I had so much fun with last September’s Back to School blog series, that I decided to head back to the classroom! This year’s two-day series is all about incorporating text into your paper crafting projects. Whether you’re a fan of newsprint, ledger paper or journaling cards, it’s never been easier (or more fun!) to use this trendy product.
When I decided to create a school-themed notebook, I looked around my craft room to find as many school-ish products that I could. It wasn’t half as hard as I thought. Huh…it turns out that I am a huge text-type fan! Fun text, book print and school patterns are everywhere I look (which makes me one happy girl).
I chose to cluster the school print products together for added impact. But it was missing something…a cute, three dimensional element. So, I thought I’d add a paper flower to the mix. I have seen these paper goodies taught many ways, but I think that I create mine a little differently. Mine are flatter and have a distressed look to them:
I start with a paper ring. Double-sided print paper is best (you can ink the paper edges before you begin, if you like). You can use a die cut or combine two different sized circle punches (which is what I used). The larger circle is 2 1/2″, and I’m not sure the size of my inside circle. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what size you choose…it will just change the petal size on your flower. Also, create a “test” flower before committing to your paper choice.
Cut through the ring at any point on the circle, then start rolling the paper onto itself. Bend outwards as you roll the paper flower, and make sure you have liquid glue handy to adhere the “petals” while you roll.
It’s alright if the flower looks flat. Once the glue is dry, you can “fluff ” it up.
Glue the last bit of paper to the back of your flower. Keep in mind that you can pop up your paper rose with foam dots to add dimension.
This card consists of six different text types. They work so well together because the the print color is close to the base color, and monochromatic colors always look beautiful together.
I hope that you try this technique with many paper types and have a blast! I will be back tomorrow to share some more text-type projects.
See you then!
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