SNR's 12 Days of Christmas - Day 4

I have been working my way through Roni Johnson's Collage and Altered Art book and have been learning some fabulous techniques! My new favorite is faux paper casting. True paper casting can be costly and time-consuming. Being short on both extra funds and time this holiday season, I was looking for a quick and fun way to embellish my holiday projects. Faux paper casting is a wonderful alternative to true paper casting and yields excellent results!

Facial tissues
Mister (filled with water)
Book page

Step One: Place your stamp facing up on your work surface and apply a light coat of ink using a stamp pad. Note: I used a black pigment ink that, when wet and mixed with water, bleeds through the tissue, creating a gorgeous deep green color. Omit the ink from this step for an uncolored impression or heat-set a pigment ink to ensure a waterproof image.

Step Two: Place two sheets of tissue onto the stamp. Mist the tissues with water and use a paintbrush to press the tissue down into all the crevices of the stamp. Repeat this process two or three more times, creating 6-8 layers of tissue. Note: Be sure to use a stomping motion with the paintbrush. Any side-to-side motion may tear the tissues.

Step Three: Gently remove the casting from the stamp and let dry.

Step Four: Apply a book page to an ATC. Trim any excess paper from the edge of the ATC.

Step Five: Place a piece of punchinella over the ATC and press a stamp pad over the ATC until an even coat of ink is applied.

Step Six: Punch several snowflakes from a piece of cardstock using a snowflake punch. Cover each snowflake with glitter and add a rhinestone to the center of each snowflake. Set aside to dry.

Step Seven: Spray a small amount of mist onto the work surface and drag each edge of the ATC through the mist, adding color to the edge of the ATC.

Step Eight: Trim the excess tissue from the casting and gently apply ink to the raised surfaces. Note: For a more distressed edge, rewet the edges of the tissue and gently tear away the excess tissue. If the ink was omitted from Step One, add color as desired.

Step Nine: Add the embellishments to the ATC. Note: I also added a light coat of Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist for extra sparkle.

Deck the Halls by Dana Tatar Supplies ATC Base: Ranger; Stamp: Girls' Paperie; Rhinestones: Teresa Collins; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Ink: Colorbox, Ranger, SEI; Mist: Studio Calico, Tattered Angels; Multi-Medium: Ranger; Punch: EK Success; Other: Book page, cardstock, punchinella, tissues

Faux paper castings make excellent embellishments for cards, scrapbook layouts and altered art pieces. Castings can also be made with tissue paper, napkins or thin paper towels.

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