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.
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.