Sunday, 20 October 2013

Epic Day of crafting - washi tape and clay workshop

Saturday was my Epic Day of Crafting, a much-anticipated all-day event where we crammed in three workshops. They were:

  1. Washi tape and clay
  2. Envelope album
  3. Notecards in box 
All of the projects were colour co-ordinated, to fit in with the Epic Day suite of products. It was great to hear people oohing and aahing as they opened their goodie bags to find half a pack of Epic Day DSP, a full pack of Epic Day washi tape and – most exciting of all – a set of clay moulds. These proved invaluable as getting the clay to set after we’d added quite a bit of ink proved tricky.

We began the day with our clay products, to allow maximum drying time. Everyone made something along the lines of this project – it’s simply a circle of Simply Pressed Clay, stamped. Guests were given a magnet for the back or the option of making a hole for some ribbon to make a hanging ornament like this one.

Some tips if you wish to have a go at something like this:

  1. The ink “bleeds” slightly when you stamp into clay. For this reason, we stamped the tiny uninked flowers first, then left the clay to dry for a while. After about 15 mins or so, we stamped the coloured images.
  2. If you wish to pierce a hole, just use the end of a straw.
  3. If you wish to add a magnet, make sure the clay is completely dry (overnight is best) and then attach with Crystal Effects or hot glue. Don’t even think about using anything less industrial! 
Next we coloured some clay to make buttons and flowers. The flowers were supposed to be for the card above, but I realised after I’d made it that it used no washi tape. Oops. In the event, I decided that it would be best if everyone took this card home to complete later, as time was marching on.

The buttons were for use on two projects. The first was this glass votive for a tealight. I don’t think there would be a problem with heat on the glass/washi tape but if you’re unsure, you could always use a battery tealight.

You can buy cheap glass votives from places like Wilko or Poundstretcher – but why do that when you have a ton of these, dragged back from France where they were sold filled with delicious yoghurt?

The second button project was the flip card shown at the top of this post. The inside of the card is shown, right. It was made using new dies which will be available from tomorrow. A bonus project at the end of the day was a matching envelope, made using a fab new product which will be available from Tuesday.

Stamps: Off the Grid, Summer Silhouettes, Wetlands, Happy Day
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Vellum
Paper: Epic Day
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Autumn Leaves die, Polka Dots embossing folder, Thinlits Label Card die, Simply Pressed Clay, Calypso Coral Reinker, Daffodil Delight Reinker, Epic Day Washi Tape, Cute Clips, Linen Thread

That’s enough for one post - next time I’ll show you our envelope album. 

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