Paper Craft Techniques

 Exploration: Paper Craft Techniques

Paper Grain
Like wood, paper has a grain – this is important when tearing and folding is required. Tear along the paper grain to produce a straight and neat edge. Folding against the grain, will cause the fibres to crack and will produce an uneven fold line. Folding along the grain will produce a clean, smooth and flat fold.
Scoring & Folding
Wash and dry hands thoroughly. Lightly score paper surface using a cutting knife and ruler. Gently fold along the score line and press down firmly. Reinforce the fold by sliding a Bone Scorer over the top. Scoring is important for all coated and foil papers to prevent cracked edges.
Embellish with Holes
Working on a cutting mat, use an etching tool or a T-Pin to punch holes through the paper to create dotted embossed designs. Use graph paper to map out your design, or use a template to 'trace' over.
Dry Embossing
Place paper over a stencil or textured surface. Use an Embossing Stylus or Bone Scorer to apply pressure around the inner edges of the stencil to create a raised embossed effect.
Using a Sewing Machine - Sew papers together using a sewing machine. After sewing, secure threads by tugging the bobbin thread from underneath and knotting with the top thread. Alternatively, use a Needle & Thread to join pages. Using a T-Pin, punch evenly spaced holes along the fold/seam lines of the pages. To secure pages, match up the holes and hand-sew a stitch through the holes. Pages can then be nestled into a heavy card cover.

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