Friday, March 27, 2015

Inspirational Cards

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015


I mail about 50 inspirational handmade cards a month and like to make them in batches. I will often gather up scraps left over from other handmade paper projects and use them in the creation of the new cards. If I am short on time I will use card stock as the card base and use the handmade papers as the accents. If you have been following the blog, you know that I always save my scraps….but in case you don’t have any handmade paper scraps, the instructions below will walk you through the process. I ran across these sentiment stamps from JustRite™ stamps and think they will be perfect for March’s batch of cards.

 
Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Scraps of dark gold, tan, burgundy and olive green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Westcott® paper cutter & scissors,
  • X-acto knife and cutting mat
  • Score-Pal™
  • Dies:  Spellbinders™ various decretive square designs
  • Embossing folders
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • White card stock for card bases and scraps to stamp
  • Envelopes for 4 ¼ x 5 ½ cards or use the AG template to create your own envelopes.
  • Double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • ½” sheer ribbon to match your handmade paper colors
  • ColorBox Chalk™ Ink pads in colors to match your handmade paper colors
  • Sentiment stamps of choice

Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create the colored slurry.
  2. Create one (or more) sheet of thick paper per color.
  3. When the sheets of colored paper are dry, die cut the decorative square shapes.
  4. Cut, score and fold the white card stock to make A2 cards.
  5. Emboss the front of the cards with the folders and Grand Calibur machine.
  6. Stamp the sentiments onto scraps of white cardstock.
  7. Cut to fit the die cut decorative squares.

Assemble the cards:

  1. Cut a small slit in the left top fold of the embossed card front and then insert the ribbon through the slit, then tie a bow.
  2. Attach the stamped sentiments to the decorative squares with tiny pieces of foam tape.
  3. Attach the decorative squares to the right side of the cards with tiny pieces of foam tape.

The sentiments on this set of JustRite™ stamps will be perfect to cheer up the recipients:

   “Once you choose hope…anything is possible”
   “Every day holds the possibility of a miracle”
   “Hope is the last thing ever lost”
   “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising ever time we fall.”


FYI, I created 10 of each of the cards: 5 people times 4 weeks will be used in March….the others will be set aside for future use. Hmmm….oh dear…. I forgot all about the March birthdays………. smile.




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Create Tea Notes with Tamiko

Today I decided to make something a little extra to go with my international pen pal letter.  She told me she drinks tea and I had the perfect idea.  I knew I knew I could use my handmade papers, a few templates and send something truly special.  This is something I am  putting in her small package from me.





Items needed to create this would include:
Any of the Arnold Grummer Papermill Kits
Skeleton Leaves
Card and Tag Template Collection

  • Gift Card and Envelope Template
  • Tags for Cards and Pages Template

Blender
shredded papers
dried roses
Michael Strong Rubber Stamp
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Wink of Stella Clear Brush
May Roads Purple twine
Helmar Super Tac Glue

First you take a handful of shredded papers and put then in the blender with 2-3 cups of water.  Blend to create pulp.  Add some dried roses. Blend some more again.  Before pouring pulp into the deckle, make sure that you sandwich the template needed between the deckle and the paper screen, before you add the support screen and velcro straps..  Follow the rules  for creating a single sheet, by dipping the deckle on an angle into the water basin before pouring the paper pulp.  After you have completed the process for creating paper, carefully remove the template from the paper screen and press the excess water out.  This process allows the fibers in the paper pulp to reattach themselves to each other and form the paper we are accustomed to seeing. Repeat this process again with the other template.  After both sets of templates are dry, they are ready for folding and decorating.

I slipped a few tea bags in the folded envelope.  I used it like a pocket.  Wrapped the purple twine to secure it.  Then attached one of the tags with Helmar Super Tac and my stamped and colored image of a cup and skeleton leaf.  I also did a quick note inside the card and adhered the same decor on the outer card..

Here's another close up..
 

I hope you have enjoyed my post.  Consider creating your own papers and when you do it.. Learn HOW with products from Arnold Grummer! Don't forget to use MAR20 to save 20% off your order for the rest of March.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Springtime Decorations


Not only at Christmas time has there been a tree used as part of holiday decorations in my house.


