The Kirigami Project - Week 17 - Fiddleheads


Nothing really says Spring to me quite like fiddleheads. Tulips are lovely, daffodils delightful... but when the fiddleheads suddenly sprout, Spring has officially arrived (with a vengeance).

This is, perhaps, the result of one too many Springs spent head down in a wooded glen, walkman blaring, plucking tightly coiled (but not too tightly coiled) fiddleheads until baskets overflowed, fingernails were firmly caked with dirt and, when you closed your eyes, the green buggers filled your minds eye.


So, you see, though I've given up on the picking, I will always associate those gentle green spirals with Spring. This design incorporates those classic fiddlehead spirals of unfurling fronds - which are a little tricky to cut, but well worth a try!

To create your own Fiddleheads kirigami design, use the template below and the 6-point folding pattern.


Want to try all of this month's Spring-inspired designs?



The free monthly printable is now available.


Click on the image above to access and print April's printable template. Then fold, trace and cut all the kirigami you please!

We'd love to see your versions of this month's designs. Share your kirigami creations on social media with the tag #thekirigamiproject so we can all enjoy them!

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Make Cute Coffee Cards

Having a stack of anytime notecards around is always handy. With a little bit of time and a bit of washi tape, you can whip up your own to keep on hand.

I love this coffee lover tape with its midcentury modern motifs and colour palette because it is pretty neutral, and I do try to avoid imposing my predisposition for pink on everyone.

Start by transforming a few strips of your tape into stickers.

On a side note - A kind reader left a note yesterday that she had found making stickers with waxed paper difficult - I would love to know what you use for creating stickers out of tape. I usually use the backing papers from our shipping labels but have also used parchment paper and waxed paper before with success. Usually, you will find one side of the paper works better than the other - this can take a little trial and error. Try one or two stickers and ensure you can peel them off the backing before committing to making a whole lot of them.



Combine the stickers with strips of solid or patterned tapes into whatever arrangement you please.



Pretty cute, right? And perfect for saying hello or inviting someone for a cup of coffee and a chat.


Don't forget the envelopes - try running a strip of your illustrated tape along one side.


And add a little excitement to the backs too. I do love a good washi striped flap!

Have you sent any pretty mail lately? I'd love to see your washi tape cards & envelopes.

One (Wo)Man Sticker Factory

 
 
I shared these shots over on Instagram but thought you might enjoy seeing them too!

As soon as our new tapes arrived last week, I was itching to turn them into stickers. I ran through the last set of stickers pretty quickly, so I wanted to stock up on lots more to include with this week's orders.

What I love about the special illustrated rolls of tape is their versatility - you can use them to seal envelopes or decorate stationery, plus they make really sweet stickers when you just want to add one or two accents rather than a whole strip. Do you know the simple secret to making washi tape stickers?

I have a really hard time choosing my favourite from this assortment, but the Bottles are pretty great! Do you have a favourite?

The Kirigami Project - Week 15 - Drops


On this grey and drizzly Spring day, a lovely flower design made up of raindrops seems perfectly apt. I love the loopy-nesss of this design.

While I'm quite smitten with the raindrops, I think any shape inside a shape would look quite lovely here in lieu of the drops - pointed petals, hearts...




To create your own kirigami Drops design, use the template below and the 6-point folding pattern.

If you do try this design, we'd love to see it! Share on your favourite social media site with the hashtag #thekirigamiproject.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Getting To Know Series


I'm pretty delighted to be kicking off a new interview series over on Oh My! Handmade. The Getting To Know series will be a monthly interview with a creative entrepreneur - chats with makers, artists, designers and small business owners at all different stages of their careers. I think it will be really interesting!

The series kicks off today with a conversation with Jennie Walker of A Little Vintage. Jennie creates gorgeous dolls, fabric jewelry and textile art pieces. That's a peek at her work process up there.

Get to know Jennie right here.

Lovely New Tapes


I do so love a new stack of tape - and these ones are really quite fun! Standard and slim width in cute and colourful patterns to mix in with your collection (or to start a new one). And wonderful new specialty rolls full of illustrated goodness.

