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Faux Marble Chess Board using EnviroTex Lite®

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful Faux Marbled Chess Board Designed by Myléne Hillam.  This would be a wonderful gift idea for anyone on your list!
Materials Required:·     EnviroTexLite®·     Acrylic paints: Warm White, Nimbus Grey, Black·     Two 11” square wooden boards·     ETI Mixing Cup Set·     4 plastic party cups·     4 wooden stir sticks·     3” paint brush·     Foam paint brush·     Butane torch·     Cutting mat·     Stanley knife·     Ruler·     Latex gloves·     Painter’s tape·     Painters plastic drop sheet (polyethylene) ·     Cello tape
Instructions: Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.
 Cover both the boards with the drop sheet plastic and stretch it taut across the surface. Tape it on the back.
 Create the black marble: Follow the package instructions to mix up 8oz EnviroTex Lite. 
Pour 2oz of mixed resin into each of two cups. Color one cup Warm White and the other Nimbus Grey, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough black paint to make it opaque.
 Place the wooden board on inverted cups making sure it is balanced. Pour the black resin across the surface and spread it out to the edges.
 Pour the white resin in a thin stream across the black resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin. Use a paintbrush to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied. Hold the board vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn the board in another direction to create some more movement. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Set the board aside to cure.
 To create the white marble: Mix 8oz EnviroTex Lite and pour 1oz of mixed resin into one cup and 2oz into another. Color the first cup with black paint and the second with gray, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough white paint to make it opaque.
Pour the white resin across the surface of the second board and spread it out to the edges.
 Pour the gray resin across the white resin in a thin stream. Use the stir stick to drizzle thin lines of black paint across the surface.
Swirl the colors lightly with the paintbrush.
Drizzle more white resin across the surface with the stir stick.  Pop any bubbles with the torch and set the resin aside to cure. Once cured, remove both the black and white marble sheets from the plastic.
 Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of one of the square wooden boards with black paint. Allow it to dry several hours before continuing. Mask the underside edges with painter’s tape.
 Score each of the marble sheets down the center with the knife. To cut the resin apart, fold it along the score line and it should easily pull apart. If not, score it a little deeper. Cut one half of each marble sheet into 4 equal strips and then cut these strips into squares. You should have 32 black and 32 white squares. Lay out the pieces on the painted board in a checkerboard pattern and check for fit. Remove the squares to your workspace, keeping them in the same order.
 Mix up 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite. Pour it across the painted board and pop any bubbles. Working quickly, reposition the squares on the board. Push them into the resin, allowing the resin to ooze over the tiles. Spread the resin across the surface evenly and pop any bubbles. Keep checking on the board over the next two hours and realign any squares, which might move. If the chessboard surface is uneven, mix up another 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite; pour it across the surface and pop any bubbles.
Enjoy!

Birds Collage Pendant’s with EasyCast®

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:00
Looking to create some handmade Christmas gifts?  Check out these easy to create pendants designed by Marie Browning.


Materials List: For All Pieces
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Plastic mixing cups and mixing stick
  • Ultra Seal or Thin-bodied white glue
  • Pendants & Charms
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet or decorative paper
  • Jewelry findings as listed below
Birds Collage Jewelry Soar Necklace
  • Nunn Design, raised pendant, small square single loop, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, Copper
 Tweet! Hear Pendant
  • Nunn Design, Grande Pendant Heart, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, copper
Home Key Ring
  • Nunn Design, Large Pendant Square, antique gold
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Key ring, silver

 

