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Monday, December 11, 2017

Clay Gift Tag Ornaments DIY Video


Cindi McGee created this DIY video featuring gift tag ornaments made with Makin's Clay® a few years ago. We thought it was a fun idea so we are sharing it again this holiday season! 


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mr. Grinch Ornament


Design Team Member Patricia Krauchune recently shared this nifty ornament featuring none other than Mr. Grinch!  He's a mean one, Mr. Grinch, but he still looks festive!   Pat used the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® and the Makin's® Texture Roller to create the background on her project.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Vintage Frosty Ornament

FROSTY Vintage Ornament by Patricia Krauchune

For my December Makin's Clay® project, I made a little snowman from a very small old Christmas bulb. The old bulb I used was under 2" tall. 

Supply List: 

Makin's Clay® White/Red           Eye Screw                           Beacon™ Fast Finish Decoupage
Old Christmas Bulb                      Black & Orange Paint        Beacon™ Dazzle Tac Jewelry Glue™
Plastic Top Hat                             Krazy® Glue                      Beacon™ Tacky Glue
Glitter                                           Diamond Glaze™

Recommended Makin's® Tools: 

Makin's Professional® 
  • Ultimate Clay Machine®
  • Professional Clay Tools
  • Cutting Mat

Start with an old Christmas bulb. Roll out a small ball of White Makin's Clay® and using the Beacon's™ Tacky Glue cover the end of the bulb. With a Makin's Professional® Clay Tool, make some indentations for the eyes, mouth and nose. Small pieces of dried clay are inserted into the indentations for the mouth, eyes and nose. I also painted, with the black and orange paints, the pieces of clay that were inserted.


Red Makin's Clay® was rolled out to the #6 setting of the Ultimate Clay Machine®.  I used the knurling pattern on the handle of the clay tool to give some texture to the sheet of clay.



Now cut a small narrow strip of clay to form a scarf and with the Tacky Glue attach it around the neck of the snowman.  I also added a small strip of clay around the top hat.  Let the pieces dry overnight.




I mixed some glitter into a small amount of Beacon's Fast Finish Decoupage. Brush the glitter mixture onto the head, scarf and top hat band. Let dry. 

I drilled a tiny hole into the top hat and glued an eye screw in place for hanging. A drop of Krazy® Glue was added inside the top hat to insure the eye screw stayed in place. 
Frosty's top hat was glued in place with Beacon's™ Dazzle Tac Jewelry Glue™. 
Coat all the glittered surfaces with Diamond Glaze™ to further adhere the glitter. Let dry. 


For a final touch, I topped all the clay surface and the top hat with another coat of Diamond Glaze. This gives the appearance of wet snow. Let dry.  

You are now ready to hang Frosty on your tree. Happy holiday! 




Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Gift Tags by Steph Ackerman

Getting ready for Christmas, I realized I needed tags.  Makin's Clay® was a great choice to create fun, dimensional accents! 

Supplies:

Makin's Clay - Light Adobe Brown, Concord Blue, Red, White
Makin's ProfessionalⓇ Cutting Mat
Makin'sⓇ Clay Push Mold - Christmas Décor, Christmas Nature
Makin's Clay Cutters - Christmas, Christmas A, Christmas C
Makin'sⓇ Clay Roller and Cutters Set
Beacon Adhesives - 3-in-1
Joy Clair stamps
Memento Inks
Whisker Graphics Twine
Cardstock
Pattern Papers

Instructions:

I rolled out the clay on the cutting mat.

Using a variety of clay cutters, I created an assortment of clay elements.  I used the push molds to create additional embellishments. 

 

Look at all these amazing clay elements that can be used for a variety of projects.


Now it was time to create my tags.  Using left over scraps, I assembled my tags, I used Beacon Adhesives to adhere the clay pieces.   The pinecones were inked with brown ink and the ornament was inked with red ink.


The mitten was inked with black ink before adhering to the tag.  A snowman was added to the other tag.


