Paper Casting Molds for Greeting Card Focal Pieces

by Carole Lassak on January 1, 2013

Arnold Grummer's LogoFor truly unique handmade cards, nothing beats using one of Arnold Grummer’s paper casting molds. These molds are so versatile—besides paper pulp, you can mold a variety of clays. For these cards I used Arnold Grummer’s magnolia mold, the dragonfly mold, trifold window cards, and Delight™ by PaperClay.

I rolled out a small ball of the paper clay with a rolling pin to about 3/8″ thickness and large enough to cover the mold. The molds were dusted with cornstarch so the paper clay would release easily. I pressed the clay into the mold to capture every detail. I gentle removed the casting from the mold, trimmed as desired, and left to dry overnight on a flat surface.

Drying Molds

Paper clay castings drying

I tried a different coloring technique on each of these cards. On the magnolia casting I used chalks for the leaves and petals, and added deeper color accents on the petals with Prismacolor markers. The flower center was colored with a Tombow marker.

Close up of Magnolia paper cast

Close up of Magnolia paper cast

For the dragonfly I coated the body, head, and wing parts with USArtQuest PPA. Then, I dipped a fine brush into gold mica powders and blended with the PPA that was already on the paper clay piece. I did the sparkly gold background by painting the areas with PPA and sprinkling with Mica Gold Dust.

Close up of Dragonfly paper cast

Close up of Dragonfly paper cast

The final step was to prepare the trifold card blanks. For the dragonfly card I stamped a dragonfly image with Versamark creating a tone on tone image. For the magnolia card I stamped a leaf vine with pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I mounted each casting on a mat and mounted the mat with the casting into the trifold card.

Finished cards using paper casting from Arnold Grummer's paper casting molds

Finished cards using paper casting from Arnold Grummer's paper casting molds

 

 

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Jeri January 5, 2013 at 5:53 am

Thank you for sharing. I am going to try this technique. I love the softness and the texture you are able to achieve with the paper casting molds.

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Sue Duffy February 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Thanks so much for sharing these, Carole. I love them and you inspire me! I am a long-time Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I have just started branching out into papermaking and paper casting. Coincidentally, just today I made my first two cards with paper cast focal points and want to try to share in the next month or so with the women who attend my monthly stamp camps/classes. I have to go to AG now and order a few more molds! ;-)

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