Saturday, June 20, 2009

Get your clay out and ready to play!

You will need to make a trip to your local craft store and purchase your favourite color of Fimo clay. Now there are other brands and you can certainly use those as well. What you need to watch for is that some are air dry and some you bake. I am relatively impaitent when it comes to drying times so the baked one is right up my alley. You will also need some of your favourite stamps and of course...........your inks.

  1. The first thing you will want to do is get your clay soft by stretching and pulling it folding it up on top of itself and repeating the process over and over. This process is called conditioning.
  2. Take a piece of your conditioned clay and for this project roll out a 1/8" piece and then cut out a 3"x3" sqaure.
  3. Place this square on a non-stick cookie sheet as per the package directions. Before putting it into the oven take your stamps and press them firmly into the soft clay. These are the designs that will remain indented.
  4. Back your clay as directed or out to air dry.
  5. When your done and it has cooled get out your favourite permenant ink. I like Staz On and Tim Holtz Archive Inks. Stamp on your surface images, the ones that are there only on the surface.
  6. Next get out your inks and metallic rub-ons and rub over top of the indented images to help your image POP. I personally allow every thing to dry over night before putting the item on my design.
  • Note: You will need to use up all of your clay once opened so make up a ton of embellishments and store them. I love doing this.
  • You can use alcohol inks on the smooth surface, permenant markers, glossy and crackle accents. Just let your imagination fly!!!!!
I hope you have a blast with this fun technique!

5 comments:

RAE said...

I haven't used the clay in ages. Thx for the tut and I will have to make a point of playing with it again. I remember I made Xmas trees a few years ago with this stuff. Fun!

Kathy said...

I have to try this! What a gorgeous addition to any LO or card! Just beautiful! TFS!

Kate said...

Alright...I don't check your blog for a few days and now I am behind again! LOVE THIS! This would look great on a Christmas tag! Off to find my clay...

artycrafty said...

now that is a fantastic tutorial! thanks for sharing. I'll be trying this one out for sure!

Kim Schroeder said...

Love this and will need to give it a try - I am also too impatient for air dry clay.......Thx

~kim