Instructions:
  1. Cut and fit paper pieces into pendant cavities.
  2. Apply white glue to the back of the paper pieces, then place them into the pendant’s. Allow glue to dry.
  3. Seal paper pieces with two coats of white glue.  Allow the glue to dry clear between coats.
  4. Mix two ounces of EasyCast epoxy according to manufacture’s instructions.  Fill pendant cavity full to form a slight dome.  Avoid overfilling.  Let cure per EasyCast instructions.
  5. Attach to your chosen chain or cord.
All images used in the following pendants were cut from Collage sheets printed by Alpha Stamps, which fit perfectly into Nunn Design pendants.  Look for craft punches that also fit the pendants exactly to make these projects super simple and foolproof.  You can generate your own wording on your computer or use words from the word collage sheet.  Birds Collage sheets are available where Nunn Design Pendants are sold.  Doming pendants with EasyCast epoxy magnifies the image, brightens colors and ads depth that only a two-component epoxy can do.  Preferred by professionals for its easy of use, fast & easy bubble release, water-clear clarity and high doming capabilities.  EasyCast is a low odor, solvent free, non-shrinking formula available at leading craft and art stores!  

Birds Collage Pendant's with EasyCast®

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:00
Looking to create some handmade Christmas gifts?  Check out these easy to create pendants designed by Marie Browning.


Materials List: For All Pieces
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Plastic mixing cups and mixing stick
  • Ultra Seal or Thin-bodied white glue
  • Pendants & Charms
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet or decorative paper
  • Jewelry findings as listed below
Birds Collage Jewelry Soar Necklace
  • Nunn Design, raised pendant, small square single loop, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, Copper
 Tweet! Hear Pendant
  • Nunn Design, Grande Pendant Heart, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, copper
Home Key Ring
  • Nunn Design, Large Pendant Square, antique gold
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Key ring, silver


Instructions: 
  1. Cut and fit paper pieces into pendant cavities.
     
  2. Apply white glue to the back of the paper pieces, then place them into the pendant’s. Allow glue to dry.
     
  3. Seal paper pieces with two coats of white glue.  Allow the glue to dry clear between coats.
     
  4. Mix two ounces of EasyCast epoxy according to manufacture’s instructions.  Fill pendant cavity full to form a slight dome.  Avoid overfilling.  Let cure per EasyCast instructions.
     
  5. Attach to your chosen chain or cord.
All images used in the following pendants were cut from Collage sheets printed by Alpha Stamps, which fit perfectly into Nunn Design pendants.  Look for craft punches that also fit the pendants exactly to make these projects super simple and foolproof.  You can generate your own wording on your computer or use words from the word collage sheet.  Birds Collage sheets are available where Nunn Design Pendants are sold.  Doming pendants with EasyCast epoxy magnifies the image, brightens colors and ads depth that only a two-component epoxy can do.  Preferred by professionals for its easy of use, fast & easy bubble release, water-clear clarity and high doming capabilities.  EasyCast is a low odor, solvent free, non-shrinking formula available at leading craft and art stores!  

Jewelry Clay Foiled Pendant and Earring Set

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful Foiled Pendant and Oval Earring set created by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin.     Materials: ¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Clay ¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Resin ¨ Silver heart pendant ¨ Silver oval earrings ¨ Mantilla Black Piñata Alcohol Ink ¨ Silver Leaf, sheet ¨ 2 Teflon craft sheets ¨ Talcum powder ¨ Acrylic clay roller ¨ Craft Knife ¨ Latex gloves Instructions: Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B and mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.     Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it into the clay.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay thoroughly.  Roll into a ball.   Flatten the ball out with your fingers.  Dust the Teflon sheet liberally with talcum powder and place the clay on the talcum powder.   Place a sheet of the silver leaf onto the surface and use your fingers to press it into contact with the clay. Dust the second Teflon sheet with a light dusting of talcum powder to prevent the clay from sticking.  Roll the acrylic roller gently across the surface and watch the silver leaf crack as the clay stretches.  Magic! Remove the Teflon sheet from the top and carefully lift the clay off the Teflon sheet to make sure it doesn’t stick.  Add more talcum powder if necessary.  Continue rolling the clay until it is 1/8” thick taking care that the exposed clay doesn’t stick to the top Teflon sheet. Press the bezels lightly into the surface of the clay to give you a cutting guide. Trim the shapes with the craft knife and then check that they fit inside the bezels.  Trim until they fit the bottom of the bezels and press them down gently and evenly.  Set them aside overnight to cure. Mix 1 oz of the Jewelry Resin following the instructions on the package.  Use a wooden stir stick to scoop the resin onto the surface of each of the bezels allowing it to dome slightly above the top of the bezel.  Cure, for 24 hours, before wearing. Designer notes:
  • Wear gloves throughout this project because we’re coloring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink and it will be quite messy.
  • Black and silver a
    re a magical combination but why not experiment with a different resin color and use gold, copper or variegated leaf in place of the silver – you’ll be amazed at how different the result is!

