Maple Leaf Picture Frame Project
#242 - Maple Leaf Picture Frame
Paper Casting Project

A unique and beautiful gift or keepsake!

Materials Needed:
1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #242 - Maple Leaf  
and #015 – Grapes
1 sheet Rycraft 100% cotton linter
10 paper castings* 
#242 - Maple Leaf
      and   1 paper casting*   and #015 – Grapes (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions)
Clear acrylic varnish
1 picture frame 5 3/4" x 7 1/2" with 3" x 4 1/2" oval center opening (Note: A smooth, simple frame works well to showcase the castings).
Brown decorator spray paint
Acrylic paints: white, burnt sienna, raw umber, yellow ochre
Toothbrush, sponge, and paint brush

*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.  Carefully cut out the 10 maple leaf designs from the #242 castings and the 2 grape leaves from the #015 casting.
2.  Apply a coat of varnish to the cutouts and let dry thoroughly.
3.  Glue the cutouts onto the frame, overlapping some of them as shown in the photograph.
4.  Apply another coat of varnish to all the leaves and dry thoroughly.
5.  Spray paint the frame and leaves, making sure to cover all the surface areas.
6.  For a more mottled, antique look, mix up several colors of your acrylic paints that are lighter than the brown spray paint. Load your toothbrush with paint, and drag your thumb across it to release the paint in a type of spray effect – this "stipples" the paint in flecks onto the frame and leaves; you may also want to use a sponge to lightly dab the color on.
7.  Use a paint brush to lightly highlight the outer edges of the leaves with paint, especially where they overlap another leaf that is darker brown underneath.
8.  Finish with a final coat of varnish and let dry.
This project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photograph  by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.

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

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.

#311–Oak Leaf  or  #312 – Oak Leaf,   #242 – Maple Leaf

Or try our Almond Butter Cookie Recipe –
our customers' favorite recipe!

L to R:   #266 – Sunface,    #063 – Sheaf of Wheat,    
#242 – Maple Leaf,    #296 – Fishing Fly

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