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