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Workshop: Indigo Card Making

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, Indigo Card Making, happening Thursday, June 19.

My latest crush is on Indigo.  I see it everywhere: clothing, textiles, home decor, ceramics, the list goes on.  I wanted to combine it with my other love, paper, so I created the Indigo Card Making Workshop!  With the stationery collection in this class I tried to capture some of my favorite forms of the trend: sun prints, Shibori dyeing, dip-dyeing, Ikat prints and mosaics.  You can take a look at some of my Indigo inspiration on this Pinterest board:


This roll-up-your-sleeves class is such great creative playtime!  Among the projects, you will learn how to create decorative paper with Shibori techniques that involve binding and dying paper with inkpads. Then you will use your beautiful hand-dyed paper to create stationery.  One of my favorite aspects of the class is the “reveal” moments when you unfold the bindings to discover the Indigo pattern.  Click here to learn more about the other projects in this workshop.

Classes are filling fast but many locations are running encores so be sure to call your local store if seats are sold out online.

Pinterest inspiration for our workshop. Check out more here.

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Mint Patterned Napkins

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!


Holiday Contest Winners!

The moment to announce the winners of our Holiday Crafting Contest is here – thank you to everyone who participated this year!  Our lucky winners will be receiving a Paper Source gift card in the mail soon!

Card Making Category:

1st Place: Ode to Charlie Brown Part 1


2nd Place: The Present


3rd Place: Christmas Flower


Gift Wrapping

1st Place: Chevron Christmas


Second Place: Polka Dotty Present


Third Place: Gift Tag Tea Bags


Food Gifting

1st Place: Water Bottle Decorations


2nd Place: Peppermint Bark – Fresh from the Forest


3rd Place: Sweets for My Teacher


As promised, we are also revealing our Employee Card Contest Winners.  To see more of the submissions, check out this post.

#1 Scottsdale Store: Advent Calendar Card


#2 Deer Park Store: Cookie Box Card


#3 Minneapolis Store: 12 Days of Christmas


Congratulations to all!!


Employee Holiday Cards

Store holiday card submissions from (left to right, top to bottom): Scottsdale, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Denver, Brooklyn (Smith St.), Santana Row, Pasadena, Deer Park, Santa Barbara, Oakbrook, Austin.

Every year, we put our store teams’ creative skills to the test with an Employee Holiday Card Contest.  Over the past couple of weeks, brightly-decorated envelopes have been showing up in our mailbox and now all the submissions are in!  Votes (from employees in our HQ) have been tallied and winners have been selected – but we can’t tell you who they are quite yet!

Look for our post in January to learn who came out on top!  And in the meantime, take a look at some of our favorite submissions (and feel free to predict which cards landed 1st, 2nd and 3rd place).

We hope you are feeling inspired, because it’s not too late to enter our customer Holiday Crafting Contest!


Holiday Craft Contest Winners

After reviewing more than 400 submission, our team couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the winners of the Paper Source Holiday Crafting Contest!

Drum roll, please…

Décor Category

#1 – Homemade Advent Calendar
advent calendar

#2 – Friends-giving Tablescape
table setting

#3 – Woodland Winter-land Garland

Wrapping Category

#1 – Shipping a Sweet Surprise
wrapped package

#2 – The Edible, no-so-abominable, Snowman
favor bags

#3 – Christmas Cottage with Gingerbread Santa
gingerbread house

Card Making Category

#1 – Under the Sea Christmas
handmade card

#2 – Sweet Treats & Warm Wishes
handmade card

#3 – Advice from a Snowman
handmade card

We enjoyed seeing the creative talents of so many customers. We hope those who participated enjoyed making personalized Christmas cards, decorating and wrapping packages for both the contest and the pleasure in exchanging and sharing them with all. We hope everyone finds a bit of inspiration from the entries. See them here:

Happy Holidays from all of us at Paper Source!

How-to: Mother’s Day Silhouette

Mother's Day Craft

Give mom something to remember this Mother’s Day. This silhouette project allows you to create a wonderful paper cameo that you can use as a small home decor piece or as a handmade card. It’s a gift she is sure to adore.

Materials Needed:


    1. Take a profile photograph (actual photo or printout of a photo) and trace onto Vellum paper to create the silhouette shape.
    2. Cut out the silhouette shape black paper with scissors or craft knife.
    3. Trim fine paper to fit your card or box mailer.
    4. Cut an oval or circle out of white paper, and mount onto a sheet of fine paper using Super Tacky Tape.
    5. Mount silhouette shape onto oval or circle (use foam squares if desired to add dimension).
    6. Print or cut out a banner from Superfine White paper and use to add a personal message.

You can create silhouettes using our precision cutting machine, the Silhouette Cameo. This tool is especially helpful if you plan to make multiples of the silhouette. Begin by following the first two steps above, tracing the profile photograph onto Vellum paper, and cutting from Black paper. Then scan the black silhouette cut out and place into the Silhouette program.

Try this approach or the wall hanging option featured in the Paper Source catalog and online.

– Claudia
PS colors: curry & fuchsia
Latest fave: Mini Magnolia Paper Flower Kit

How-to: Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love

Send your favorite fool rushing in this Valentine’s Day with our Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love card. Utilize paper from season’s past or follow along with our color recommendations. Either way you slice it, this Valentine is better than a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Materials Needed:

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How-to: Panda love card

And you thought only teddy bears were lovable? This adorable little Panda makes a huggably sweet folded note- perfect for your Valentine sentiments! Created by the Paper Source Craft Design team, you can construct your Panda Love Card with colors of the season, or mix and match with your favorite PS colors. He’s just too cute to pass up!

Materials Needed:

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Coordinating cards make a perfect package

I pride myself on sending the perfect card for every occasion. I’ve collected cards over the years so I have plenty at hand. But sometimes I just can’t find the right one, so I make my own. What I thought would be perfect for this little package is a coordinating birthday card using the same wrapping paper and satin ribbon.

Simple, simple – I just covered the front of a folded card with a piece of gift wrap cut to size, added a strip of satin ribbon across the front, and used a letterpress tag as my sentiment. All with my favorite adhesive – double stick tape.

It’s an easy way to let the gift recipient know you went above and beyond to make a one of a kind package. And a great way to use those leftover wrapping paper scraps!

PS colors: peacock & chocolate
Latest fave: Satin Ribbon