Monday, June 21, 2010

Crafty Secrets DT Technique Challenge

Good morning, my friends!

It’s time for another fun Crafty Secrets’ challenge!  Our DT leader, Vicki Chrisman, has come up with a real challenge this time…we were to come up with a technique to teach using a tutorial and Crafty Secrets products….so, here we go!

There are so many wonderful techniques to try…but one I’ve been meaning to play around with is stamping in air-dry clay. 

This was so easy…and so fun!


Here’s our supplies for today:  some craft porcelain, as it’s called…Pearl Ex powders (I used Stampin’ Up! powders, but there are other brands out there), Crafty Secrets’ clear stamps…I used the beautiful new set “Bonjour Merci” for my project…

…an acrylic block for stamping, paint brushes, knife…and I found it helpful to work on wax paper.


First, just take a ball of clay and flatten it.  Choose the stamp image you want to use…


…and stamp!  Push down nice & firm…


The stamped image comes out beautifully…my camera wasn’t picking up the images very well yesterday…the lighting was terrible—sorry!


Just trim the edges…


…shape it up a bit with your fingers…like my “manicure”? (total lack of, I mean!)…


Couldn’t get a clear picture of these to save my life!  (took about 20!) But, I did four little charms for my card…


Now, it’s time to get messy & have some fun!  Just stick your dry paint brush in the Pearl Ex powder…


…brush it in nice and deeply…add as much as you like…


Pretty, aren’t they?!

Then, I just let them dry overnight.  The next step…I just gave them a quick spray with some glossy finishing spray to fix the powder, and they were all done!  Easy peasy!

Now for the card…


I went for something a bit different for me…kinda simple and graphic…I love the lace edge border included in the “Bonjour Merci” set…so pretty!


Just a bit of embellishing…some lovely black grosgrain from PTI, platinum Stickles everywhere, (of course!) and a bit of gold cord for the “Merci” tag…that’s about it!


I didn’t shape them perfectly…a bit wonky, aren’t they?  Oh, well…handmade things aren’t supposed to be absolutely perfect, are they?! 

I had so much fun with this technique!  Maybe a gorgeous heart charm next time…who knows?!

Hope you give this a try!  Please hop on over and visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets’ Design Team—I know you’ll find plenty to inspire you today!

Heartwarming Vintage Crafty Secrets Blog

Vicki Chrisman, Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Marisa Grosson

Linda Duke

Michele Kovack

Melissa Phillips

Flo from France

Deborah March


  1. Wow what a great idea...looks beautiful.


  2. oh this is too cool! Love it!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Love this idea! The clay stamped so perfectly and your card is beautiful!

  4. hi Julie! lovely! been keeping up with you! :)

  5. Not "wonky" m'dear - charmingly hand crafted ;) This looks great Julie, love the lacy edging stamp!

  6. Julie,
    Your card is just beautiful and I love your technique!

  7. Totally Great tutorial Julie! I have never given this a try..but might have to now. Love them!

  8. What a neat idea! I would have never thought of that. Beautiful!

  9. What a fantastic idea, Julie. It turned out awesome! Happy creating, my friend. xx

  10. that is just too cool and so pretty!

  11. Hi Julie

    That's a fantastic technique, thank you so much for taking the time to show us how it is done.

    And you finished project showes the tiles off to perfection.

    B x

  12. What a fun idea and addition to your cards it! And your creativity! Come say hi :D

  13. Hi Julie~
    Your tiles are so charming and add a wonderful element to your card. I have a "healthy" collection of CS stams and I think I NEED to add this one to all the words and borders and the little girl is so cute. I loved your Father's Day cards and photos, too. All of your family posts are wonderful.
    Have a great week!

  14. What a fun technique, Julie! I love your little embellishments, and your black & white card shows them off so well!

  15. I've used paper clay but have never stamped on it! Great idea!!

  16. The new CS set is adorable and I love your tiles! I have some paper clay and might have to give this technique a try!

  17. Julie, those stamped clay pieces are so cute. Gotta give it a try one day. Added to the card makes it so special.

  18. Thank you VERY much for the visit and kind words on my blog today! They mean so much! Your work is always inspiring! (And a tiny bit intimidating) :-)

  19. What a great idea, adds cool charm to your card. I think I might like to try that one.
    Thank you for sharing.

  20. Julie, I love this idea and must give it a try. Beautiful work. Linda Duke

  21. This is so neat Julie - I've never heard of porcelin clay before, I may have to get some and try it! Very pretty card!

  22. Love this newest card Julie! So very different from your usual creations, but no less beautiful! I love all that you share with us and my visits here to your page! You are such a wonderfully talented woman. Thanks so much for all that you share with us! Love and hugs from across the sea from me to thee!! xxoo

  23. You know I have always wondered about trying paper clay in cards, what great inspiration!!

  24. I want more CS in the UK! ;0) I love yr design and the other DT have done well too lots of lovley TTs thanx for sharing hun

    Love Dawn xx

  25. JULIE!
    POST YOUR RUSH! We wouldn't want you to be left out over a little thing like a 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY! Wish them our congratulations! Have a great time! See you when you get back!

    ps - can you send me your Email please? THNX!

  26. Julie, You are a natural born teacher! This was so interesting. In this next year I hope to begin trying new techniques such as the wonderful stamps that you use. Thank you for this tutorial! Elizabeth

  27. Hey! I think I could do this. You did a fantastic job explaining it. Just one question - was this just crayola air dry clay? I'm picturing little crafts for Christmas, Easter, Halloween ----whoa! I'll put the brakes on but this is just so cute. Thank you!

  28. Wow love this technique, really fun and something I want to get my hands on really quick!

  29. clever my friend...thanks for sharing the fun. xoxxo

  30. wow, this looks like a lot of fun and it makes me realize all of the products i'm not (yet) familiar with. thanks for the great step-by-step!


  31. This is a wonderful tutorial, thank you! :-)

  32. Wonderfull tutorial, love what you made,and looks so funny.

  33. What a wonderful idea! they look great, Have a sweet day!

  34. Love the squares and will have to try this out for embellishing. Thanks for the idea.

  35. Julie, you are so creative, that is so creative! I've a lot to learn! I'll be back real soon, I want to check in with a talented sister!


  36. Hi there
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It's a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better through our Sorority events! Love your blog.....just gorgeous!
    Have a happy Monday

  37. Great technique, love the card, thanks for sharing~Diane