Postcards
Greeting cards + Scrapbooking
Sampler cards-pages, including ATC's
"artist trading cards"
Bookmarks
Gift tags
(Business cards)
Misc.
Websites

CARDS

gen. info.

acid free and lignin free . . .The sculpey.com website says that . . ."“Polyform’s chemists have been conducting tests on the clay for quite some time. All tests indicate that baked Premo! Sculpey and Sculpey III are acid free” so it should be fine to use in fine scrapbooking, etc. if properly and completely cured. . .
http://www.sculpey.com/Scrapbook101.htm
...according to info at trade shows, both polymer clay and acrylic craft paints are safe for use in scrapbooks...regular acrylic paints will buckle paper, though.
....and in order to attach the polymer piece to the page, you have to use acid free glue (best I've found is Glue Dots or Red line Tacky Tape. Laurie D'

many more lessons on ways to use flat and low-relief polymer items on cards ... scrapbook covers ... bookmarks ...etc.
http://www.sculpey.com/projects_scrapbooking.htm

Violette's "book" pages and other sheets of fancy and embellished clay... great card & postcard ideas though!
http://creaplastic.free.fr/10vio_06.htm .......http://creaplastic.free.fr/10gal_vio.htm
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=1340337&uid=477851(her similar artist trading cards)

lots more ideas and inspiration for making cards in Books

POSTCARDS

Linda Goff's fabulous polymer postcards ... collage... with stampings, cane slices, backfill, etc., some in layers ...(abstract outline too)
http://www.lindagoff.com/postcards.html
Boo's postcard with mokume gane background ...& white areas for addresses, etc.
http://polymerclaycentral.com/chall_nov03.html
PCC challenge, variety of polymer postcards
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/chall_july02.html
Jeanne Rhea's various postcards using different techniques:
....thinned liquid clay with mica powder or pigment inclusions, in starburst patterns from being spun in a spin art machine
http://artfortheheart.blogspot.com/2005/08/polyclay-spinart-postcards.html
....clay shapes cut out from clay postcard, replaced with other color (same size) cutouts; one on a Skinner blend; some onlays
http://artfortheheart.blogspot.com/2005/08/more-postcards-from-polymer-clay.html
... various inks (alcohol-based and not) or various viscosities (some thinned) dripped on top of each other (dry each layer to avoid mixing) on baked clay
http://artfortheheart.blogspot.com/2007/05/polymer-clay-atcs-with-faux-watercolor.html
2 postcards...textured with various stamps/textures then highlighted with various metallic powders...and one with textured onlay shape & surface ___
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=1119822&uid=447002 (just past halfway down page)
2 postcards from Arizona guild...one stamped on a multiple Skinner blend, then edges scallopped with toothed something
http://www.azpcg.org/documents/SwapOct2004.htm

Michelle Ross' lesson on holiday (Christmas & Hannukah) 4” by 5 1/2” postcards with cutter onlays, etc. (instr.for red card not shown)
http://www.polymerclayplay.com/html/projects/holidaypostcards/holidaypostcards.htm
Michelle's Ross' lesson on making similar Hannukah card & the Christmas card above, on the Carol Duvall show (xmas card not shown)
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_occasions_december/article/0,1789,HGTV_3270_2392071,00.html


Kris Richards' lesson on making a mica shift postcard with stamps (or could use texture sheet) (see more in Mica >Ghost Images)
http://www.creationsbykris.com/Gold%20Holographic%20postcards.html (gone?)
more Linda Goff polymer postcards (click on meeting from March 2000) http://www.nwpcg.org/meetings.shtml (gone)
Karen’s postcards (abstract-art-type w/ Premo, Pearlex & embossing powders)
http://hometown.aol.com/antkar/page10.html (gone?)
Petra's postcard http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1026926&a=7579435&p=25853854
polymer postcards . . . Tory Hughes (where?)

Some suggestions for techniques to use on postcards:
Skinner blends; faux techniques, stamping/carving, powders, cane slices, mokume gane, inclusions or translucent-covered somethings, transfers, mosaic canes or grouted mosaics, frames, drawing with inks/dusts/colored pencils, fancy edging scissors, punches (filled or left holey), etc.