Jewelry Clay Foiled Pendant and Earring Set

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 07:00

Today we have a beautiful Foiled Pendant and Oval Earring set created by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin.


Materials:¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Clay¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Resin¨ Silver heart pendant¨ Silver oval earrings¨ Mantilla Black Piñata Alcohol Ink¨ Silver Leaf, sheet¨ 2 Teflon craft sheets¨ Talcum powder¨ Acrylic clay roller¨ Craft Knife¨ Latex gloves
Instructions:Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B and mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.  
Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it into the clay.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay thoroughly.  Roll into a ball.
Flatten the ball out with your fingers.  Dust the Teflon sheet liberally with talcum powder and place the clay on the talcum powder.
Place a sheet of the silver leaf onto the surface and use your fingers to press it into contact with the clay.
Dust the second Teflon sheet with a light dusting of talcum powder to prevent the clay from sticking.  Roll the acrylic roller gently across the surface and watch the silver leaf crack as the clay stretches.  Magic!
Remove the Teflon sheet from the top and carefully lift the clay off the Teflon sheet to make sure it doesn’t stick.  Add more talcum powder if necessary.  Continue rolling the clay until it is 1/8” thick taking care that the exposed clay doesn’t stick to the top Teflon sheet.
Press the bezels lightly into the surface of the clay to give you a cutting guide.  
Trim the shapes with the craft knife and then check that they fit inside the bezels.  Trim until they fit the bottom of the bezels and press them down gently and evenly.  Set them aside overnight to cure.
Mix 1 oz of the Jewelry Resin following the instructions on the package.  Use a wooden stir stick to scoop the resin onto the surface of each of the bezels allowing it to dome slightly above the top of the bezel.  Cure, for 24 hours, before wearing.
Designer notes:
  • Wear gloves throughout this project because we’re coloring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink and it will be quite messy.
  • Black and silver are a magical combination but why not experiment with a different resin color and use gold, copper or variegated leaf in place of the silver – you’ll be amazed at how different the result is!

EasyCast® Glittery Snowflake Ornament

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 07:00
I am always on the lookout for Silicone Molds to use with EasyCast®.  To my surprise, when visiting my mom this week, I found she had bought a great silicone mold, that would be perfect for coasters, ornaments and more...With the holidays right around the corner, for today's project, I decided to create a glittery snowflake Christmas ornament.
Materials:
  • EasyCast®
  • Silicone mold
  • Snowflakes
  • Glitter, ultra-fine
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Toothpick
  • Lighter
  • Drill
  • Eye pin
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue

Project Instructions:
Gather your supplies.
 Measure out equal amounts of part A and part B, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour into a second mixing cup and stir for another minute.
 Add a bit of glitter.
 Pour into the mold.
Use a lighter to remove air bubbles if needed.  Set aside to dry for 8 - 12 hours.
 Mix together 1 ounce of the EasyCast®, as directed above.
 Pour a  small amount of the mixture into the mold, over the dried glittered resin.
 Use a toothpick to place the snowflakes into the resin.
 Arrange them in the mold.  Set aside to dry for 24 hours.
Drill a small hole at the top of the ornament.  Glue a piece of ribbon into the hole to create a hanger.  Enjoy!!

FastCast™ Holiday Place Card Holders

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 07:00

Hi All, Donna here, I am going to show you how to make some beautiful Holiday Place Card Holders!  These are so easy and FAST!

