I was pretty excited to win a sampler pack of clay from Polyform Products aka Sculpey. I was excited to see all the colors and wanted to start playing as soon as they arrived, but life had other plans..... until this morning. This piece is ATC size, loaded with mica and involves a real live leave from the sycamore tree that shades our west facing yard.
Let's get started.
Clay - black or brown
Mica (Mixed Media Supplies)
Leaf (from a tree or plant)
Gelli Print (stash)
Digital stamp (Mixed Media Supplies)
Xyron Creative Station (permanent adhesive)
1/4" double stick tape (ScorTape)
soft bristle paint brush.
Pasta Machine (for clay conditioning)
Card stock (white 3 x 4 inch piece)
Condition clay as directed by manufacturer, beginning at 1 and finishing at 3.
If you need to, clean and dry the leaf to remove any dirt or chemicals. Apply a coat of mica powder to the back of the leaf (there is more texture there).
Place the leaf on the clay with the mica facing the clay. Using the acrylic roller, roll the leaf lightly into the clay. Leave in place and trim the excess clay using the craft knife. Remove the unneeded clay and remove the leaf.
At this point bake the clay according to manufacturer's directions. Let cool and remove from baking plate.
Print the dragonfly on vellum in the desired size. Color on the wrong side (non-printed) as desired using Tombow markers. The color is transparent on the vellum. Cut as close to the outside lines as you can. Apply a light coat of the glossy resin to the printed side of the dragonfly. Set aside to draw.
Assemble the background. Because my gelli print is done using copy paper, I add an extra backing of cardstock the same size as the ATC (2.5 x 3.5 in). Then I add another backing that frames the gelli print (3 x 4). Adhere using your favorite method. I run the gelli print through the Xyron for edge to edge coverage. Adhere the clay leaf to the gelli print, add the dragonfly and frame as desired.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek today. Hoping you have some creative time on your calendar this week! Nurture your heart!