Growing up I remember several things about all the holidays and wanted to share my version of one of them.  Each Easter my mother would bake and decorate an Easter lamb cake, there would be bowls of dyed eggs to display in baskets or bowls.  The one idea I remember most and continued to use in my own Spring decorations was an Easter Tree.  It would be fashioned from a large or small branch from a tree or a bush and normally decorated with colored, blown out eggs.

So I had a "brain storm" to try another version of an Easter tree and incorporate Easter ornaments made from paper pulp.  This little tree, constructed from a small branch cut from a dormant hydrangea bush, becomes a  sweet decoration for spring or Easter.


Paper pulp egg, bunny and chick shapes were made into ornaments to hang from the branches.  For casting  the eggs I used a plastic candy mold.  The bunny and chicks are shaped using metal cookie cutters as a deckle.  They all began with processing pulp of course in a blender.

Combine 1/4 cup of cotton rag pulp into a blender container with 4 cups of water.  Pour the pulp into a strainer to remove water and place the pulp into a small bowl.  Repeat this process as many times as needed to make enough pulp to mold several eggs and form the  other shapes using cookie cutters.  NOTE: When creating the chicks, I shredded a piece of yellow cardstock and allowed it to soak in warm water before processing with some cotton linters.  Pour the shredded pieces along with the water used for soaking.

To form the eggs, start by adding the processed pulp into the plastic egg mold, pressing it into and around the mold to the top edge.  Use small pieces of sponge to remove as much water as possible from the pulp. Allow to dry naturally in the mold.  NOTE: Having more then one mold can help hasten the forming of the eggs.  Drying can be speeded up slightly by using a microwave oven.  If using this method, use low settings, nothing higher then 50% and short time intervals, like 30 to 45 seconds.  Dry just till the shapes will release when the mold is tapped.  Set aside and allow to completely dry.  

The chicks and bunnies are shaped using cookie cutters.  Place them onto screen, set inside a rimmed sheet.  Place the processed pulp into the cutters, adding enough





Directions for finishing the ornaments

Eggs:
 Fill the hollow back of the eggs with hot glue, almost to the edge.  Form a loop  from white wire and place at the top of the egg for a hanger.  Add more hot glue over the wire to hold the hanger in place.

Bunnies/Chicks:  Form hangers from white wire in the same fashion.  Place near the top back of each shape and cover with hot glue.

Place soy wax into a microwave safe container (like a canning jar) and melt according to directions for melting wax.  Dip each of the shapes into the melted wax (holding on to the wire hanger) allowing the wax to drip from the bottom.  Place onto a piece of parchment paper till hardened.  If necessary, repeat dipping and drying.

Chicks: Tie a length of yellow ribbon around the neck of the chicks, trim.  Glue a small black bead in place for an eye.

Bunnies:  Paint a thin layer of white glue onto the top surface, sprinkle with white iridescent glitter.  Allow to dry.  Tie a length of pink ribbon around the neck, trim. Glue a small black bead in place for an eye.

Eggs: Embellish with stick on jewels, cut to fit. Add a bow to the top by tying it around the hanger.

Place a cut branch into a plastic pot, center and hold in place with tape; fill about half full with prepared plaster of paris, allow to harden.  Hang the ornaments.

You can read about other similar projects that I created in the past using both the mold technique and cookie cutter technique. Find the mold link here and the other cutter link here.

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Experimenting with Dryer Sheets & Paper Creations

Hi all!  Never underestimate the effects of down time on a mind that tends to wander.  We had a snow day a couple of weeks ago during which I caught up on laundry.  As I started throwing away the used dryer sheets I was hit by a thought...what would happen if I used the dryer sheets with paper pulp??  Would it bond with the paper?  Would it peel away??  Would it give the paper more strength?  Only one way to find out...start experimenting.

The first thing that flashed in my mind was a comic strip bowl.  I had to wait for the Sunday funnies to try it.  I cut out one of the comic strips to be used whole.  The rest of the comics were shredded to be turned into pulp.

