I would like to mention first that my favorite medium to go along with polymer clay is acrylic paints. I love to paint!
Using paint allows me to add details to my projects that I really would have a hard time achieving using all clay.
One thing about painting on your projects though is that they always need to be coated afterwards with some gloss or satin sealer. If you don't do this then the paint can scrape off over time.
Here are a couple of ornaments inspired by the chilly winds of winter that we experience here in Maine. I love coming in from the cold and warming up with a nice cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows!
Making the mittens is simple and fun. I made a mitten template out of card stock and cut it out. I rolled my clay through my clay machine on the #1 setting and then cut out a pair of mittens. I put a hole at the top of each. Using a toothpick or tool I made some indentations at the top for texture. Once baked I painted my designs and then coated them with Sculpey gloss. After, I strung the pair together using jewelry wire and beads.
For the hot cocoa mugs I rolled a cylinder of clay about 1/2" to 3/4" and cut a small mug shape. I made a short snake for the handle and cut to size and attached. I indented the top so that I could add some Brown clay for the hot cocoa.
To make the marshmallows I made a snake of white and cut little chunks for the marshmallows. Add a little wire loop to the center of your marshmallows and bake. Now you can paint your designs from simple polka dots to wreaths, trees, candy canes etc... Have fun!