Category: Feminine Greeting Card Series

women, youth, little girls

New Day to Shine! Z- Folded Handcrafted Stationery

It’s a New Day to Shine! Z- Folded Handcrafted Stationery

Earlier this month I shared a blog article featuring  Fire Engine Puppy Birthday Card with Matching Ribbon Made with the Cricut which the little boys in my life adored!  If you haven’t created it yet, make sure to add it to your Cricut Design Space projects to create. Please make sure to review my terms & conditions page for more information about creating projects I design in Cricut.

 

Happy Birthday To Me!

 

In  honor of my birthday, today’s blog article I will be sharing a quick and easy handcrafted  Z- folded greeting card that brings  birthday encouragement to any young lady or woman in your life. This greeting card can easily be transformed into any style by choosing different textures, pattern paper, color combinations, paper crafting techniques, and sentiments.

I have had Jen Hadfield’s  “Best of Meilleur D’ Homemade Pattern Paper Collection” for quite some time now and I find the best paper combination gems that go along with the stamp sets I already own. It is FABULOUS!

I used this same paper pad to create my prayer journal you can read that blog article here and create one of your own!

So grab your favorite pattern paper collection, stamps, and let’s start making some awesome greeting cards!

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God.

PRO STATIONERY TIP

Once you have gathered all of your paper crafting supplies for this project; make sure that everything coordinates well before assembly. Once you’ve stamped you can’t un-stamp and once you’ve glued it’s difficult to salvage a card.

A fellow well known card-maker takes pictures of her cards before she assembles them and makes it permanent. I have found this so helpful when adding multiple embellishments.

It's Your Day to Shine Z- Folded Greeting Card

Supplies Needed

  • Xyron adhesive machine ( Xyron creative or the Xyron X for tiny embellishments)
  • Advanced Tape Glider Adhesive or roll of double sided tape
  • Recollections Z-folded greeting card with matching envelope
  • Pattern Paper with coordinating sentiments and embellishments  Jen Hadfield Paper Pads
  • Thick card stock to stabilize embellishments
  • Favorite Ink pad to add dimension and interest
  • Favorite stamp sets from Paper Trey Ink :  PTI Bold Blossoms Vintage linens Peonies on Parade
  • Favorite sentiment stamp set: Stamp Simply Words of Encouragement
  • Markers of your choice
  • Ink dauber with applicator
  • black puffy paint
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Crystal Clear  Glitter Pen
Directions:

Stamp out each of your favorite images and color them to coordinate with the paper pad that you chose for this project. Once you have finished this step cut out the images and add any dimensions such as puffy paint or sparkle. Let the puffy paint dry for a few hours or even over night before adding the shimmer and adhering to the card.

To finish off your card: adhere your sentiments to thick card stock to give them stability and arrange them to your card design. Before I added the largest sentiment ” it’s a new day to shine”  I  used coordinating ink and inked the edges and added foam adhesive to the back for added dimension.

As you can see from the pictures the Z folded card has an added panel to add a message or more patterned paper. I chose to add coordinating pattern paper to tie everything together. On the inside of the greeting card I added a lovely message and sent it out.

As you can see from the pictorial slide show  you can use this same paper pad to create a similar birthday greeting using the flower as the focal point.


God will put certain people on your heart to send your lovely greeting cards to. He may even stretch you to send your greeting cards to people that might not treat you nicely.  Make the decision to be available for God to use your handcrafted cards to minister the love He has for them and You.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s Have Faith Stationery blog tutorial. If you are blessed by the content I share please consider: reading previous blog articles, comment and share on your favorite ones, subscribe for monthly access,and donating to support the mission.

Many Blessings,

Kristal DeBold

Sow your seeds of faith & make lasting impressions with have faith stationery.

When Handcrafted Meets Luxury: Japanese Washi Paper- Best Paper Investment

Handcrafted Meets Luxury: Japanese Washi Paper- Best Paper Investment

Thank you for visiting Have Faith Stationery, in today’s blog article I will be sharing with you my experience with Japanese Washi Paper and a short video showing you the process of how Japanese Washi Paper is made. Please make sure to watch the entire video. In my opinion the process is incredible and the investment has been worth it.


