Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Simply Pressed clay fridge magnets

For the past two days I’ve been busy with last-minute Convention preparations and making these… excuse the poor photos. I don’t know if you've noticed but it’s not getting light at the moment!

Every month my Virtual Hostess Club members get a little gift from me. Sometimes it’s a kit to make something, sometimes it’s something I’ve made, and occasionally it’s a little sample of something new.

This time I thought I’d made some little fridge magnets, with some frighteningly powerful magnets I bought online. After several aborted attempts to attach them to clay flowers with glue, I settled on embedding the tiny magnets inside the clay. The trick is to use something I lack: patience. Because if you test these out on your fridge before the clay is fully dry, the magnets will be ripped from the clay as you remove them.

To package them, I’ve used the flowers as an embellishment on a card, cunningly hiding a piece of magnetic photo paper (from the Pound Shop!) between the Whisper White and Smoky Slate layers. The magnets don’t grip to this particularly well so I’ve packaged them in cello bags to prevent them from going astray.

The flowers are coloured with Cherry Cobbler ink, which didn’t go quite as well as I’d hoped. I needed to use LOADS of ink, which made the clay very soft and increased drying time. I recommend sticking to paler shades, as the addition of white clay will inevitably have an effect.

For the rest of the customers at the party, I made thank you cards along the same lines but with a simple glimmer heart in place of the flowers. The silver glimmer paper is sprayed with Coastal Cabana ink mixed with alcohol, to dye it this lovely pale aqua shade. You’ll be seeing lots of this as I somehow ended up with a bit too much!

I die-cut 18 of the “Thankful” words, this time using proper waxed paper. What a difference! It made a tricky job into something simple, so I definitely recommend that. You simply sandwich the waxed paper between the die and the cardstock you wish to cut.

The party/club order is due to arrive today – I am anxiously awaiting the UPS man as I know it’s going to take me quite a while to sort it all out… and it’s always fun having a nosey through everything people have bought!

While I’m waiting, I think I had better go and have another look for my posh shoes for the Awards Night at Convention. They are currently nowhere to be found... 

Stamps: Off the Grid
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Primrose Petals Core’dinations cardstock
Paper: Quatrefancy
Ink: Smoky Slate ink pad, Cherry Cobbler reinker
Accessories: Epic Day washi tape, Expressions Thinlits, Simply Pressed Clay
Other: Tiny magnets, magnetic photo sheets 

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