DIY Paper Dahlia

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It is time for another paper flower! Dahlia’s are one of my all-time favorites, partly because my name is included in the letters of this luscious bloom. Dahlias come in a variety of colors and shapes so I picked a rich plum with a irregular petal pattern as my inspiration. I will not lie, this is not the simplest flower I have made. With so many petals to cut and form, it takes some commitment, but is worth every minute when you see how gorgeous it looks complete

 

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Pop over to my blog to see the step-by-step tutorial to follow. Remember that this kind of flower does work better with a text weight rather than a card stock paper since the latter does not curl smoothly. For the flowers in these photos I have used a metallic plum text weight called Ruby. You may even try small glue dots rather than hot glue to avoid glue strings. For the pattern click here. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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DIY Paper Orchid Plant

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I do love orchids! I almost always have a plant in my home and here is a way to have these beautiful flowers even without a green thumb! It is just gorgeous and I am thinking that these might be my live orchid replacement. You can use Ice Silver metallic paper in text weight to get that beautiful shimmering white that real orchids have. Check out my step-by-step tutorial on my blog and download the printable template to make your own gorgeous orchid plant. Enjoy! ~ Lia

 

Easy Spiral Paper Rose Centerpiece

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Love this simple but yet elegant and lovely paper rose branch. This is a great DIY project for wedding reception decor or to decorate any elegant party or even your office space or living room. You will just need a tree branch for each piece, paper and the materials to create a base for your arrangement. In the tutorial, I give you the step-by-steps on how I created this centerpiece. You can use this free template I have provided for you here. My one hint is to use a text weight paper rather than the heavier card stock, the metallic Cryogen White would work beautifully with this project. This will let the spiral form and curl with ease while still holding the finished shape.  Enjoy! ~ Lia

 

DIY Paper Flower Chandelier

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Being the paper flower crafter that I am, it is a must that I add some of my DIY paper blooms to my own home decor. . . without over doing it. So when I was looking at how I might create a dynamic entryway, I knew that the light fixture on the high ceiling was going to get a paper flower makeover. To make this chandelier, I was able to recycle the flowers from the paper garland tutorial using letter weight (not card stock) SageGold, and Poison Ivory, though it can be easily adapted to your needed color pallet.. This was not enough to finish the look but it did give me a good head start. I found a vintage wire basket for the frame of my paper chandelier and started stringing and hanging the long strands of blooms. 

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This piece is about 12 inches across and 30 inches tall. I strung 12 blooms 3-4 inches apart on each twine strand and made 36 strands to finish the piece. That is a lot of flowers, but so worth it. The chandelier was hung over the white round light fixture which is now surrounded by the wire frame. The finished piece gives the entryway the drama and mood I was hoping for. See my tutorial here for the steps I took to create this gorgeous piece. I can see something like this used as a hanging centerpiece for a bridal shower or ladies brunch. So many ideas. At the end of the post you can download the template for the flowers. I did add a few leaves at the top, mostly to cover the ends of the string. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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DIY Paper Rose

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Happy July everyone! Let’s start the month off with another version of a paper flower. . . the all time favorite and my first flower to make for blog readers. . . the paper rose. Ice Silver, Rose Quartz, and Red Lacquer will make some classic white, pink and red roses, but I can imagine some beautiful yellow roses using this same metallic paper in Lime. I suggest you use a letter or text weight paper as the card stock or even scrapbook paper does not curl as smoothly. The wire stem makes the rose very useful as you can add it into a bouquet or trim and curl the wire end. If you want to make a rose without the stem, you can refer to my How to Make a Paper Rose video. The only difference is using a florist wire or a removable bamboo skewer to create your rose center. You can download and print onto your selected paper the rose and the leaf pattern below and visit my blog to get the full tutorial! Enjoy! ~ Lia

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DIY Paper Gardenia

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This paper gardenia is simply gorgeous and just in time for summer. Just one on top of a wrapped wedding gift will add that “gift-on-top-of-gift” that I love to do when I do my own gift wrapping. These gardenias would also make a perfect wedding corsage to pin onto or tie at the wrist for a mother or grandmother. The possibilities go on!

