Paper roses, paper roses, oh how real those roses seem to be
But they're only imitation like your imitation love for me
Anyone remember those lyrics then? Gotcha singing now?
Soooo, out of the blue I received a lovely gift voucher from Joanna Sheen, sent by a special friend. And THAT kicked me off into playing with 'air drying' paper clay. It's fun and quite therapeutic, but it does smell a bit odd until it dries properly - Len always says I've got a sense of smell like a blood-hound but even he agreed (and ran away shouting 'Yeuch') when I stuck a freshly moulded shape right under his nose.
I played quite happily with coloured paper clay (you need the teeniest bit of coloured clay to mix in with a LOT more white, ask me how I know). Then I moved onto playing with pure white paper clay. This is the first card I made:
- 4" x 5.5" cream card blank, tent style
- copper coloured brushed satin mirri card for the backing
- cream card embossed/die cut using a Marianne Designables 'Swirls' folder (my favourite in that particular range), and then popped onto the copper card backing
- 'the rose' - made using white Martha Stewart Paper Clay and the large rose from the 'Romantic' moulds set, left to dry thoroughly and then painted using shades of gold and copper Twinkling H2O's. The fern - made using more white clay and the fern leaf from the 'Garden' moulds set, again left to dry and painted with green Twinkling H2O's
- I'd already popped a strip of Hobbycraft self adhesive ribbon across the card where I wanted the rose to sit and then the fun began -- how to stick paper clay embellishments to card?
- I tried ultra sticky tape - nope, not playing. Then E-6000 really strong glue - nope, also not playing. Then, the glue gun - yay, victory dance here! This is just in case you have a play - my guess is that something in the paper clay (which wasn't painted 'cos it's the back of the moulded embellishment) means the ultra sticky tape won't adhere properly, the really strong glue just sits there and sulks, but the glue gun works like a dream!