(Linda Goff) Thanks everyone! ... making and mailing polymer clay postcards is incredibly fun and it's even more fun to find one in your very own mailbox! I received three this past week from a mini-swap - all very different but each one was terrific in its own way.
...I usually start with a sheet of multi-colored clay run through the pasta machine on the next to thickest setting, then decorate like crazy with cane slices, mokume-gane, metallic leaf and powders, copier or magazine transfers and tons of texture from carving, decorative and text stamps and press-on texture like cloth. The etched image left behind after doing a Gibson collage clay paper is a great base for a postcard too.
...After baking you can antique all or parts... gently rub some acrylic paint onto the textured areas and wipe off with damp paper towel so paint stays in depressed areas and accentuates your textures.
As you can see, I tend to run wild with decoration and sometimes end up with a nice enough postcard but absolutely no space for an address or stamp, much less a message. ...So that's something to plan for as you're working - gotta have some blank areas.
...Then comes the scary part - entrusting your new work of art to the post office! ...mail it at the post office instead of from a box, and go to the counter...be sure your postal clerk hand cancels the stamp (just ask).
... Your postcard doesn't have to be rectangular or symmetrical or a certain size for the post office to take it (NOTE: this was written in 1998... see comments below from a higher up postal employee about whether this is still true when the card is 1/4" thick or less).
....Believe it or not, all the (bare) postcards I've sent and received have survived mailing intact and without a scratch.

more from Linda Goff:
....I use all Premo clay for it's strength and flexibility. ...And I've sold about 20 postcards so far at $14 each.
...Run a sheet of clay (any color or blend of colors) through your pasta machine on the #3, or third thickest setting. You can use some translucent but not alot - it is more brittle than other colors.
Then cut your sheet into a square or organic shape about 5" by 5" and put it onto a piece of wax paper or plain paper.
...Now comes the fun part - DECORATION! This is pure clay fun at it's best:
....... You can add thin slices of canes, mokume-gane, clay scraps. Add a copier transfer or magazine transfer. Punch a few holes with your cutters. Use rubber stamps, leather tools, metal door screen or knobby fabric for texture. Make a leaf or branch imprint. Then rub some metallic powder on with your finger to accentuate your textures.
... After you're finished with one side, turn the card over and decorate the other side. . . but remember to leave a section of smooth light-colored clay on one side for the address and postage stamp.
....As you can tell, I love to decorate every space available on my cards. Usually I don't bother to leave much space for a message - the art is the message and my customers just squeeze in a signature where they can.
...If your cards are made from Premo, bake at 275 for 30 minutes. (For other clays, follow usual baking instructions)
.....When your cards are addressed and ready to mail, TAKE THEM TO THE POST OFFICE. This is very important - the stamp on your card has to be hand-cancelled by a postal clerk (otherwise, they will probably get mangled by the automated machinery it would go through otherwise at the post office)... just ask them to hand cancel when you're at the counter.
...And, stamps look alot nicer than those white postage strips - both the lick and unlick stamps stick just fine to the clay. Have fun! Linda

Your postal guy was wrong (when he said he coulnd't send the polymer postcard because of size or shape)!. The PO can send almost ANYTHING (I've seen painted coconuts from Hawaii get stamped and sent!) through the mail, and a PC postcard is absolutely no problem. (this applies only to "packages"?, though Linda's postcards are not rectangular)....I sent several cards earlier this week and have already received one back. It was the hand cancelled one.
. . . The clerk at the post office did say there was an additional surcharge for "irregular dimensions" because my card was under an ounce (see below for rates)
...The ink from the stamp they used to hand cancel stayed on fine, the clay came through without a scratch, and the clerk I had was nothing but courteous (if a bit bemused.) :-) ...P.S. Sharpie markers worked great for writing the address on the PC, but the metallic paint pen is still a bit sticky after 5 days (I didn't think to re-bake the postcards to set the ink before I sent them). Kimberly

