242 Maple Leaves Painted Project
#242 – Maple Leaves Painted
Paper Casting Project
Set a beautiful table to celebrate Arbor Day in the spring 
or Thanksgiving in the fall with a centerpiece of candles and scattered leaves, 
and a dessert of matching maple leaf cookies.


#242 – Maple Leaf

Materials Needed:
1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #242 – Maple Leaf
100% Cotton linter - (see Rycraft Cotton Linter)
3 paper castings* #242 – Maple Leaf (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). 
Clear acrylic varnish
Acrylic paints or markers: red, orange, peach, gold and yellow for Fall leaves; or 3 shades of green for Summer and Spring leaves.

Spiced paper castings: To achieve a rich, warm brown color, add a small amount of cinnamon or pumpkin-pie spice to your pulp in the blender. Be careful not to add too much, or the color will become too dark. If you varnish the casting, the color will turn slightly darker. Also, too much spice can cause the pulp to stick to your cookie stamp. It will help if you use cooking oil to pretreat the stamp, then clean it well when you're finished.
*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from clay instead of paper (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.
1.  Cut out the leaf design from each casting.
2.  Apply a coat of varnish to both sides of the cut-out castings and let dry.
3.  Apply color with markers or experiment with acrylic paints and lightly dry-brush highlights onto the leaves. Try letting color spread from the middle of leaves. For a different effect, use color on just the edges of leaves. Look at the leaves in your yard for inspiration and have fun!

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

Bake up a batch of Shortbread Cookies to match!

Cookies decorated by and photograph courtesy of Goose Hill Farms.

#044 – Turkey,   #014 – Apple,   #008 – Pear,    #063 – Sheaf of Wheat,
#015 – Grapes,   #311–Oak Leaf  or  #312 – Oak Leaf,   #242 – Maple Leaf

Cookies above were made by GooseHill Farms with cornstarch and confectioner's sugar in their recipe. 

The "paint" is FDA-approved Baker's Colors, Luster Dust® in gold and ruby, and powdered egg whites.

Cookies below were decorated with luster dust by Peggy Aiken.

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