Cards

RSS: Paper Casting with Rubber Stamps

By  Sandi Femino 

  • Paper Casting with Rubber Stamps
  • Butterfly Card
  • Seashell Card

Materials

  • Cotton linter (in the paper-making section)
  • Decorating chalks and/or metallic rub-on pigments (Craf-T Products)
  • Glitter glue: silver; crystal
  • Polymer clay
  • Talcum powder

Tools

  • Craft-dedicated blender
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Sponge
  • Soft rag
  • Rubber stamps: Starstruck (JudiKins); Rubber Stampede Honeysuckle Background (Delta); Nautilus Collage (Club Scrap)
  • Clay-dedicated acrylic roller
  • Oven
  • 1. To create paper-casting mold, follow manufacturer's instructions to condition and roll polymer clay into 1/4"-thick sheet, slightly larger than chosen stamp. Note: You may also cast directly onto rubber stamps; this creates a reverse-relief image as shown in the butterfly card.
  • 2. Lightly dust stamp with powder for easy release. Press stamp into clay with even pressure; gently pull straight up to release clay. Wash stamp well after clay use to prevent drying. Bake clay as directed; let cool.
  • 3. Tear 7"x8" piece of cotton linter into small pieces and place in blender; add water to within 2" of rim. Blend to soft pulp, about one minute. Pour into sieve to remove excess water, leaving soft pulp mass.
  • 4. To cast, begin placing pulp on surface of clay; look for even, not thick, coverage. When completely covered, gently press clean, dry sponge against pulp to remove more water; pressing motion also forces pulp into detail areas of impression.
  • 5. Continue sponging water away. Finish by pressing dry cloth against pulp. Set mold aside to air dry for several hours. When pulp is crisply dry, casting will release easily; linter contracts slightly as it dries.
  • 6. Leave deckle edges as-is or trim as desired. Highlight raised images with very light application of decorating chalk or metallic rub-on pigment, followed by light application of glitter glue. Adhere piece to card or other surface; handmade papers complement cast pieces particularly well.
  • More
  • 1. Cast small designs for use in jewelry pieces; cast partial images to add interest to mixed-media collage work.
  • 2. Facial tissue will also work with this technique; try various colors for different effects.
  • 3. Add glitter for sparkle, tea or coffee for vintage appeal, to paper pulp before casting.