Materials:FastCast™Mixing CupsStir SticksSnowflake MoldGlitter Glass or Glitter - OptionalGlue18 Gauge Wire
Additional Items:Drill & BitNeedle nose Pliers
Instructions:
Measure equal parts of Fast Cast™ into a mixing cup.
Mix thoroughly for 30 seconds, pour into a 2nd mixing cup and stir for another 30 seconds.    Then, pour into mold very quickly.  Wait approximately 10-15 minutes and remove from mold

 They are beautiful straight out of the mold. 
Look at the detail!
Using a small drill bit to fit the wire. Drill a hole in the center of the snowflake.
Using the needle nose pliers cut the wire to length desired and curl one end.Adhere into the hole using glue. Once dry, water down some white glue and lightly brush on snowflake and wire. Dip into or pour glitter glass over it. Let dry.
While drying you could make your place cards.  I cut a 2" X 3" piece of cardstock from DCWV.


Here are a few of the ways you could use these for the holidays!

Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed today's project!

I would love for you to try this fun and easy project for the holidays!

Donna Budzynski

Resin Paper Weight with Alcohol Ink

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 07:00
Resin paper weights are amazing!  Each one is an original one-of-a-kind piece of ART.  Since I have been using alcohol inks in some projects lately, I thought I would see how they worked for a paper weight.

 

The results are a transparent paper weight when looking through it.

 

Materials:   Project Instructions:  Spray mold with mold release. Measure out equal parts (1 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener.   Then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.    Pour resin into mold.      Add a couple drops of the alcohol ink.   Gently stir the alcohol ink. Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top. Let set for 24 hours.

 

Remove from the mold. I love how transparent it seems in the light,  From this photo you can see that it looks a bit layered. From this photo you can see that it appears a bit darker.  What is cool about this paper weight is that it looks different from every angle. Give this a try and enjoy!

Resin Paper Weight with Alcohol Ink

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 07:00
Resin paper weights are amazing!  Each one is an original one-of-a-kind piece of ART.  Since I have been using alcohol inks in some projects lately, I thought I would see how they worked for a paper weight.
The results are a transparent paper weight when looking through it.
Materials:
Project Instructions: Spray mold with mold release.

Measure out equal parts (1 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener. 
 Then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.
 Pour resin into mold.  
 Add a couple drops of the alcohol ink.
Gently stir the alcohol ink.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.
Let set for 24 hours.
Remove from the mold.
I love how transparent it seems in the light,  From this photo you can see that it looks a bit layered.
From this photo you can see that it appears a bit darker.  What is cool about this paper weight is that it looks different from every angle.
Give this a try and enjoy!

Fast Cast Necklace

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 07:00
Hello, Resin fans! Karen here with a tutorial on making a fast & easy resin necklace.The beauty of this is you can customize it to match your outfit. This would also make great gifts for Christmas. To make this we are using a new product from ETI called Fast Cast Resin and it sets up in 10 minutes!!! Here is my finished necklace. Love the color, love the style & especially love how easy it was to make!  This Fast Cast Resin is a game changer! Materials: Fast Cast Resin Easy Cast Jewelry Mold Mold Release & Conditioner Mixing cups Stir sticks Gloves DecoArt Media -Fluid Acrylics, Metallic Lustre Carabelle Stamp Archival Ink Yarn Copper Wire Project Instructions:   First, you need to have all your supplies ready to go.

The casting is very quick so there is no time to start pulling out things once you have begun stirring.

Spray the mold with Mold Release & Conditioner if needed. Let it dry, this is important. I was impatient and my piece had texture from the spray embedded in it. Fortunately, it is just bonus texture for me!  If you want a smooth finish make sure the mold is dry and smooth.

As per the instructions included pour equal amounts of Fast Cast A & B into a plastic cup.

Stir with a wood stick for 30 seconds.

Pour into a 2nd cup and with a new stick stir another 30 seconds. Immediately pour into your molds. Be careful not to over pour. You can also drip resin from a stir stick if the mold is intricate to prevent over flowing your mold. I had extra molds standing by in case I had too much resin. I managed to pour 6 molds before I ran out of time & the product would no longer pour.

Wait 10-15 minutes to set. The Easy Cast will gradually turn white as it cures.