Following the instructions with the Papermill Pro, I assembled the deckle box with the support grid and Papermaking screen.  On top of the papermaking screen I laid 2 used dryer sheets side by side.  Then I placed the cut out comic face down on the dryer sheets.  Holding it in place, the paper pulp was poured slowly until the comic & dryer sheets were covered.  Remove the deckle box.
I used the press bar to remove a lot of the moisture before turning it over to check the dryer sheets.  Would they be bonded with the pulp?  Would I be able to read the comic strip through the dryer sheets?  Let's see....
Can't read through the sheets, but I can see it.  Maybe after removing more moisture using the couch sheets, the result will be different. 
 
After pressing the sheet between couch sheets, I draped it over a glass bowl with the dryer sheets against the bowl surface.  The edges were carefully pleated and rippled and molded around the bowl.
The bowl (on top of the glass "mold") was placed in the oven and baked at 275 degrees for 20-30 minutes.  Once quick dried, the paper bowl can be lifted from the glass and turned over.  A quick check of the dryer sheets revealed that they peel away easily from the paper bowl. 
I decided to peel both sheets away.
The comic strip bonded perfectly with the paper pulp.  Interesting effect: the inside of the paper bowl feels much smoother than the outside of the bowl. 
 
Well that was fun!  I may have to try it again...maybe I will put the dryer sheets on both sides of the paper pulp next time!  What can I say?  Big fun in Virginia :-)

See you next time.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Giving Dimension to Handmade Paper Embellishments


I have been eagerly counting the days until spring arrived and it finally did yesterday.  Unfortunately, we still have some snow in our forecast the next few days, but I've decided to welcome spring anyways by creating some beautiful tulips from handmade paper.  These flowers can be used for window decorations or for magnets to brighten up your office space and bring a little touch of the season indoors. 
 



I wanted the paper to be a really pale pastel color so I decided to mix things a little differently than I normally do.  I first placed 2 pieces of Tissue Tints into the blender with 2 cups of water and blended it on high speed.  See how rich the color is after it being blended?  I love it, but it was too bright for what I had in mind so I used 8 strips of leftover white cardstock instead of colored cardstock to create the paper which gave me just the right hue for that. 
 
I created 3 sheets  of paper (1 pink, 1 yellow and 1 green) with this method using a Papermill Pro to create the paper.  I allowed the paper to dry for several days before finishing it off with an iron. 
 
Then, I drew the tulip pieces onto the sheets of paper.  If you don't feel you can draw these yourself there are many good templates online to use to trace the pieces onto the sheets.  



Now, form the petals, stems and leaves using a bowl of water and 2 small paintbrushes.  You will want the brushes to be just barely damp.  Too much water may cause the paper to tear when you are forming the pieces.  Run the brush along the edge of the piece that you are working on.  The further the water goes into the center the more area you will have to work with. 
 
Lightly pinch and roll the edges of each piece.  Go ahead and give them a little twist, too, but remember to be gentle doing it.  Before you are completely done, add a line of water up the center of petal, leaf or stem and lightly pinch it the lengthwise. 

See how much more dimension this gives to the paper compared to it being just being flat?  Allow everything to dry completely and then use your favorite wet adhesive to glue the flowers together.  

 
Add a magnet to the back of it and you have the perfect note holder for such things as your dry erase boards or your refrigerator.  Where ever you need a little touch of spring these flowers are perfect to add there.   
 
Use this idea to create your own embellishments for cards or on the books that you create using the bookmaking supplies from Arnold Grummer's!  Add some metallics, sparkles or micas to add a little bling to your project. 
 

As crafters, we are often looking for embellishments to add to our projects, but sometimes find ourselves in a dilemma because everything we have is just to flat for it so then we try things like 3-d adhesives.  Better, but still flat.  This is a great technique to use to add dimension to your embellishments that you have made yourself.  Handmade paper is a great way to add a nice touch to anything and everything including your office space! 
 
