How to Create Magic with Graphic 45 Papers

Graphic 45’s line of illustrated papers and ephemera are inspired by the bold, rich colors and intricate styles of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Graphic 45 creates whole entrancing worlds with their paper lines giving you an inspired start for a multitude of projects including mixed media, papercrafts, and collage. You can create dimension with the images by using foam dots to make the illustrated layers stand out. You can form them around a stand-up base and create scenes. When you combine lighting, embellishments, fabric, or glitter you end up with an enchanting magical world.

Ashley and Rachel from the Hazel Dell store created these gorgeous displays by using some of the papers from one 12×12 book of Graphic 45 papers. They still had lots left afterward! Here are the basics on what they used and what they found that worked while creating these. See them in person at the Hazel Dell store!

Supplies:

• 1 12×12 pad of Graphic 45 papers
Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick
Paper Cutter
Sticky Thumbs Foam Dots
• Scissors
• Alene’s Tacky Glue or a hot glue gun
• Embellishments

Masquerade Stage and Boxes

To transform this Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade 12 x 12 paper pad into this beguiling stage with matching boxes, Ashley and Rachel used the set of 5 unfinished Paper Mache Round Nesting Boxes. The paper was glued on with the Pioneer embellishment stick and the dimensional pieces, tulle and embellishments were attached with a glue gun. Sticky Thumb Foam Dots were used to make the figures pop out from the background.

Midnight Masquerade Stage with Graphic 45 paper from Craft Warehouse
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Enchanted Forest Suitcase 

To make this lovely magical traveling case, Ashley used the 12×12 Enchanted Forest book by Graphic 45 and a case from our unfinished components section of the store. After painting the outside of the case the color she wanted, she glued the paper down to the inside of the case. Using the Pioneer glue stick, make sure to apply the glue to the wood and not the paper. The paper sticks better when the wood has the glue applied on it. The butterflies were cut out with a Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch that we carry in the store and some of the images were cut out (from a duplicate sheet of paper provided in the book) and adhered with the foam dots to make it stand out.

Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest Traveling Case made at Craft Warehouse
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