Fun Flock Powder DIY Card

If you thought glitter was pretty awesome, wait until you meet fun flock powder. Tiny bits of furry fluff that you sprinkle on just like glitter, except it leaves behind  a delightfully fuzzy texture!

Fun Flock Greetings Card Gem Design DIY Tutorial

I always handmake peoples Birthday and Christmas cards but ~I have never done a card DIY on the blog! Not sure how this hasn’t happened. Anyway, I recently discovered flocking powder or fun flock (just be careful how you say that one…) and made a ruby wedding anniversary card for my parents with it. I was so in love with the stuff that I just had to make a tutorial on it. Read more

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Paper Stitched Heart

Paper Stitched Heart

This updated version of string art uses bakers twine or embroidery thread stitched onto card, makes a wonderful Valentines card or frame-worthy piece of art!

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As a kid, I remember a piece of string art hanging on the wall in our hallway. In string art, thread is wrapped between pins that have been stuck into a wooden or cork surface. Made by my uncle Charlie, it was a wonderful seventies number, all orange and brown sparkly threads. It always fascinated me, so I’m so glad I have found this type of paper embroidery is so similar, but much easier to display! And less seventies….

You will need:
Template
-Card
-Pin
-Tapestry Needle
-Bakers twine (or Embroidery Floss)
-Washi/Masking/other low tack tape
-Piece of thin foam or felt
-Scissors

Paper Embroidered Heart

How to:
1.Print out this template. If you print out on A4 without altering the scale, it will be just the right size for a A6 card. Trim template down to approx 1cm smaller than the front of your card. Temporarily hold in place with some washi or low tack tape.

Paper Embroidered Heart

3.Place the card onto your foam or felt surface and use the pin to punch a hole through each dot.

Paper Embroidered Heart

3.Thread your needle with 1metre of twine.

Paper Embroidered Heart

4.Leaving the paper template in place (you can rip it off later after all the stitching is finished) stitch from the back of the card to the front at point 1, leaving a 10cm tail. Hold the tail in place on the back of the card with a bit more tape.

Paper Embroidered Heart

5.Insert your needle in at point 2 and come out at point 3.

Paper Embroidered Heart

4.Take the needle in at point 4 and out a point 5. Follow this pattern of counting six points along clockwise to take your needle in and bringing it out another point along, going back in six points and out the next. After a few stitches, the pattern will become easier to see.

Paper Embroidered Heart

5.From point 13  you will be going through holes that already have twine in them (these points are numbered on the outside of the heart), just keep the pattern going.

Paper Embroidered Heart

6.Keep going until your needle goes in point 34 at the bottom of the heart.

Paper Embroidered Heart

7. Turn the card over and weave in the tail. Re-thread the start of the twine and weave this in too. Trim off any excess.

Paper Embroidered Heart

8.With another 1m of thread in your needle repeat the process on the other side of the heart, this time working anti-clockwise. So coming out of point one, counting six points along and taking the needle in, one along and stitching back 6, etc.

Paper Embroidered Heart

9.Weave the ends in as before and rip off the paper template.

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Watercolour Paper Flowers

Watercolour Paper Flowers

Learn how to make a beautiful paper flowers with this tutorial/DIY

watercolour paper flower tutorial

I love plants and flowers, but so do my two cats. So much so that they chew them, which is good for neither the plant or the cats! So faux flowers are a much better option for me, and these DIY hand painted paper flowers are surprisingly simple to make and last much much longer than their real-life counterparts.
I’m not sure what flower this is trying to be, part anemone, part rose maybe? You could be more realistic, but I chose to go with something more fantastical!

