Easy Clay Embellishments!

Howdy folks! I hope your Monday is going well. Mine is! Remember the kitchen floor DIY job I dived into and completely botched back in May?  (If not you can read about it here.)  Well today I called in the professionals and I have a wicked sharp (pronounced “wikid shaaap” for those of you not in Maine) black and white checkered floor. It is totally 50’s diner and I love it. I’ll share a pic once I wipe down my white cabinets (which look infinitely grosser next to the new floor.) :D Just keepin’ it real folks. While the floor guys worked their magic I worked mine in my studio. i made some clay embellishments, it is totally easy, have a look. OK, in all honesty this video should only tale 30 seconds but I offer a lot of beginner tips, do’s and don’ts and what-have-yous.

Easy huh? Condition, smoosh, stamp, bake. I guess I didn’t need to make that video huh? Hey, be sure to check back tomorrow, i have a stamp set giveaway and a project using the clay embellishments. Til then happy crafting!

WOYWW: Tutorial-Cheap Flexible Molds!

Happy Wednesday folks! well, this week we have gone from 2 degrees to 50! You know what they say about the weather in Maine, if you don’t like it wait 5 minutes LOL! This week my desk is littered with clay, glass, stencils and moulds…why am I telling you this? because it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday (or WOYWW for short) before I show you my desk here are some molds I made from Sculpy Bake and Bend Clay, it s way cheaper than using the Ranger 2 part molding stuff, I made a video to show you how at the end of this post:

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And here is my desk, I am a skitzo crafter today, making stencils and molds…I think I like making supplies more than creating with them LOL!

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And just in case you think I don’t support the crafting economy check out my yummy new glass I just ordered from Devardi glass. I sorted it in a bill organizer I picked up a few years ago at goodwill for $2. It is perfect for the glass rods. I hope to try out this glass later today, since my toaster oven is out for clay anyway I think I will use it as a rod warmer (don’t worry, I won’t burn my hands off!) since the Devardi glass (which is dirt cheap BTW) might be a little shocky so I want to bring it up to temp before I put it in the flame, my studio is really cold so thermal shock might happen…I’ll let you know how it all turns out :)

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And now my super cheap flexible mold tutorial. I used Bake and Bend clay which I bought on sale for $5 a pack of six 1 oz bricks but regular prices is $7 so still way cheaper than the two-part epoxy mold maker. What I really love is that it does not cure till you heat it so there is no waste. With the 2 part stuff you have to use it or lose it! You can even press the clay to textured surfaces and make rubber stamps!

I thought of another tip when working with clay: Remove your nail polish first because the clay will make it all freaky and gross:) Oh and the scrap clay rigid mold tutorial (which is like making them for free-love that!) is here.  Well, that’s it! I am going to brew a pot of coffee and head over to the Stamping Ground and check out other WOYWW crafty desks, won’t you join me? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Glitter it {Just a Little Bit!}

Woohoo, It’s Friday and I’m playing with glitter!!! update on my coffeepot situation-the coffee maker is still not working BUT I rooted around in my basement last night and found my old espresso machine and I must say after 4 shots of hazelnut espresso I am feeling pretty optimistic! That, and I get to have lunch with 4 of my favorite people today, it’s gonna be a good one! Oh, yes back to the glitter, check out the glitteriffic glaze I made:

The glitter I used and the pots I put the paint in are from Papermart. The glitter is super fine and only .99 cents a tube! Look at the glittery goodness!

It is so simple! Here is a video showing how I made the paint as well as many other ideas on using glitter. I will warn you I am a bit giddy here, there might be some singing….If loving glitter is crazy I don’t wanna be sane!

So, do you want to play with glitter now? Here are the glittered cards from the video. It is nice to be able to do the glitter sheet technique without the adhesive sheet. I had a thought after doing the video that you could also use spray adhesive (aerosol spray glue) over the colored panel and glitter and not need the embossing powder, even better!

Well that’s it for today, I have Thai food in my future then it is off the set up games for the Halloween party at the school, the PTG put me in charge of games this year and I was a bit nervous but I think I have it under control…false sence of confidence? Yep, the caffeine is doing its job LOL! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Labor Day!

Howdy folks! It’s labor day in the US and for many of us it means a day of from work and school. If you happen to had a day off today I hope you enjoy it! It is looking like we might get rain in Maine but we will enjoy the day never the less. Since this is the unofficial last day of summer here (the day all of the tourists go home :( ) I thought I would use a stamp set I bought at the stamp show I went to in June, it is by Just Rite Stamps and it really homey to me:

 

I did not have the dies that went with this stamp so I cut it by hand…I’m not jumping on the “buy the dies to match the stamp” bandwagon. With the amount of stamps I have it would be a slow road to insanity or bankrupcy LOL! And it did not take me long to cut it out either:)

 

I hope you like the background on this card. I am working on a background techniques video that I will share with you later this week. I got a chance to play in my studio yesterday and make a bunch of card backgrounds, it was fun and productive! Also I wanted to share me “free” embellishments! I used sea glass picked up from the beach on this card!

