A lot of handmade papers are very natural-looking, with loose, irregular fibers; true deckled edges; and sometimes botanical inclusions (plants or flowers incorporated into them). These papers make you want to touch them because they are so gosh darn textural.
Often, the inclusion papers use plants or flowers that are scaled too large for cards, but if you cut carefully or work the design around them, you can make them work. Here's a good example:
Other handmade papers, without the inclusions, are simply beautiful. I have a large piece that is slightly off-white, is smoother on one side than the other, and has a fabulous deckled edge. Simplicity is key to letting this gorgeously understated paper shine:
The butterflies were punched from the same paper but glued on with the textured side up, giving a lovely textured tone-on-tone look. They are accented with champagne-colored rhinestones. The sentiment is stamped with VersaColor ink (nice and thick, no bleeding into the paper) in a light color (cinnamon, I think). The sentiment is from Hero Arts and perfectly suits such a SIMPLE card.
Today's question for the final day of the Art Paper Week Give-Away is...
What is your favorite part of papercrafting? What aspect of it gives you the most satisfaction?