Paper Source How-To: Fine Paper Flower Art


Add festive decor to your space with this eye-catching work of art made with fine paper!

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To PDF and Flower Petal Templates
  • To create the backer for your fine paper creation, trim a large sheet of cover weight paper to the desired size. (If framing, trim to fit inside frame.)
  • Use sheet of flower templates to trace and cut petals from fine papers.
  • Layer the shapes to create blooms; mixing and matching patterns and colors.
  • Adhere the shapes together using both double-sided tape and foam squares as desired to create dimension.
  • Create the centers of the blooms by punching circles in a variety of sizes and colors.
  • Cut, fringe, punch and layer circles (see diagram on How-To PDF).
  • Adhere center in place.
  • Arrange blooms as desired onto backer and adhere composition in place.

DIY: Washi Tape Ideas

One of our favorite and simplest ways to get crafty is….with tape! We love washi and paper tape! With these DIY projects, your everyday items will look new, colorful and fun. Washi tape originates from Japan and has a typical masking tape texture, but is far from dull and beige. Washi tape is most often made from the bark of trees native to Japan (this is why some tape that is similar to washi tape is simply called paper tape if it does not come from Japan).

Washi tape can literally be used on anything. It appears delicate but can actually withstand a lot. The best part? If you don’t like where you put it, just take it right off. It won’t damage or leave sticky marks on anything! It is the easiest DIY crafting you’ll ever do, so even if you think you aren’t too crafty this will quickly change your mind.

We offer multiple different styles and designs of tape - washi tape being just one of them. Below you’ll see what we’ve done to add a little color to things that you can find around your home. In addition to the washi tape, we just couldn’t help but get our hands on the Paper Source-designed Gold Foil Lace Tape. It adds a look of charm and elegance without being too flashy.

 

If you’re looking for even more tape inspiration, the internet has an abundance! Pinterest especially has some beautiful images (we just searched “washi tape ideas” for the search below.

 

Some of our favorites include DIY twist ties, gift wrap/tags, coasters, and taping down a car track for the younger ones!

Images from BuzzFeed

 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve DIY’ed with tape? Tell us in the comments!

Paper Source How-To: Ice Pop Invitation

 

Start your festive July 4th bash with this fun and patriotic ice pop-themed party invitation! Download the instructions and get crafting for your USA tribute!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To
  • At the bottom of card, stamp three ice pops with VersaMark ink and apply Aqua embossing powder. 
  • Set the embossing powder using the heat tool. 
  • Fill in center section of ice pops with white pen. 
  • Use X-Mas Red stickles to accent top portion of ice pops and allow to dry. 
  • Format your invite text to fit into a 4″ w x 3 3/4″ h rectangle. 
  • Trim out text layer and adhere to stamped card.

Paper Source How-To: Father’s Day Card

If you’re looking to make a card for dad this year (Father’s Day is June 15!), we think you’ll love this one! Download the instructions and get to crafting for the world’s best dad!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To
  • To create origami shirt, cut a piece of fine paper measuring 4″ x 6″ and fold, pattern side down, using the steps shown in the How-To PDF.
  • Use template (within the How-To PDF) to trace and cut out tie shape from the second patterned paper.
  • Tuck tie under shirt’s collar and adhere in place with a small piece of double stick tape.
  • Cut a piece of Royal Blue cover measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to front of Gravel folded card.
  • Adhere shirt and tie to card and write desired message using white pen.

Paper Source How-To: Mother’s Day Wreath

We’ve found a great way to show mom some love easily using a pre-existing kit plus a few extra supplies! So get crafting this Mother’s Day and give mom something she can display year-round!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Construct Succulent Wreath kit according to instructions.
  • Download the Love You Mom Banner Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ coral text weight paper.
  • Cut out banner using dotted lines provided as a guide.
  • Fold banner in half as indicated, sandwiching approximately 18 inches of jute cord between the front and back of banner before adhering sides together.
  • Secure ends of cord to back of wreath form using transparent tape.
  • Trim off excess cord and present to your favorite person on Mother’s Day!

Finding Inspiration: Geometric Workshop

This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Geometric Decor, happening Thursday, April 24. 

