This bookmark is quick and easy to make, however there is lots of scope to customize and decorate the bookmark with rubber stamps and other embellishments. The bookmark is made from the corner of an envelope which means that as well as being fast to make, it is also a fun green craft.
Tearing paper is a simple technique yet one that can produce interesting results. When a piece of paper is torn it leaves a textured edge. This can be accentuated with a touch of color.
Torn paper is ideal for layering projects, where pieces of torn edge paper are placed over each other. The torn edges add to the texture of the finished piece. Some papers have a different colored core, and this is revealed as an interesting feature when the paper is torn. Handmade papers, such as mulberry paper, are particularly good for creating interesting torn edges.
Some of the benefits of torn paper edges include:
- They don't need to be too precise - the odd wobble enhances finished effect
- A dust of chalk or dab of ink will help color co-ordinate a torn paper image with a project
- This is a good way to 'recycle' old projects - tear shapes from projects otherwise destined for the bin to make unusual embellishments for cards and other items
See Tearing Paper for more information.
Here's a round-up of Earth Day themed projects from around the Hobbies category at About.com.
- Green Rubber Stamping Projects - environmentally friendly rubber stamping ideas
- Tips for Greener Crafting - Add your suggestions to the Tips for Greener Crafting on the Miniatures site
- Crochet an Earth Friendly Market Bag - with this pattern from Crochet Contributing Writer Erica Jackofsky. She suggests making it in organic cotton
- Items to Recycle - turn junk into treasures
- Make a Corner Bookmark - one way to recycle used envelopes
- Earth Day Crafts - from About.com Family Crafts
- Stylish Uses for Plastic Bags - craft projects using plastic bags
- Recycle, Reuse, Recycle Motif - to stitch from About.com Cross Stitch and there's also some great tree patterns you can work along side it.
- Recycle Gift Cards - craft ideas using old gift cards from About.com Contests
- Frugal Jewelry Making Ideas - ideas for making jewelry using recycled materials from About.com Jewelry Making
- Green Sewing Ideas - Earth friendly sewing ideas from About.com Sewing
- Knitting Guide Sarah White has three great ways to create recycled yarns, Make Yarn From Old T Shirts, How to recycle Yarn From a Sweater and How to Make Plastic Yarn (Plarn) from Recycled Plastic Bags
If you have any ideas for recycling and crafting then why not add them here and share your thoughts with others - How to Turn Junk Into Treasures.
There are many different ways to achieve interesting effects with rubber stamping. One of the most simple ways to achieve great looking results is to stamp using a white or light colored ink onto dark paper.
The contrast between the paper and ink gives effective results. This technique is useful for creating quick last-minute cards. For more information take a look at Stamping with Light Ink on Dark Paper.
This is an easy two color polymer clay pendant that can be adapted in many ways. As well as making an unusual pendant, it would also make a funky key ring or bag charm.
I chose two contrasting colors to make the design really stand out, however a more subtle effect can be achieved by using different color combinations. Many rubber stamps can be used to create two color pendants, take a look through your stamp collection and see what would work. Try stamping an image a couple of times onto scrap paper and cut out and reassemble segments to try different design ideas.
Plantable seed paper is easy to make at home. While some special equipment is required if you want to make sheets of paper of an even thickness, small pieces of paper can be created using just items that can be found around the house.
Seed paper is handmade paper that contains real seeds. The paper can therefore be planted when it is finished with and the seeds will sprout. This is a great way to make a card or gift tag that doubles as a small gift. As the paper can be made from recycled paper, this is also a very green project!
Find our more about making plantable seed paper in this step by step guide - How to Make Plantable Seed Paper.
Card blanks can be a great time saver when you are making a lot of handmade cards or invitations. Card blanks can, however, work out more costly in the long run. As card blanks are simple to make from folding a piece of cardstock, making your own can be a good way to save money. One of the most cost effective ways to make your own card blanks, particularly if you have a lot to make, is to use standard sized cardstock. Standard sized cardstock can be folded in a variety of ways to produce different end results. Therefore a single pack of cardstock can be used to create a wide number of different shaped cards. See Cards from Standard Sized Card Stock for more information.
When you make your own card blanks, ensuring that you have good crisp folds is key to achieving professional looking results. Take a look at this tutorial for a step by step guide - How to Fold Cards.
Do you have pictures of handmade cards that you'd like to share? You are welcome to show off your work here - Handmade Cards Show and Tell!
I've called this an 'almost origami' Easter basket as I've used glue to hold it together firmly (I believe that no glue is used in true origami projects).
This cute basket is made from a single rectangle of paper. I made the one in the picture using half a sheet of letter paper which I've cut lengthwise and this is the perfect size for holding an egg. For step by step guide to making this project see - 'Almost Origami' Easter Basket.
Picking the right sentiment for a card can sometimes be a challenge! I find Easter particularly tricky as the types of cards that I produce range from fun and funky cards full of bunnies and chicks through to more traditional designs with a religious theme. An amusing or cheeky sentiment would totally ruin the overall theme of a religious themed Easter card but would be perfect for a cutesy card.
I have collected a range of ideas for sentiments for Easter cards and other projects that range from short poems through to a selection of Easter themed jokes - Greetings and Sentiments for Easter Cards.
Use rubber stamps and tissue paper to make a customized small box. This is ideal for a gift box or to keep as a pretty household accessory. You can make these boxes in a variety of colors and styles by simply varying the color of ink or tissue paper used.
What I like about this technique is that the thin tissue paper allows the images to seen through the layers and this gives an interesting effect. If I use a rubber stamp that I particularly like, I tear out my favorite part of the stamped image and place this on the top layer so it can be clearly seen.
For a step by step guide to tissue paper and rubber stamp decoupage see the following article - Tissue Paper Decoupage