Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Viva Las Vegastamps! and Creative Paperclay®

This month the Viva Las Vegastamps! design team was challenged to use Creative Paperclay® in their post!  I usually give home make ornaments as gifts to some of the people on my Christmas list and decided to make them with Creative Paperclay® this year!
Work on a flat surface, a glass surface seems to work the best. Tip: I place a transparency on the glass surface to allow easy moving. Sorry you can't see the transparency, believe me it is there! Work with small amounts of Creative Paperclay®, first roll it into a smooth ball, then between the spacers roll out the clay.   For spacers I used 3 pieces of chip board taped together with Viva Las Vegastamps! Miracle Tape, making them about a 1/4 of an inch thick. The spacers help keep my clay a consistent thickness. While working with Creative Paperclay® be sure to keep the unused portion of the clay sealed or covered in plastic so it doesn’t dry out!
After rolling out the paper clay stamp your image in the clay.  Do this before you cut the clay.  If you stamp after cutting the clay you may distort the shape of the cut image.  Note: Once you use items from the kitchen with clay the tools should be used exclusively for clay or other craft projects in the future!
After stamping your image cut your shape, press hard so that you feel the glass surface below the cutters.  Tip: Gently pull the extra clay from around the cutters while the cutter is still in the clay.  Using the end of the paint brush put a hole in each ornament.
Halfway through the drying time turn your ornaments over.  Sand the rough edges gently with an emery board or fine sand paper.  For a sealed surface paint ornaments with a matte medium or gesso,  set aside to dry.
Paint your charms with acrylic paints or any other craft paint you may have around, set aside to dry.
 With gold paint cover the ornament and then wipe the paint leaving the gold in the impression made by the stamps.

Set aside to dry. 

Add a bow to each ornament and 
a set is ready to give as a gift!

Close up of Holly Santa!

Viva Las Vegastamps! Holly Santa
Viva Las Vegastamps! Swirls Plate # 
Cookie cutters, 
Cutting surface-Glass cutting board 
Spacers made from Chipboard
Paint brush
Gesso or Matt medium
Acrylic Paints

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Anonymous said...

These are so cool. I have to pull out my clay and experiment. Those would be great to make throughout the year to have ready for next Christmas.

Miki said...

Love this idea, Lyneen! I'm definitely going to make some ornaments of my own. Thanks!

Colleen O said...

What a cool technique. Thanks so much for sharing