The paper chains are made by cutting a piece of paper into equal sized strips and these strips are formed into chains. These are quick and easy to make and are a great way to practice stamping techniques.
Valentine’s Day Color Scheme Suggestions
Pinks and reds are the colors of romance. These are warm colors and are complemented at either side of the color wheel by oranges and soft mauves. However although these are the traditional colors, contemporary or unusual color schemes also work well. Black stamped on red paper for instance would look very dramatic, whereas silver stamped on plain white paper would give an extremely classy feel to the finished chain.
Stamp images using a dark ink on a light colored background paper for a greater contrast.
Rubber Stamping Supplies Required
- Paper – craft paper is ideal for this project, or any plain paper that is suitable for cutting into strips.
- Stamps – any heart shaped stamps are good for this project. A selection of hearts will give a varied overall finish, whereas a single stamp can be varied by placing it at different angles or by altering the color of the ink.
- Inks – dye based inks or quick drying pigment inks make this project quicker to finish as the inks do not need to be left to dry or set with heat. A section of colors will give depth, whereas a single color such as pink creates the classic feel of Valentine’s Day.
- Glue – a dab of glue is required to join each strip of paper. As an alternative to glue some double-sided tape could be used or perhaps a heart shaped sticker.
To Make the Chains
For more information about making paper chains take a look at the How To Make Paper Chains article.
Prepare paper for stamping. If you are using a roll of craft paper then it might be helpful to secure the paper to the work surface to stop it curling up.
Stamp all over the paper in a random fashion, completely covering the surface with stamped hearts. Varying the direction of the hearts and the color of the ink will give an unstructured feel, more formal stamping patterns such as stamping in lines will result in a more structured pattern. Remember that the hearts will be viewed from different angles once the chain has been made.
Cut the paper into strips. The paper chain in the picture was formed from strips that are 2-by-8 inches. The strips can be made any size however, for a rough ‘rule of thumb’, keeping a proportion of about 1:4 will give an effective chain (if the strips are proportionately too wide they buckle when made into chains).
Make the strips into a chain as long as you want. Use to decorate a Valentine's Day themed dinner table, hang on the wall, drape over pictures or in any other way that you can think of!