Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Cross media crafting

Well, it had to happen, didn't it?  You knew it would eventually. I said I wouldn't get into card making, but gradually I have been drawn into it in a small way. (In my defence, I have always enjoyed paper crafting.) I am not going to make that many cards (famous last words), and those I do make will be simple, but hopefully elegant. I think I am one of those people who likes to collect crafting equipment, as I certainly have quite a lot of it now, for my various crafts.
I have got lots of stamps, inks, embossing powders, a small and a large die cutting machine, and I have been experimenting with what I can make.
 A 'Delilah Doily' die cut.
 Embossing folders - which give a raised texture to the paper.  I really liked this bubbly one.
 Chris liked the retro feeling of this pattern.
I couldn't resist the animals and birds on this embossing folder.
However, whilst investigating online and watching tutorials and craft channels, I have been discovering that many of the media I have will work with other crafts that I enjoy.  For example, I have Blockwallah woodblocks which can be used on fabric, card and polymer clay, depending what paint or ink you use with them. I am thinking that I need to make some decorations.
I have a heat gun which can be used for embossing powders but I have also found out it can be used on Kato liquid polyclay (this is the only liquid clay which can be heated using a heat gun) to create ceramic effect polymer clay, or enamel effect polymer.
I am going to try both of these effects once my liquid clay arrives.
I also have some ultralight clay which can be put through a die cutting machine once it is dry.  It can also be sculpted and remains flexible once dry, unlike polymer clay.  I haven't tried it out yet, but I need to.  
My jewellery making stash can be used to make jewellery, of course, but I can also use it in felt projects or on decorations with my polymer clay.  
I am feeling very excited about all these possibilities and will share my makes as and when ... roll on my next day at  home!


  1. Wow.
    So much potential here.
    Good luck - and have fun. Lots and lots of fun.

    1. Thanks, EC.
      I am really looking forward to experimenting and playing. I hope there will be a few 'happy accidents' too, which sometimes work better than the piece I am planning to make. (Such a shame that work will keep getting in the way of all the fun!)
      Best wishes