Friday, April 18, 2014

Welcome, Baby Card by Rachel Whetzel

Welcome!! This month, I wanted to share a card I made for my soon to be grandbaby! She is my second, and knowing what I already know about how special these babies of the grandest are, I decided to make her a card to let her know just how special she is already.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own Card:
  • A card that you can repurpose, or a new card to layer onto
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Paints. I use Folk Art acrylic craft paints.
  • Paint brushes and toothpick
  • Scissors
  • Large circle punch (I used Fiskars) 
  • Washi Tape (I got mine at Gauche Alchemy) 
  • Ribbon and RicRack (Thrifted) 
  • Patterned papers (October Afternoon) 
  • Glue. I use Crafter's Pick : The Ultimate
  • Typewriter or computer connected to a printer
To begin, I placed a ball of Creative Paperclay® onto a piece of paper, and rolled it flat. I put the clay onto paper, so that I could pick it up and manipulate it while it was still wet without trouble. Next, I made teeny footprints on the clay using two different sized paint brush ends, and a toothpick with the very end broken off, and sanded down.
Next, I cut a heart shape out of paper, and laid it over my Creative Paperclay® as a template for cutting the clay into the same shape.

While the clay was drying, I got to work repurposing an old card that I would not be using as it was. (This is one of my favorite things to do. Create new cards using old cards as the base.)
I painted the heart, and used my Pebbles Inc. pastels to shade the feet. then I layered some patterned paper over the heart, with a hole punched out so the feet would show through. Then I layered the heart over the patterned papers, and washi. I used some ric rack and ribbon to add more layers to the card.
I added the sentiment 'precious one...' on the outside of the card by typing the words using a vintage typewriter, and cutting the words into strips to be glued down.
On the inside of the card, I wrote 'we have only just met, and already you have left prints on my heart.' I had so much fun designing this custom card for my newest grand baby! She is already loved, and it makes me happy to have created something so special so easily with my trusty Creative Paperclay®!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creative PaperClay® April Tip making tiny hands by LuLu Lancaster




Creating tiny hands with Creative PaperClay® can be achieved relatively easily with some patience.

Hello again this is LuLu Lancaster with a simple tip to make long slender fingers with Creative PaperClay®
I start with a cotton covered Millinery wire. This gives the clay something to grab onto.

Shape a simple hand. My dolls all have 4 fingers ;) you can make more or less.

I mix up a slurry of Creative PaperClay® and water. You want it the consistency of a runny pudding.

Take the wire hand and dip it in the slurry. Using an old paintbrush wipe off the excess until you can see the individual digits.



Put your tiny hands in a piece of styrofoam to dry.




Once they have dried repeat the process. You will need to repeat this dip brush and dry about 10-15 times to get a good build up and the hands to start looking like hands :)


thanks so much for following along I hope you have found this little tip useful and Happy Hands!
LuLu



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lynda's April Tips - (late)

I apologize for the lateness of this post - my days/weeks have gotten away from me!!!  I have enjoyed playing with Creative PaperClay this past year - and have learned much about this fun stuff!  So, I have a few tips to share with you from this past year - things I have learned along the way!!!  
  • Don't be afraid to play!!!  If something is not turning out the way you want it to, it's
    just as easy to put it back in a ball and start over again!
  • Look at what supplies you do have - before you spend money!  I have a ton of scrapbook templates that help me make perfect one of a kind embellishments for my scrapbook pages and albums!  
  • Before you even start - clean your surface really good, especially if you happen to have pets!  
  • Have your basic supplies in one area/space...  I put mine in a drawer with everything I need to be able to create something in a pinch!  
  • Look at every day items you can use as a base instead of throwing things away.  My snowman was made out of a creamer container!!!  
Out of anything - have fun with this fun stuff...whether you are making a large project or something small!  Get inspiration where ever you can - and simply HAVE FUN!  If something isn't turning out quite the way you want it to - start over!  Watch sales - grab coupons, and go to the web site for specials they might have!  
I wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you - being a part of this team has been one of the best things for me personally!  I am learning much from the others on the team - and though my flair is more scrapbooking and "craft" related - I hope you enjoy what projects I bring you!  
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Creative PaperClay Design Team

Easy Butterfly Spring Mobile by Gloriann Irizarry


 

Welcome Back to the amazing Creative Paperclay® 
Is me once more Gloriann Irizarry a great tutorial to celebrate the starting of the spring.


Spring is finally here so lets celebrate by crafting a cute little mobile.
With the help of my little one we decided on butterflies. These cute butterflies will fly around with the warm breeze and make you smile every time. Ready! Ok them, lets begin.  


