Bird Ballad Wall Plaque

This week, for my Saturday challenge, I wanted to create a home décor piece. I decided to make a hanging wall plaque. These are really simple to create but as papercrafters we often don’t venture into home décor as much as we should. There are numerous projects you can create including wall hangings, photo frames, paper flowers and so much more. What’s more, they make great gifts.

How to make it…

  • The base for the plaque is a wooden coaster.
  • For the hanger, simply attach a length of garden twin to the rear of the plaque with hot glue.
  • Adhere a piece of DSP to the coaster – in this case I used the papers from the Bird Ballad suite.
  • Using a basic sanding block, smooth the edges to remove any excess paper and to help prevent it peeling.
  • Edging the paper by adding ink with a sponge dauber – in this case I used Old Olive – helps to make the central images stand out.
  • Using white embossing powder, heat emboss the sentiment onto Old Olive cardstock and cut out using the Stitched Nested Labels dies. Die-cut a larger piece of Calypso Coral cardstock and layer up. Adhere the sentiment piece to the bottom right corner of the plaque.
  • For some of the examples I also fussy cut a bird from the DSP, backed it onto one of the Stitched Nested Labels and adhered to the top left corner of the plaque.
  • Add the final touch with a piece of ribbon, adhered to the back of the plaque using a hot glue gun. Try colouring a piece of Silver Edged ribbon with Calypso Coral blends for a bit of sparkle!

Why not have a go?

I hope I have inspired you to take your papercraft into home décor projects. If you would like to make this project yourself, a list of supplies is provided below. Simply click on one of the links to head straight to my online shop. I have included the stamps and dies separately and as a bundle depending on whether you already have either. Thanks for reading this post and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Happy crafting!

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Embossing Stamped Images

This is a technique which often gets overlooked. We often stamp or emboss but rarely combine the two. I was inspired to revisit this technique by Ann Craig, a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who posted an image of a beautiful card on her Facebook page (@ann.craig.stampinup).

I wondered how different the results would be depending on whether you stamped and then embossed or vice versa. So I created a simplified version of Ann’s card to test it out!

Stamp then emboss…

I have used Sahara Sand and Early Espresso cardstock and Early Espresso ink. The layers are created using the Stitched Rectangle dies and I have used the Subtle 3D embossing folder to give a textured, almost linen look. For the first card I stamped the image before embossing.

Emboss then stamp…

For the second card I have simply embossed the cardstock before stamping the image but everything else is the same as the first example. This gives a more distressed look as the ink doesn’t meet the cardstock in the debossed areas. I used an Aqua Painter to add some shading to the image in this case. I’m really pleased with both versions of this card and can’t wait to step it up with more water-colouring of the image and some ribbon to embellish.

Get more from your embossing folders!

Have you got embossing folders in your stash that you could try this technique with? Or perhaps you could emboss some Designer Series Paper rather than a stamped image for another different look? Don’t forget you can also use the letterpress technique by inking up your embossing folders. Let me know if you’d like me to cover this in a future post. They really are such versatile products, make sure you are making the most of yours!

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The list of products that I have used for these products is below. The only exception is the Free As A Bird stamp set which is coming soon! Simply click on the links to head straight to my online shop.

The will also be a video tutorial for these cards on my You Tube channel soon!

Bye for now!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

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