Paper Weaving is something you should consider when you find it heart breaking to throw away beautiful scraps of paper. But by all means you should use some new ones too because this is a technique that will showcase your love of paper.
So, let’s start weaving!
First, choose papers that you like. It’s best to use double-sided paper so that you don’t have to think too hard in terms of colour coordination. You will need 2 sheets of your chosen double-sided paper (cut into 4″x4″).
Second, trim the papers into strips. They can be as narrow or as wide as you like. I recommend trimming evenly in 1cm strips.
Third, lay them flat and weave as you would a basket. Make sure that you adhere the ends with glue so that the strips don’t fray or separate when you lift your finished woven sheet.
Lastly, shape your woven sheet using dies. I find that circles complement the weaves perfectly but it’s really up to you how you want to play around with creating shapes to suit your card. Choose a shape that balances the ‘squareness’ of the weaves.
If you want to add a greeting to your card, stamp it onto a separate piece of paper. Something 3-dimensional will complement this technique, such as a fluttering butterfly or flowers with petals that are slightly raised.
Also, try this technique on smaller cards or notecards for a daintier look.
Don’t have beautiful papers? Not a problem. Check out Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers. You will be spoilt for choice and there’s bound to be a set there that will win you over.
This Butterfly Bijou perhaps? The size is perfect for paper weaving. Because they are 6″x6″, they are easy to trim into strips.
One of my favourite dies from Stampin’ Up! is the Stitched Shapes Dies. Having the basic shapes in different sizes makes a lot of sense if you’re a paper crafter. You will always reach out for these and will never go out of style so it’s worth the investment.
I hope you enjoyed today’s paper craft inspiration and that you’ll give it a go. Happy paper crafting!