Here is the super cool part- once the resin is released from the mold you can easily trim any excess off!!! At this stage, it is a bit pliable- so amazing!

Trim efficiently as the resin does harden further so your finished piece is good & strong. You can still go back & trim it at 1 hour set it is just harder.

Time for paint.  First wash your piece with soap & water, if it was used with Mold Release.  Let dry & you are ready to paint.  I started with a coat of gesso.  This helps give the piece tooth so the paint can adhere to it easily.  Once the gesso is dry add your paint, I did a few coats using Cobalt Turquoise & Cobalt Teal so I would get varying color.  Once this layer is dry, stamp randomly using Archival Ink.  Once the ink is dry, using a finger add Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle to add some highlights.  I recommend painting both sides, so if your piece twists on your neck & shows the backside your jewelry has a finished look.  Spray with a varnish or paint a layer of decoupage glue to protect the surface from scratching off.


To finish, simply wrap copper wire around the jewelry piece creating a loop at the top.  Thread yarn through for the necklace chain.  I used 3 different yarns, tying a knot at the ends to hold them together.  To wear I will simply tie the yarn around my neck.  You can add a lobster closure if you wish.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I encourage you to make some of these necklaces, the possibilities are endless!

Fast Cast Necklace

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 07:00
Hello, Resin fans! Karen here with a tutorial on making a fast & easy resin necklace.The beauty of this is you can customize it to match your outfit. This would also make great gifts for Christmas. To make this we are using a new product from ETI called Fast Cast Resin and it sets up in 10 minutes!!!
Here is my finished necklace. Love the color, love the style & especially love how easy it was to make!  This Fast Cast Resin is a game changer!

Materials:Fast Cast ResinEasy Cast Jewelry MoldMold Release & ConditionerMixing cupsStir sticksGlovesDecoArt Media -Fluid Acrylics, Metallic LustreCarabelle StampArchival InkYarnCopper Wire
Project Instructions:
First, you need to have all your supplies ready to go.
The casting is very quick so there is no time to start pulling out things once you have begun stirring. 
Spray the mold with Mold Release & Conditioner if needed. Let it dry, this is important. I was impatient and my piece had texture from the spray embedded in it. Fortunately, it is just bonus texture for me!  If you want a smooth finish make sure the mold is dry and smooth.

As per the instructions included pour equal amounts of Fast Cast A & B into a plastic cup. 
Stir with a wood stick for 30 seconds.

Pour into a 2nd cup and with a new stick stir another 30 seconds. Immediately pour into your molds. Be careful not to over pour. You can also drip resin from a stir stick if the mold is intricate to prevent over flowing your mold. I had extra molds standing by in case I had too much resin. I managed to pour 6 molds before I ran out of time & the product would no longer pour.
Wait 10-15 minutes to set. The Easy Cast will gradually turn white as it cures.

Here is the super cool part- once the resin is released from the mold you can easily trim any excess off!!! At this stage, it is a bit pliable- so amazing!

Trim efficiently as the resin does harden further so your finished piece is good & strong. You can still go back & trim it at 1 hour set it is just harder.
Time for paint.  First wash your piece with soap & water, if it was used with Mold Release.  Let dry & you are ready to paint.  I started with a coat of gesso.  This helps give the piece tooth so the paint can adhere to it easily.  Once the gesso is dry add your paint, I did a few coats using Cobalt Turquoise & Cobalt Teal so I would get varying color.  Once this layer is dry, stamp randomly using Archival Ink.  Once the ink is dry, using a finger add Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle to add some highlights.  I recommend painting both sides, so if your piece twists on your neck & shows the backside your jewelry has a finished look.  Spray with a varnish or paint a layer of decoupage glue to protect the surface from scratching off.

To finish, simply wrap copper wire around the jewelry piece creating a loop at the top.  Thread yarn through for the necklace chain.  I used 3 different yarns, tying a knot at the ends to hold them together.  To wear I will simply tie the yarn around my neck.  You can add a lobster closure if you wish.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I encourage you to make some of these necklaces, the possibilities are endless!

