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“Wicker” paper basket tutorial

So I’m working on a rather largish project at the moment, but I thought I’d give you a sneak peek by way of a tutorial.  One component of this project is a “wicker basket” made out of paper strips.  I got my inspiration from a quilling book, but decided to take it a step further to see if I could really make it look like wicker.  You might notice that the original number of vertical strips was reduced at the end, but that’s not that important—I think you’ll get the idea.

I started by cutting 6 5mm wide by 11.5cm long strips (vertical strips) out of white copy paper. Use a paper cutter.

Then, using a hand shredder (or you can buy white quilling strips), I made 25 3 mm wide by 7.2 cm long strips (these will be the horizontal “weaving” strips).

I placed all the strips on a piece of paper, and then rolled a brayer over them covered in distress ink–first with Antique Linen, then with Scattered Straw.  Allow them to dry.  If you use copy paper or some other lightweight paper, the paper will become quite wet, but you get good color saturation.  I didn’t want uniform color as I was going for a more “natural” look.

I arranged the vertical strips on a piece of paper, leaving no more than 1mm between them.  Glue the top edge of the strips down lightly (be prepared to trim this part off later as you’ll probably pull up some paper with the glue). Weave in the horizontal strips, alternatively starting over and under with each row. This will take some patience. 🙂 Don’t be afraid to do a loose weave and then adjust all the strips at the end. Once you have all the strips where you want them, strategically glue the strips on the perimeter so it will keep the weave in place. Reserve one or two of the horizontal strips.

Cut a trapezoidal shape (inverted) out of chipboard or other heavyweight paper (this will be dependent on the size basket you want, but mine was 3.8 cm at the top edge, 3cm at the bottom, with roughly a 4.8 cm vertical median)

Flip the weave over (inked side down) and glue down the chipboard in the center, making sure you have enough weave on all sides to fold over. I recommend using a smooth glue so that you can cover the entire surface of the chipboard .

Fold the strips up over the chipboard, trimming as necessary.  Glue and secure with paper strips. Allow to dry.

When dry, flip the basket face up and make a spiral quilled strip with one of the reserve horizontal strips. Glue this to the top edge of the basket (not pictured–yet).

Using a foam brush, coat the entire basket with a layer of Mod-Podge. Use several layers and allow to dry in order to give your “wicker” a lacquered look. 🙂

Voila! You know have a paper “wicker” basket ready for use in a project (coming soon!)

The basket here has not been “lacquered” yet and does not have the ornamental spiral edge. You’ll see that when I’m finished with the entire project. 🙂

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Kreativ, if tardy, Blogger.

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Alas, sweet Forgetfulone gave me this award on November 15th and I have only just now discovered it.!

Here are the rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees.
My Nominees are: 
  • Melanie for her amazing approaches to all those photo prompts!
  • Annapurna for her meticulous design and love of nature
  • Life As Lou for a blog that helps me remember that no, my life is not that tough and joy is indeed everywhere…AND some awesome crafting
  • Chrissy M for her beautiful scrapbooking and amazingly generous spirit
  • Miss Sniz for her very creative use of fake teeth…oh, and her wonderful papercrafting!!
I could have made a list of a billion blogs, but rather than say “I give it to everyone” I thought I’d pick just a few.
And, as long as we are on the topic of inspiration, if you haven’t been keeping up with Tim Holtz’s Ten Tags of Christmas, prepare to be INSPIRED!!!

Two Layouts and a Tutorial (sort of)

Hey there loyal blog readers (all three of you!),

It might seem that I’m posting a lot more frequently (which would be true) and it might then follow that I’m just chock full of free time and have nothing pressing, right? Wrong. 🙂 Actually, the opposite is true. However, I’ve taken to using scrapbooking as the carrot at the end of the stick. IF, and only IF, I get a certain amount accomplished in the morning, I’m allowed an hour or so of scrapbook time. So, the fact that I’m scrapbooking more means I’m actually getting quite a bit of work done.

Ok, with that disclaimer out of the way (guilty much?), I present the following for your viewing pleasure. These two layouts are for my wedding album and are from the rehearsal that was held at the beach. Apologies for the blocked photos and/or blurred photos—-nothing personal!!

First, we have one that features photos of my jr. bridesmaid and another bridesmaid hanging out at the beach:

Beach Bums

Beach Bums

No one can accuse me of sole allegiance to one brand, LOL…here we go with the MATERIALS: patterned paper is “Beach Fun Flip Flops” (American Traditional Designs); top mat is Capris “Basil” (Luxe Designs); tag is from Target dollar bin; “Beach” acrylic stamp (Imaginisce); 5th Avenue Shimmer Stickers (Making Memories); Round vellum “Brite” tags (Making Memories); flower embellishments (Marcella by K); ribbon (American Crafts)

Next up we’ve got another layout that uses a technique for which I’ve included a brief tutorial. I’ve been surprised by several people who have told me they haven’t tried embossing yet. The only reason I’m surprised is because these folks create amazing stuff with complicated techniques and embossing seems like child’s play by comparison! I’ve been embossing for at least 15 years and I feel dumb that it is my only real “technique.” At any rate, my latest fascination is with embossing chipboard. So without further ado:

Candid

Candid

As you can tell, the photo is pre-journaling. 🙂 This is how I did my chipboard letters.

  • Cover all chipboard letters with a pigment ink. I used ColorBox’s “Tropical” multi-color stamp pad for a really neat effect.
  • Lay out letters on a scrap piece of paper and sprinkle LIBERALLY with embossing powder of your choice. Remove letters and tap off excess. I used JudiKins Rainbow Sparkle Lite because I wanted the color of the pigment to show through AND because glittery/clear EPs are much easier to use than solid colors (I’ll get into why in another post sometime). (FIGURE 1)
  • Incidentally, you’ll find it easier/less messy if you use tweezers (mine are from Making Memories) to handle the letters (FIGURE 2)
  • Emboss (with a heat gun) each letter one at a time, making sure to completely melt the EP. Wave the heat source around as to avoid burning the EP. Yes, you CAN use a hair dryer, but it takes a lot longer and the heat is less focused. I’ve had my heat gun for over 10 years, paid $15 for it and it still works great. (Figures 3 & 4)
  1. Figure 1

    Figure 1

    Figure 2

    Figure 2

    Figure 3

    Figure 3

    Figure 4

    Figure 4

    MATERIALS not mentioned: Maya Rd. chipboard; patterned paper (Target!); tag (Target); ribbon from stash


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