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Mola Cards: You Layer Paper

Magazine article Sunset

Mola Cards: You Layer Paper

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Mola cards: you layer paper

Inspired by the reverse-applique fabric molas made by Panama's Cuna Indians, these cards and ornaments layer paper cutouts to create simple graphic designs in vibrant combinations of colors.

You'll need good-quality art paper in different colors (including black), carbon paper, a fine-pointed craft knife, a pen, and spray adhesive.

Develop a simple design with bold shapes. Determine the best card size for the design, then cut four or five sheets of art paper (two black) to that size. Cut a final sheet, which--when folded in half--will be the same size as the others.

The idea is to cut progressively smaller "windows' through the paper layers. Each window reveals the color beneath it--the final color being the surface of the folded card. If necessary, reposition pattern and retrace designs onto inner layers.

Follow the same steps to make ornaments, but for the bottom layer use a single sheet of paper instead of a folded one. …

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