Christmas Candle Greeting Card

Christmas Candle Greeting Card
Designed and created by Nancy Nickel

A fun paper casting project for kids of all ages!

Stamped paper cast Christmas card using Rycraft cookie stamp #275 – Christmas Candle

#275 – Christmas Candle

Materials Needed: 

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #275 – Christmas Candle
100% Cotton Linter (Rycraft Linter)
1 paper casting* of design #275 – Christmas Candle
 (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions).
5 pieces of your choice of decorative papers and colors -- cut to 5 1/2" square (white cardstock), 
 5 1/2" square (green cardstock), 5 1/4" square (striped paper), 4" square (green paper), and 3" square (red paper)

Clear acrylic spray varnish to seal the casting before painting
Acrylic paints: metallic gold, red, green (I used Memento Fade-resistant Dye Ink in Dandelion,
Pear Tart and Red, plus Fantastix coloring tools)
Ultra-fine glitter (I used Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue - Star Dust)

Glue
Ribbon

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

Simple Instructions:

1. Let casting dry completely. Then varnish the casting to seal it before painting (so wet paint won't make design disappear). Let dry. Optional: Apply a 2nd coat of varnish for more permanence. 
2. Apply paints one at a time. Let dry between coats.
3. Method 1: Apply glitter glue to design and let dry. Method 2: Brush a little varnish on the design and apply ultra-fine glitter while varnish is still wet. Let dry.
4. Optional: Apply another coat of varnish to protect the completed casting.
5. Cut papers to fit your card and then to fit one over the other as shown. Glue 5 pieces together
and let dry. 

6. Glue casting to center of top paper as shown.
7. Add a bow as shown.

Detailed Step-By-Step Instruction
in Nancy's own words:

1. I began by doing all the fun casting. The one 8 oz bag of Cotton Linter was enough to make all of these pieces. I simply added a handful of Linter to the blender with some water, and blended. After pouring it through a strainer, I added the wet pulp into the casting stamps. Then it was just a matter of using a sponge and towel to remove all the water. I popped the shapes out of the stamps, and allowed them to air dry.

Pure white paper castings made with Rycraft cookie stamps in various designs


2. For my first casting card, I opted to use the casting of the Christmas Candle. 

4 Rycraft cookie stamps and matching paper castings - rose, teapot, maple leaf and Christmas candle

Shown above: #125 – Rose#318 – Tea Time, #242 – Maple Leaf#275 – Christmas Candle

I swiped some ink onto a plastic sheet, and used the Fantastix to color the design. 

Materials used to paint stamped paper casting of Rycraft cookie stamp design #275 Christmas Candle


3. Here's a close-up look of the coloring.

Stamped & painted paper casting of Rycraft cookie stamp design #275 Christmas Candle

4. I used a 5 1/2" square cardstock base. I covered it with a 5 1/2" square of green cardstock. I then layered on a pretty striped piece of designer paper that was 5 1/4" square. Next, I centered a 4" square of paper to the striped background. 

Papers used to make Rycraft stamped Christmas Card  #275 Christmas Candle

5. Using double sided tape (you can use glue), I adhered the casting piece to the center of a 3" square of red designer paper. I decided that turning the red paper on the diagonal added some fun interest. I then adhered the red piece onto the green square using foam tape (again, you can use glue).

Stamped paper cast Christmas card using Rycraft cookie stamp #275 – Christmas Candle

6. In this photo you can see that both of the designer papers I used have a beautiful glossy/sparkle finish on them. 

Stamped paper cast Christmas card using Rycraft cookie stamp #275 – Christmas Candle

This inspired me to add some pretty Stickles glitter glue to the candle design. Another option is to use ultra-fine glitter and apply it to the design while the paint is still wet.

Closeup of painted stamped paper casting using Rycraft cookie stamp #275 Christmas Candle


7. Finally, I added a little green ribbon bow that just happened to be lying on my work table.

Closeup of painted stamped paper casting using Rycraft cookie stamp #275 Christmas Candle

In the photo above you can see the glittered design. Here's one last look at my card, in the photo below.

Stamped paper cast Christmas card using Rycraft cookie stamp #275 – Christmas Candle

The project above was designed and created by Nancy Nickel.
Thank you, Nancy!

Bake a batch of springerle cookies to match!

Stamped springerle cookie using Rycraft cookie stamp #275 – Christmas Candle & square scallop cookie cutter

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