Reindeer & Sleigh Greeting Card
Reindeer & Sleigh Christmas Card or Gift Tag
Clay Casting Project
A fabulous way to decorate a Christmas gift
of delicious Christmas shortbread cookies!


Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp each: 

          #253 – Reindeer   OR   #1042 – Reindeer    OR    Closeout Design #900 – Reindeer
          #255 – Sleigh    OR   #1030 – Sleigh   OR    Closeout Design #901 – Sleigh
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
1 clay casting* each (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions):
          #253 – Reindeer   OR   #1042 – Reindeer    OR    Closeout Design #900 – Reindeer
          #255 – Sleigh   OR   #1030 – Sleigh   OR    Closeout Design #901 – Sleigh
Sandpaper or emery board
Acrylic primer or white acrylic paint
Acrylic paints or markers: red, gold
Linter paper (or heavy white paper)
White glue or tacky glue
Paper for message
Paper Edgers® scissors (Deckle)
Gold trim 1/8” wide x 3/8” long
Gold cord

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.

Note: You can substitute Import design
#1042 – Reindeer    OR    Closeout Design #900 for Heirloom design #253 (pictured).
 You can substitute Import design #1030 – Sleigh OR    Closeout Design #901 for Heirloom design #255 (pictured).

              #1042                                    #900                                      #1030                                     #901


1.  While clay is wet, use a knife to trim each casting approx. 1/8” away from design. Let dry.
2.   Sand rough edges smooth.
3.  Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
4.  Use red paint or marker to color the reindeer’s nose. Use gold to color the light beams around his nose.
5.  Tear linter paper (available in our paper casting kit or refill), and layer it to make the snowdrifts in the scene. You will need 5 layers total, depending on how you tear the paper.
6.  Glue both castings onto the back 3 layers before you glue the last 2 layers on top – let some of the torn edges actually overlap onto the castings to add more dimension to the scene.
7.  Cut a piece of gold trim (to make the harness), plus a piece of gold cord (to reach from the reindeer’s harness to the sleigh). Attach both with glue.
8.  Either handwrite a message, or print it from a computer, and glue onto card. Optional: Trim message with Paper Edgers® as we have done.
9.  Glue gift card to package wrapping.

Below:  Notice how we let some of the "drifts" go up over the bottom of the sleigh and the reindeer's feet.

Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR

This clay casting project is featured along with dozens of others
in our book The Art of Clay Casting, which includes basic paper casting
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.

Springer Cookie Recipe

Cookie decorated by and photograph courtesy of GooseHill Farms.