P.O. rules and rates for our postcards: ......(normal postcard rate is $0.23, but we can't send our polymer cards as "postcards" because of P.O. size and materials restrictions...we must send as regular lst class mail "letters") ... all this info is as of DEC. 03...
...dimensions required for letters. . . . . minimum: 5" long.. 3-1/2" high.. 0.007" thick . . . .. maximum: 11-1/2" long.. 6-1/8" high ..1/4" thick
........for letters weighing 1 oz or less, a non-machinable surcharge (of 12 cents) also applies to our polymer cards because they are rigid ...(or if any of the following criteria apply:
.. is a
square letter
..contains very rigid items such as wood or metal
..contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven
..has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices
..has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5 )
.......I've also been told by a "mail piece design analyst" (though previous senders haven't found this to be true!), that if the thickness is 1/4" or less, the shape of the card must be exactly rectangular with 90 degree corners . . . if the card is over 1/4", the charge will be higher but the card can be any shape (...he says that it must be over 1/4" thick --can't just pay an extra fee) ...to make polymer over 1/4" thick would require two #1 sheets of clay plus a little more (they slide them into a template to measure)
.....So, for a rectangular polymer postcard (not in an envelope) which is less than 1 oz, the cost will probably be 37 + 12 = 49 cents (if hand cancelled)
.....for a polymer postcard which is between 1 and 2 oz., the cost will probably be 37 + 23 = 60 cents (if hand cancelled...no non-machineable chg.applies)
(and also as long as the shape is rectangular.... if not, you'll need to make it over 1/4" thick, and send at the "large envelope" rate??? --confused about this part:
............Linda Goff's postcards of 1998 were irregularly rectangular but not over 1/4" and they mailed fine
............Michelle's lesson above uses clay shapes stacked on a sheet of clay and they may total more than 1/4" but she says they can be made thinner & still mailed
............so does this just depend on which postal employee you happen to interact with? have the rules changed?)
(see also http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm/C100.htm#Rav36698 for regulation details)

Use Premo, it seems to hold up well, go for about a 4 or 3 thickness on an atlas . . .. Weight down while cooling. . . .Glaze with Future if you want , then use a Sharpie marker for the writing. . . use . 55 cent postage. . . .People are really impressed! I made several using a Skinner blend in blue and green, then rubber stamped some additional designs.Could be really cool in metallics! Becky

Could not you make your card at say #5 and make a # 6 sheet of white, then join (laminate) the white clay to the back of the card by running the whole thing through at #1 or #2?
I realize that when you do the lamanation that your work gets elongated, but if the work is without a relitively dimensioned object then it wouln't matter. Of course after you 'laminate' the white to the back, you could then add the stamps textures etc. (and/or trim)
...Sure, Lysle, you could do that. Sometimes I laminate an ultra-thin sheet of translucent onto my card, too. The background shows through somewhat and it can provide a flat surface for writing if you, ahem, forgot to leave one! LOL!! Really, anything is possible.
...It would be nice if the cards could be thinner than I've been making them - I'm just nervous about whether they'd be damaged in mailing. Marie Segal sent me a wonderful card made from the new Sculpey Flex clay which is actually thick AND floppy. It will almost bend double - that clay could probably be used for thinner cards .....Postcards are especially fun because they can be spontaneously creative -

magazine transfer is the only method I've used to add images to postcards - so far. . . .you'll need a mix of about 2/3 liquid sculpey and 1/3 Diluent. Cut out your magazine image (National Geographic works great) and paint the front of the image with a thick even coat of your sculpey/diluent. Then put the image face down onto a smooth area of the unbaked postcard and press it down real tight. ...Then bake .... After the postcard is cool, put it under water to soak the magazine paper and rub the paper off with your fingers - your image will be left there on the card. Linda
...The results were very bright, colorful and transparent. I think it depends on which magazine you use (I used Dutch magazines, and haven't tried American ones yet), and also how thick a coating of TLS you put on. Too thick, and the picture loses color and clarity, too thin and the TLS can break. It probably even matters how long and how hot you bake. When baked quite hot (300 degrees) there is a slight discoloration which is not unpleasant. Baking longer seems to make it more transparent.
...see more on all transfer methods in Transfers)

I wanna make postcards!! ....What a neat way to actually catch up with some correspondence!

