Today we are taking paper crafting to the next level with this breathtaking Paper Castel. This castle was created for our #G45Selfie – June Challenge by Off the Page Magician, Brand Ambassador from South Africa, Tanya Cloete aka Tanya Scrap. To create this 3D structure Tanya has used our Princess paper collection and a few Silhouette cutting files and a lot of imagination. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the ornate and decadent details of this delightful handmade castle.
Tanya Scrap – South Africa
2019-2020 Brand Ambassador
“Hello, dear G45ers! My name is Tanya Cloete (aka Tanya Scrap). I live in a city called Pretoria, South Africa. Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and is also known as 'Jacaranda City' for its thousands of Jacaranda trees – Wikipedia. These trees have pretty little purple/blue flowers. I am what you would call an avid scrapper. I spent most of my time crafting away in my little piece of heaven, my happy place. This all started about 9 years ago seeking a hobby to keep me busy. I have always loved making crafty things as far as I can remember but never imagined that scrapbooking/paper crafting would develop into such a passion. I still love every single moment of my crafty journey! I enjoy all types of paper crafting but my love lies in creating Off the Page projects and Graphic 45 papers inspire to do just that!
A special thanks to the wonderful Graphic 45 Family for letting me join this FABULOUS team for another year.
Such an honor to represent their AMAZING brand!
#G45Selfie Princess Castle Renaissance
‘Happily Ever After’
By Tanya Scrap
I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this amazing team for a second year and so excited to share my #G45Selfie project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador. For our first project, I was asked to create a ‘Self-Portrait’ project that reflects me as an artist using my favorite paper medium and go-to technique.
I present to you my love for off the page a Castle Renaissance Model featuring the gorgeous Princess collection, one of my favourite Graphic 45 lines at the moment. I love the patterns and soft colours of the papers, they are so pretty. My favorite paper medium currently is watercolor paper, I die-cut shapes with this paper and add a bit of it to almost every project. I love the texture and the off white colour, it goes so well with all types of paper collections and adds a lovely accent to your project. I love layering and adding embellishment clusters to my projects, so I would say that my go-to technique would be lots of die-cuts and fussy-cut pieces layered onto a project.
Here with the Supplies and Instructions, you may use to recreate such a project:
G45 Supplies used:
- Princess Collection 12×12 Paper Pad
- Princess Collection 8×8 Paper Pad
- Princess Collection 12×12 Patterns and Solids
- Princess Collection Chipboard
- Princess Collection Stickers
- Shabby Chic Metal Clock Keys
- Shabby Chic Metal Door Plates and Knobs
- Washi Tape Set
Silhouette Cut Files:
- Castle Renaissance 3D Model by Snapdragon Snippets Design ID 119171 and assembly instructions here.
- Crown Favor Box by Sweet Afton Design ID 79437
- Wood Canvas (to be used as the base for your Castle)
- Various Dies
- Eyelet & Brads
- Metal Crown Embellishments
- Metal Chain
- Metal Knobs
- Double Sided Tape
- Soft Gloss Gel
- Watercolor Paper
- Rhinestones & Flat Back Pearls
- Paper Straws
Main Castle Walls and details
Tall Towers with details
Octagon corner Tower and accents
Portico entrance and arch side wall Balconies
Rampart walls with accents
Identify and cut the Castle shapes in the quantities shown in the assembly above using the pattern sheets in the 12×12 paper pad as well as sheets in the patterns and solids paper pad. Adhere the pieces with red double-sided tape.
Tip: I always use the red double sided tape for all my off the page projects. It makes assembly easier and will also prevent the project from falling apart.
Cut a crown box from the pattern sheets and assemble accordingly. This will be added onto the 'roof' of the castle.
Die-cut a few butterflies, leaves, swirls and flowers for the layered embellishment clusters.
Tip: Did you know… you can use wax/parchment paper to place on your die and then your cutting material before putting it through your die cutting machine. This will make removing the shape from the die easier.
Die-cut a few bows, assemble and fasten them with a brad.
Tip: Curl two bow strips forming a curve using the back of a pencil or similar object. This makes folding the end pieces together a little easier.
Add the shabby chic metal doorknob on the front of the arch.
Tip: Adhere with a soft matte gel or glossy accents, thus making sure it doesn't fall off.
Add eyelets to the chipboard sentiment from the collection, also place a metal key between the petals of the of flowers.
Add a cute little bow and die-cut butterfly to the crown box. Adhere this box at an angle.
Tip: Place a piece of foam board underneath the box on the one side and glue to the surface of the roof, this will help with tilting and keeping the box in place.
Add some more bows on each side of the castle. Add rhinestones to the center of the butterflies and flat back pearls to the die-cut flowers.
Use toothpicks to wrap the little pennant flags around them. Add to the cupola/cone hole.
Add the die-cut cluster embellishments on the front pillars of the castle, one on each side.
Add the metal crowns, adhere these with a soft gloss gel. Add the metal chain to the bows.
Add the paper straws on the sides of the arch. Make a bow with some ribbon and adhere to the top. Add a pin to the open ends of the straws.
Tip: Add tape to the end pieces of the ribbon, curl and adhere to the bottom of the castle, thus ensuring they stay in place.
Add a metal keyhole to the back of the ‘portcullis base' and fasten both ends with metal knobs.
Tip: Make sure that these knobs are not too tight thus still being able to slide the keyhole to the side to open and close the door.
Add some metal chain on the inside of the door, fasten with brads.
Thanks for stopping by!
What a glorious way to start a week! Big thanks to Tanya for sharing her love of off the page projects. Please join us in welcoming Tanya back to the G45 family the comments below. We hope you join us again tomorrow for another fabulous introduction and paper inspiration. Have a wonderful week, and as always…