Washi Tape Easter Egg Cards

One more Easter card project for you to try... we're cutting it close here, but there's still a few days left to create a stack of these!


Simple washi tape stripes on neutral card stock make for lovely modern eggs.

To make your own, all you need to do cover a fold piece of card stock in half. Cover one side with strips of washi. Then cut your card into an egg shape, making sure to leave a small connected piece at the fold.


Sweet, simple & straightforward. That's how we like them!


Washi tape & Easter are such a great pair. Don't you think?

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project - Week 16* - Easter Eggs







*My internal calendar went a bit haywire while planning April's designs and this one was originally scheduled for the Tuesday AFTER Easter. So we're jumping ahead to week 16 and then we'll jump back to week 15 next week.



Designed to look like striped Easter eggs around a flower, I think it's a fun seasonal project to try but also subtle enough that you could make it at any point during the year.

The final design actually reminds me of something else entirely ... though I can't quite put my finger on it. An electric fan? What do you see?

To create your own Easter-inspired kirigami, use the template above and the 6-point folding pattern.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Washi Tape Easter Bunny Cards


My favourite part of Easter (besides, you know, the Mini Eggs) has to be the sudden abundance of bunnies everywhere you look. Hello adorableness! So I simply couldn't resist crafting up some bunny cards for Easter. Aren't they cute?

When it comes time to shape-specific crafting, it's always helpful to have designer friends. Geri from The Languid Lion whipped up these bunny silhouettes for us. (And she's got even more bunnies for you over here and here! But first... bunny cards!)



Start by gathering your supplies. You will need:

  • Bunny template (download here)
  • Washi tape
  • Waxed/Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Blank card
  • Pom pom or baker's twine (optional)

Place bunny template face down on piece of waxed/parchment paper and tape in place. Flip paper over and trace bunny shape onto the back of the waxed/parchment paper using a fine tip marker. You want to be able to see the outline through the paper.


Remove template. Flip paper so that marker outline is facing your work surface. Cover bunny shape entirely with strips of washi tape. Make sure that each strip slightly overlaps the one before it.


Flip paper back over and cut out the bunny shape.


Starting from the bottommost strip (the first one you laid), carefully peel the bunny shape off of the paper backing and apply to the front of your card.


Once the basic bunny shape is in place, feel free to customize your card. Try adding a message banner - cut notches out of each end and write your message using a fine tip permanent marker. (Ultra Fine Sharpies are my favourite for writing on washi tape without fear of smearing).


Or why not glue on a cute pom pom tail? I made this one out of baker's twine, but you could simply apply a standard small pom. Here's a clever trick for making mini twine pom poms.



Want more bunny love? Find a super sweet place card project (and another template) over on The Languid Lion - perfect for your Easter brunch. And then pop over to Oh My! Handmade Goodness for bunny gift tags, the finishing touch for Easter treats!

Or perhaps you prefer Easter Eggs to Easter Bunnies? Try this card project instead.

Thanks Geri for the adorable bunnies!

Washi Tape Rain Drops & Umbrellas

Springtime - the season of blossoms and new growth and birdsong.

But, if we're being realistic - also the season of mud puddles and rain. So let's embrace those rainy days with some adorable washi tape raindrop stickers and matching umbrella bags.

I think these stickers would be a sweet way to decorate snail mail, gifts and scrapbook pages. What would you use them for?


To create raindrop stickers, start by applying strips of washi tape to a piece of parchment / waxed paper. Cut out the desired drop shapes.


Of course, if you'd like to share your raindrop stickers, an oh-so-cute umbrella bag is pretty much the best way to do it.

Start with a glassine bag. Add a washi tape handle in the centre.


Cover a piece of parchment/waxed paper with overlapping strips of washi tape. Fold in half and cut out an umbrella shape. There are all different styles of umbrellas, so have fun trying different shapes.


Peel off the paper backing and apply your umbrella sticker to the glassine bag. To finish off your umbrella, add a small piece of washi tape to the top of the umbrella to represent the umbrella tip.

Fill with your raindrop stickers.


Now you can spread a little joy by sharing a little rain!

Happy crafting!