Or how about (Mike B's powdered leaf impressions as) postcards (see Powders)?
...or (instead of mailing it) just stick a bit of wire on the back for a hanger, and hang it on the wall as is? Ann

GREETING Cards ...& SCRAPBOOKING

(for more ideas and inspiration, see other sub-categories on this page also)

re SCRAPBOOKING in particular:
....acid free and lignin free . . .The sculpey.com website says that “Polyform’s chemists have been conducting tests on the clay for quite some time. All tests indicate that baked Premo! Sculpey and Sculpey III are acid free” so it should be fine to use in fine scrapbooking, etc. if properly and completely cured. . .
http://www.sculpey.com/Scrapbook101.htm
...according to info at trade shows, both polymer clay and acrylic craft paints are safe for use in scrapbooks...regular acrylic paints will buckle paper, though. Laurie D'
(... for which inks are acid-free, see Letters & Inks)
...however, in order to attach the polymer piece to the page, you have to use acid free glue (best I've found is Glue Dots or Red line Tacky Tape. Laurie D'
...Linda H's scrapbook page with stamped letters, and other slightly dimensional pieces glued onto page
http://www.pcpolyzine.com/2005winter/scrapping.html

Could create any kind of card . . . . for birthdays or Christmas or greeting, or get-well, to grandparents, make Valentine cards, etc.)

Any clay that's made flat or fairly flat could probably be used for scrapbooking or cards...
....... e.g., frames of any kind (solid, or in several pieces), transfers of photos/graphics/handwriting, symbols or plaques (could write on these: see Letters-Inks > Inks for Writing on Clay), cane slices, etc.

various glues will work to attach baked polymer clay to cardstock:
....most white glues should work well enough
.....silicone type glues like E-6000 and Goop (ventilate) ... or 2-pt. epoxy
....Polyform also recommends "dimensional clear adhesives" like Diamond Glaze®, Aleene’s Paper Glaze®
........ Glue Dots® work well for attaching clay pieces to cards and scrapbook pages ...even double-sided clear tape or carpet tape.

cane slices
*Petra's cane slices ...or molded, mica powders, etc ...wonderful cards made by her and others... mixed media including polymer , stamping, etc.
http://www.zigzag.co.nz/stamping.html

Tamara's lesson on making a rubberstamped card, embellished with tiny cane slices (stamped image is colored with pencils, markers, etc.) ... she uses "sticky dots" to attached each slice, but could be glued on ... final background embellished with glitter on snowy areas, etc.
http://www.designcanes.com/how%20to%20make%20cards.htm

(for purchasing premade canes --some also pre-baked-- to use for slices on cards and in scrapbooking, see Canes-Instr > Pre-Made Canes )

I used the (cane) "slice painting" method on top of the front of a purchased greeting card (with flowers printed on it) to add flower petal slices over the drawing of flowers on the card, and ended up with dimensional flowers on the flat card
...... I first coated the relevant areas with white glue, then placed on one petal at a time --sometimes truncating or reshaping the canes or slices
...... after baking them on the card the cardstock was slightly non-flat, so now I'll probably cut the front of the card off and glue it to a piece of cardstock etc., to create a new card
...next time, I might use a sheet of glass over the card image for my guidelines for placing the slices... bake them on the glass... then remove and glue onto the original card
(for more info on "slice painting", see Canes-Instr. > Overall Techniques > Slice Painting )
(for info on other ways to make "paintings" with clay over glass (using guidelines underneath), see Paint > Paintings )

flat cutouts can be made from thin sheets of clay in several ways:
..... sheets can be cut or cutout before baking using cookie or canape cutters of some type... or with an Xacto or long pin around a template or inside a stencil, or freehand
...........(sometimes good to create sheet and make cuts on a tile so clay will "stick" while cutting and stay flat while baking ....(to keep flat, can also bake between two smooth tiles to have shiny sheets, or put piece of paper between tile and clay for non-shiny sheets)
......or after baking with scissors (or pattern scissors), punches, and maybe even die cutters ... may help to cut the sheet when warm or to rewarm the sheet
... properaly baked clay is very tough and flexible when thin
(NOTE: don't use Sculpey, S'Sculpey or Sculpey III clays for this... they're too brittle in thin sheets and will break)
(see much more on all this re cutters and cutting in Cutters)

