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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Concertina Gift Card on: April 20, 2010 01:06:50 PM
Absolutely! Anything little or on paper Smiley
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Concertina Gift Card on: April 19, 2010 04:58:13 PM
A card that can be used for gifts too!

What I really really love about this card is that the little pockets can be used to contain all sorts of treats. The most special kind are vouchers promising things like a cup of tea, or dishes washed, that kind of thing. The giver and the recipient both feel good with that sort of gift. I will give this card to my children to see what they come up with - I suspect I may even find carefully drawn pictures of dragons tucked in the pockets!!

The elements to make this card are two shapes cut out of cardboard for the front and back of the card, I also cut a smaller matching shape out of paper to layer onto the front. For the card inner you need a piece of paper folded up at the bottom to make the pockets and then folded into a concertina. The paper can already be decorated as in this example, or you can decorate the paper in your own style. In my example I have also cut a decorative edge along the pocket edge.

All sorts of things can be used to tuck in the pockets - to use in this card I made little tags out of card and tied ribbon to the top of them.

Assemble the card by gluing the front and back onto the concertina. You also need to run a bit of glue along the open edge at each edge of the concertina so it is closed at each end. I also glued the accent layer on the front and added a dangling note to decorate the front. I am not a really bad speller - in New Zealand we spell 'Mom' as 'Mum' Wink

Then it is ready for filling the pockets!!

If you want to use the shape I made for the card front and back, I have made a card shape template you are welcome to use - http://www.papercraftsforchildren.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/template_card-shape.pdf that you can print out. I put lots of different sizes, even little ones that you could use for gift tags.

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Piglet on: April 04, 2010 02:18:34 AM
This is so cute, I love his cheeky tail. I have just started doing some papier mache again after a long break. I have just done an egg for Easter, now I am thinking of what to do next. I will keep an eye out to see what you do next:-)
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Origamic Architecture Pencil Holder on: April 04, 2010 02:00:30 AM
Wow - I love that you worked out how to do that from the picture AND that it makes a useful item.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Papier Mache Treasure Egg - it opens!! on: April 04, 2010 01:57:50 AM
I hope you have fun making it! It was Easter morning here today and the egg I made above had a map inside it of where more eggs and clues were hidden. We had lots of fun.
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Papier Mache Treasure Egg - it opens!! on: March 30, 2010 12:37:26 PM
On one of the forums I contribute to I was asked about making a papier mache egg with an opening for hiding treasures in - so I set to experimenting!

I tried a few things that did not work, like an inside lip to hold the egg shut - I made it too rigid and it pushed it out of shape. I also found that as I am not so great on the accuracy side that my two halves did not meet nicely - I solved that by adding a small outside lip to hide the uneven edges. Bonus - this also holds the two halves in place nicely.

I am really pleased with the process I worked out and with the final result. It is lined with tulle to make a snuggly place for treasures and treats.

For this craft you need two bowls, cling-film, newspaper, white paper, tissue paper, paste, and ribbon.

The two small bowls need to have the same size opening, alternatively you can use just one bowl and make one half first and the second half later. Cover the bowls with cling-film.

Glue strips of newspaper onto the bowl and leave to dry. When it is dry carefully remove the bowl and cling-film and leave it to dry on the inside as well.

Add a layer of white paper so that no newsprint will show through the final tissue paper layer.Use layers of strong packing tape to make a hinge to join the two halves of the egg.

I suggest making a small lip on the outside of one half so that it fits a tiny bit over the other half - this helps hold it together. Finish the outside with a layer of torn tissue paper.
Glue a ribbon to the bottom so that the egg can be kept closed with a bow.

I also have made a worksheet (PDF) that you can print out - http://www.papercraftsforchildren.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/tutorial_paper-egg.pdf
17  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Owl and the Pussycat - Owl Costume on: March 28, 2010 03:27:23 PM
I'll have to try and dig some photos out - or convince him to wear it again:-). The pea green boat was 'played to destruction' by the children. I will see what i can do!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hammered and twisted ... on: March 23, 2010 01:37:44 PM
Thank, I like the copper wire too, and will use it again lots! And Ally-oops, I love the description whimsical, I will keep that in my head next time I create to see if I can emote that again.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hammered and twisted ... on: March 22, 2010 02:35:39 PM
... not me! My necklace Wink. I love that it is 'free-form', not too neat and tidy - so perhaps it is like me after all!!

I made this at a class, we made a 'nest' shape by going round and round a rod with the wire and then weaved it back and forth at the back. Then thread on and attach the beads that go in the nest, I also have little red ones that are hard to see right in the middle. Then hammering - yay. First we made petal shapes, hammered them flat with little craft hammer on a metal or marble block. Attached those and made spirals by hammering a bit of wire and then spiralling it around a thin rod like a paint brush. Leave some of the wire normal (not hammered) and use that to attach to the piece. Add a dangly bit if it works, add more spirals and petals as needed. You can even add beads to the end of the spiral, just leave that bit not hammered so you can thread the bead.
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Origami Bunny - link to tutorial and worksheet on: March 15, 2010 05:11:58 PM
Yay - more bunnies!

National craft month sounds like fun.

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