Posts Tagged How-to

Paper Source How-To: Calendar Stickers

Add easy reminders and fun pops of color with these DIY stickers; perfect for any Paper Source calendar!

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download the How-To and Template PDFs.
  • Print the stickers onto sheets of 1.25″ round labels.
  • Peel and stick as desired to organize your schedule.
  • Add fun tapes, markers and more to top it off!

Workshop: Learn to Letterpress

Until recently, if you wanted to experience the rewards of letterpressing your own cards you needed to acquire a quite large (up to 4,000 lbs!) and quite expensive (up to $10,000!) machine. We don’t know about you, but we don’t have that much space in our dining room and we’re not sure we can commit to living on ramen to pay it off!

No need to go to any extreme measure–the Evolution machine now comes with a letterpress kit; making this an accessible and super easy art form!

If you’re curious to see how this works or just interested in dabbling in a new technique, join us for our Letterpress Stationery Collection Workshop this Saturday, August 23rd. During the workshop you’ll learn how to use the Evolution machine to emboss, letterpress and create your own stationery set. Your five card collection will also come with a pocket folio and textured accents like linen and wood. Added bonus: you can save 10% off the Evolution machine when you take the class!  Sign up here. We hope to see you Saturday!

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.

How-To: Paper Rosette Card

This season’s favorite project in a miniature card format. This paper rosette project is perfect for heartfelt sentiments, like Mother’s Day! Customize rosettes with your own choice of colors and patterns from our collection of handpicked fine papers to make this classic and chic card truly yours!

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Rosette Card How-To
  • A7 Folded Card in color of choice
  • A7 Envelope in color of choice
  • Text Weight Paper in several colors
  • Fine Papers
  • Adhesive Pearls and/or Adhesive Crystals
  • Linen Thread
  • Uniball Gold Gel Pen
  • Banner Stamp
  • VersaMark Watermark Inkpad
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Heat Tool
  • 1/4″ Super Tape
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Scoring Board (optional)
  • Instructions:

    Cut a piece of text weight paper to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ and adhere to front of card. Choose desired rosette sizes and cut text weight paper and fine paper into strips

  • (A). Accordion fold strips, approximately every 1/8″, using scoring board and bone folder or fold by hand. Tie linen thread around the center of each folded strip
  • (B). Fan out strip and use Super Tape to adhere sides together creating a circular rosette
  • (C). Use Super Tape to adhere rosettes to card in desired arrangement.
  • - Embellish centers with adhesive pearls and/or crystals.
    - Stamp and emboss banner onto paper and cut out.
    - Write desired message onto banner and adhere in place.

    -Claudia

    Favorite PS colors: curry & fuchsia
    Latest Fave: Red & White Paper Straws