Hello! This is an exciting post for me because I am part of a 2 week “Earth Day” blog hop between Stampendous and Arnold Grummer. If you have visited my blog before, you know how much I already love Stampendous. But Arnold Grummer was new to me. They make paper making supplies. This is something I have never done before. And truthfully, I was never interested in doing. I thought it was so much work to make one sheet of paper, it would take all day, etc. But, when I was asked if I wanted to be a part of this hop, I thought about it and decided that I love trying new crafts, so I should give it a shot. And guess what? I had a blast! My daughter (who is 10) and I decided to tackle this project together, and we came up with 4 beautiful sheets of paper in just over an hour.
I think that once we play with the process a little more, and organize the flow of our work space, we could probably make the sheets a little faster, but I was really happy with what we accomplished in a pretty short amount of time. I absolutely love the Paper Making Kit, as it comes with everything you need except that paper you’ll be recycling and water. That’s pretty fantastic. We watched a couple of Arnold Grummer tutorials before we jumped in, and we found them to be very helpful. So here is my first completed card.
I think it is beautiful. All of the paper you see here, minus my brown card base, is from the handmade paper my daughter and I made. I really loved combining the different sheets to make one card. They each turned out so different, and it was great to experiment.
I used the Pretty Poppies Cling Stamps and Die sets. The flowers were stamped with VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne, and I watercolored them with my Koi watercolors. I love that some of the sparkly bits (also included in the kit) that were on this particular piece of paper resist the watercolor and just shine beautifully when the light hits it.
My background paper is filled with organic bits from my backyard. There’s some zebra grass, acorn shells, dried leaves, etc. I love the texture and the look of that paper, so I really didn’t want to cut it into small pieces. It was perfect for a background. The leaves started off as a yellow and a blue ditto that came home with my kids from school. They created that lovely shade of green.
I truly enjoyed not only making this card, but making the paper for the card. It was a great process, and I am happy that I got to do it with my daughter. She has started to save some papers that she would like to turn into handmade paper, and my son has expressed interest in trying his hand at it too. Next week, I will have more to share for this blog hop with Stampendous and Arnold Grummer. But for now, why not head over to the Stampendous Blog to see who else is posting for today? Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Michele K. Henderson says
I love the beautiful papers that you and your daughter have created! I love making paper too, and wish I had a nice complete kit like this to give me even more beautiful results! It's a fun craft to try! Thanks for inspiring me to dig out an old hobby once again!
Linda BL says
Live your card. Thanks for talking about our experience with paper making. Loved that you have acorn shells, dried leaves etc. from your backyard incorporated into your paper. Was wondering if you could use bits of moss if you have it growing in your yard? The bright poppies look beautiful against your marvelous paper!
Becca Yahrling says
This is really stunning. I made some handmade papers (with the help from Arnold Grummer products!) years ago!! I still have a couple of small casts (a snowman & a butterfly), but haven't used them in a very long time. I will have to get them out again…
Becca Yahrling says
I forgot to add that I am in Florida, USA.
I LOVE your card and the papers are so pretty! I am glad that you decided to give it a try and join the hop!
Love the organic look to the paper, so unique. Thank You
Mary Holshouser says
Love the organic look from
the bits and pieces.
the flowers are gorgeous.
this sounds like a fun
technique that I'm going
to have to try. thanks
Amazing papers – love all the different things you added and the incredible texture you wound up with. You and your daughter did a great job and the card is beautiful!
Karenajo from Colorado – forgot to add location
Sue D says
Beautiful paper you made with your daughter and love the card you created with it.
Sue in Ohio
Such beautiful paper! Love how you used it!
Marisela Delgado said: AWESOME paper. I love your pretty flower, too. email@example.com
sharon g says
I just adore the poppies. The depth is wonderful…
Lyn Bernatovich says
Gorgeous card! Love the handmade paper and especially the inclusions. I especially like how you said it was a fun and easy process.
Anne Temple says
These are beautiful. Love the papers and the final project.
sharon g says
I forgot to mention in my comment above that I live in California, USA.
Denise Bryant says
Beautiful papers! This looks like such a fun project!
Lori Kobular says
Amazing paper! I love the colors and texture of your homemade paper! Your card is absolutely beautiful, those red flowers look awesome against that textured paper! Really Beautiful card!! Happy Earth Day!!
What a stunning project! Thank you for sharing. Hello from MI USA
Joyce Erb says
So much fun! Fabulous paper and love the poppies
Fabulous papers you
made and beautiful
Carla from Utah
Gorgeous papers!!! What a fun project.
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