Here’s a roundup of some of the paper crafts I’ve been making recently for cards and gifts.
Back in February I bought a Paper Poetry kit from Paperchase for making paper cherry blossoms. I’ve always wanted to try making fake flowers and this looked like an easy way to start. It was a lot more fiddly than I imagined but my first one was pretty much perfect. Unfortunately, that turned out to be beginner’s luck and I stopped after 2 more inferior versions. I might try again later.
They’re made with crepe paper, wire and crepe tape (plus a decent amount of fabric glue when the crepe tape doesn’t stick as well as promised. I bought a full kit but you would be just as well buying the stencils as the kits don’t include the wire anyway and you get more flower varieties in a pack.
I sent my second best flower to my mum for Mother’s Day, along with a card featuring my Sakura character. I cut this on my Silhouette paper cutter but you could make it by hand fairly easily. You’d just need leaf shapes joined together for the pink background and separated on top, and snip out v-shapes from the ends.
My granny turned 92 last month and I made this Peony flower card for her, inspired by my 100 Day Project. This would definitely be too complicated to make without a paper cutting machine! I only glued down the centres so it seems more 3D.
And this was my Father’s Day card with my dad as a big mountain and his two daughters as mini mountains! I had this idea back when I drew a mountain for the 100 Day Project. You can easily make your own version using the mountain from my Mt Fuji paper craft tutorial.