Hot off the presses with Cool Tools, we are always looking for new ways to use our tools and crafting supplies. This past week during our Paper Crafts recess, we tried our hand at stamping clay.
Jennifer had recently found some fun projects online that got our imagination and juices flowing.
Armed with quick drying clay bought from the craft store along with homemade salt dough – the kind your mother used to make, we set out on our messy adventure. (For those of you who don’t know, Susan barely tolerates making messes when she crafts. So for her, this was an extra interesting adventure.)
It turned out to be pretty basic! Roll out the clay, cut out your shape using a metal cookie cutter. Stamp on the rolled clay with ink. Carefully peel off the table and allow several days to dry.
You’ll notice Susan opted to play with the button maker but eventually turned her hand at stamping clay. We just didn’t get a photo of the event – darn!
After a lot of playing in the clay, here is what we learned:
1) Homemade salt dough is sticky. Prior to rolling it out, you need to knead and work the dough until it has a little more stiffness to it.
2) To make the clay even, roll it out like you would bread or cookie dough. Start in the middle and work your way out.
3) We were crafting on a table as well as a craft sheet. The craft sheet seemed to work better because it was easier to peel up the finished product. Either way, have a spatula on hand to peel up the clay. We also found that flipping the clay during the rolling process made it a little easier to peel up after stamping.
4) Stamping on salt dough makes a deeper impression and gives you a shabby look. The salt dough can crack if you wait too long to stamp it. (It’s difficult to see the embossing in this picture.)
5) Stamping on the craft clay gives a crisper definition to your ink but not as much of an embossed look.
6) We tested both pigment and dye ink but the hybrid ink (dye and pigment) worked the best.
7) Allow the clay to dry flat. We used paper plates to transport them. I allowed mine to dry in my craft storage area. I would occasionally flip the ornaments over – especially the salt dough as it seemed to take several days to dry. Jennifer lost a couple of ornaments due to curling during the drying process.
8) Make your holes before the ornament starts to dry. Otherwise it will crack. Don’t forget to make the holes big enough for your ribbon.
Here are a few of my favorites finished ornaments.
The medallion was stamped on salt dough and the clock stamped on the craft clay.
All in all it was fun and messy – and a definite must-try. We figured these could make great tags for gifts, ornaments, or a fun, little gift. I would love to hear if anyone else has tried stamping on clay and what their experience has been.