Resin Paper Book Page Dividers

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 07:00
Hello fans of the Resin! Karen here with some more fun. So I apparently am obsessed with resin paper. Today I have a simple, fun project making resin book page dividers. Very versatile, you can make them ahead of time to create a bit of a stash so when you need one they are at the ready. One of the challenges with resin is the time it takes for the resin to cure. This solves that problem. Let’s go!  

Materials:

  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir stick
  • Disposable gloves
  • pieces of dish sponge
  • craft sheet or parchment paper
  • napkins, paper, cardstock
  • Seth Apter die by Spellbinders
  • Tab punch or die
  • Cropodile or the Cinch
  • scrapbook paper
 

Project Instructions:

First get your supplies ready so once the resin is mixed you are ready. I have noticed that often I have more resin made than paper ready, so you may want to have a nice stash of extra’s in case that happens. Gather napkins, book paper, pretty card stock whatever you want to use. Napkins are one of my favorites as the patterns are great & they are perfect for this technique. I love the transparency which is achieved by peeling apart the napkin layers so all you are left with is one layer of pattern napkin. Hand Made papers are interesting as quite often they change color slightly. 

  Pour equal parts of resin & hardener in a cup & stir for 2 minutes. 

Pour this mix into a new cup & stir with a new stick for 1 minute. For more instructions on use and trouble shooting see directions included in packaging.

 

Make sure to use gloves! Start with a piece of book paper or card stock to get used to the technique. Spread resin on back side of paper with the sponge, careful to fully cover paper. Cover front side and gently move to a piece of parchment paper to cure. Any bubbles should release naturally or you can pop them using a lighter carefully. Once you are used to the feel of covering the paper you are ready to move onto more delicate paper like napkins. I wanted mine to be translucent & thin enough that I could punch holes in the result so I did a medium coating. Let cure overnight. If you want a sturdier piece simply do a second coat of resin.

 

 

Here is my stash of resin paper. I have a large envelope & I keep all my resin pieces in it so if I want an embellishment or a piece to die cut I have it already on hand.

 

I took a few of my napkin pieces and made some book page dividers. The first was a USA napkin from July 4th. I added a thicker layer of resin so this piece has the weight of cardboard but the feel of plastic & it is translucent. I made a page for my art journal. I want to add in historic elements as I create to give my books a bit of a timeline. This can be events that impact me from the news or family events. The historic swim of Michael Phelps fills both, as my family gathered around throughout multiple Olympics to watch him shatter record after record. Truly one of the greatest athletes of all time. Taking my resin napkin I adhered my elements on top of it. The online photo of Phelps is amazing, one of my favorites & sadly I could not find the photographer to give credit as it came from a share site. I distressed the edges & adhered it to the cover. It was time for some embellishments, attached a tab & die cut colored circles and adhered them using glossy accents. After adding cork letters some resin was applied to the tab to give it that plastic strength. I love my new book page!!!

The page is transparent therefore the back must have the same embellishments. I added a Sports Illustrated cover photo in the same spot as my photo on the front. The rings still show through. 

 

My 2nd napkin page is from a super cool wine napkin. After adding the resin it was too beautiful to add much so I simply added a tag with the date & a tab. This divider will go in my project life book. I added a wine bottle label on the back.

Here is my USA napkin on top of a few other art journal pages so you can see the transparency of it. I love this technique!! I can make cool napkin dividers for my planner, notebooks, or anything I need a divider. Makes a great gift for my crafty friends. I hope you try this technique as the results are so much fun!!

