Once I found a tutorial on how to make paper from vegetables, but I don’t find back the tutorial (it was at ARD-Buffet, but it seems to be too long ago).
On the photo you see a card made with cucumber paper for a friend for the end of fast.
How to make cucumber paper:
- Cut the cucumber in slices of about 0,5 cm / 0,2 inches.
- Put the slices between two layers of tissue paper.
They must overlap to form a sheet of paper!
- Put everything into the microwave and put several plates as weight onto your paper-to-be.
- Heat at a high temperature for about 1 minute.
(Note: Please be careful when using the microwave!)
- After 1 minute the tissue paper is wet, you have to change it. Also air the cucumber paper a little bit.
Repeat steps 2 – 5 until the tissue paper stays nearly dry.
Lay between new sheets of tissue paper and between several layers of old newspapers and put some weight on it.
About once a day you must replace the moist tissue paper and newspapers by dry ones.
After 2 – 3 days your cucumber paper is ready for use.
Cucumber seems to be one of the easiest vegetables to be used for paper. You can also use other vegetables, but I haven’t tried them and can’t say, how thick the slices must be and how long it takes.
The paper is real paper: You can write on it, you can cut it and so forth.
Although I like it, I always considered paper weaving a bit dull. Then I saw Paperweaving Plus (scroll down until ‘Paperweaving Plus’) and found the results fascinating.
I liked especially the not-only-paper-weave which I have to try as soon as possible.
Paperweaving Plus (scroll down until ‘Paperweaving Plus’)
Weave paper stripes into a sheet of paper (English) (With explaining pictuers)
If you also think, that paper weaving is a little dull, take a look at the flickr results for ‘paper weaving’
I knew about those moldable foam stamps, but I never realized how versatile they are and what great stamps you can make from them. You can even combine them into stunning collages.
I’m speechless again ;-))
On the photo you see my attempt at stamping a clothespins pattern. Because I don’t have no moldable stamp, I used my kneaded eraser. I think this is a great background for a card.
Moldable Foam Stamps
Foam Stamping: The Follow-Up
unikatissima’s Eraser Stamps
I like the so-called ‘Shabby Chic’ and tried some of the ‘Rough Your Papers Up’-Techniques. They make great backgrounds.
For the piece on the photo I took a gift wrap and sanded it very lightly (although it looks as if I worked hard on it ;-)). The scratches where spotless white, which was much to much contrast, but after I rubbed some ochre coloured chalk in, I like it much better.
scrapjazz techniques: Rough Your Papers Up
Once I found the suggestion to use the metallic lids of yoghurt cups for embossing (but I don’t know where). Some people use tomato paste tubes ;-)
The metal lid of the yoghurt cups is much softer and can easily be distorted, but they had a solution for this (unfortunately I don’t know anymore, who ‘they’ were): they filled the backside of the embossed metallic foil with PVA glue.
I tried it once and I like what happened.
On the photo you see my results: I put the foil on the mouse pad, embossed it, cut it with scissors, filled the back with PVA glue and waited (!) for the glue to dry. I coloured both roses with nail polish.
The items are lightweight and less bulky than the tomato paste tube embossed. They can easily be used for cardmaking.
Tomato paste tubes revealed
At Stampington & Company I found fantastic cards templates galore.
One of my favourites is the Funky Folder Template, which is a template for a little folder with a string and button closure.
Stampington & Company: A website with plenty of sites about stamping, card-making and much more
Funky Folder Template