For truly unique handmade cards, nothing beats using one of Arnold Grummer's paper casting molds. These molds are so versatile—besides paper pulp, you can mold a variety of clays. For these cards I used Arnold Grummer's magnolia mold, the dragonfly mold, trifold window cards, and Delight™ by PaperClay.
I rolled out a small ball of the paper clay with a rolling pin to about 3/8" thickness and large enough to cover the mold. The molds were dusted with cornstarch so the paper clay would release easily. I pressed the clay into the mold to capture every detail. I gentle removed the casting from the mold, trimmed as desired, and left to dry overnight on a flat surface.
|Paper clay castings drying|
|Close up of Magnolia paper cast|
For the dragonfly I coated the body, head, and wing parts with USArtQuest PPA. Then, I dipped a fine brush into gold mica powders and blended with the PPA that was already on the paper clay piece. I did the sparkly gold background by painting the areas with PPA and sprinkling with Mica Gold Dust.
|Close up of Dragonfly paper cast|
The final step was to prepare the trifold card blanks. For the dragonfly card I stamped a dragonfly image with Versamark creating a tone on tone image. For the magnolia card I stamped a leaf vine with pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I mounted each casting on a mat and mounted the mat with the casting into the trifold card.
|Finished cards using paper casting from Arnold Grummer's paper casting molds|
You can see more of my projects on my Create & Craft blog.