At the very beginning of my paper crafting and stationery journey; I was stationed overseas in Okinawa, Japan. You can read all about The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery in one of my earlier blog articles. During my stay overseas, I met this wonderful and delightful Japanese shop owner who made traditional Geisha Obi’s for home decor and traditional wear. She carried the most luxurious textiles and papers I have ever seen in person. I can’t remember the name of her Boutique, however; she would have the cutest little Geisha origami greeting cards and stationery accessories along side of her handmade Geisha Obi dresses and home decor. I would visit her often and ask her about how she began making Obi’s. When she found out I created stationery with my Cricut she recommended that I invest in traditional Japanese Washi Paper and encouraged me to continue the art of paper making. This wonderful woman would share her life with me about how she started growing her handmade business and the connections she made with handcrafted artisans who painted these beautiful designs on the Washi Paper.

Paper making


Whether it is the process of making paper or paper crafting; this unique skill that starts off as a hobby becomes the livelihood for many. For many it can be the means to feed an entire family or a way to pass down skills for a future generation to survive.  God gives us gifts in all different forms to make up the body of Christ so that we serve one another in love. The investment I have made in purchasing these handcrafted papers, helped a community of people feed their family and pass down a skill for their legacy. How cool is that!

The connections we make when discussing life are memorable and worth cherishing.

I prayed through the paper cutting process, there were times I wanted to cry.

Before leaving Japan, I purposely invested in as much Japanese Washi Paper that I could afford at the time. The sheets are long and so beautiful. It took me a very LONG time ( years to be exact) to cut into the papers to make them more manageable to create with. I suppose I held onto these papers because I had such profound experiences in Okinawa, Japan – and- they are designed so beautifully. I prayed through the cutting process of these gorgeous designs and I have appreciated all the hard work that goes into the process of making Washi Paper.


What I Have Made with Washi Paper

When I first started using these papers I focused on Washi pencil’s, after a few test runs I decided that although they were nothing short of AMAZING- the pencil sharpeners would become dull after a few sharpens and it didn’t produce the quality results I hoped for.

I now focus most of my attention to making Japanese Stationery, Note Cards, Gift Tags, and Journals. Here are a few amazing samples of some items I created.

Eventually, these Japanese Washi Papers will need to be replenished, at that time I will showcase new designs and projects. For more ideas please visit my Portfolio Page

Pro Stationery Tip

When using Washi Paper be careful when handling this delicate paper. It tears very easily so use the sharpest scissors you have and go slow. Liquid Glue goes a long way, test a small amount on a scrap piece before completing a final project. I found that dry adhesive works best for me.

If you are cutting with the Cricut test several pieces of scrap before completing your project. Not all papers are the same thickness or quality so check the pressure settings. Too much pressure may either cut the paper too deeply causing a tear  and  too light of pressure may give the paper a kiss cut where the design doesn’t cut through at all.

I have experienced both and it is frustrating so take your time and walk away if you need to. There is always time to craft and figure out the settings later.

In the following video you will watch the process from start to finish on how Japanese Washi Paper is made and how this process brings community together. Although I have not met the original artists from which I purchased my Japanese Washi Paper from, I have enjoyed the luxurious feel of each sheet I have invested in.

Video Credit: UNESCO

Thank you for investing your time reading my blog article entitled When Handcrafted Meets Luxury: Japanese Washi Paper- Best Investment. I hope this was helpful and inspiring for you to use different papers in your card making. If you are not a card- maker but enjoy sending and receiving handcrafted greeting cards, I hope this article encourages you to invest in sending a bit of handcrafted luxury for your meaningful message to make lasting impressions.

Remember you too can create and send beautiful and luxurious stationery to Glorify God!

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Many Blessings in Christ,

Kristal DeBold

Sow your seeds of faith & make lasting impressions with have faith stationery.