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.
- Embossing machine
- Embossing folders (I used Honeycomb and Pennant Bunting)
- Polymer clay
- Crafter’s Paint
- Dimensional Magic
- Freezer Paper
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!