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For this flower I printed a simple line template onto one of my favorite paper types, a metallic, iridescent, frosty paper, that gives such a beautiful dimension when curled and sculpted. I used text weight paper in the colors White Gold for the flower and Botanic for the leaves. These papers are offered here at one of my favorite online shopspaper-papers.com. You can follow the tutorial below and download and print the template below. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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Click thru to review Visual Instructions

 

 

Cascading Paper Flower Garland

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This cascading flower garland is a beautiful and easy idea for the backdrop for a wedding ceremony, a party photo booth or a dramatic addition to any room.

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This garland template is printed onto letter weight (not card stock) Sage, Gold, and Poison Ivory, though it can be easily adapted to your needed color pallet. The PDF is three pages, one for each color of paper. I purchased my branch from a floral wholesale house, but you may be able to find one at your local florist on perhaps one that fallen from a tree. Just follow the tutorial on my website to create this beautiful spring decoration. Cheers! ~ Lia FlowerGarland3 FlowerGarlandButton

Parchtone Paper and Envelope Updates

Parchtone Paper and Envelopes are being re-organized on our floor. We are moving out all of the standard 65lb Cover and 60lb Text so we can concentrate on stocking our high quality weights. We will focus on 4 colors: Aged, Gunmetal, Natural and White with our weights of text paper being 80lb Text (120gsm) and our card stock paper stocked in 80lb Cover. Additionally, our envelope stock is transitioning to 80lb Text as to allow for a higher quality offering in these 4 parchment shades. We will keep #10, A1 & A6 as a 60lb envelope yet moving A2 & A7 to be 80lb Text, along with introducing A9 envelopes. We hope you enjoy these new offerings of weights which will provide a broader assortment of parchment papers on our site when mixing manufacturer options.

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Sometimes we just need a simple Thanks

Great project produced by Tracy for Oh My! Handmade. She included templates for easy to print 2-up Thank you cards but also included Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign files to help you make it your own! So simple, yet robust once the Adobe files are added.

What is nice about this template, you can print it on any paper you choose.  Select shimmers to make it elegant or fiber papers to make it rustic and of course, pure cotton can create an impression.  Different papers can set it apart to best set the mood and environment for this perfect Thank you card!

This 2-up can be printed on standard Letter Size Card Stock (or Text Paper for notes)  & once trimmed, will fit into an A6 Envelope. Please note that A6 ENVELOPES are 4.75-x-6.5-inches, therefore your insert will need to be trimmed to approximately 4.5-x-6.25-inches.

If you are familiar with the softwares, you are able to change your size to accommodate any insert and envelope you desire.

Suggestions and hints:

  • Take a standard 8.5-x-11 Card Stock Paper, Portrait direction, print 2-up with no trimming, but cut in half = A9 FLAT CARD which will fit into an A9 Envelope.
  • Take a standard 8.5-x-11 Card Stock Paper, Landscape direction, print 4-up with no trimming, but cut in quarters = A2 FLAT CARD which will fit into an A2 Envelope.

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Cougar Paper – Paper Weight Chart

Cougar by Domtar is one of our most popular selling paper and envelopes.  It has proven over the years to be a quality product at a reasonable cost.  Additionally, Cougar has transformed itself to be more than an offset printing sheet.  As it keeps up with paper trends and market demands, it is offering varying weights and finishes. If you are trying to find the Classic Cougar Sheet yet find yourself a little overwhelmed, see the grid below.  This is a simple grid to assist with weight, finish, opacity, brightness and bulk factor (caliper). (Note that Cougar envelopes are converted from Cougar Text 24/60 or 28/70).

Cougar White = 98 brightness — Cougar Natural = 75 brightness
COUGAR TEXT
Basis Weight (Text)
GSM
Opacity
Caliper
Super Smooth
Smooth
Vellum
24/60
89
93
4.2
4.6
5.2
28/70
104
94
4.7
5.2
6.0
32/80
118
96
5.3
5.9
6.8
40/100
148
97
6.7
7.5
8.6
COUGAR COVER
Basis Weight (Cover)
GSM
Opacity
Caliper
Super Smooth
Smooth
Vellum
65
176
98
8.1
8.8
80
216
99
10.1
10.9
100
270
99
13
13.9
130
351
100
16.2
17.6 Avg
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