                                

 
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Happy Papermaking Everyone!
~Peg
 
 



Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Medallion Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014


I have a close friend who is simply elegant in all that she does. Perhaps “classy” is a better word to describe her. I needed to create a special birthday card for her that would be elegant and classy. Her favorite colors are peach and burgundy. I hope you will like the card as much as she did.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Mold: the bottom of a glass bowl (secretly barrowed from her china cabinet) 
  • Heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, scissors, bone folder
  • Beacon Quick Grip™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of peach and white paper (think colored junk mail, etc.)
  • One 6 x12” Burgundy  90# card stock folded in half (I used World Win)
  • Envelope for a 6 x 6” card
  • Dies: Spellbinders™ Circles, CherryLynn Doily
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • ColorBox™ Chalk Ink pads in Peach and Stylist handle with white foam tips
  • Happy Birthday stamp
  • 18” each of peach and burgundy 1” sheer ribbon
  • Spray bottle and water

Instructions:

  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create one sheet each of light, medium and dark peach paper.
  2. When paper is dry cut the doily from the dark colored peach paper.
  3. Cut a large circle from the light peach paper (smaller than the doily).
  4. Turn the bowl bottom up, lay this circle onto the bottom of the bowl and mist heavy with water.
  5. Follow the directions for casting.
  6. Dry the casting with the heat tool or in a sunny window.
  7. When it is dry use the Stylist tool and foam tips to add a tiny amount of peach ink to bring out the texture of the casting.
  8. Stamp happy birthday onto the light peach paper.
  9. Use the small circle die to cut the sentiment.
  10. Cut a slightly larger circle from the medium colored peach paper.

Assemble the card:

  1. Attach the sentiment to the medium colored peach circle with Beacon Quick Grab™ adhesive.
  2. Attach this to the center of the casting with foam tape.
  3. Attach the casting to the doily with the adhesive.
  4. Attach the doily to the front of the card with foam tape.
  5. Tie a double bow with the ribbons.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wabi-Sabi bowl

Let's embrace the imperfect, and find beauty in the cracks and crevices.
(At the age of 56 I am learning to embrace a lot of imperfections, lol)

 Let's celebrate the Wabi-Sabi in our life that patiently waits to be discovered. I have enjoyed for many years the Japanese philosophies of accepting what we call flaws as something valuable instead. When I made my paper casted bowl I could only see opportunity and not disaster in the tear along the side of the bowl. I am a firm believer in Wabi-Sabi which then gave me the chance to experience the art of kintsugi.

I "repaired" the tear with gold leaf. I painted a line of Helmar Super Tack glue along the crack and then used 14 karat gold leaf to cover the "flaw" to simulate the kintsugi method.
The art of kintsugi
"The Japanese have a long tradition of repairing pots with gold; it’s called “kintsugi” or “kintsukuroi”.“The term “kintsugi” means ‘golden joinery’ in Japanese and refers to the art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold” (….and often actually using genuine gold powder in the resin).  “Chances are, a vessel fixed by kintsugi will look more gorgeous, and more precious, than before it was fractured.”Others say that when something has suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful."                                        Dick Lehman

Here is my video I made and you will even see the "acceptance" I had when I noticed the tear that I accidentally created when removing my cast from the mold. 

I just love my little "hand made" charm. Thanks to fellow design team member Linda Hess for finding them for me!

The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic
that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated
and trimmed away.
-architect Tadao Ando



One of the ways you can make a difference is by recycling paper!
Think about it, how much paper do you use?
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Recycling and Upcycling

Handmade paper making involves the benefits of recycling discarded papers into new paper, and it also involves including other materials as well as what I like to call up cycling.  It is a win win situation for the creator and the environment.




Hi, I m Ann from AnnMakes (http://annmakes.blogspot.com) and the Design Team here At the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Design Team.  Today I am sharing with you a card that is a recycled and an up cycled project.  The up cycling is the original blue card base that was once made from recycled papers and used in a print shop.  It did not make it to the retail market because of some mis folding mishap.  I still found a use for a batch of these misfit cards, I just trimmed the blue cards back to a regular rectangular and even shape, I don't mind that they are not exactly a commercial measurement.  Then I reused a used dryer sheet that I dyed in some strong left over coffee over night.  No waste here.  The twine and raffia are also bits left over from some packaging.  The focal point of the card is made from recycled clean but damaged napkins which gave this paper its soft ply feel.




The fun part was when in the making of the white sheet of paper, as per the Arnold Grummer Paper Making method (video), I tried to emboss the paper while it was still wet.  That's right, instead of letting the paper dry completely or to dry it with the press of an iron I slid an open embossing folder under the damp paper, pressed and released.




 The paper dried over night and resulted in a beautiful deep impression.



