DIY Quick Clay Snowman Ornaments

Nov 14, 2019Christmas & Winter Holiday Cards, Gifts, Boxes & 3D12 comments

DIY Quick Clay Snowman Ornaments

Nov 14, 2019Christmas & Winter Holiday Cards, Gifts, Boxes & 3D12 comments

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And you’re invited! 

I’m happy to be a part of a fun Holiday Ornament Link Party event hosted by My Pinterventures and 37 other bloggers. We all created a handmade ornament to swap with another blogger, and have step-by-step tutorials on our blogs today. 

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A creation for Lauren

My swap partner has a lovely white pencil tree that she’s been decorating for a few years now. The overall theme is blue and white, and snowmen. So, I thought I’d add to her snowman collection with a pair of heat emboossed quick dry clay snowman ornaments.

The quick dry clay is a newer medium offered by Ranger. It looked interesting to me and I was excited to give it a try for this project. It really appealed to me because of the quick dry process (you use a heat gun to dry it in a matter of minutes), and that it can be decorated with any medium you can think of.

Another feature I liked about the quick dry clay is that it is a very durable, but lightweight material. In my testing, I noted that even if it cracked during drying, the clay could not be broken! The light weight was something I discovered after drying, but was pleasantly surprised! Nothing worse than getting a heavy ornament that weighs down the tree branches and has to be hung towards the bottom of the tree…

I’m also a firm believer that ornaments should come in pairs, if possible. So, I sent both of these off to Lauren to enjoy for years to come!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Materials: Quick Cure Clay (Ranger), Unicorn White Pigment Ink (Ranger), Clear Embossing Ink (Scrapbook.com), Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder (Ranger), Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger), 1/8″ Silver Ribbon (The Stamp Market), Snowflake Charms (Prima)

Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Infinity Dies (Hero Arts), Heat Gun (Sizzix), Heat Resistant Craft Mat (Ranger), Protective Gloves

Let’s Create!

(your step-by-step guide to creating this project – click the images for a larger slideshow)

  1. Gather materials – you’ll want to wear protective gloves when working with the Quick Cure Clay. Read all directions carefully!
  2. Create a template for the snowman using two different sized circle dies and some scrap cardstock. Tape them together.
  3. Roll out the clay on a teflon craft mat. Finished thickness should be about 1/4″
  4. Apply the template and cut out the shape with a craft knife.
  5. Peel the cut shape from the craft mat. Then, gently smooth the edges.
  6. Use the end of a paintbrush to add a hole for the ribbon.
  7. Heat the clay per the package directions. Be sure to do this in a well-ventelated area.
  8. Allow the clay to cool completely before continuing. It will be very hot after drying.
  9. Tape off the bottom angle. 
  10. Sponge white craft ink on the top (both front and back) and coat in Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder. Heat.
  11. Tape off the same angle, but this time protecting the embossing. 
  12. Sponge clear embossing ink on the bottom (both front and back) and coat in silver embossing powder. Heat.
  13. Add ribbon and snowflake charm.

Now it’s your turn to link up!

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