Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter Peace

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

I create paper castings all through the year so that I will have them on hand when I need a quick card or gift. Doing them by the batch saves me a lot of time and mess. Sometimes I add stitching and/or tiny beads like I did on the snowman. Because I had the casting made ahead of time, these two Christmas cards took less than 5 minutes each to put together - less time than it will take me to write the message inside.



·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       AGCP Snowman mold, Acrylic ornament Angel to use as a mold
·       Scraps of white card stock to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ dark blue cardstock for the bases, envelopes to fit cards
·       Dies: Quiet Fire Designs™  ECD #1238 “Peace”, ECD #1199 “Winter” (4 Seasons)
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Christmas theme embossing folder (snowflakes, holly, etc.)
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM & QuickGrip™ adhesive
·       ColorBox® medium blue Chalk™ ink pad, Stylus™ handle & tips
·       Dark blue seed beads, orange embroidery floss, needle


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and cast one or more of the snowman and angel. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Use the Stylus handle & tip to to lightly apply the dark blue Chalk™ ink to the Angel casting.
4.     Stitch the beads onto the snowman as buttons.
5.     Use the orange floss to stitch the hatband and the carrot nose on the snowman.
6.     Cut, score and fold the dark blue card stock to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
7.     Emboss the fronts of the cards with the Christmas embossing folders.
8.     Die cut the words “Peace” & “Winter” from scraps of white cardstock.
9.     Attach the paper castings to the bottom center card front with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
10.  Attach the die cut words centered above the paper castings (Winter for the snowman and Peace for the Angel) with ZipDry™ adhesive.
11.  Write your message inside the card with a white pen.
12.  Mail in a padded envelope or hand deliver.

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