 

Two of my favorite trends at the moment are geometric patterns and gold-dipped accents.  I love the fresh, bold punch geometrics can bring to a room and how fun and easy it is to create different patterns.  I also like a little bit of gold with everything, so the two seemed like a perfect match. This, in a nutshell, was how the Geometric Decor workshop was born!

Creating this workshop, I was inspired by everything from garlands, to artwork to throw rugs.  You can check out some of my inspiration on our workshop Pinterest board.

I was also inspired by some of my favorite Paper Source geometric products!

The Geometric Decor workshop is on Thursday, April 24th, from 6 – 8 p.m. and is going to be a fun night with refreshments and creativity!  After taking the class, you’ll walk away with a dimensional prism mobile that looks great hanging on a wall or suspended from the ceiling. You’ll also tap your inner artist to create an 8″ x 10″ piece of art – you get to customize it by picking your palette (Mint or Fuchsia) and pattern (3 choices available). And you will also come away with a geometric embossed stationery set.

Throughout it all you’ll get DIY instructions and templates to help you recreate each item at home, along with tips and inspiration to utilize the techniques in other projects!  Find a location near you and join us in the fun!

Take the technique home: After the class we hope you’ll find inspiration in the everyday things. We love the idea of cutting up Instagram photos and arranging them using techniques that we’ll teach in class.

-Rebecca

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Graphic Shapes Rubber Stamp Set

Paper Source How-To: Donut Invitation

If you’ve walked by our store windows lately (or checked out our website), you’ve probably noticed that we’re lusting over donuts. Here’s a cute way to take the sweet trend and DIY your own invites.

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Construct paper donuts according to kit instructions.
  • Download the Donut Invite Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ Mint Cover.
  • Cut out invites using crop marks provided on PDF.
  • Layer donut of choice over invite so that the printed text is visible through the hole of the donut. Adhere donut in place and trim off excess as shown on How-To PDF.
  • Stamp and emboss invite using rubber stamp.
  • Fill in desired info and pair invite with an A7 envelope.

New Workshop: Making 3-D Spring Cards



We have a new workshop to kick off spring!  Fresh Folds – Spring Card Making takes place nationwide on Thursday, March 20th, 6 – 8 pm.

In this class you will learn simple techniques to add dynamic folds, layers and pop-up elements to 4 cards.  This vibrant collection incorporates our fresh new colors and favorite pattern trends—a perfect way to welcome spring! 

For each project you complete in this class, you will receive the how-to instructions to take home with you so you can do it again on your own.  What makes this class even better is all the ways you can use the techniques for other DIY projects!  You can check out our project inspiration on our Fresh Folds Pinterest board!  And sign up for the workshop today!

 

Paper Source How-To: Cupid’s Arrow

Ready to get festive this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a how-to on replicating our store windows. Make a cupid’s arrow that’s fun and bright and sure to impress!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download the Templates
  • Use 2 gift wrap tubes to construct each arrow. To stabilize the tubes where they will be joined, add crumpled paper inside a portion of each tube.
  • Tape the 2 tubes together using a strong transparent tape such as packing tape.
  • Cut a piece of text weight paper and wrap it over the point where the 2 tubes meet. As you wrap the tubes, place the seams of the paper on one side of the arrow for appearance. Continue by wrapping desired color of text weight paper around rest of tube.
  • Use various colors of 8 1/2″ x 11″ text weight paper and glitter paper to create stripes on either side of the center band.
  • Create “feather” ends by tracing template onto cover weight paper and layering shapes. Each arrow end requires 4 shapes, 2 on each side.
  • Score shapes using a bone folder and ruler where indicated.
  • Fold shape at score mark and adhere shapes to arrow using super tape on the scored flaps. Create stripes using the same template so the angles of the stripes match the “feather” bases.
  • Tape cone template together and cut out.
  • Trace template on both a piece of colored cover weight paper and gold glitter paper.
  • Fold cover weight shape at score mark and use Super Tape on the flap to wrap and secure cone.
  • Adhere layer of gold glitter paper over constructed cone.
  • Apply Quick Dry adhesive to end of tube and attach cone to decorated arrow.