Good morning! Are you having a good day? I hope so! If not, I’ve got an easy technique for you to try on your next project that is bound to lift your spirits! I just knew I wanted to make a cute card for our new weekly blog feature called “Technique Tuesday” and so I decided to share a paper weaving technique with you!
I decided to use the new Simba & Nala cutting die from the Scraps & Ink Crafts Etsy shop, and the idea of creating a woven bamboo “mat” as a background came to mind. So I dug through my stash until I found just the right color of woodgrain patterned paper that could pass for bamboo! As luck would have it, the pattern already included “lines” that were spaced just enough apart that they would work perfectly as guidelines to cut the paper into strips.
Once I had them cut, I inked the edges for a bit of contrast.
Then, I began weaving the strips together, securing each strip with small dots of adhesive as I went.
Once I had a square about 6″ x 6″, I traced a heart on the back and cut it out leaving a few of the strips longer than others for a more natural look.
I inked the edges a bit more to make them contrast against my background, and then added all of my other fun embellies, including a dimensional/layered silhouette of Simba & Nala created with a cutting die from Scraps & Ink Crafts.
I tucked a few leaves here and there, and added a simple hand-written sentiment on white cardstock to the front of my card for a finishing touch.
This is just one example of paper weaving, but there are countless other ways you could add this fun technique to your pages and projects, so give it a try!
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Have a magical day!