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!!