Tutorial by Angela Mabray

Published July 31, 2007

 

Using alcohol inks with polymer clay is a lot of fun — so much fun that once you get started, you may not want to stop! And with this project, that’s all right. Whip up a big batch of these beautiful “Thank You” cards, and you’ll always have one on hand when you need one.

 

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Supplies

Sculpey UltraLight clay
Alcohol inks
Card stock
Scrapbooking paper
Pasta machine
Corn starch
Rubber stamp (I used the “Thank You” stamp from StampCraft)
StazOn ink pad
Cookie cutter
Alcohol ink applicator
Double-sided tape

Optional
Gloves
Spray water bottle
Wet/dry sandpaper
Prismacolor markers
Border punch / decorative scissors

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare the Clay
Condition the clay and roll it out to the third thickest setting on your pasta machine. The clay sheet should be at least as big as the cookie cutter you’re using. Dust the sheet lightly with corn starch to act as a resist for stamping. Note: Don’t use water as a resist with uncured Sculpey UltraLight — it can make the clay sticky and difficult to work with.

Step 2

Stamp the Image
Tap the ink pad onto the rubber stamp. Applying even pressure, gently press the rubber stamp into the clay sheet. Pull straight up.

Step 3

Cut and Bake Clay
Use a cookie cutter to center and cut out the stamped image. Bake the clay and allow it to cool. If needed, sand the edges. You can also sand off any ink smudges now.

Step 4

Apply Alcohol Inks
Apply 1-2 drops of a single color of alcohol ink to the felt applicator, and dab this onto the clay. Repeat with remaining colors of ink. For a watercolor effect, try spritzing the clay with water before applying the inks.

Step 5

Finish Edges
If parts of the image didn’t fully stamp, you can use a Prismacolor marker to fill in the unstamped portions. You can also use the marker to color the edges of the clay.

Step 6

Make Card
Cut a sheet of card stock to 8.5” x 5.5”, then fold in half to make a card. Mat a 2” wide strip of scrapbooking paper on a 2.25” strip of contrasting card stock, and adhere these to the front of the card.

Step 7

Punch Border
Use a border punch to create a scalloped bottom edge. Adhere a 1” strip of the contrasting card stock to the inside front of the card.

Step 8

Adhere Clay
Use double-stick tape to adhere the clay sheet to the front of the card.

Step 9

The Finished Card
I used Sculpey UltraLight on these for a couple of reasons. First, it’s lightweight. Each of these examples weighs less than half an ounce — well under the limit for a regular first class stamp. Plus, since it remains flexible, it’s less likely to get broken in the mail.

Variations/Final Thoughts

Themed cookie cutters would work great for this project — for example, a dog-shaped cookie cutter stamped with “Thank You” would be great for a pet sitter.

 
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