 

The sand dollar embellishment was made from ecru polymer clay, I used a rubber stamp of a sand dollar to press in flattened balls of clay, baked it then dry brushed white acrylic paint over it when it was done. I made a ton of these a few years ago and lucky for me I knew right were they were when I made this card!

 

That’s all for today! Enjoy the day off (if you have it off) and til next time happy crafting!

A Geisha Paper Doll& Oriental Screen!

So, when I first saw the challenge at OrientalStampArt to create a folding screen card the first thing that popped into may head was making a dressing screen for my Daughters’ “Barbie Dream House” but since my girls never play with their Barbies I made this instead:

I cut the screen out with my die cutter using SCAL software using my versatile Gothic Arch SVG set (it has printable templates too if you don’t own a die cutter) and it was easy as pie to put together. The stunning rubber stamps I used are by About Art Accents and I got really clear crisp impressions by using the curved rock-a-block stamp mounts and stamping on a squishy mat. I stamped the geisha 3 times; on cream, green and purple washi paper then cut out the parts and assembled the green and purple papers over the cream to make a sturdy paper doll.

I wanted to be able to mail this card eventually so I made a belly band to keep it closed.

I can even fold up the doll if I like by unhooking the back of the stand. There are slits on the cardstock strip to hold it together so it will stand.

I employed some fun techniques with this project. Here, me share my tricks with you :D

I made these buttons out of clay out of moulds I made from vintage buttons (full tutorial on this post):

For a super quick crinkled ribbon I sprayed purple and pearl ink on a piece of seam binding (it is cheaper to buy a 100 yard roll of seam binding and dye it as you need it and it is always just the color you want!) scrunching it up and blasting it with a heat tool, the heat shrinks the rayon and sets the wrinkles. Just be careful not to heat it too close or one spot too long or it will scorch!

These leaf embellishments were made by breaking up bits of Friendly Plastic (AMACO) into a silicone mould and heating it with the heat gun. I am actually using a pretty silicone fondant mould made by Wilton. Be aware that many of the clay moulds out there are not silicone and you might melt them with this technique! I have been playing with Friendly Plastic a lot lately, look for a tutorial coming up soon!

 

I don’t know why I didn’t think of making paper dolls with my geisha stamps before, they are such beautiful designs. I hope you have some time to get crafty this weekend, til next time happy crafting!

Faux Dichro…well, an attempt at it anyway;D

A few years ago before I got a bead kiln I wanted to capture the look of dichroic glass with polymer clay…I did not quite get it but I liked the result. It is a quick and easy technique that you can play with this weekend!

You will need polymer clay and metal leaf. Metal leaf comes in books of 25 (or more) and can be made from aluminum, silver, copper, gold, nickel and other metals. It is usually used for illuminating books (fancy old Bibles) or gilding frames. You can get books of copper, aluminum and fake gold for about $5/25 5″x5″ sheets. Gold and copper tones look nice with warm rich colors an silvers look nice with cool colors. For instance I used a cool red with silver (er, aluminum) leaf. Every color can have a warm or a cool undertone, yellow is a warm color but lemon yellow has cool (green) undertones while marigold yellow had warm (orange) undertones.

Here’s how to make your foiled beads:

  1. Condition your clay and roll it out into a 1/4″ slab.
  2. Lay a sheet of metal leaf on top then roll over it again until the leaf starts to crackle.
  3. Cut into squares, rectangles or long tapered triangles that you can roll up int “croissant” shaped beads. You can also put the small squares of foiled clay in a bead roller for cool round, oval and bicone beads!
  4. Poke bead holes with a needle.
  5. Bake according to clay package directions.
  6. Glaze! I pressed my beads on an embossing ink pad, dipped them in UTEE and heated hem with my heat gun for a thick glazed look. You can also paint them with nail polish *Edit: see Silverleaf’s comment on the use of nail polish on polymer clay in the comments section. Thanks Silverleaf for the heads up! or use the tried and true FFW (Future Floor Wax, it is in the cleaning supply aisle and it is under the brand name Pledge, this stuff is like acrylic varnish and very durable!)

