Love Cast in Clay Blog Hop with Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay®

Blog Hop winners
Jeannie - Creative Paperclay® from Creative Paperclay® blog
Mary S-from Amazing Mold Putty blog
Tumbling Trails-Creative Paperclay® from this blog

Basket of Roses Postcard with Amazing Mold Putty and DelightTM
by Sandra Strait (aka molossus)

The Creative Paperclay® Design Team is having a blog hop!  It's my first ever, so I'm really excited.  If you arrived here from Susan Brown's SBArtist: Painting in the Dark blog, you are in the right spot.  If not, you might want to go back and start from the beginning at the Creative Paperclay® blog.

There's Blog Candy! One winner from both the Amazing Mold Putty blog and the Creative Paperclay Blog will receive a 16oz package of Creative Paperclay® and package of Amazing Mold Putty.  For a chance to win (U.S. only, sorry), just leave a comment on all blogs and become a follower of all blogs on the hop. .

I am also giving away an 8 oz package of Creative Paperclay® or a package of Delight to one of the people who comment on my blog. (This prize is open to all but because of weight and postage, I'll substitute a 3 oz pack of  DelightTM if the winner is international.).

For my project, I made a postcard to send to my husband on our 30th Wedding Anniversary.  I’ll be out of town (wah!), so I wanted something special for the occasion.

Rolled Paper Rose
2-3 ft. of  1/8 in Diamond Braid rope
A piece of lace for tablecloth
A Postcard
A scrap of paper with the sentiments "Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like Flowers" written on it.
White Glue
Acrylic paint and brushes
A toothpick or two

Rolling The Roses:  
I rolled two sizes of rose—one from a 2 x 2 inch piece of paper, and one from a 4 x 4 inch square.

The Rope:  
I cut off three pieces of rope around an inch long, but of slightly different lengths, to be used as flower stems.   I tugged the strands at one end to fray them, so they’d leave a texture when I made my mold.

With the rest of the rope, I tied an Ocean Plait knot 2 ¼ inches long by 1 ½ inches high. (Don't know how to tie an Ocean Plait knot?  There's a quick and easy template here-but be sure to come back for the rest of the hop!)

The Amazing Mold Putty:  
I made four molds for this project—two for the roses; one for the leaves and stems; and one for the basket.

Amazing Mold Putty comes in two parts, Part A--white putty and Part B--yellow putty.  Nothing happens until you start mixing the two.  Once you start smooshing them together though, you only have 3 or 4 minutes before the putty sets.

For each mold, I scooped equal amounts of Part A and Part B and eyeballed the amounts next to the object(s) I was going to mold.

Once I felt I had enough I smooshed them together until the putty was all yellow with no marbling, then f flattened the ball out to the needed size.  The last step was pushing my rope, knot or flower into the soft putty and to leave it there for 10-15 minutes.

The DelightTM
DelightTM dries lighter and whiter than Creative Paperclay®, but either can be used in this project.  The DelightTM will be cheaper to send if you intend to snail-mail your postcard. 

The next step was to add the DelightTM to the molds.  You get the best effects if you leave the DelightTM in the mold for a day or so, but I needed 5 small roses and 3 large ones, so I admit it.  I let the DelightTM set for a couple hours, and then very carefully worked it free, so I could add more.
I did wait a day before trimming off the excess bits of DelightTM with scissors and painting.  During that time, I painted a background on the postcard.

I used white glue on the lace, then the basket, then the stems and then the flowers.  Then I added the Diamond drops and sentiments and my card was done!

Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog, to be entered for the great blog candy.  From here, you'll be visiting Peg.  

If you wish to start at the beginning or think you may have missed someone, here is a list of the blogs on the hop.