Friday, March 18, 2011

Paperclay Box: Burnished Backgrounds

Hi TJ Friends!! Kathie McGuire here with a Burnished Backgrounds project from August/September 2011 newsletter. I gave it a bit of a twist by using the background technique on ©Paperclay and instead of burnishing along the lines of a stamp, I pressed a Cuttlebug embossing folder into the clay and burnished along the lines the folder created. Whew! Sometimes my mind works overtime morphing techniques, huh? But that's what I LOVE about TJ! A great technique can be morped into many things with a little (or in my case--a lot) of imagination!

As a note, I rolled the Paperclay out onto a Teflon crafting sheet to the thickness of a nickel, pushed the folder into the Paperclay, and then baked it in my oven for 15 minuntes at 250 degrees. Then, I applied Ranger's Distress inks using the Burnished Background technique.

I glued the focal piece onto a box I made (the paper is from Michael's--I'm sports challenged so I don't know if that's football or basketball paper--and I don't want to know, either--lol)and added the stamped "gear" image.

Want a great tip for cutting a gear like this? Here it is: After I stamped and heat embossed the image from The Rubber Cafe, I cut the paper in a circle around the outer edge of the image. Then, I punched inbetween all of those little gears with a 1/16" hole punch. If I had a gear or two with some extra cardstock around it, I gave it a little trim. What a fast and easy way to get through an otherwise tedious cutting job!

I hope you've enjoyed my Paperclay-topped box. Have a wonderful stamping weekend!!



Beth Norman said...

How amazing. Such creativity. As always, I'm in love with your work.

miatagal said...


Great use of Paperclay; the box looks amazing and probably even better IRL. Your tip is a great time saver too!


Windy said...

Kathie, that is beautiful! I had some paper that looked like that. Can't believe you reproduced this with clay and an embossing folder. How ingenious!
Evette Rice

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- cool project- Thanks for how to's. I love to try new things.

Diana said...

Great project, but then I knew that anything you would do would be a good project. Now I'll have to check out that tech and the clay.

Michele said...

this is amazing! xo

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Ah Katie me gal, I can't believe you is creating when you still should be celebrating your special day! lol Lovely project, you are the Queen of Morph! hugz

Karen K said...

Katie love that you ended up with a box, makes me want to get my paperclay out :-) oh a side note...the paper looks like diamond plate, the no skid metal that's used in my son's race car trailer, or tol boxes :-) Nice job!

Jackie L Watson said...

Love your box, and I have to admit I don't know what paperclay is and I guess I must find some and play. Great tip in great job!!

Sandra said...

Thank you for sharing Kathie - this is very cool.
Sandra ltb