355 Wall Art Project
#355 – Trumpeting Angel 
Decorative Wall Art
Clay Casting Project

The whole family can have FUN creating 
wonderful gifts and cookies at Christmastime!



Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #355 – Trumpeting Angel
Clay* - we used Creative Paperlay® which air dries to a paintable pure white (no oven needed)
1 clay casting* - #355 – Trumpeting Angel (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
1 2-inch round cookie cutter
Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Acrylic primer (optional)
1 large craft paper, cardboard or wood wall plaque with hanger already attached (from craft store, or make your own)
2 different decorative papers (from craft store or scrapbook supply, or use gift wrap or stationery): 
     1 piece rough-textured beige paper – finished size approx. 5" x 7 1/2" (adjust to fit your plaque with a nice border)
     1 piece smooth tan paper – finished size approx. 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" (adjust to fit over the other piece with a nice border)
Pen with brown ink (or use paint and brush or rubber stamp or computer printer)
Acrylic paints: aqua blue, metallic gold
Tacky glue or hot glue


*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. It is an example of how a paper casting could be used on a scrapbook page instead of a clay casting on a wall plaque.
Instructions:

1.  While clay is still wet, cut out casting with cookie cutter. Let dry.
2.  Smooth rough places with a very light sandpaper if needed.
3.  Optional: Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
4.  Apply aqua paint to entire casting (except edge) and let dry. Apply aqua paint to plaque, taking care not to get paint on the grommets or hanger, and let dry.
5.  Apply gold paint lightly over aqua on angel, trumpet and clouds as highlights, allowing some aqua to show through (as shown in photo). Apply gold paint to edge of casting. Let dry.
6.  Cut 2 decorative papers as follows:
        1)  Back piece can be torn a tiny edge piece at a time (draw a light guide line to follow with a pencil) to the appropriate size. Note: It may help to dampen the edge (water turns paper into pulp, so be careful not to dampen too much) and gently pull at the edge until it tears into what is called a "deckled edge." You may want to experiment with scrap paper first until you get the desired effect.
        2)  Cut the front piece to appropriate size using scissors or other device. Plan the layout of your artwork, leaving room for the casting, and write the message. Note: If printing your message using a computer or copier, you can print the message first and then cut the paper if you prefer.
7.  When you are satisfied with the way the 2 pieces fit together, glue the front paper to the back and let dry.
8.  Glue the 2 papers to plaque and let dry.
9.  Glue casting to front paper.



Project designed and created by Maggie Montgomery. Photograph by David Montgomery


Bake up a batch of delicious Springerle Cookies to match....







... or try your hand at Speculaas Cookies!


This photo makes the design look recessed into the 
cookie (an "innie"), but 
it really is an "outie" as are
all cookies made using Rycraft cookie stamps.

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