Friday, July 21, 2023


I am so excited to share my Paper Kintsugi card with you today.  Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the cracks with gold, silver, or platinum.  The piece is thought to be more beautiful because it has been broken.

This card was my very first attempt at Paper Kintsugi.  I chose a designer paper pattern from the Masterfully Made Designer Series Paper because I thought it could possibly be found on an antique piece of pottery.

I shared a video on Learning with Friends yesterday that shows how to do the Paper Kintsugi Technique.  I found this to be a really fun technique with many possibilities.  Choose a different paper design and you get a totally different look.

You can watch my Learning with Friends video replay below.

After tearing my designer series paper into several pieces, I used Gold Embossing Powder to put it back together -- well sort of. 

The embossing powder doesn't really hold the pieces together, but it trims the torn edges to make the "cracks" pretty.  The torn pieces are actually attached to the Basic White cardstock used as a mat.

In the end, I'm not sure if this was the best choice of Designer Series Paper for my first attempt.  It is very pretty in person, but it doesn't show up as well in photos.  I used some different designer series paper patterns in the video, so be sure to watch that to get better views than you can see in the photos.

The sentiments are from the Cheerful Daisies and Happy Labels stamp sets.  The front sentiment is embossed on Pretty Peacock cardstock with white embossing powder and then die cut with a die from Cheerful Daisies.  A swirl of Simply Elegant Trim was added behind it to compliment the gold Kintsugi embossing.

To decorate the inside of the card I used one of my favorite techniques -- just add a strip of the same DSP.

Recently I started adding a couple of additional layers when I have a dark color card base.  I normally used only a 5-1/4" x 4" Basic White layer and add the DSP strip to that single layer.  But on today's card I added another layer of Pretty Peacock and then a third layer of Basic White.  I varied the size of the layers so not all borders were the same width and I like how that turned out.  What do you think?  Are the extra layers worth it?

You can download a tutorial with all dimensional information for this card by clicking on this link.

The list of products used is shown below.

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