I love to use my Sizzix Big Shot, but I don’t do very much paper crafting any more.  After a bit of experimenting, I figured out that I could use clay with embossing folders and get beautiful results.  For this project, I used my Sizzix with Darice embossing folders to create textured clay magnets.

Supplies needed:

Step one:  Soften some clay with your hands.  Place the clay between two pieces of freezer paper, and place it between the embossing plates.  Run it through your machine.  Now you have a flat “sheet” of clay.

Step two:  Keeping the clay inside the freezer paper, place it inside an embossing folder.  This is where you may need to experiment to figure out what works best for your machine.  I used only one embossing plate under my folder, and ran it through my machine again.

Step three:  Carefully peel off the top piece of freezer paper to check your impression.  Trim or cut the clay to the desired shape.  I used a cup to cut my circles.

Step four:  Remove the clay from the rest of the freezer paper, and bake in a dish according to the package instructions.

Now it’s time to embellish the magnets!

Here are a few ideas for you to try.  I used the one folder two ways to show you how to get the most use out of your supplies.

For this soccer ball, I painted the entire orb white.

Next, I filled in the hexagons with Dimensional Magic.

When it had dried, I painted over the “ball” with black paint.  I then gently wiped the paint off.  The Dimensional Magic resists the paint, while the clay takes it in.  The end result is a grungy soccer ball.

I added chipboard numbers and sealed the project with more Dimensional Magic.

Finally, I trimmed the adhesive magnet sheet and adhered it to the back.

I did something similar with this bee hive magnet, only I used Crackle Glossy Accents instead.

Finally, for the cheery “joy” magnet, I adhered chipboard letters and covered the surface with Dimensional Magic.

 

Have fun crafting and creating!

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