Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"Why is mum blendering bog roll????"


(is blendering even a word???)

This month over at the Green Pepper Press street team, the Crusade topic is paper casting.

This is something I have never tried before, but I will definitely be doing it again. It's fun of the highest order.


And it's hard work, but worth it, to keep a straight face as your teenage son and three of his friends look on incredulously as you merrily tear a toilet roll into little strips and run it through the blender :)

(My smoothies have tasted a bit odd ever since.... :D)

I made this huge job lot of casts in one night - some were made with moulds, the rest by pushing the pulp onto an upturned rubber stamp (I think the harlequin stamp could have done with a clean first!).


They took about 48 hours to dry, but once dry they were rock hard and ready to use. And a great thing about these paper casts is that they are really lightweight - so this is a great alternative to clay for projects that you don't want to be too weighed down.

And use them I have - on Little Boxes, of course :)


By the way - that one with the heart and wing? See the background? That is proof positive that you don't need a die cutting machine to use the Cuttlebug embossing folders - I did that with a rolling pin and good old fashioned muscle power :)







12 comments:

LostLuggage said...

OMG- these look amazing! They ALL look so good...and your finished projects! Spectacular!!!

I like how the heat embossing contrasts with the roughness of the castings...that sounded terrible..but you know what I mean- I like the combo very much!

michelle ward said...

Wowee Sarah! These are terrific!! Love seeing the full stash of casts, the variety, and the finished goods! I am cracking up that the kids think you've lost it now *wink* That wing and heart are especially lovely and detailed. Thanks for playing!!

Kim Mailhot said...

These are absolutely gorgeous ! I especially love the round moon shining over the picket fence ! Wow !
Kim

tina's space said...

Thats it!!! I am off to buy a blender. These are ab fab!!! They turned out fantastic and look so good on the finished pieces. thanks for the inspiration!!!

LaY hOoN said...

wow ! Amazing final pieces. So great to see you try on various medium.
I like them so much !

Fiona said...

What fab little houses- great use of those casts.

PLO said...

Sarah, these are incredible! I am most impressed (pun intended). I really wasn't excited for this challenge until I saw yours! Using toilet paper sure beats the $8 paper clay!!! You rock my world girlfriend!

Ursula Clamer said...

I love your sense of humour, I can just see the look on those kids faces! priceless! Your casts look GREAT and I am so impressed that you have already used them. Fab pieces. Great tip about the cuttlebug embossing folders.

Julie said...

Sarah, they look terrific and what a great idea to put them on the houses. Love what you did here!

Lucy Edson said...

Amazing!! Love how you used your castings! Very creative!

GlitteryKatie said...

These are fab!!!

Lorraine said...

these paper casts are really good will have to have a go...that page about the fruiscanti!!!is good ..he is a bit of alright!!!