Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hurrah for the Red, White & Blue

©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 1/8version)
  • X-acto knife and cutting pad
  • Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur II
  • TH patriotic embossing folder


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create numerous star castings.  
  2. 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.)
  3. Attach the tiny star sequins to the castings using the beading needle and clear seed beads.
  4. Score and fold the cards.
  5. Emboss the front of the cards with the patriotic folder.
  6. Cut a small slit in the side of the card wide enough to accommodate the ribbon.
  7. Insert the ribbon into the slit, tie a bow.
  8. Attach the star casting to the front of the card with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  9. Handwrite the invitation information on the inside of the card, or computer-generate it if you have a lot to create.

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