009 Thistle Card Project
#009 – Scottish Thistle Greeting Card
Clay Casting Project


Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #009 – Scottish Thistle    
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
Watercolor paint: purple (use to make casting)
1 clay casting* - #009 – Scottish Thistle (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions) made with purple watercolor paint
Round 2" cookie cutter, slightly larger than the design on the cookie stamp, or knife
Sandpaper or emery board
Rub 'n Buff® or gold acrylic paint, foam brush or Spouncer™ by PLAID®, soft cloth
Paper: lavender, white
Paper Edgers® Scissors - Colonial and Victorian patterns
1 blank greeting card and envelope (ours is by Strathmore®)
Tacky glue and hot glue
7" square paper doily
Gold fabric trim

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.
Instructions:

1.  Before making your casting: Use your paint brush to add a few dabs of purple watercolor paint to the clay (click here for instructions on tinting). Knead the clay in your hands until the color is well blended throughout.
2.  While clay is still wet, trim casting with biscuit cookie cutter. Let dry.
3.  Sand rough edges smooth.
4.  Apply Rub 'n Buff® to the raised surfaces of the thistle design and to the sides of the medallion.
5.  Cut lavender paper 1/2" smaller than your blank card. Trim right side and bottom with Colonial Paper Edgers. Glue to card.
6.  Trim doily to fit card as shown, and affix doily to card using tacky glue.
7.  Glue casting to doily with hot glue.
8.  Using Victorian Paper Edgers, trim a piece of lavender paper to fit the center area of the doily and glue it on.
9.  On a white piece of paper, write your message by hand or use a computer. Trim message with Victorian Paper Edgers, and glue to the card.
10.  Glue a strip of gold trim to the left edge of the card as shown.

Project designed and created by Sue Moore.
Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.




This clay casting project is featured along with dozens of others 
in our book The Art of Clay Casting, which includes basic paper casting 
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.


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