I recently ordered a Sizzix Big Shot so I can try my hand at embossing. I was eager to see how far I could “stretch” my machine, so I have been experimenting with embossing all kinds of different materials. I was excited to discover that I can use my machine and embossing folders to make these cool, custom magnets.
Supplies needed to make your own embossed clay DIY magnets:
- Sizzix Big Shot Embossing Machine or Other Embossing Machine
- Embossing Folders (I used Honeycomb and Pennant Bunting)
- Polymer Clay
- Craft Paint
- Dimensional Magic
- Freezer Paper
- Magnet Strip Roll
Step one: Soften a piece clay with your hands. Place it between two pieces of freezer paper, and sandwich it between the embossing plates. Run it through your machine. Now you have a flat “sheet” of clay.
Step two: Keeping the clay inside the freezer paper, place it inside an embossing folder. This is where you may need to experiment to figure out what works best for your machine. I used only one embossing plate under my folder, and ran it through my machine again.
Step four: Remove the clay from the rest of the freezer paper, and bake in a dish according to the package instructions.
These magnets are now ready to be embellished!
Here are a few ideas for you to try. I used the honeycomb folder two ways to show you how to get the most use out of your supplies.
When it had dried, I painted over the “ball” with black paint. I then gently wiped the paint off. The Dimensional Magic resists the paint, while the clay takes it in. The end result is a grungy soccer ball.
I added chipboard numbers and sealed the project with more Dimensional Magic. Finally, I trimmed the adhesive magnet sheet and adhered it to the back.
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Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!