Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Green Bamboo




This is a variation on one of my Paper Greenhouse projects. The bamboo is easy and fun to make. Here's how to do it: Start with a sheet of green text weight paper. Rub some dye based ink in a darker green over the paper directly from the pad. Cut three pieces measuring 5" x 2 1/2" from the inked sheet. From a lighter green piece of cardstock, cut a pile (about 20) of small leaves as shown in the picture. Set these aside. Tightly roll the inked paper onto a bamboo skewer(or something similar). As you roll, add some glue to the inside of the paper to secure it. When you get to the end, squeeze the paper tightly around the skewer sealing the edge. Slip the roll of paper off the skewer and repeat with the other two sheets of paper. When you have all three rolls done, flatten them down and carefully cut small triangle shaped notches randomly along either side of the flattened "bamboo". Reshape notched rolls until they are cylindrical again. Using a little white glue insert two or three leaves into the notches as shown. Cut the tops of each piece of bamboo diagonally. When the glue dries, you can use them to decorate a card. Have fun!
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