Catherine Mace

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The late Catherine Mace was the founder and longtime owner of Papers by Catherine, along with her husband Richard. They imported paper from Japan, Italy, & India, and had their own decorative paper designs, and accessories manufactured in India. PbC exported to Canada, the UK, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, & Australia.

Catherine had a life-long love of papercrafting, and in 1991 added rubberstamping to her hobbies, inspired and taught by her oldest friend, Jane Roulston. Catherine authored several books on papercrafting, the last for Design Originals, and has had numerous projects and articles published in several other Design Originals books, as well as many crafting and trade magazines.

Catherine resided in Houston, Texas with her husband Richard. They enjoyed spending time with their daughter's family and their grandchildren. Their grown-up sons and more granddaughters live in Portland, Oregon. She is greatly missed.



~Obituary for Catherine~
Catherine Ruth Mace, beloved wife, mother and grandmother died on November 23, 2005 at the age of 58.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Adelaide and Paul Noland. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Richard.
Catherine was born on October 27, 1947 in Great Falls, Montana, but came to Houston at a young age.
excerpts from the Houston Chronicle 11 27 2005


Faux Lapis and Malachite Pins (above, right)
Lightly sand a piece of translucent PolyShrink. Use Koss or other artist's chalks in greens and blues to apply color in irregular diagonal stripes and patches across the piece. Use a metallic gold paint pen to add splatters of gold. Finish with irregular streaks of white chalk, on top of the other colors, to add “veining”. Let some of the translucent plastic show through. Shrink, heat, and impress with stamps inked with black Memories ink. The green malachite pin is stamped with glass vases (Hero Arts) and the blue lapis pin is stamped with an Asian woman image from A Stamp in the Hand. (The spiral "hangy-downs, as my Dad used to call this sort of thing, was made, very gingerly, by wrapping hot plastic over a bamboo skewer with a pot holder, then re-heating and pressing into shape. The hot plastic would only go around about 1 time before it hardened.)

Glass-like Tiles (above):
Sand a piece of clear PolyShrink. Apply color heavily to the back with chalks or metallic Brilliance inks. If using inks, wave heat tool to set inks but do not shrink. Turn piece over and shrink. While the plastic is still very hot and soft, impress a design with stamp inked with Brilliance metallic ink (Mineral rainbow pad). If using chalks, seal the back. These look just like cased glass, in person.

Shrink Bracelet 3 (above, top):
Using sanded rectangles of translucent PolyShrink, color was added (Brilliance ink in jade and lime), then wiped off, to just lightly stain the plastic. The pieces were shrunk and the intaglio method was used to impress an image into each one. Then they were reheated and pressed over a piece of PVC pipe to get a curve so it would fit the wrist.

Antique Flowers Bracelet (above, bottom):
Sand a sheet of black plastic, then cut into 2.5” squares. Use Dauber Duos from Tsukineko to create the flowers in the following manner: use a red dauber and make 5 red overlapping circles to form a large flower shape. Use a yellow dauber to make the center. Fill in some areas with 2 colors of green Daubers, for leaves. Use pink, purple or blue Daubers to make other flowers, all with yellow or orange centers. Apply heat tool lightly to set ink as much as possible; it will not dry. Take care not to smear the ink when handling. Shrink carefully, on foil, flatten, and blot excess ink. Seal with 2 or 3 light coats of spray sealer. When dry, test with tissue to blot; if ink appears, apply more sealer, always in light coats.


Complete instructions for the bracelet above are included in the Design Originals book "Paper Artistry" (# 5188).


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