Materials

1 bar Creative Paperclay®

(Pastel Blue, Green and Pastel Pink)

Acrylic Paints 
(Pearl pastel blue, Gold, Yellow, Purple)

Clay texture sheets


Flower Cutter

Lace Border Cutter 

1 Spool of  1/4 wide Ribbon 

Glass bowls 

Drill Tool

Needle Tool

Clay Roller

Flat Toothbrush

Solar night lamp

and the Top and drill template.


Sized to your desired mobile and print 2 to copies.

Cut one for the Top of the mobile and cut the other to know where to drill the holes 


Roll a clay sheet to a 1/4 thickness large enough for the template to be trace and cut off. 


After the template is cut use your border cutter to give a nice shape. 


Use your clay texture sheet and roller to give it some character.


Place your clay sheet over the glass bowl and give it a little shape and let it dry overnight.


Now choose your favorite butterfly style cutter.

Stamp and cut 15 mobile pieces.

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Use your needle tool and open the holes. 
You can use a single hole or the double hole depending on your taste.



Fold them in half and let the butterflies dry over night.


Cut one of each size of the flower.


Lets now grab the dried mobile top and use the template to mark the placement of the holes.



Use your drill toll to mark each one and  drill the whole 1/4 thick sheet. 


Make you you clean the holes out.


Grab all yours dry clay pieces and it is time to pain.


I use the pastel blue to paint an even layer and let it dry.


To give it an aged look I watered down the gold tone paint and added  to the already
 painted blue mobile top and removed the excess with a damp paper towel.


I wanted to give the mobile top some texture so I watered down some of the acrylic purple.
Use a flat toothbrush and use the splatter technique all over the mobile top.


I used the bright yellow and painted all the butterflies and the purple for the flowers


I added some veins and details to the butterflies with the Sakura Crystal Lacquer 
3D Pastel blue and Pastel pink pens.

I added some accents to the button of each flowers with the green  3D crystal lacquer pen.


And used the Pastel Blue and Pastel Pink for detailed the tops of each flower.


I wanted to crate a contrast on the mobile top so i used a Purple Crystal lacquer
3D pen and started to free hand drawn on the border.


Cut 2 long pieces of ribbon for you to thread so your able to hand your mobile .


Now choose your desire length size so you can cut the ribbons out and tight the butterflies to each end. 



My little one is afraid of the dark so I decided to add a special feature to her to enjoy this mobile at night too. I purchase a outside solar power lamp to give her a ever after light. 


I removed the top were the light with the solar panel was located and discarded the rest. 

Place it on top of the mobile and feed the light down from a carved hole .


Now she will have a everlasting mobile night light.
It will go on automatically every night and will last enough to put her to sleep. 
Looks very good at night too. 


Now that this project is completed you are ready to have a nice piece that will guard
 any kinder gardener dreams. 

My friends thank you for reading this tutorial and feel free to leave us any comments,
 Questions or suggestions at the button of this screen


Have a bless day and like always happy crafting. 

Sincerely
Email Gloriann@byglori.com

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Using the unexpected for a drying holder - Tip #6 by LeeAnn Kress

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by the Creative Paperclay® Blogsite.  My tip today comes from an artist and dear friend of mine, Carly Smith of Boggy Bottom Bayou.  We were talking about drying our sculpted Creative Paperclay® heads in a low temperature oven and how we have to prop them up in various ways.  Carly shared the below pictures with me and I thought that I would pass this tip on to you.

It is such an unexpected holder ... a cardboard drink tray from a fast food restaurant.  Who would have thought that such a simple thing could work perfectly to hold your sculpted heads in?


Here you can see how Carly used this tray.  She is sculpting her sweet bat heads for Halloween and using the tray to hold the heads in place for drying.


Now, I would not suggest putting anything paper in your oven unless you are going to keep a good eye on it.  This oven was set at 150 degrees ( a very low temp as to not burn up the holder).  These heads were baked for 1 hour to dry.



If you don't want to bake your paper clay heads, you can still get one of these handy drink holders to hold your heads while the clay dries naturally.  It is really a perfect tool to prevent any smashing of facial features.  

In the above picture (the two heads in the back) - the facial features are already dry, so Carly turned them face down to dry the backs of the heads.  The head that is face up had some cracks repaired to the facial features, so it is turned up. 

Off in the oven they go at the low temp of 150 degrees.
 



Here is Carly's finished bat head.  To see more of Carly's work go to www.boggybottombayou.blogspot.com   Thanks for letting me share your tip, Carly!  

Just goes to show that you can find tools to add to your Creative Paperclay® toolbox just about anywhere!  Keep your eyes open for them.

To find out more about me and my Charmed Confections made from Creative Paperclay®, please visit me at www.charmedconfections.com

See you soon with a new tutorial!  LeeAnn