Handmade Paper Stamping

by Kymona Tracey

Hello, everyone! Kymona here with a cool project that shows you some handmade paper stamping. Are you unsure what that means? I will show you.

Papermaking is traced back to China as early as the 1st century BC. They used bark from the mulberry tree. The bark fibers were broken and pounded into a sheet. Later, the Chinese discovered that one could make higher quality paper by adding hemp rags and old fish nets to pulp.

Today, we can make paper from all newspapers, junk mail, and paper bags. These items can be turned into pulp and transformed into the beautiful paper that is plain with lots of texture or made with botanicals and micas.

Let me show you my handmade paper:

Handmade paper

Beautiful right.

All you have to do to make handmade paper:

  • gather some old paper
  • ripe them into smaller pieces
  • soak in warm water
  • then pulsate it with a hand blender
  • shape the pulp in a mold

Handmade paper

  • hang it to dry

Handmade paper: drying

It very easy and therapeutic, trust me.

Once you have your handmade paper, it's time to decide what you want to do with it. I decided to make some cards to give away as a gift set.

Handmade paper: cards

Altenew's Tie Dye Motifs stamp set was used to add a sentiment to the handmade paper cards using Altenew's Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink.

Handmade paper: stamped

Since this paper has texture, I used the Mini Misti to ensure the image stamped out neat, clean, and vibrant.

Handmade paper: stamped

The pulp I made was enough to make four cards, so I created a gift set and tied it with a hand-dyed ribbon to give away.

Take a look:

Handmade paper: finished product

Handmade paper: finished product

Wonderful, right!

I hope you enjoyed this project. Will you make your own handmade paper and stamp them with Altenew's beautiful stamps?  I would love to hear your thoughts. If you would like to see another project I created, click here.



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Kathy Richards April 30, 2021 - 5:06 pm

Such lovely handmade paper, Kymona! I haven’t made any for years but I think I need to. Thanks for the inspiration!

tara prince May 10, 2021 - 4:11 pm

so beautiful!!


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