One more thing I want to mention. I also tried coating the beads with Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS-a product that completely mystified me as I have never found it useful except to help condition old clay and it is constantly leaking and making a mess of my clay drawer…anyway…) thinking I could get a thick semi transparent coating and it did not work for me. I think if I had baked the beads once then added the TLS and rebaked it might have. I’m no clay expert, obviously :D

Go ahead and play with clay this weekend, you might just discover a new technique when you are trying to do something else. Enjoy the process and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: Make your own clay molds!

Howdy folks. I have been holding on to this tutorial for a couple of months. Why, you ask? Because I wanted to make a card with one of my hand embellishments before showing the tutorial and I did this morning, check it out:

 

I used a vintage button to make a mold {or mould} for the silver button on the card:

 

I tend to be a button hoarder, especially the really cool ones or really old ones I have saved from my grandmother. So I took the lovely buttons I could not bear to part with and made molds of them with scrap polymer clay so I can make as many as I like. Here are some of my handmolded buttons:

 

Scrap clay is the leftover scraps of polymer clay you save after you finish a project. Just toss them in a sandwich bag until you have a need for custom molds ;) I store my scrap clay in a fish ‘n tackle style box:

How to make Clay molds. If you don’t have scrap clay you can use new clay.

Step 1. Condition the clay. Knead all of the various colors of scrap clay for about 10 minutes in your hands, it will turn a uniform grey-brown color. You can use a clay dedicated pasta machine to speed things along.

 

Step 2. select a button, bead, key or whatever you want to mold. Dust it with cornstarch or baby powder so the clay won’t stick to it.

 

Step 3. Press the clay on the object making sure to pull the clay up over the sides so you get a good deep mold. Don’t encase the object though, you then need to remove the item you are molding. If it does not look good just knead the clay again and re press the object in the clay.

Step 4. Bake the clay. I bake it at 275 for 15 minutes per 1/4″ thickness but refer to your package of clay when in doubt. Most of my clay scrap is Sculpey 3 so it has a shorter baking time. Finer art clays like Sculpey Premo have a longer bake time.

Step 5. Take it out of the oven and let it cool. Then you can make as many of the embellishments as you like. For really detailed pieces you will want to dust the mold with cornstarch or Pearl-ex (if you want some sparkle!) so it doesn’t stick. Never bake the clay in the mold or it will stick for good!

I think making homemade molds and buttons is a great way to spend an evening!

Before I go I wanted to show you a variation of the new years card I made since I plan on mailing these cards and the buttons are thick. I found these great bottle cap stamps by inkadinkado months ago and could not find a use for them til now, I’ll hand deliver the clay button cards and mail the stamped bottle cap ones!

 

And in case you are wondering here is a list of the other stamps I used on my cards:

Mouse: Crafty Secrets

Banner: Pink Persimmon

Sentiment: My Sentiments Exactly

Numbers on banner: Personal Stamp Exchange (funny story here, I was getting ready to write this post and realized I forgot to stamp the year on the banners, Doh…ha ha, nobody’s perfect)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

More Summery Cards & a Freebie!

I have been having a fun time with my new Seaside Sketches set. I love how the stamps can be used for male or female cards (I have a really hard time with cards for guys) plus you can feel like an artist when you color them!

Digital Stamps/Paper: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I colored the images on both of these cards with Copic Markers. The key to making them look effortless it to keep the coloring quick, easy and sketchy. Instead of trying to blend with little circles make big expressive strokes. It may seem scary at first but give it a try, after all it’s just a piece of paper :)

Quick strokes of color in the sky make it look like a breezy day at the beach.

Another fun thing to try is making your own embellishments with polymer clay. Here I took a rubber stamp of a sanddollar and pressed it into tan clay (be sure to knead the clay for 10 minutes before using), baked it and brushed on some white paint to bring out the texture. Tip: Ink up your stamp with clear embossing ink before you press it into the clay to act as a release agent.

Add layers of cardstock and 3-D elements to creat a sence of dimension.

Look around for embellishment that will help convey the mood of your card, some mesh ribbon reminded me of fishing nets, flock was like sand and I made some “flower soft” by rubbing two styrofome balls together nad coloring with alcohol ink to give the card some chunkier sand. Foam tape between the layers of cardstock give the card depth.

Building a 3-d scene on a card is fun, give it a try;) These cards qualify for the following challenges: The crafty pad (guy card), Cupcake Craft (summer delights), Daisy Doodles (anything goes), Delightful Sketches (add texture), Everybody Art (Summer), PaperTake Weekly (Summer), and Stamptacular Sunday (Life’s a beach).

