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Old 09-17-2008, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default Paper that looks like birch bark

I have a weird request. I am looking for paper that looks like birch bark. My cousin is getting married with a nature/winter theme. I am making the invites and would like to incorporate the birch bark look somehow. I have real birch bark but it is next to impossible to work with - all curled up, brittle, etc. I tried to peel the "paper" off but then lose the white birch look.

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Is there a way for you to photocopy or photograph the birch bark you have and print it onto cardstock suitable for the invitations?
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Is there a way for you to photocopy or photograph the birch bark you have and print it onto cardstock suitable for the invitations?
great idea Tina, I would add-since it does curl and crack naturally, I would distress the edges (with brown maybe) and curl them
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great idea Tina, I would add-since it does curl and crack naturally, I would distress the edges (with brown maybe) and curl them
So is yours, Diane!

To the OP: I'd love to see what you come up with - always looking for new inspiration (and I always find it here!)
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Here is one...
Birch bark 12x12 paper. It seems to be a photo of a group of trees.

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Amate Paper. It is made in Mexico by pounding fibers from fig and mulberry trees. The lighter "natural" color might work for you.
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Here is one...
Birch bark 12x12 paper. It seems to be a photo of a group of trees.

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Amate Paper. It is made in Mexico by pounding fibers from fig and mulberry trees. The lighter "natural" color might work for you.
The first is certainly more convenient and the second site has been added to my bookmarks - I had to force myself to stop looking!
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Did you see you can order 3x5 samples of each kind at varying prices? This would be fun for some verrry special cards. I did love the amate paper, thanks for sharing, garnetJ!
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Did you see you can order 3x5 samples of each kind at varying prices? This would be fun for some verrry special cards. I did love the amate paper, thanks for sharing, garnetJ!
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How about this one
http://littlebirch.com/products/cabinsampler.htm
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Have you tried soaking the bark to soften it so it will lay flat. I learned that in basket weaving. Oh the things I took in college to get out of art!
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could you use any of a variety of handmade papers and add some ink distressing to provide color/shape?????? I'm thinking Mulberry paper but that is because it is the only kind I've had experience with.
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I checked out this site. Their paper is exactly what I am looking for! Thanks so much. I have been searching and googling for days but this site never came up.

Everyone's ideas have been so helpful. I knew the ladies on SCS would come to my rescue! Thanks again!
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I tried soaking it but it curls back up when dry. Good idea though!
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Birch bark 12x12 paper. It seems to be a photo of a group of trees.

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Amate Paper. It is made in Mexico by pounding fibers from fig and mulberry trees. The lighter "natural" color might work for you.
I like this paper but it looked to much like a photograph instead of the real thing. Thanks for looking though!
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Is there a way for you to photocopy or photograph the birch bark you have and print it onto cardstock suitable for the invitations?
I color photocopied a piece of bark and it looks pretty cool! Excellent idea! Its a little glossy so I am going to try a matte finish copy but this could work! Thanks for your help!
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