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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Celebrate Spring Card by Steph Ackerman

Celebrate Spring Card
Designed by Steph Ackerman 

Good morning everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a card that uses some fun Makin's Clay® products.  Nothing screams spring more than flowers and bees so I created this fun card.  I first stamped the card base repeatedly with a Spring stamp, then added color with paints and inks.


Makin's Clay® - Terra Cotta, Brown, Yellow clay
                         -  Floral push mold
                         - Texture Sheet - Set A
                         - Clay roller & cutter set

Unity Stamp
Clearsnap Inks
Hero Arts Stamps
EKSuccess Punch
Cheery Lynn Trellis Die


For the pathway, I mixed both terra cotta and brown clays.   Using the Makin's Clay® Roller, I rolled the  clay out till it reached the desired thickness.

Makin's Clay® makes some fun texture sheets.  I used one of the texture sheets from Set A on the clay and used the roller to impress the design into the clay.
Next, I cut clay into several pieces using the Clay Cutter.

Combining yellow and brown clays, I also used the roller to roll the clay out thinly.
I tried using a Spellbinders die to cut a bumblebee shape from fresh rolled clay, but it didn't work as planned.  I really should have waited until the clay was dry.  (TIP - Roll Makin's Clay® very thin, allow to dry fully, then it can be die cut in almost any manual die cutting machine).   
With the same clay, I used another texture sheet and the roller.  Then I cut it to fit the roof of my stamped house.  
I added color to the house with the Clearsnap Smooch Accent Ink then fussy cut it.  A trellis was placed behind the house and they were added to the card above the pathway.  I created                                                                             roses and leaves using the Florals Push Mold with purple and green clays.  I then adhered the roses and leaves to the trellis.   A small ball of clay was used for the door handle.  I took the die cut bumble bee and molded it into a butterfly inserting it amongst the flowers.  
A simple sentiment was added to the card.  The beautiful thing about using Makin's Clay® is that it is light weight and adds almost no weight to the card.  It does add texture, though, so a bubble envelope should be used to keep the clay elements in place.  Better yet, why not just hand the card to that special someone. 

Thanks for stopping by today.
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