223 Basket Heart Card Project
#223 - Basket Heart 
Greeting Card
Clay Casting Project

Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #223 - Basket Heart
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
Heart cookie cutter, slightly larger than the heart on the cookie stamp, or knife
Sandpaper or emery board
Acrylic primer (optional)
Acrylic paint: cranberry wine
Rub 'n Buff® metallic finish
Foam brush or Spouncer™ stenciling sponge
Soft cloth
Paper Edgers® - we used #9210 - Victorian and #9201 - Scallop designs
Scissors, gold marker, and pencil
Specialty papers (scrapbooking, origami, wrapping, etc.) - we used:
     1 piece mauve paper for background trimmed with Victorian Paper Edgers®
     1 piece cranberry-wine paper for middle paper
     1 piece mauve paper in heart shape to put casting on trimmed with Scallop Paper Edgers®
Tacky glue or hot glue or glue stick
1 blank greeting card and envelope (ours is by Strathmore®)
Gold fabric trim (optional)

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

1.  While clay is still wet, cut out heart from casting (with a 1/4" to 3/8" border around the edge of heart) using a heart cookie cutter or knife. Let casting dry.
2.  When casting is dry, sand any rough edges smooth. Optional: Apply primer to both sides of casting. Let dry. 
3.  Apply a coat of cranberry wine paint. Let dry.
4.  Apply Rub 'n Buff® on the raised surface of the design and the edge and sides of the heart. Use a gold marker to draw lines and dots around the edge.
5.  Using the Victorian Paper Edgers® scissors, cut the mauve decorative paper for the background and glue on card. Then cut the cranberry-wine piece as shown and glue to card.
6.  To create a paper heart to fit behind the casting: place the heart cookie cutter on the back side of the decorative paper and lightly trace its outline with a pencil. Then craw a line 1/4" to 1/2" outside of the 1st line (which creates a heart largr than the cookie cutter). Cut along this outside line with the Scallop Paper Edgers®. Glue the paper heart in place on card.
7.  Use tacky glue or hot glue to attach the casting to the center of the paper heart.
8.  Cut a piece of gold trim and glue it to 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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