Both sizes of pointsettias were created from red clay then added to the tags.  Sentiments were then added.

Makin's Clay® elements are light weight and add almost no weight to a project.   They were perfect to add to my tags.

What do you think?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Season to Be Jolly Poinsettia Ornament


Materials: 

Makin’s Clay® - Merlot 60g, Grape Leaf 60g 
Makin’s Professional® 
Ultimate Clay Machine®
Cutting Mat
Professional Clay Tools 
Sizzix® Big Shot™
Sizzix® Poinsettia die 
Beacon Mixed-Media Glue™
CreateAlong.com mica powder - Gold 
Round clear plastic ornament 
Decorative ribbon 
Computer & printer
Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink pad 
Tea stained ivory card stock 
Parchment paper 
Scissors 
Paintbrush 

Instructions:

Select the font for your text.  I chose “Princess Sofia”.  Type out the text you want to appear on your paper strip.  I chose “‘’Tis the Season to be Jolly” for the front, and “Fa la la Fa la la Fa la la” for the back.   I sized it to be about 4 1/2” across when printed.

Print onto tea stained ivory card stock (I chose to use tea stained card stock because I liked the “aged/vintage” effect, but it’s optional!).   Trim around verses.  Check to be sure you have trimmed it enough so that it will fit inside the hole in the top of the ornament. 

Use Mixed-Media Glue to mount the verses back to back.  Be sure to attach them so that the verse on the back is not upside down.  

Ink the edges with the gold ink pad.   Carefully insert into the ornament.    



Add about a tablespoon of gold Judikins Glass Beads to the ornament.  Set aside. 









Roll Merlot and Grape Leaf Makin's Clay® in Ultimate Clay Machine® starting on setting #1 and progressing 1 setting at at time until you have rolled it on setting #6.   As you are rolling it, be sure it is the right size to fit the image you wish to cut with the die.  

 

At this point you can either let the clay sheet dry and then proceed to die cutting, or you can sandwich it between two layers of parchment paper and die cut while it is still fresh. I preferred to do it while it was still fresh for this project, as I planned to add veining to the leaves after cutting.  Follow the manufacturer instructions for the type of die cutting machine you are using.  

Cut 1 set of Grape Leaf petals/leaves and 1 set of the Merlot.

 

Use fine point tool on Professional Clay Tool to add veins to the leaves while the clay is still fresh.  

Cut all the petals leaves from the center pieces.  


Replace the cover of the ornament.  Using a touch of the Mixed-Media glue to adhere, begin adding the Grape Leaf leaves around the cover.   Then repeat with the largest Merlot petals, then proceed to the next size, and end with the smallest petals.  



Coat entire are of metal cover with glue.  Dip into gold glass beads to coat.  Let dry. 


Use paintbrush to apply a light dusting of gold mica powder over the leaves & petals.  The goal is to highlight the veining and just add a little sheen, not totally coat the petals.

Add decorative ribbon.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Scandinavian Christmas

Scandinavian Christmas by Bea Grob
I enjoy the red and white Nordic style for Christmas, so I decided to make some red and white ornaments for my door wreath. It is a fun and easy project, which also can made by children.

Materials:

Makin's Clay® - Red 
Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®
Plastic wrap 
Cookie cutters 
White acrylic paint
Acrylic paint marker 
Ball point tools in different sizes

Instructions:

Roll out the red Makin's Clay®  in the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® starting on setting #1 and ending on #2.  Use the cookie cutters to cut the shapes from the rolled clay (don't use them for food again, please). If you use some plastic wrap and then press the cookie cutter you get sort of a beveled edge, but that is totally optional.


To smooth out a little further I used baby wipes. 

For making the holes I used a piece of a plastic straw.

 

I let them dry completly and then started painting them. Just with simple dots, it is really easy with some acrylic paint and ballpoint tool and some dash and lines with the acrylic paint marker.

 

I made a several of them, some I used for the wreath for my front door, others are going to be used as  as decorations on the Christmas gifts.



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