Now on to today’s freebie! DT member Leanne asked me to make this sentiment into a stamp for Father’s day, click the picture to download :)

Now let’s see what the rest of the LSS DT has been up to. Also we have a new designer with us, please welcome Diane Bove!

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Digital Stamping on Clay! A Freebie and a Sale!

I’m feeling like an evil genius right now because I figured out how to use my digital stamps on polymer clay, here is an amulet I made with the new Doodle Flowers Digital Stamp Set at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Inks: Adirondack, Markers: Bic-Markits, Idea: Lynn Kruke

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Clay: Sculpey, Ink: Ranger, Markers: Bic-Markits, Other: Cord and beads, Idea: Lynn Kruke

I colored the image with Biuc Markits and painted the background with alcohol ink. The clay was white to begin with.

And the best part is that it is super easy! Here’s how: Print the digital stamp you want to use from your inkjet printer, fill the page up and get as many as you can on the sheet. Photocopy the sheet (if you have a laser printer you don’t need to do a photocopy.) Cut the images apart. Make your clay charms (I rolled out an 1/8″ thick slab of clay and wrapped it around a matchbox for my amulet) then press the photocopied images into the clay. Be sure to press them on well so contact is made, then cook the clay per manufacturers directions. I used plain old Sculpey because I have loads on hand but I recommend using Premo (also by Sculpey/Polyform as it is much more durable). After the clay is baked peel off the paper, I did it while it was still hot, and see your design!

Here are the stamps transferred on the clay after baking.

There are other ways to transfer photocopied images as well. I have a clear Chartpack blending marker that works well but I have it on good authority that vodka will work too! experiment ;) You can use a wood burning tool (or creative hot marks) with a flat transfer tip or a hot iron. The heat works because in a photocopier or laser printer the toner (ink) is burned on to the paper.

look how easy it is to transfer images with a marker! Imagine the possibilities!

Look how easy it is to transfer an image with a marker, imagine the possibilities!

Here I transfered some images to tile and colored them with my bic markits. The markers worked great and didn’t lift my design. If the transfer is too light in spots you can fill in with a fine tip permanebt marker. The small charms are made from polymer clay.

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Digital stamps on ceramic tile and polymer clay.

Here is a look at the whole Doodle Flowers stamp set:

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And now what you have been waiting for, the freebie of course!

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Free Digtial stamp and Card papers in 8.5"x11", 6"x6", 5"x7" and 4.25"x5.5". Click preview to download!

Just a reminder  there is a sale today until the 31st at my Shophandmade store where you recieve a free stamp for every $5 you spend! Think of what your $5 will buy during this sale, everything will be on sale from sets to singles, don’t miss your chance to save!

If you want your stamps and you want them now check out my shop at MyGrafico where you can save 30% on all of my stamp sets until midnight October 31st! Two great places to get some spooky savings!

Now lets see what the fabulous Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT has for us this week:

Ceal Pritchett October Guest DT

Tamara

Tracey

Cindy

Leanne

Shannon

Diana

Margie

Lisa

Janet

Melissa Craig

Kim

This week we say goodbye to Katt and Kim (their 6 month DT term has come to an end) we have loved seeing your projects and wish you the best! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Fun Stamped Jewelery!

I just reorganized my bead stash after an unfortunate incident involving a box of seed beads…I’d rather not relive it! That said there is nothing like cleaning out your stash to inspire new creations! I was going through some of my “craft” files on my PC and saw these stamped jewelery projects I’ve made over the last year and thought I’d share and maybe inspire you to use up some of your stash as well. My favorite thing about stamps is that you can keep using them and you never run out…of course when you run low on beads it means another trip to the bead shop and that’s good too!

I got some style stones from my mom on Easter (yes, I am 32 years old and I still get an Easter Basket) and they screamed for alcohol ink and stamps.

Blue Moon Beads

Supplies: Style Stones: Colorbox, Stamps: Inque Boutique, Beads: Blue Moon Beads

I got the idea for a stamped bobbin necklace from the Stampington magazine, sorry I can’t remember who thought up this idea first, who ever did rocks!

Sunday International, Inque Boutique

Stamps: Sunday International, Inque Boutique

I used clear buttons glued over stamped and punched circles attached to twill tape for this bracelet.

A few years ago I checked an amazing book out of the library called “Stamping with Style” and Lynne Kruke (polymer clay goddess)  made an amulet necklace out of polymer clay covered matchboxes. How Clever. I made a few too and here they are. These were so fun!

Premo by Sculpey

Stamps: Inque Boutique, Clay: Premo by Sculpey

Here’s one more, a domino bracelet.

So think outside of the box with your art supplies, who knows what you will come up with next!

Have a great weekend and Happy crafting!

Lindsay

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