cutouts
....Michelle Ross used one fish from her lesson on making cutout fish on a cardstock invitation to a "swim party" (which had been stamped for "water)..(fish has disk shape as body, with added onlaid cutouts for fins, tails, stripes, heart-shaped lips (or rope), and bubbles...plus several wire loops for fins) .... she used a die cutter and a laminator for the body, but could certainly use all clay
Michelle Ross' lesson & photos of various colorful fish (for mobile)
http://www.polymerclayplay.com/html/gallery.htm

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_clay/article/0,,HGTV_3236_3071209,00.html

Lisa Pavelka's lessons on a gingerbread boy cutout for the front of a card.... and also a frame for a photo for the front of a card
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_holidaycards.htm

fairly flat polymer dragonfly + liquid clay wings (probably made on tile/glass, then glued onto card front)
http://expressionartmagazine.com/04MJtoc.html

cutouts & molds
I made greeting cards with cutouts as well as molded clay shapes, all glued to the fronts
.... first I created a pasta machined dragged-lines sheet (see Canes-Instr > Marbled Paper)
... then used small cutters to cut out a leaf, a disk, and a little donkey-type animal from it.....baked, weighting the cut outs with a tile over a piece of paper because they were so thin they might have curled when cooling
.......I also made a separate molded embellishment for each card from dark purple clay (with a mold I'd made from a fancy button).... then highlighted the molded clay with Aztec Gold mica powder and baked ... put the little square molded piece at the bottom of the leaf on one card (to suggest a container), and on the back of the donkey or under the disk (resembling the basket of a "hot air balloon") on the other two.
.......I sanded the backs of my polymer pieces a bit, and glued them onto the card with Goop, but white glue could be used.
.......since I sent these through the mail, I had to protect the thicker molded part a bit because it was sticking up too much, so I cut a hole in some corrugated cardboard and put it over the card ...(NOTE: when an envelope is more than 1/4" thick, and under 1 oz., 12 cents extra postage needs to be added for hand canceling....if I'd used it as a birthday card, I wouldn't have had that problem . . .and next time I'll use a stamp on some flat clay, instead of a molded piece, so the whole thing will be thinner!)
...(re the non-polymer parts of the card:) . . .the black printed parts of the card surrounding the cutouts and the words Thank You were made from two all-over patterns I found in a book. I photocopied each one, then cut the darker one smaller than the lighter one and placed it on top of it so I'd have a double fram. To make the area in the middle white for the cutouts and Thank You, I put a piece of white paper as a third layer on top of that. ...the "Thank You" is text I found somewhere or printed from my computer fonts, then taped onto the white area before photocopying the whole thing on white cardstock (I have my own cardstock, the same thing can be ordered at a copy shop for only a few cents more than usual). Diane B.

Polyzine's folded cards made by covering the front of the cardstock card with a sheet of same-color or complementary-color clay, then adding punched out clay shapes or shapes cut with pattern scissors to the front, all with white glue. The author (?) stresses that clay should be cut when warm.
http://pcpolyzine.com/january2002/tycard.html

Asian Fan Note Card lesson using clay "medallion" only to embellish a card mostly made with cardstock ... copper clay stamped with gold permanent ink as background design, then Asian woman with black ink) ...Shapelet used to cut shape, black clay rope added as frame... beads on black cording hung from clay medallion ...(cardstock spokes of "fan" stamped)
http://tinyurl.com/5qk4u

Kris Richards' card made with black cardstock, but completely covered with intersecting long skinny triangles of black Premo, and Lumiere paints, with gold Gellyroll pens and gold Krylon leafing pen to add lines, squiggles, dots, etc. (at wdpstudio.com, gone)

lesson on placing transfers on cards & scrapbooks, etc., surrounded by frames
http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=23046

rhinestic's tiny 3-D miniatures inset into the front of a greeting card (like a shadow box)
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh28/rhinestic/clayCardsXZZ.jpg

Garie's fun "movement" card, with big fish eating small fish (via wire)
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/strings-wires.htm

Could also use polymer with other things like regular drawings or stampings or photos, etc.

