- Prepare Paperclay® by rolling it out or flattening it to about 1/4" thick. Make
sure the surface is level so that you get a good even stamp. Flattening with the back of a
very large wooden stamp works well for achieving a perfectly flat surface.
- Rolling out Paperclay® on plastic wrap or waxed paper makes it easier to handle
- Pigment inks such as Yasutomo's ColorCubes or Yasutomo's FabricMates fabric markers work
best for stamping in Paperclay® . Water color inks will tend to bleed and leave a blurry
- After rolling out the Paperclay®, load stamp with ink and stamp into the moist
- To cut out the stamped images from the flattened Paperclay® you can use scissors and
cut it like you would paper. Also you may want to try turning a drinking glass upside down
and using it like a cookie cutter to cut perfect circles.
- Another method for cutting shapes out of the flattened Paperclay® is to use a toothpick
and trace around the stamped image pressing the toothpick in at a 45 degree angle. Any
rough edges can be smoothed with your finger and a drop of water.
- Leave the stamped Paperclay® figures out to air dry hard for a day or so. If you're in
a hurry, you may put the Paperclay® figures into your kitchen oven at 250 degrees for 15
minutes or until dry.
- After the Paperclay® has dried you can use fabric markers or any other paint to color
in the outline of the stamped image if you wish.
- You can use embossing powder with Paperclay® by stamping on to a pre-dried piece. Dry
Paperclay® is similar to wood.
- When the stamped figures are completely dry, you can spray on a coat of lacquer to seal
and protect them. Clear fingernail polish can also be brushed on to finish the pieces.
After the lacquer or fingernail polish has dried, you can glue earring posts or pin backs
on the back of the pieces to create your own unique and wearable stamp art!
Be sure to keep any unused Paperclay® in a air-tight bag for future use. If it should
become a little dry as you're working with it, or in the bag, you can knead a few drops of
water back into it to make it fresh again.
If Paperclay® should stick to your stamp just rinse it off with water.
Prepared by Doreen Chambers SCD
Don't be afraid to experiment with Paperclay® and most of
all have fun!