I then used pastels to colour and bring out the details of  the impression.  I tore off the excess of the paper and adhered it with some tacky glue to the blue card and dryer sheet base.


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Handmade Paper Bookmarks

Even though we're still in the deep freeze with inches of snow still covering the ground, I'm looking forward to summer, warm breezes, and curling up with a good book.

Since I can't bear to throw away even the smallest scrap of my handmade paper, I've made several bookmarks—all made from leftovers from other projects.

For this button bookmark I punched a circle from a piece of dry embossed paper. For added strength I glued the handmade paper to a chipboard button. The large paperclip is attached to the chipboard button with E6000 adhesive.

The second bookmark is made from a paper casting using Arnold Grummer's oak leaf mold. I used an ink pad and a paint brush dipped in water to add the color. Work slowly with just a little water. The paper casting is very porous, and really sucks up the color.

The next bookmark is a simple strip of handmade paper that I punched on one end. I found that thinner papers work best, as a punch isn't strong enough to pierce thicker sheets of handmade papers. However, I've had great success cutting thicker sheets with dies.

Both the second and third bookmarks use magnet strips to secure the bookmark to the page. So the two pieces line up correctly, I found this method works best:
  1. Cut magnet strip to desired length/shape.
  2. Put the magnet pieces together.
  3. Remove the self-adhesive backing from one of the magnet strips.
  4. Position this strip on the back of the bookmark with the two magnet strips still together.
  5. Remove the self-adhesive backing from the other magnet strip.
  6. Close the bookmark.

I used these directions for this corner bookmark. It can be made just about any size, but you need to start with a square piece of paper.

The last bookmark is made using an extra resin bird left over from my Birds on a Wire project. The ribbon is attached with an eyelet.

I'm all ready for my summer reading. What are your suggestions for great reads?

Carole

Friday, March 13, 2015

Angel Baby Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015


A close neighbor friend is expecting a new addition to their family. Knowing it will be a little girl gave me the perfect opportunity to use one of the Arnold Grummer’s Cotton Press Angel molds for a “welcome to the world little one” card to include with the baby gift. I will be framing the card for them later as an extra bonus. It will be a beautiful addition to her room.

Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • AG Cotton Press Angel casting mold
  • Scraps of white and pale grey blue paper (think junk mail, etc.)  Note - I matched the paint color they used in the baby’s room for the card background layer.
  • Microwave, heat tool or a sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Westcott® Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Die: Spellbinders S5-198 Tapestry
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ & ZipDry™ Adhesive, & double sided tape, foam tape or foam dots
  • 24” of 1 ½” sheer Iridescent White ribbon
  • Clear Iridescent glitter
  • White card stock scored and folded to make a 5 x 7” card
  • ½ sheet of white card stock for the die cut or create sheets of handmade paper to use for the card and die cut
  • Envelope for 5 x 7” card
  • Pastels, chalks or powdered eye makeup and applicators (cotton swabs)

Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry.
  2. Create one (or more to use later) of the angle castings.
  3. Dry the casting in the microwave, with a heat tool or in a sunny window.
  4. Create pale blue grey slurry (or color of your choice), then create one sheet of heavy weight paper.
  5. When the sheet of pale blue grey paper is dry cut it to 4 ½ x 6 ½” (save the scrap for a future project)
  6. When the casting is dry, use the chalks to very lightly add color to the angel’s cheeks, mouth, eyes, hair and flowers.
  7. Apply a thin coat of ZipDry™ adhesive to the angle’s wings.
  8. Sprinkle the clear iridescent glitter onto the wings, and set aside to dry.
  9. Cut the Tapestry die from the ½ sheet of card stock.

Assemble the card:

  1. Layer and attach the Tapestry die cut to the pale blue gray paper with small pieces of foam tape or dots.
  2. Cut the ribbon in half.
  3. On the left side of the layers, attach the two pieces of ribbon to the back of the layers with Quick Grip™ adhesive.
  4. Allow the adhesive to dry.
  5. Tie a multi loop bow.
  6. Attach the layers to the center of the folded card with small pieces of foam tape or dots.
  7. Attach the angel casting to the right side of the card with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
I added the message “Welcome to the world little one” to the inside of the card.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DreamCatcher Card with Tamiko

Hey folks.. Happy Wednesday!  I have a friend I who pops up on my screen every now and then, just to say HELLO!  She brightens my day!  Lovely lady makes me laugh almost instantly. We share a few giggles.. and then she disappears.. ::smiles:: I created a card in thought of her.  You see she loves dreamcatchers and while I haven't quite learned to do the cording of the sinew, yet ::winks::.  This is my interpretation of one..



