[Book] I Love Paper: Paper-Cutting Techniques and Templates for Amazing Toys, Sculptures, Props, and Costumes

Paper is an amazing innovation which not only you can write on it but also you can turn into a piece of art! There are several ways you can do that, such as Origami (paper-folding) and paper-cutting. When i was in high school, i tried paper-crafting for the first time. One of my classmate took a short course on how to make 3D paper art, so she taught us to make it. We had a lot of fun that day and i still remember how to do it until now! Just select a picture you like, make several copies (4-5 copies), die cut them out layer by layer, then stick all layer with thick double sided tape and there you have it! (see the photo below for an example) 😀

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I like this technique a lot but i’m looking for a way to make real 3D paper artwork and decided to get this book, “I Love Paper”, by Fideli Sundqvist, a Swedish prop designer and paper artist. I completely fall in love with her works. They are super awesome!

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There are more than 40 paper projects of inspiration and some come with templates and step-by-step instructions. The book is full with tips and tricks that will allow you to create your own project. I enjoy this book a lot and would like to recommend it to anyone who love paper art. In my opinion, it’s a great start for beginner (like me)! 🙂

I Love Paper: Paper-Cutting Techniques and Templates for Amazing Toys, Sculptures, Props, and Costumes

Author: Fideli Sundqvist

Photographer: Maria Wretblad

Flexibound: 128 pages

Publisher: Quarry Books (2015)

Language: English

Source: Book cover is from Amazon.com

Check the author’s official website at:

http://fidelisundqvist.com/

[Craft] Woodcut Printing

Apart from hand-carved eraser and lino sheet stamps, i’m also interested in woodcut printing technique and took a workshop with “The Factory Studio and Art House” back in 2012. It was interesting and fun! 🙂

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I decided to go with a coffee press design, then traced it on a piece of wood and carved it out.

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After i was done with the carving, i printed it on several pieces of paper using printing press.

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The print is very cool and has a unique pattern which is a spacial quality of woodcut printing. The print on the left is my friend’s Venice. Pretty cool, isn’t it? I wish i could make something like that and one day turn it into postcards for Postcrossing!

*Related post: [Craft] My Hand-carved Stamps

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/my-hand-carved-stamps/

[Craft] DIY Postcard Album

In my previous post, “Mad about Postcards” (https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/mad-about-postcards/), i showed the postcards i received from Postcrossing. I kept them in a plastic folder but i wanted to display them properly. There are several ways to do it as suggested in Postcrossing blog from September 2012 (http://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2012/09/06/postcard-storage-boxes-albums-and-more) but i prefer to store them in an album. Although searching for postcard album both in stores and online shops, i have a hard time finding the perfect one because insert pocket sizes are usually  limited to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ vintage size , 4″ x 6″ modern size or 5″ x 7″ large size. So, i decided to create my own DIY album instead. It is 8 1/2″ x 11″ album and should be able to hold at least 50 postcards, hopefully more! 🙂

Materials

  1. 11″ x 14″ black chipboard x 2 sheets
  2. 8 1/2″ x 11″ black card stock x 50 sheets
  3. 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft card stock x 5 sheets
  4. 1″ black metal binding wire x 1 wire
  5. 250/ box clear photo corner x 2 boxes
  6. Decorative materials like mt, stickers, etc.

Materials

Tools

  1. The Cinch 2 Binding tool
  2. Wire cutter
  3. Cutter
  4. Cutting mat
  5. Pencil
  6. Ruler

Tools

Steps

  1. Cut the chipboards to the size needed with cutter
  2. Use the Cinch to punch card stocks and chipboard
  3. Insert kraft papers every 10 pages of black papers
  4. Trim the wire to the size needed with wire cutter
  5. Place card stocks in the wire and cinch to close it
  6. Add decorative materials on insert pages and cover
  7. Attach postcards one by one, using 4 photo corners
  8. Put country and date received label for each postcard

DIY Postcard Album

This project can be a great coffee table book, don’t you think? I can leave it in the living room for our guests to flip through if they want. Anyway, i had some leftover materials and decided to put together a cute little notebook under postcard theme! It’s 4 x 6 inch with 9 insert pages and 50 blank pages which decorated with lots of washi tapes and stickers.

Postcard Notebook

Happy Crafting and Postcrossing!

Read more about the Cinch bookbinding tool that i used at: https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/bookbinding/

Learn more about the Postcrossing Project at: https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/postcrossing/

[Book] Pop-Up Cards: Over 50 Designs for Cards That Fold, Flap, Spin, and Slide

I spent quite a lot on Christmas gift for my hubby last year as well as sending out many greeting cards and postcards to friends and family back home in Bangkok. So, i decided to made a special card instead of buying one. I used directions from the book, “Pop-Up Cards” bought from Amazon. The reason i picked the pop-up style because i drew greeting cards all the time and i really want to make something different or at least enhance my drawing. I drew the Russian matryoshka or nesting doll which represented my hubby (teddy bear with glasses), me (blue bunny), and the three kids. Then, i tried to convert that drawing into a pop-up using the same method as the snowman shown in the book. I cut them with art knife and folded them into a card like so! Ta-daaaa! No bad, isn’t it? 🙂

My pop-up card Snowman

In my opinion, this book is great because it gives basic step-by-step instructions as well as patterns. It features several ways to make pop-up card and those methods are easy to modify into different designs. I found that it’s not difficult to create my own card designs by building on those techniques. Recommended for those who love paper crafting!

Pop-Up Cards

Pop-Up Cards: Over 50 Designs for Cards That Fold, Flap, Spin, and Slide

Author: Mari Kumada

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Roost Books; Reprint edition (2012)

Language: English

[Lifestyle] Postcardmania!

