Sometimes I discover something and then realize that others have probably "discovered" the same thing but way earlier than me! My latest "discovery" is embossing cards for texture.
These are the Sizzix or Cuttlebug plastic embossing cards that scrapbookers use. Here is an example: http://www.createforless.com/Sizzix+Embossing+Folders+Tim+Holtz+Texture+Fades+Damask+_and_+Regal+Flourishes/pid181852.aspx?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=cse
As the link above shows, Tim Holtz also has some embossing folders with some cool textures.
I roll out my clay in the pasta machine to 2 or 3 and then lay a piece between the plastic folder. I use my PERSUADER tool (http://www.monakissel.com/toolpersuader.html
) from Mona Kissel to roll over the folder and then I have my textured piece of clay! One side is the positive image, the other is the reverse image.
A slight spray of water or dab of powder may help your clay to not stick to the folder.
I always love finding new "toys"!! Right now, Hobby Lobby has a sale on Sizzix/Cuttlebug die cutters and stuff...they weren't sure if the embossing folders were included in that, but the cashier gave me 30% off, which is the current sale. Of course using your 40% coupon would be a great deal at other times.