The supplies I began with were only made possible after using any one of the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kits to create my awesome papers.  I needed 1 and 1/2 sheets for this project.

Then you also need:
  • Faber Castell- Glass Bead Glitter Gel
  • Faber Castell- Metallic Purple Gelato
  • Faber Castell- Big Brush Pen Purple Violet
  • Helmar's  Super-Tac Glue
  • Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
  • metal flower, beads, fiber and wooden embellishment
  • spatula 
  • paint brush
  • scissors


The sheets of paper I used in this card actually came from my favorite Christmas paper I begged  my aunt to give me the last few pieces of.  I took the paper and folded it half to create a card.  I then took the half sheet and cut out various size feathers.  I added fringes to the paper with scissors to give it a more *barb* look. 

Then I prepared my color mixture.  I took my spatula and slithered off a piece of my gelato and spritz it with water.  Used my spatula to smoosh the gelato with a spritz of water into a paste. Added enough of the glass bead glitter gel to use on my card.  I painted my wooden sentiment.  I was also very delicately used my brush to add color to the feather.  Flipped the feathers over added fiber to mock a shaft and added beads to that.  Once it all was dry.. I brushed it lightly with my pitt pen to add more details... Used my Helmar's Super-Tac to adhere the feathers and Hello to it.  Used Quick Dry Adhesiveto adhere the metal flower and button to the card.  

My handmade papers make all of my projects that more personal for me.  I can't tell you how often people are intrigued at the texture/makeup of the papers.  It's totally easy to do and so worth every effort!

Just a few more pics..




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Monday, March 9, 2015

Sweet and Simple Paper Castings


These little basket boxes would be a sweet addition on a Easter table setting.  Each is made using a die-cut box as the base.  What makes them become special are "extras" added to the surface, mainly the casted images.


Paper castings are so easy to make using any of the Arnold Grummer casting molds or any variety of molds that may be available.  Use this link to find a pamphlet that you can download filled with information about creating casting here.

After the paper castings are complete, the coloring can begin.  For the images on boxes I chose to use both chalks and Ranger Perfect Pearl powders.  The castings were trimmed of the paper around them to make them smaller and allow the papers used on the boxes to frame them.  One set was trimmed straight, the other with deckle designed decorative scissors.

Box Of Chicks
Die-cut the box from white mat board.  Form the box using redline tape.  NOTE: One side of the box is folded to the inside of the box to create an open box.  It is helpful to cut away the small flap before folding to the inside.  Some glue may need to be added to hold in place.  Apply dye based ink to the surface of the box.  Cut four squares, slightly smaller then the sides of the box.  Trim the edges if desired with decorative scissors.  Glue a length of ribbon around the center of the box.  Glue the Daisy casted squares at a diagonal onto two (or four sides) of the box. If using only two images, form two small bows from the ribbon and glue to the center of the two opposite sides and embellish with a button of choice.

Butterfly Basket
Die-cut the box from chipboard.  Form the box with redline tape.  NOTE: One side of the box is folded to the inside create an open box. Follow the same directions as above.  Apply paint to the surface of the box.  Cut papers to apply to the sides of the box.  NOTE: I used a small sheet of handmade paper from my stash of sheets using leftover scraps for interesting effects.  Glue the Butterfly squares onto the front and back of the box, centering them so background paper frames the image.  Create a handle from a stiff strip of paper.  Cover the handle by wrapping jute cord around the strip.  Glue onto the sides of the box, then add a button for embellishment.  Form a bow from desired ribbon, attach to the top, center of the handle.

These boxes show an Easter theme, but either design could be used for other occasions such as showers, weddings and birthdays or to fit any other holiday theme, buy changing colors, papers and casted images.

Other material information:
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue

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Next week I will be sharing another casted idea for Easter using a different type of mold for a cute little decoration.