About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Tissue Blooms on Paintbrushes

photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies Needed:

  • paintbrushes
  • foam brush
  • paint
  • tissue paper
  • tape
  • glue
  • scissors

I’ve been a fan of paper flowers as soon as I saw them for the first time. I always told myself that one day I would attempt to make some just like Martha Stewart, but after years and years, I still haven’t quite made the time. I remember almost buying a book on how to make paper flowers, but in the end putting it back on the shelf saying to myself, “Maybe later …”

Paper flowers or no, at least I have made tissue flowers. They don’t have quite the same look, but they are just as fun and so much faster to make.

My latest creation was fringe blooms on painted paintbrushes.

tissue paper blooms on paintbrushes by Anastasia Marie / featured on dearestnature.com

Here’s the how to:
1. Take your foam brush and randomly apply thin layers of various colors of paint on your paintbrushes. This really only looks good when you have the natural uncoated wood paintbrushes. Let them dry completely.

2. In the meantime, cut strips of tissue paper about 1.5″ inches wide, varying the length of each set of six strips so you can make both small and large flowers.

3. Give the strips some fringe action with your scissors, leaving about half an inch uncut from the end.

4. Roll the six tissue strips together; make sure to interchange the colors for some texture.

5. Insert the dry paintbrush through the middle, pinch the end of the tissue flower, and secure onto the paintbrush with tape.

6. Wrap a piece of tissue paper around the taped portion to hide it, and secure it with a dab of glue.

7. Ruffle the flowers up a bit and place in a glass jar and you’re ready to go!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Rainbow Painted Card

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

  • blank sheet of white rough paper
  • oil paints (or a paint that is easily smear-able)
  • scrap paper with straight edges
  • camera + Photoshop (or other graphics editing program like gimp)
  • smooth white paper
  • printer

I’ve been doing some painting in my studio lately. I’m putting together a new set of notecards for my shop, and I while I was at it, I put together a post for you on how to mass-produce your own painted cards.

The print I’m going to show you is one of my “play” designs as I was learning how oil paints work. But it turned out pretty fun, nonetheless.

 

DIY rainbow painted card by Anastasia Marie / featured on dearestnature.com

Directions

Step 1: Squeeze a bit of paint on top of your paper and smear that paint down your page with your scrap paper. Change out your colors and repeat the process until you get your rainbow. The rougher your paper, the more textured your painting will look.

Step 2: Snap a few shots of your painting (from up above) with a good digital camera. Make sure your lighting is plentiful; it helps to turn off all fluorescent lights and place your painting right next to natural light coming in through a window.

Step 3: Import your images into Photoshop and adjust the colors and white balance as desired. Choose the best one.

Step 4: Create a file in Photoshop or InDesign in the size of card you want. Place your image as desired, and print on super smooth white paper. And just for fun, you can download and print my version of the card here if you’d like!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Handmade Embellished Card

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

  • large scallop circle punch
  • medium circle punch
  • scissors
  • paint + paintbrushes
  • puff squares tape
  • glue
  • white cardstock

Before I got my digital cutting machine, every card and set of stationery I made was hand-cut with a pair of scissors. Even now I sometimes prefer that sort of method when creating the various layers I need for my paper goods. Just recently, a gal asked me if I could show her a way to make a 3D flower for a card she was making … without having to use a digital cutting machine.

I’ll just share one of my methods with you all here.

handmade embellished card by Anastasia Marie

Directions

Step One: Punch three scallop circles and three plain circles from the white cardstock.

Step Two: Take your scissors and cut slits around the scallop circles, leaving the middle portion uncut. Use each groove of the scallop to guide you where to cut. This creates your petals. Do the same with your plain circles to create fringe-style petals. Bend some of the petals up on each cut piece to create a pop-up effect.

Step Three: Paint the tips of the bent-up petals of the scallop piece one color and the un-bent petals a different coordinating color. Paint the tips of the plain circle piece a third color. Or you make things simpler by use just one color for everything. It’s totally up to you. Repeat this process for each of the pieces. Let dry.

Step Four: Apply one puff square to the middle of each scallop piece. Secure a smaller circle piece on top. Voila! A 3D flower is born.

Step Five: Score and fold a piece of white cardstock that is cut to the size of card you want. Dab a bit of glue on the back of each flower and secure onto the front of the card.

And there you have it! An easy-peasy DIY card. These look best paired up with kraft envelopes to give the card an even more handmade look. Just don’t forget to stamp the back of the card with your name before you give it away.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Tissue Flower Pom-Pom Gift Wrap

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ribbon (enough to wrap around your box a few times)
  • your wrapped gift

Cute gift wrap is one of my weaknesses. Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own tissue flower pom-pom for your gift. I love the idea of a pom-pom that is just as wide as the gift box itself. What I like about making your own versus buying one, is that you can size them however you want. How often do you come across ones that are huge? I have yet to, actually.

Directions

tissue flower DIY by Anastasia Marie

Step One: Grab three sheets of tissue paper that are all the same size. Fold the three pieces together until you get a long strip that’s roughly an inch wide. Cut the long strip into the length of gift box, plus an extra inch.

Step Two: Fold the tissue strip in half and pinch the fold together with your fingers. This is going to be your base. Take your scissors and cut along the two thickest fold lines, leaving about half an inch uncut from the base.

Step Three: Start fluffing the tissue pieces into a round flower. Feel free to make the pieces twist and wrinkle to give it some extra texture.

Step Four: Run your ribbon through the middle of the base and add a dab of glue. Pinch the base extra tight until the glue dries.

Step Five: Secure the newly made tissue flower pom-pom onto the center of your gift by wrapping your ribbon around the box. Tie the loose ends of the ribbon in a knot on the opposite site of the flower pom-pom.

And there you have it. A cute way to wrap up a baby shower present or your kid’s next birthday gift!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Party Fringe

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

 

  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • one-sided tape (matte finish)

My sister is getting married in just over a month, and this past weekend, I threw her a bridal shower. Remember two weeks ago when I was talking about doing party research and showed you one of the garlands that I was in love with? Well, here’s part two of that. I’m currently loving fringe, and wanted to create fringe garlands to hang all over the party zone. And I’m ready to share with you just how I achieved it:

party fringe DIY

Directions

1. Take a sheet of your tissue paper and fold in half, hamburger style (do folks even say that still?). Then keep folding until you’ve made a narrow strip.

2. Then let your tissue paper get fringe action! Leave about an inch and a half uncut. You’ll use this part to secure the fringe to your string.

3. Unfold the tissue fringe strip part-way and place a piece of double-sided tape inside, placing the end of your string on it, and then folding it back up.

4. Keep folding that end of your tissue fringe strip until you get get it pretty thin. Secure with your matte-finish tape.

5. Overlap that piece of tissue fringe with another piece, and interchange colors if you’d like. In time, you’ll have the prettiest garland.

Enjoy! Come see on Thursday on my blog how my sister’s bridal shower decor turned out …

[editor's note]: Pair this DIY with Anastasia Marie’s previous hanging circles to create jellyfish for an underwater/beach-themed party!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.