©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015
The Independence Day celebration has become a yearly neighborhood pot luck get together. You know that I love paper casting using the many molds available from the Arnold Grummer website. I often will cast items ahead of time using up the slurry I made for previous projects. Several months ago when I was using the CP “Nature’s Miniatures” mold from AG, I created a lot of the “star” castings knowing that I would need invitations for the 4th of July celebration. They went together quickly and will be a big hit when they are hand delivered next week.
- Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
- Microwave , heat tool or a sunny window
- CP “Nature’s Miniatures” casting mold
- Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
- Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive,
- Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.)
- 5 ½ x 8 ½” red card stock for each card
- Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
- Red & Blue star sequins, clear seed beads, beading needle, white thread
- 18” of ½” sheer dark blue ribbon for each card
- Wescott™ personal paper cutter
- Scor-Pal™ (Love the new 1/8” version)
- X-acto knife and cutting pad
- Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur II
- TH patriotic embossing folder
- Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create numerous star castings.
- Dry the casting.
(Did you know that you can save the slurry? Place it in a strainer and let it dry. Pop the dried slurry out of the strainer and store for future use.)
- Attach the tiny star sequins to the castings using the beading needle and clear seed beads.
- Score and fold the cards.
- Emboss the front of the cards with the patriotic folder.
- Cut a small slit in the side of the card wide enough to accommodate the ribbon.
- Insert the ribbon into the slit, tie a bow.
- Attach the star casting to the front of the card with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
- Handwrite the invitation information on the inside of the card, or computer-generate it if you have a lot to create.