Linda and Ken

Linda and Ken
Just me and mine

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mystery swap

I signed up for a mystery swap on ccswaps and the swap was stamping on polymer clay, it was quite a challenge but I made it thru, below are the directions for this fun technique and some of the finished items. Hope you have as much fun as I did making the brocade.
Directions for brocade clay:
pkg of polymer clay, I used black
3-4 colors of paint, I used luminaire but you could use any good acrylic paint, the more pigment the better.
pasta machine is best but you cn use a roller and roll the clay by hand.
Tefflon pad or parchment paper
cookie cutters used only for clay
paint brushes
polymer glaze
liquid polymer
example of brocade hearts
pearl ex powder, I used pearl color
unmounted rubber stamps, I used a sheet from color box for the stylus
rubber brayer or roller
wooden dowel
Gather all your supplies together
Prepare your clay and condition it by rolling it thru the pasta machine about 20 times. If you don't have a pasta machine work it by kneading it with your hands till soft and pliable.
When it is soft, separate it into 3 separate pieces and roll on the largest setting into 3 flat sheets.
Use a paint brush and cover your clay with a light layer of paint. Let this dry for 10 min and add another layer of paint, repeat adding paint for 4-5 layers. Paint all 3 sheets of clay with a different color for each sheet. You can add more than 1 color on a sheet if you wish. After last layer is added, let dry completely.
In the meantime add a layer of pearl ex to your stamp with a large paint brush, tap off the extra, you can also use cornstarch or talcum powder if you desire, I myself like the sheen of the pearl ex.
Lay your clay on the sheet at the very bottom and place into the pasta machine with the clay on the bottom and the stamp on the top, and adjust the machine to the next thickness. Roll this thu the machine. You will come out with the stamp image stamped deeply into the clay forming a brocade sheet.
Use your cookie cutters and cut shapes out of your brocade sheet,
You can cut lots of embelishments out of a sheet,
If your emblishments are too thin you can mount the brocade sheet onto a solid image of the same. To do this, repeat steps above to condition clay, do not add paintbut roll a solid sheet on the thickest setting, and cut out duplicate images, see fig 8.
Paint a little bit of liquid polymer on the plain image and lay the brocade sheet on top and lightly roll with rubber brayer. See fig #9, and 9B , smooth the edges with your finger, and use pin or dowell to punch a hole in for hanging.
Place on a bakable surface, I used a piece of marble and bake in a preheated oven according to pkg directions. When cool, brush with a layer of polymer glaze.
Below are some finished pieces, I hope you enjoythisfun technique....Linda
I created this pendant to go with this shirt for my dear friend MC Stoy as turquoise is her favorite color.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Stamping on glass

I was playing around with my alcohol inks and tried them on glass and here are the results......Linda

Some of my favorite cards

These are some of my favorite cards I have created.....Linda

Star Book

Star Book My star book is hand sewn, completely hand stamped, with various techniques. I will add directions for this book soon.....Linda

Thursday, November 20, 2008

altered book

For this project I wanted to create a page in my altered book for a pic of my grandmother, some rose petals from her, and a piece of her jewelry. So this is my practice piece using an ephemera picture which I aged using distressed inks. The page in the book has a couple of small pockets which you can use to hold dance tickets ect......Linda

About Me

I am an avid rubber stamper and teacher, I have been stamping for 35 plus years, and teaching and sharing for well over 25 of them. I also have been a design team leader for the HOT team on the Stampers Mall. The one thing I like most about this wonderful hobby of mine are the interesting people I have met on my journey. People in our hobby are so different yet when we share our love of this wonderful hobby and start talking and comparing ideas we break down all barriers and come together just from the sheer joy of our love of papercrafting. Some personal information: My name is Linda Strawn, I am 55 years old and happily married, mother of 2 sons, and grandmother of 2 girls and 2 boys. I also have 3 mini schnauzers, and a talking yellow napped amazon parrot. I love The Lord very much, and give all praise and glory to him. I hope you enjoy all my creations.....Linda