You will need :

watercolour paper flower tutorial

-Paper; basic computer paper will do, but a thicker drawing or cartridge is even better
-Wire; plastic coated garden wire is great
-Cutters; to cut the wire
-Paints; watercolours, acrylics, even soluble pencils will do!
-Glue gun
-Floral Tape; a stretchy florists tape to cover the wire
-Paintbrush and water container

1. To make the petals, I used my hands to create 7 petal shapes (a bit like balloons!) by ripping the paper. You could use scissors, but I like the ripped effect. Don’t worry that they aren’t all the same shape or size, this actually helps create a more natural looking flower. For the centre of the flower make a rectangle approx 10cm long and as tall as your smallest petal. Make a series of little rips all along to create a fringe.

2.Wet the petal with plain water then apply one colour to the top, rounded edge and another, complementary colour toward the bottom and blend the two together. Repeat for the other petals

3. Do the same for the fringed centre, adding a darker or even black colour to the edges of the fringe.

4. Once touch dry, spatter a darker colour of paint on the petals and centre using your paintbrush or a toothbrush.

watercolour paper flower tutorial

5.Once completely dry, its time to assemble your flower! Cut a 30cm length of wire and fold over one end by a couple of cm and glue this to the bottom (non-fringed) centre strip. Fold the first ‘fringe’ over and glue.

6.Roll the centre strip around the wire, gluing a couple of times to secure.

7. Add some glue to the base of your smallest petal, and stick to the rolled up fringe. Glue another petal on, over-lapping the previous one slightly. Work your way around adding petals, working up to the largest.

8. Once all the petals are attached, start attaching the floral tape from the base of the flower down the stem. This stretchy tape comes in green and white and is available from craft and cake decorating shops. Strangely, it only seems to stick to itself, which makes it a bit tricky to get it started, so use a bit of glue if needed. (If you can’t get hold of floral tape, strips of crepe paper and some PVA glue also work. The tape is just less messy!)

watercolour paper flower tutorial

9. Curl the petals backwards to open out the flower and there you have it, a gorgeous flower that doesn’t need watering!

watercolour paper flower tutorial

watercolour paper flower tutorial

Painted Watercolour Paper Flower Tutorial DIY

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Tutorial – Simple Paper Embossing

If you have a die-cutting machine, embossing paper is simple. You buy an embossing folder with the design of your choice and run it through the machine. Hey presto, you have a perfectly embossed image! But what if you don’t have a fancy machine or find the folders too expensive? Well it is surprisingly easy (and ridiculously cheap) to emboss with using this method.

You will need
-Thick card, like greyboard, mountboard
-cartridge paper
-scalpel
-cutting mat
-paper tortillon/stump or a suitably smooth, rounded object (Sharpie pen lids work well!)

This freehand method requires you to cut out a shape of thick card board then use a tool to gently push cartridge paper into the shape.

Embossed paper tutorial heart

1. Start with drawing a simple shape onto the thick card. Rounded shapes like circles and hearts are perfect. Leave a good margin of cardboard around the shape and cut out. Now I’m not the best at cutting out, my lines are always wonky, but trust me, it doesn’t matter too much.

2.Turn the card over as if there is any pencil or pen left from where you drew the shape it can transfer.

3.Place a piece of cartridge paper onto top of the cardboard stencil and very gently rub over with the paper tortillon. Paper tortillons (sometimes called stumps) are mainly used by fine artists to smudge charcoal and pastel drawings. However, any smooth rounded object like a Sharpie pen will also work. Go gently and concentrate on the edges of the shape, not the middle for a smoother emboss.

4.Turn the paper over to see the result. Pretty good for a bit of card eh?! You might want to have another go, pressing lighter or firmer until you get it just right, even playing around with it and over-lapping the shapes.

Embossed paper tutorial circles

5.Now try something a bit more complex, like letters or a monogram. Shapes with sharper corners are a bit trickier to get right so don’t worry if the first go isn’t perfect. I had to use masking tape to secure the hole into the ‘R’ which can stick to and damage, the cartridge paper. To help minimise this, I tried to remove the visible sticky areas using a damp cotton bud. Being careful when embossing and only rubbing over the edges will also help.

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Embossed paper tutorial monogram

Have you had a go with paper embossing using this method? I’d love to see the results!

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