Sometimes, with the best will in the world, there’s not time to put in that extra special effort required. There’s plenty of things life throws at you which get in the way! So , like other people might bake in batches and put some in the freezer to impress on another day…… I sometime create in batches so I then have a stash. So, heres how to make a stash of gift tags, to put that hand crafted touch to the simplest gift wrapping.
1. Gather the bits you need. Sharp knife, wooden cutting board, nonstick baking sheet, white air dry clay. Cut off a slice of clay and leave this rest in an air tight bag.
2 Roll out the clay to roughly the thickness of a £1 coin. You can use a rolling pin or a glass bottle to do this. At this stage you can print into the clay. I had big ideas about printing into it with wool but my attempt was a bit of a craft fail. Perhaps I’d try again with some knitting done in a cotton yarn which might be firmer.
3 I hadn’t imagined laying vintage lace on the clay and rolling over it would work as well as it did. I was thrilled with the result. It looked pretty on the heart shapes I made. I also tried printing with rubber stamps….this worked. And then I tried with some fir leaves from the garden , that was easy and successful. Yay!
4 After printing, cut the required shape. I used cookie cutters for mine. I tried flower shapes but didn’t like them, they always seemed a bit hefty! Leaves and hearts were gorgeous! While the clay is still fresh make a hole where you want your ribbon to go later.
5. Move your shapes carefully to your nonstick sheet, and dry over 48 hours, tuning each night and morning so they dry evenly. When completely dry you can gently sand the fuzzy edges.
6. Thread with ribbon . I chose white. I now have a batch of hand made gift tags which will go with any colour wrapping I do.
I tried two types of clay but my favourite was ,by far, Das.