BOOK:
Handmade Polymer Clay Greeting Cards,
a book by Candida Woolhouse
...This small book has many cute and very well-executed designs for embellishing paper greeting cards with polymer clay objects. Molded and modelled or cut with cookie cutters or templates, the designs are easy to make. Instructions are clear and well-written and there are adequate photos/diagrams to illustrate the steps and some variations. Many themes included...... I would think this book well-suited for a paper-arts enthusiast who wants to add polymer elements to their pieces but doesn't know where to start, or for any crafty person who is unfamiliar with polymer clay. Elizabeth

Sampler cards ....and/or "ARTIST TRADING CARDS" (ATC's)

(more ideas and inspiration also in other categories on this page)

When ATC's, or "artist trading cards" which are limited to a certain size, are made with polymer clay, they can use virtually any polymer clay technique so they are great for seeing a lot of polymer possibilities in one place!

Violette's artist trading cards for a swap
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?username=vioiv&x=12&y=8

....also Violette's (similar) fancy and embellished polymer sheets for a book. . cover is all polymer too. . . cool!
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=1340337&uid=477851
.... also Violette
's "book" pages and other sheets of fancy and embellished clay, also "covering" side of a bookcase... great card & postcard ideas!
http://creaplastic.free.fr/10vio_06.htm ...http://creaplastic.free.fr/10vio_10.htm

Linda's 2 swaps of many artist trading cards
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/atc_swap1.html (3 pages)
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/atc_swap2.html (2 pages)
another swap of many artist trading cards at PCC
http://polymerclaycentral.com/atc3_swap1.html (2 pages)

sets of artist trading cards for swap
http://photobucket.com/albums/c255/Nadja2002/Swaps

Lisa P's ATC's and tags
http://www.heartinhandstudio.com/atc_&_tags.htm

Helen P's polmer clay artist trading cards for a swap
....most "artist trading cards" are flat, but ours will be a little different... they will be on a polymer base - 2 1/4" x 3 1/2".
....embellish them as you like - mixed media is welcome (beads, paints, inks, cabs, canes, charms - just have lots of fun)

few things to do with any of these cards
as collection:
....put in those plastic sheets with 9 pockets, available for baseball cards, Pokemon cards, etc.
.......if cards were made smaller or larger, could use pocketed plastic sheets intended for photographic slides or for reg. photographs
....display on panels ...or inside frames
....use as pages in handmade books
....or loose in boxes to flip through, and/or to remove-inspect-feel individually (see Brigitte's of both above)
....enclosed in various ways: envelopes (reg.or handmade... or flat sheet of some kind could be folded over them and tied or otherwise held closed)
individual cards:
....in plastic sleeve intended for regular trading card, or for a hanging nametag badge
... I've heard of people sewing a plastic pocket to their handbag to display a different card every week
....business card" ...any type.... or with a self-portrait on the front and a personal fact sheet on the back... cedarseed
....some people seem to have used playing cards as backs for ATC's

more info on ATC's & other "mail art"

info and ideas re artist trading cards, and many links (at bottom)
http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html
....many links for "artist trading cards" (Google results) ... http://tinyurl.com/43duj

see also the entire area of "mail art" for inspiration:
..."'Mail artists' characteristically exchange ephemera in the form of:
... ....illustrated letters, zines, rubberstamped, decorated or illustrated envelopes, artist trading cards, postcards, 'artistamps', mail-interviews and three-dimensional objects."
...many links for mail art (Google results)... http://tinyurl.com/6y87f)

BOOKMARKS

Toika's cabochon molded bookmark (lesson)
http://www.geocities.com/polyzine/december2000/bookmarks.html
http://www.artcraftworld.com/index.htm (photo of cabochon mold bookmark, but no longer for sale?)
many bookmarks from Arizona guild swap
http://home.att.net/~reserved/bookmarks.htm
many bookmarks from Tonja's swap (kids too?)
http://www.tonjastreasures.com/bookmarkswap/bookmarks.html
various types of bookmarks at PCC's Claypen
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/claypen_bookmarks.html

