Jenny Hodges shows you how to use silicone moulds to fab effect with these parliament of owls cards.
We can’t wait to make this gorgeous selection of owl-themed cards and a gift box! Perfect for all occasions, they’re adorned with a variety of clever embellishments that are all created from silicone moulds.
Jenny has showcased a range of techniques here, from white air dry clay for a simple shabby chic style to glittered embossing powders and resins mixed with mica powders for a pop of colour.
With such a huge number of effects possible from the same mould, let your imagination go wild!
Layer it up
Use a simple template to mix and match pretty papers to create your sleepy owl (pictured above), then perch him on a branch made from resin in a flourish mould, and finish with a resin rose and leaves.
Keep it simple
Surround a pair of snoozing owls with a dusky sky, embellished with white air dry clay stars. Pastel papers and a lace border give the card a gorgeously soft finish.
Try 3D shapes
Make a gift even more special by popping it in this pillow box. Use the template and adorn with paper feathers. Make eyes with a moulded Wow embossing powder embellishment.
Keep reading to find out how to make your own owl creations!
Basic card kit, plus
Spellbinders dies – Petite Ovals, Classic Circle, Picot Edge Circles & Labels 8 Decorative Elements, from Icon UK
Die-namics die – Branch with Leaves, Lawn Fawn stamp – You’re a Hoot, My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park, Basic Grey & Authentique paper pads, from Dies to Die For
Wow Melt It powder, Wow embossing powder – Vanilla White & Rich Gold, Wow moulds – Shabby Rose, Forget me Not, Autumn Leaves & Daisy, from Wow Embossing Powder
Martha Stewart Decorative Designs mould set & Air Dry Clay– White, from Sir Stampalot
Amazing Clear Cast resin, from Metal Clay
Dry Pigments – Green, Burnt Green, Golden Ochre, Caput Mortuum & Titanium White, from Gold Leaf Supplies
Computer & printer
How to make a cute owl card
1. Use the template to cut out the owl body and wings on paper. Use die-cut circles of paper and black card for the eyes.
2. Cut white card to 14.5×14.5cm, then mount with paper. Cut a 3.5cm strip of co-ordinated paper, edge with lace and mount on the card.
3. Using a measuring spoon, measure 5ml of the Amazing Clear ‘A’ side resin liquid in the measuring cup. Scrape excess off the spoon.
4.Using a measuring spoon again, measure 5ml of the ‘B’ side resin liquid and place in the measuring cup. Scrape off the excess and mix.
5. Add the gold embossing powder, and allow a moment for any air bubbles to come to the surface. Pop those that appear with a pin.
6. Pour the liquid resin into the frame mould. Leave this to set overnight, or for at least 8-12 hours, so it’s completely hard.
7. Mix up 2.5ml of the same clear resin, and add some yellow mica powder to the mixture. Mix it well so it’s blended properly.
8. Pour the yellow resin mixture into the centre of the daisy moulds, and then leave it to dry solid for a few hours.
9. Mix 5ml of clear resin and add white mica powder. Pour over the daisy centres, using a wooden stick to push to the edges if required.
10. Once the resin pieces are dry, carefully ease the edges so that the resin and the mould separate all the way around, then pull out.
11. Type and print out the sentiment from your computer, cut this to ft the frame, then glue to the back of your resin piece.
12. Die-cut a branch. Mount the frame, the branch and owl on the card, then finish with the daisy and paper leaves.