Thursday 27 August 2015

Paper Weaving as a Background

For the background to this I was inspired by an art journal layout by France Papillon in the March 2014 edition of Craft Stamper Magazine.  I decided to use the technique to create the paper weaving but as a full background rather than just sections of the page as in the original version.
I started with 2 x A5 pieces of white card and lightly blended Vintage Photo distress ink all over one and Peacock Feathers all over the other.  I then used the same ink to lay down some darker sections through stencils (Tim Holtz - Bubble (THS002) and Harlequin (THS016) layering stencils).  I added some Black Soot distress ink through a Prima Crackle stencil (#564247) onto the brown piece and also a little at the edge.  A very light mist with water in some places on both to add further texture, a dab with some kitchen towel and I was ready to start the fun part! 
I cut each of the pieces into 1.5cm strips (blue vertically  - laying each piece out next to each other and brown horizontally - but only one strip at a time ready to weave.  Once I had the first brown strip in place I glued it to the blue strips to hold the bottom in place.  As I added the next brown strip I glued each end into place having made sure that I had woven the pieces as closely as possible.  Once I was finished, I stuck the whole thing centrally onto a piece of 13.8cm x 20cm white card and once the glue was dry trimmed off the excess woven strips.  Once that was over (whew), the background was stuck onto an A5 portrait card blank made from an A4 piece of dark brown card.  The dies used for finishing were the Crafts Too picket fence die - which I split to fit round the tree, and the Cheery Lynn Birch Tree with Cute Critters Die (B370).  The sentiment was cut on my Brother Scan N Cut and the peel off number was added later as my son needed a birthday card for his friend - Mums come in useful at times!

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