white piece of scrap paper and cut them out as one image, then placed them over the image which I had previously stamped (creating a stamping mask) before stamping the bear image.
Step Five: With the mask in place (see images above), I stamped the bear so he was positioned “behind” the fire.
Step Six: I then stamped the dotted, curvy line image multiple times around the critters to make it look like dirt/ground.
I also stamped the “Everything is fun with you” sentiment on a scrap piece of the same kraft cardstock (you can take one pre-made card and cut it into strips for this purpose) and cut a notch in one end with small scissors to create a banner (you can also use a triangle punch or the inside of a square punch to create the notch).
Step Seven: Next I opened the card and stamped the “Let’s toast S’More” sentiment, followed by stamping the branched stick below it as a “grounding” element for the sentiment.
And last, I added the marshmallow image to the end of the branched stick so it would look like a roasting s’more.
Step Eight: I then inked the edges of the sentiment banner before adhering it to the card with popped-up dots, and drew a thin line from the end of the squirrel’s stick to his hand (see my note above to see why I had to do this little fix!).
I also added a popped-up dot (with the top covering in-tact) to create the squirrel’s marshmallow and colored in both the squirrel and the bear with Copic Sketch markers.
(Note that these markers work much better on light-colored cardstock or art paper meant for this type of coloring medium.)
And last but not least, I again stamped the flame on, and cut out the fire from, a white piece of cardstock – but this time I colored it in with Copic Sketch markers and adhered it over the image I had stamped on the card to create more depth to the scene (and to make the bear look more like he was behind the fire rather than part of it!).
Step Nine: What I had not noticed while I was creating this card was that the ink from the fire’s flame (the image I colored on the card itself, not the raised image of the flame which I late added on top of that) had bled through to the inside of the card.
No worries, we can fix little issues like that!
I quickly grabbed another pre-made kraft card (the one I’d cut the sentiment strip from) and cut a square just smaller than my 5′” x 5″ card.
I then inked the edges of the cut square piece and adhered it to the upper inside panel, covering the ink splotch – voila, fixed!
And, I’ll use that space as a frame for a photo of two little s’mores roasting girlies, one of whom will be receiving this card!
And just like that, in less than 20 minutes, I had designed and created a card for a cute little girlie with whom I enjoyed roasting s’mores!
Yup, that’s it – quick and easy!
We hope you’ll give this type of quick card project a try and share your creation with us by linking to it in the comments.
And, we’d love to have you 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’ll include everything suggested, but if it’s papercrafting-related, it’s likely we’ll be game!
Oh, and one more thing: 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 love to hear their tips and tricks – you too?
See you next Tuesday!
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