Diana Trout here today with a tutorial on making festive plaid patterned paper for some holiday paper crafting.
Here are the supplies you need to get crafting:
Pitt Pens (Bold or Stampers, I used grays, yellows and mint)
Mixed Media paper (about 100#) 8"x10"
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Punches, card base, ribbons
Check the video below for more information.
Begin by using your ruler and Gelatos to create as parallel to the edge of the paper as you can. The T-square ruler I use works to keep your drawn line parall, but you can just eyeball it:.look at the paper edge as you draw your line. You'll be surprisied at how much straighter your line will be! Don't worry about wiggly lines, but do try to keep the lines parallel.
Draw thick and thin lines to fill the paper. Rub the lines with either your finger, a sponge or a slightly dry baby wipe (I love the firm sponge that comes in the Gelatos pack). Turn the paper vertically and draw in some intersecting lines. I suggest using a darker color for these lines such as Squid Ink.
This is your background plaid. Your paper may look a little messy now but at the last step, it'll come together. I promise. Once you've smooshed the Gelatos into the paper, it won't come off and you'll be able to use Pitt Pens over top.
To complete the plaid pattern, use your ruler and Pitt Pens to draw straight, parallel lines. This step will pull your plaid together. Once again, use thick and thin lines by using the tip and side of the Pitt Pens. I used light colors and grays that were harmonizing.
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See the photo at the top of this post for the examples of the next two projects.
2. Use punches, dies or scissors to create tags. Add a stamped or handwritten TO and FROM stamps and some Glass Bead Glitter Gel (sparkly!) to the edges of the tags. Thread with some ribbon.
3. Make a gift card holder. The internet is full of ideas on this project. I use a piece of paper, 5" x 4 1/4"
Hold the paper with the longer side at the top and bottom and score at 1 3/8" on each of the short sides and 3/4" from the bottom. Trim away some of the outside corners. Fold the scored sides in and glue. Fold the scored bottom up and glue. Cut a "V" shape or use a circle punch to add a finger hold to the top of the gift card holder.
I hope you enjoy these projects today. My favorite part of holiday preparations is crafting!