(for more ideas and inspiration, see one of the categories above, but just use a strip of decorated clay for a bookmark)

DB: add ideas, websites for flat bookmarks here as well

(for more on flat and thong bookmarks, see Books-mini & covers)

Teri S's 116 bookmarks with many techniques . . . mica shift, fauxs, Natasha, stamping, PearlExing (leaves), mokume gane, chrysanthemum cane, Kellie's funky wire impression designs, and "knotted" beads
.....It was a great excuse for this newbie to try out lots of techniques...I used the pasta machine at #4... I only sanded about half of them --a lot of them had PearlEx, so I didn't bother--just Flecto'd (Varathaned) .///Some were supposed to be funky (for the teens), and I left those alone
http://www.flickr.com/photos/p__tt/1416976885/in/set-72157602108131287
......for the two geometric mosaic ones (3x6-tile grids)
........ 3 diff. rectangular tiles (look like crackled leaf on black**, bits of leaf in translucent, and gold leaf impressions on grayed black) ... laid vertically in a 3 across, 6 down pattern...this formed a secondary diagonal pattern also (123, 312, 231...and repeat) ... tiles for some bookmarks were separated a bit and grouted with black, but some were just butted without grout.
{ **actually: stamped on translucent with bamboo rubberstamp and gold pigment ink pad (Brilliance Galaxy Gold),-faux ivory with gold-colored leaf (applied at setting 1, so the leaf spread out a lot), -black with gold-colored leaf (applied at 3 or 4)... then cut these into rectanglar tiles}

flat bookmarks can also have dangles and/or tassels attached to one end (often through a hole punched there)
....Diane Mayer's textured & anrtiqued (with brown or white) flat bookmarks.... with dangles &/or tassels attached with cording to a hole in one end (so will dangle on outside of book when bookmark in place)
http://scratchart.com/gallery/gallery2.html

...Adria's flat rectangle bookmarks with attached cording and dangling skull, bead, bat, etc.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/AdriaFilion/?action=view&current=bookmarks.jpg

flat, sqiggled wire bookmark ... hook at top with dangling beads at end of hook (hang outside of book)... (hammered to be very flat)... they used a thick wire (22 g)
http://www.artbeads.com/fataboma.html

thong-type bookmarks often have dangles at both ends (beads, charms, whatever)... for the thong try to use something thin but strong and non-tangling like waxed linen
....I just made a thong bookmark for my daughter with my late Mother's buttons instead of beads I used buttons. Came out really neat. ...large ones on one end and then small ones on the other. aggie
...could always combine these with special polymer beads relating to her, or just coordinating ones.

Clayfreak's lesson on feather-ish pattern made by manipulating an unloved Kaleidoscope cane? (hobbystage website gone)
Rob & Melissa's bookmarks, with impressed gold feather and cord (website gone)

collage tags (also good for bookmarks)
http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/naturaltags.html

Ann/Karen M's lesson on making a clay "fabric" (flexible) bookmark using a Liquid Sculpey with silk organza or polyester chiffon
...... they made an image transfer of an oil-pencil-colored-in b&w copy image onto the fabric
http://www.hgtv.com/HGTV/project/0,1158,CRHO_project_20729,00.html

Hazel's ribbon & paperclip bookmarks(website gone)

there used to be a page showing the results of the minibook swap over at Polymer Clay Central (now located at delphi.com), but don’t know if it’s there now (can’t find it—DB--keep checking to see when/if they add it).

