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Topic: WEDDING DIY HELP! Best way to curl cardstock paper into mini scrolls?  (Read 7613 times)
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« on: March 17, 2016 11:48:14 AM »

Hi everyone,

My wedding is coming up and I would like to try making something similar to these hanging mini scrolls for my guest escort cards ---

I haven't done too many paper crafts before so I'm not very familiar with the different types of cardstock. I'd appreciate any suggestions for the best type of paper to use and methods to curl them smoothly!! Thanks in advance for any help you can provide Smiley

« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2016 12:33:47 PM »

Make sure you don't get anything *too* heavy, but otherwise it's a matter of trial and error. Pick something whose texture and pattern you like.

When comparing papers in packages where you can't easily tell how heavy it is, this will help: http://www.paper-paper.com/weight.html "Basis weight" is one of those strange historic measurement systems; if the papers list gsm compare them that way instead. It's still not a 100% method of measuring stiffness or thickness, but if you stay below 90# cover stock you should be pretty safe.

Most (though not all) paper has a grain - when you pick a paper, cut a horizontal and a vertical strip. One should curl better than the other - more smoothly, and tighter.

Then just curl them around a dowel, chopstick, round (not six-sided) pencil, whatever works best for you.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2016 07:05:09 AM »

Don't cut the strips by hand with scissors either - see if you can borrow a paper trimmer to get nice straight cuts for the strips, it will look nicer and be easier to cut several strips at once.

Those are very pretty scrolls.  It looks like they used a bit of a metallic finish paper.  If you are planning on making your own, you may also want to test your inks to see how they look on it and if they smear - it may take a tiny bit longer for the inks to dry on that kind of surface if you use a similar paper. Also, it looks like they inked the edges of the paper to get rid of that raw paper edge and give it a more finished look.

I made a couple of tester strips - I used a Fiskars paper trimmer to cut the strips.  I cut them to 1/2" and 3/4", and 4.25" long.  The paper is from a Michaels pack which is 8.5x11".  I used a floral scroll stamp which happened to be out and used Aquamarine Archival ink by Ranger (they have lots of different colours).  I stamped on both the top and bottom, front and back because the scrolls go both ways.  To save time and work, you can do the front at one end and the back on the other and just make sure that when you curl, you are careful where the pattern is.  I inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the edges, brushed on with the mini blending tool.  I used a Copic marker for the writing (it's what I had on hand), and a fine paint brush handle to curl around.  I cut my strips 1/2" wide and 3/4" wide, and 4.25" long.  I used a small barrel brush for a tighter curl - so a skewer, or knitting needle would work well too.  See how tight you want it.

I used those tools because that is what I have on hand and what I like - see what you can get your hands on or what is available to you, especially if you are looking to save a bit of $.  Or you could just work it out on the computer for consistent printing of a pattern and fonts for the names.

The thinner would likely look better with a tall thin champagne flute.  The paper was 8.5x11", so two strips could in theory be cut from the width, and if you go with the 1/2", you could get up to 44 strips from one sheet - obviously that would change if you want different dimensions - or use a 12x12 sheet, which you can buy individually to save money.  A pack is about 25 sheets of cardstock, versus buying 3 - 5 sheets of 12x12.

If you have someone with  a nice steady hand and good penmenship/calligraphy skills, then maybe all you need to do is trim the paper, write, and curl.  Skip the stamping and inking if you want to save time and a bit of money. 

Just firmly hand curling around the brush handle gave a nice curl, and the thinner width is more delicate and elegant looking, and curls nicer too

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2016 03:36:00 PM »

We all have different favorite techniques, which color how we do our work...

I would use MS Word (or another word processing program) to automatically generate a "label" sheet, with cells the size of the scrolls.  

Then I would use the same program to create the decorative pattern in each cell, leaving space in the center to add a name. 
Next, still in the WP program, add the names (could probably do this with a merge function, that would save time if you're already entering hundreds of names for a mailing list.  Otherwise, just type directly into the cells.)

Print on lightweight cardstock.  You could print on the plain side of patterned cardstock, or you could print the back of each sheet yourself.

Tyrosinase and Onyxnox had good advice on cutting and scrolling the papers.
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