Scottish Thistle

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

Happy April! Time for flowers to bloom and the weather to get warmer! Yep, I admit it - I do not like to be cold. Each year as the temperature rises, I start getting the urge to get outside and start the paper making process. I will spend a whole day just creating beautiful sheets of handmade paper and many paper castings. This gets repeated many times during the year so that I have a stash on hand. I get a head start on the many projects that are created during the year. The Scottish Thistle is one of my favorite paper molds available from Arnold Grummer.


·       Any of the Arnold Grumme paper making kits
·       A sunny window
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       Scraps of yellow paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       AG’s Scottish Thistle mold #R009
·       White card stock (folded) to create a 5 ¼ square card
·       Envelope to fit card
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky™ glue, double sided foam tape
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Die: Tonic #209E Celtic Dream Layering set
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Tonic Studios™ Nuvo Mousse # 804N Mother of Pearl
·       Light Yellow water base ink pad (match the color of the handmade paper)
·       ColorBox™ Stylus handle & tip

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more sheets of medium weight yellow handmade paper.  (Create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards… sheet will make the liners for 4 cards.) 
2.     Create more slurry and cast one or more of the Scottish Thistles.
3.     Allow the casting and sheets of paper to dry.
4.     Score and fold the white cardstock to create a 5 ¼” square card.
5.     Center the (second from the center) Celtic Dream round die on the card and die cut the design.
6.     Lightly apply the yellow ink around the outside edge of the card.
7.     When the ink is dry, apply the Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse lightly to the front of the card and the Scottish Thistle part of the paper casting.
8.     Attach the yellow liner to the inside of the card front with glue.
9.     Attach the Paper casting to the center front of the card with double sided foam tape.

To mail any card with a paper casting, place it inside a padded envelope. I know the postage is a bit more but it will get there in perfect condition.


  1. I too cannot wait to get started on making some paper!

    1. I must get some new paper made and some new paper castings done! Both are addictive and "I need a fix"
      Love and light,

  2. Replies
    1. It puts a smile on my sunny.....
      Love and light,

  3. Oh the weather here is getting beautiful! I love that mold and the die you used around it, so pretty. Next weekend off, I plan to just make paper.

    1. You can never have too much handmade paper and
      Love and light,

  4. Pretty enough for wall decor! Well done!

    1. Thanks a bunch Anne.......I think it will go into a frame perfectly! Smile.
      Love and light,


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