Premo is great for bookmarks. I have one I made two years ago with transparent Premo that I scented with anise seed inclusion , and it still has a nice, mild scent, and is still very flexible..... Rolled at #3 or #4 on the pasta machine, I think. It's been a long time
. . . cane slices are a good idea! LynnDel

Garie Sim made a number of very flexible bookmarks from Sculpey's SuperFlex clay:
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/bookmark_content.htm (click on each)
...many textured ...some made from joined pieces
.....fish "fossil", strip of ladybugs, rainbow, cow jumping over the moon, Pokemon, snake, frog, dolphin,shark, and various Halloween themes including a witch hand (for that, may want to "highlight" the textured hand with brown acrylic paint rather than "scorching" the clay with a heat gun)

I've made bookmarks using craft wire in-between sheets of clay. I wouldn't suggest using the thickest setting, perhaps medium on your pasta machine but it might be one other option, in addition to checking your clay to see if it's been completely cured....some have also found that the clay becomes stronger with longer baking times. Instead of the minimum 20-30 minutes, I've used 1 hour or longer. It won't burn, unless the temp is too high, and you can re-bake clay many times, if needed. Marcella

printable bookmarks (these have words and country themes and backgrounds, but may be good for inspiration)
http://www.grandmageorge.com/free/ggmsets/cbmark.html

(see also Cards > Postcards for more bookmark ideas, but just use a strip of decorated clay rather than a larger piece)

 

GIFT TAGS

simple gift tags made from 2 colors of clay back-to-back put through the pasta machine on # 5... then use cutters to cut out shapes, and make a hole for attaching
...so after baking you can just write on them with some gel pens or other pens/markers --see Letters-Inks > Inks for Writing)

I'm going to have to try some gift tags adding molded shapes to the flat PC tags
....
(the molded pieces could match the themes and colors of the wrapping too)
...
very small candy molds (usually in a sheet mold) are often available for making tiny shapes, figures, etc
.... these could also be highlighted or completely covered with metallic powders, (or even painted) etc., to be hung on tiny Christmas trees as ornaments, or glued onto gifts or as gift tags, etc.

Lynn K's lesson on making to make Christmas tags using stamping (sometimes over metallic leaf)
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_HolidayGiftTags.htm
(more in Christmas?)

collage tags (also good for bookmarks)
http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/naturaltags.html

 

BUSINESS CARDS

(see Business > Business Cards)

 

MISCELLANEOUS

~magnet "sheets" have an adhesive back, so a layer of baked polymer clay can be adhered to them; other magnets may have to strength to hold on top of the clay as well? (could be used for small frames for the frig, gifts, postcards, games, etc.); available at crafts (?) or office supply stores (these do NOT go through your printer, but a printed sheet can be pressed to the back of the magnet sheet after the release paper is removed)

Post It pads could be inserted into a slot cut into a flat sheet of clay (figure or pattern, etc.) with magnet sheet on back ... and then stuck to the front of the frig. etc.
http://boards.hgtv.com/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=1084078532&f=1004031632&m=706106483

template for folding a slip-type, partial envelope for presenting cards (or flat shapes) of any size (part of the front of the card will show)
http://www.bydonovan.com/CardHolder.GIF

Shala's patterns for printable gift tags, envelope/cards with pop-ups inside, "money" envelopes, etc. (some blank, some with graphics/color)
(use *thin* cardstock if your printer allows it, or use spray adhesive to attach the printed paper to cardstock before cutting and folding)
http://shala.addr.com/print/printables/index.html

Marie R's lesson on drizzling-drawing a shape onto clay with LS, then covering with embossing powder (tamp off excess) and baking (could be gift tag, card, bookmark, etc.)
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_TLSEmbossed.htm

Several ways to prevent curling of thin flat clay when baking. One is to place something heavy on top of the piece while baking. However, if the weight will harm the surface technique, then wait until the pieces comes out of the oven and while it is still somewhat hot, place heavy books on top of it until cool. . . . Or, while it is still hot but not so much so that you can't handle it, fill the sink with cold water and then lay the piece down on the bottom of the sink and hold it flat until it is cool. Dotty in CA

WEBSITES

Lisa's card embellishments (could be ornaments later) --Handcr. Holiday Cards & Orn's
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_holidaycards.htm
*MMonet's greeting cards & mixed media
http://members.aol.com/mm1ofakind/artcards.html
pc stamping on cards swap
http://www0.delphi.com/rubber/swapsculpy.html
(look at polymerclaycentral.com's Swaps??)


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