Announcement: I’ve just opened my online shop “Matryoshka Husky” on Storenvy to sell my postcard prints and here is the link: http://korpannita.storenvy.com/. Feel free to check it out and enjoy! 😉

I love to receive (physical) mails, except the bills! LOL Anyway, postcards are the best! I can’t say that i’m collecting them but i love to receive them. I literally jump up and down in front of the mailbox everyday. I started this habit since i was a lonely student in Berlin, Germany. It was hard to read even advertisements on the street, so it was nice to receive something written in my mother tongue for a change. I also sent out some postcards from Berlin as well as from other places where i traveled to. Here are some example of local postcards from Fort Collins and Denver!

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This year is the first year i moved abroad permanently, so i decided to send out holiday greeting cards and postcards to friends and family back home in Bangkok and elsewhere. I would like to tell them that although i’m not going to be there close to them, i still thinking about them. I decided to design them by myself, then ordered prints with Overnight Prints (http://www.overnightprints.com/). I selected this company because of the minimum number which are only 25 for postcard and 10 for greeting card. The prices are reasonable and the prints are great. Furthermore, USPS holiday stamps are so cute this year! The Gingerbread Houses are for domestic mails, while the Evergreen Wreath stamps are for international ones.

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I also carved a holiday message stamp for this year. Btw, i don’t like making text stamps because they are so tiny and difficult! T T In addition, i also bought a beautiful vintage “Post Card” stamp from Stampin’ Up (http://www.stampinup.com/).

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This is my 2013 holiday season postcard design, the Reindeer Girl! 🙂 So if you are on my list of postcard exchange, don’t forget to check your mailbox for it! Happy Holidays to you all!

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PS. If you wish to exchange a postcard with me over the holiday, please write me at korpannita@gmail.com. 😀

[Craft] My Crafting Tools

I love crafting and DIY. I usually draw greeting cards and make gift for my friends and family. Apart from the hand-carving stamp tool kit and book binding machine (check my previous posts about them at the end of this post), i have quite a selection of tools and here they are!

My 5 favourite (other) crafting tools

1. Envelope Punch Board

I love this tool so much! It’s great for someone like me who love to draw my own greeting cards. With the punch board, i can create any envelope that will fit with my DIY card. It is very easy to use with the simple guideline printed on the board itself. I need to know my greeting card size and pick the right paper then start making an envelope and finish with glue.

Envelope Punch Board

2. Paper Punches

I really love them but they are a bit expensive. So, i managed to get only the ones i like most. They are pretty nice and sturdy with shape blades. I’ve got 2.5″ circle, mini tag and 2″ x 1″ ticket. I use the circle one for drawing, while the tag is good for gift shipping. As i’m always fascinated with circus, ticket punch is my favourite.

Paper Punches

3. Gift Box Punch Board

After successful of the envelope punch board, the same company has released several new punch boards for gift bag, gift box, pillow box, and candy box. I decided to order a gift box punch board and i’m not disappointed! It can make 20 different sizes of boxes and the best thing is i don’t need any glue to assemble the box.

Gift Box Punch Board

4. Mini Tool Kit and Magnetic Mat

This tool kit consists of brad setter and piercing tool; precision tweezers; art knife; small precision scissors and mini magnetic cutting mat with ruler. The magnetic mat is the best for me, especially for cutting lino sheet stamp. The scissors is pretty good too. It’s very sharp and gives a very precise cut. I like them all!

Crafting Tools

5. Magnetic Twist Trimmer Combo Pack

The pack comes with magnetic 15″ ruler and 7 heads: Straight (Pink), Deckle (Navy), Wavy (Yellow), Stamp (Purple), Pinking (Red), Scallop (Green), Perforate (Orange), and Scoring (Blue). They are nice but i had a hard time cutting a thick paper. They also meant to use with 18″ magnetic cutting mat but i use it with my smaller mat and it works like charm! 🙂

Paper Trimmer

My previous posts related to crafting tools:

The Cinch 2 Bookbinding Tool in [Craft] Bookbinding (https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/bookbinding/)

My stamp making tools in [Craft] My Hand-carved Stamps (https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/my-hand-carved-stamps/)

All of the crafting tools are products of We R Memory Keepers (http://www.weronthenet.com/), bought from Amazon.com and Fotobella (http://www.fotobella.com/).

[Craft] My DIY 2014 Planner

Even i have an iPhone and a tablet, i still like to note things down on a paper and using planner regularly. I had a long history with Moleskine’s planners and then i switched to Starbucks Thailand’s planners for 2012 and this year. I’m now using 6x 8.5 inches Starbucks 2013 Planner which is nice and big with plenty of space to write. I have to leave the planner at home because it’s too big to for my handbag. If i remembered it correctly, i got those diaries by spent 2,000 THB (approx. 62-63 USD) to top-up my Starbucks card as well as bought a cup of holiday drinks. I don’t like them but i decided to order Toffee Nut Latte! 😦

2013 Planner Nov

Now i’m in the US, i guess i won’t be able to get a new Starbucks planner for 2014, so i decided to make my own by turning unused A6 Notebook into one! This notebook came with a black Raymay Multi-Use Covered Notebook i ordered from Jet Pens (http://www.jetpens.com/Raymay-Multi-Use-Covered-Notebook-A6-Black/pd/10339P). The cover is being use as my passport case, while the notebook is just laying around on my desk. As it’s 105 x 148 mm notebook with 80 pages of 6 mm square section paper, it’s perfect to be my next planner which i can put it in my bag without have to worry about weight. All i did is manually writing down lines, dates and days with black pen. I also used blue pen to mark holidays and birthdays. Finally, i decorated it with marking tapes and stickers! It’s done and there it is my DIY 2014 Planner! 🙂

2014 Planner Inside

I recommended you all to make one because it’s a lot cheaper than buying a ready made planner!