For this weeks project for the Arnold Grummer Blog, I decided to pull out my paper casting supplies. With the weather outside being extremely cold and snowy, my eye turned to the flower molds to take my mind off the weather outside.
Making paper castings are fun and easy with the use of Arnold Grummer's Cotton Linter Casting Squares. I used five or six of linter squares for the castings that I made. I made three castings from the two flower molds I chose to use. The look of the castings can be slightly altered by how you finish the outer edge. For one casting, I carefully pulled the outer edge with the tip of a toothpick to feather the edges after removing the casting from the mold before drying it completely. Another was left to dry without touching the edges. The third trimmed by cutting once it was completely dried. To dry the castings, I placed them on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I placed them in the oven that was heated to 200 degrees for 15 minutes. Then I turned off the oven and left them in the oven for and additional 15 minutes. NOTE: There are other methods to dry the castings. I have used the microwave in the past, following directions given for that process, with great results. Simply drying naturally works well too.
Three castings with another flower mold
To create this card I chose to color the casting. Castings can be colored with a variety of things like chalks, mica powders and paints. When coloring them with paints the main thing to remember is not to use too much water. Use a light touch when coloring with any medium. I chose to use Ranger's Perfect Pearls to add color. The powders mix easily with water to create a shimmery paint. The edge was painted with a little of clear iridescent glitter glue. The center area was coated with Ranger's Glossy Accents to give the casting a glazed look. NOTE: The castings can be left natural without coloring.
I cut a background layer of printed paper and trimmed the edge with decorative scissors. This paper was glued to a white blank card. I added a strip of torn coordinating fabric was added. Another coordinating solid paper was cut for another layer, making it large enough to add the casting onto it. On a strip of white paper, I stamped a verse to state my wish and glued it onto the card top. NOTE: The stamped verse can be added to the inside if desired.
Wishing you a Happy Day!
Be back in two weeks with another project.
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