Paper chains are made from strips of paper that are joined to form links. The paper can be stamped either before or after they have been cut.
This is a good project for beginners as the odd wobbly image will not show.
- Decide whether to stamp the paper first and then cut the strips or cut the strips before stamping. There are advantages to each technique
Stamping Before Cutting
- Easier to stamp as the paper is bigger and less fiddly
- Any stamp can be used as it does not matter if the stamp is larger than the paper strip
- A random pattern can be achieved
- It is less obvious if a stamp is misplaced
- Perfect for the formal placement of stamps
- Strips can be stamped for a specific position within the chain, for instance links that feature a certain design
- Stamp the paper before or after cutting as required. The stamps can be positioned in any way, however remember that the finished images will be viewed either way up therefore a random stamping pattern might be best.
- Cut the paper into strips. The strips of paper can be any size. Smaller strips will give a more delicate chain whereas larger strips will give a more bulky chain. The choice of size will largely be down to personal preference however a good size for a rubber stamped paper chain is 8-by-2 inches. A fairly large chain is required to show off your lovely stamping!
- Form one strip of paper into a loop to form a link and fasten it using glue or another method as required. Take the next strip and place this through the first link, forming this into a loop and fasten. Repeat in this manner until the chain is the required length.
- If you are stamping before cutting, fasten the paper to the work surface to stop it curling.
- A proportion of 4:1 is a useful ‘rule of thumb’ when planning the size of strips (for example a strip should be 4 times longer than wide).
- Use a fast drying ink so that you can cut the strips immediately.
- Try other fastening techniques such as using brads or stickers.
- Mark out the strips in pencil on the rear of the paper before cutting or cut a card template to use to cut around.
What You Need
- Rubber stamps - the design and size will depend on the occasion
- Paper - craft or postal paper is ideal
- Glue or other method of joining the links