Saturday, March 10, 2012

Embossed handmade paper

 Just thought I would share with you how I made the embossed handmade paper I used on the leaf card on this posting.
I started with white paper pulp which is created using blank white paper (mostly partial sheets) from the printer and plain white cardstock scraps I collect from my paper crafting.  Using my small mould and deckle I form a sheet and then place my embossing sheet over it with the design side down and couch as usual.  In the process of eliminating as much water as possible from the newly made sheet it also gets embossed.  I carefully remove the embossing sheets and leave the little embossed sheets to air dry.  They are often a bit wavy once they are dry so I stack them and pressed them under weight - a stack of encyclopedias.
Here you can see one of the embossing sheets my sister and I created.  We drew our images on a piece of paper, overlaid a small piece of handiwipe over each one and used hot glue to create the shapes onto the handiwipe!!  The handmade paper does not stick to them and they can be reused.

It is a fun process with a very unique look. If you are thinking of making your own start with basic shapes made up of simple lines.  The sky is the limit when it comes to subject matter!!    Have fun!!


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