Resin Paper Book Page Dividers

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 07:00
Hello fans of the Resin! Karen here with some more fun. So I apparently am obsessed with resin paper. Today I have a simple, fun project making resin book page dividers. Very versatile, you can make them ahead of time to create a bit of a stash so when you need one they are at the ready. One of the challenges with resin is the time it takes for the resin to cure. This solves that problem. Let's go!
Materials:
  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir stick
  • Disposable gloves
  • pieces of dish sponge
  • craft sheet or parchment paper
  • napkins, paper, cardstock
  • Seth Apter die by Spellbinders
  • Tab punch or die
  • Cropodile or the Cinch
  • scrapbook paper

Project Instructions:
First get your supplies ready so once the resin is mixed you are ready. I have noticed that often I have more resin made than paper ready, so you may want to have a nice stash of extra's in case that happens. Gather napkins, book paper, pretty card stock whatever you want to use. Napkins are one of my favorites as the patterns are great & they are perfect for this technique. I love the transparency which is achieved by peeling apart the napkin layers so all you are left with is one layer of pattern napkin. Hand Made papers are interesting as quite often they change color slightly. 
  Pour equal parts of resin & hardener in a cup & stir for 2 minutes. 


Pour this mix into a new cup & stir with a new stick for 1 minute. For more instructions on use and trouble shooting see directions included in packaging.
Make sure to use gloves! Start with a piece of book paper or card stock to get used to the technique. Spread resin on back side of paper with the sponge, careful to fully cover paper. Cover front side and gently move to a piece of parchment paper to cure. Any bubbles should release naturally or you can pop them using a lighter carefully. Once you are used to the feel of covering the paper you are ready to move onto more delicate paper like napkins. I wanted mine to be translucent & thin enough that I could punch holes in the result so I did a medium coating. Let cure overnight. If you want a sturdier piece simply do a second coat of resin.

Here is my stash of resin paper. I have a large envelope & I keep all my resin pieces in it so if I want an embellishment or a piece to die cut I have it already on hand.


I took a few of my napkin pieces and made some book page dividers. The first was a USA napkin from July 4th. I added a thicker layer of resin so this piece has the weight of cardboard but the feel of plastic & it is translucent. I made a page for my art journal. I want to add in historic elements as I create to give my books a bit of a timeline. This can be events that impact me from the news or family events. The historic swim of Michael Phelps fills both, as my family gathered around throughout multiple Olympics to watch him shatter record after record. Truly one of the greatest athletes of all time. Taking my resin napkin I adhered my elements on top of it. The online photo of Phelps is amazing, one of my favorites & sadly I could not find the photographer to give credit as it came from a share site. I distressed the edges & adhered it to the cover. It was time for some embellishments, attached a tab & die cut colored circles and adhered them using glossy accents. After adding cork letters some resin was applied to the tab to give it that plastic strength. I love my new book page!!!

The page is transparent therefore the back must have the same embellishments. I added a Sports Illustrated cover photo in the same spot as my photo on the front. The rings still show through. 



My 2nd napkin page is from a super cool wine napkin. After adding the resin it was too beautiful to add much so I simply added a tag with the date & a tab. This divider will go in my project life book. I added a wine bottle label on the back.


Here is my USA napkin on top of a few other art journal pages so you can see the transparency of it. I love this technique!! I can make cool napkin dividers for my planner, notebooks, or anything I need a divider. Makes a great gift for my crafty friends. I hope you try this technique as the results are so much fun!!

Resin Wine Charms with EasyCast®

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.   It’s almost the New Year, so celebrate in style with some etched wine glasses decorated with ribbons and pretty resin wine charms created with EasyCast®.

Materials:

Project Instructions:

Mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.

 

Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.   Die cut designs from assorted colors of Rinea Foils. Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to glue the foils in the bezels.   Once in place, paint another layer of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer on the foils.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.

 

Apply EasyCast® into the charm.  Let dry completely. Add the completed charm plus an assortment of beads onto memory wire. Use the Bowdabra to create bows and tie them to the wine stems along with some decorative holiday bulbs.  Add a charm to each glass and enjoy.   The bows and charms can be easily removed for easy clean up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Steph

 

Resin Wine Charms with EasyCast®

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.   It's almost the New Year, so celebrate in style with some etched wine glasses decorated with ribbons and pretty resin wine charms created with EasyCast®.
Materials:
Project Instructions:

Mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.
Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.
Die cut designs from assorted colors of Rinea Foils.   

Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to glue the foils in the bezels.
  Once in place, paint another layer of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer on the foils.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.
Apply EasyCast® into the charm.  Let dry completely.
Add the completed charm plus an assortment of beads onto memory wire.
Use the Bowdabra to create bows and tie them to the wine stems along with some decorative holiday bulbs. 
Add a charm to each glass and enjoy.  The bows and charms can be easily removed for easy clean up.
Thanks for stopping by.
Steph

Home Decor Embellishments with Fast Cast™

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Madeline Arendt creating with EasyCast™.   Being fairly new to the product called FastCast™manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc., and only seeing it demonstrated once, I was looking forward to my own experimentation with it.  As the saying goes, “start small and build”, that is what I will share with this post. A description given of FastCast™ is that it is a two part component.  It is orderless and will sets in 10 minutes.  Pieces can be de-modeled within 10 to 15 minutes.  The cured pieces are hard yet durable.  Pieces can be drilled , sanded, carved, stained and painted. Materials: FastCast™ Silicone mold
Alcohol inks
Alcohol markers
Decorative paper
Ribbons
Craft glue Mixing Cups Stir sticks Plastic sheeting to cover work surface Instructions:

To make casts from FastCast™ use molds that are made fromSilicone, EasyMold Silicone Putty, Silicone Rubber or Silicone Paste.  Other types of molds most likely require the use of a release spray to de-mold.  ***The manufacturer suggests NOT using molds that are normally used for candy, soap or candles.

I will be honest here, I used a mold that was found in the aisle for candy making and I had great results.  I usually like to experiment and see just how far I can go with products and directions and this one paid off.

I did not want pieces that were as thick as the mold would form.  To determine how much FastCast™ I would need to mix,  I added rice to the mold, filling only as high as I wanted the pieces to go.  The rice was ten dumped into a glass measuring cup.    

 Measure out equal parts of parts A and B. Stir together for 30 seconds.   Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.  

I followed with filling the mold.  NOTE: The product becomes very warm and also can begin to thicken quickly so fill your casting molds without delay.  Excess drips can be removed after hardening.

Remove from the mold.

 

For the table decor pieces here, I added color to the FastCast™ leaves with alcohol inks and markers.   After the coloring process, an easy napkin ring was formed from strips of decorative paper and ribbons.    A placecard was created using the same decorative paper and die-cutting it along with a simple label, with a bit of burlap ribbon added.     To top off each accessory, the inked FastCast™ leaves are attached wi
th glue.     They make a lovely addition to any table setting!  Create embellishments to add to homemade decorations for any occasion, any season.  Let the holidays begin ~ Madeline.

Home Decor Embellishments with Fast Cast™

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Madeline Arendt creating with EasyCast™.  Being fairly new to the product called FastCast™manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc., and only seeing it demonstrated once, I was looking forward to my own experimentation with it.  As the saying goes, "start small and build", that is what I will share with this post.A description given of FastCast™ is that it is a two part component.  It is orderless and will sets in 10 minutes.  Pieces can be de-modeled within 10 to 15 minutes.  The cured pieces are hard yet durable.  Pieces can be drilled , sanded, carved, stained and painted.
Materials:FastCast™Silicone mold
Alcohol inks
Alcohol markers
Decorative paper
Ribbons
Craft glueMixing CupsStir sticksPlastic sheeting to cover work surface
Instructions:To make casts from FastCast™ use molds that are made fromSilicone, EasyMold Silicone Putty, Silicone Rubber or Silicone Paste.  Other types of molds most likely require the use of a release spray to de-mold.  ***The manufacturer suggests NOT using molds that are normally used for candy, soap or candles.

I will be honest here, I used a mold that was found in the aisle for candy making and I had great results.  I usually like to experiment and see just how far I can go with products and directions and this one paid off.

I did not want pieces that were as thick as the mold would form.  To determine how much FastCast™ I would need to mix,  I added rice to the mold, filling only as high as I wanted the pieces to go.  The rice was ten dumped into a glass measuring cup.    

 Measure out equal parts of parts A and B.
Stir together for 30 seconds.
Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.
I followed with filling the mold.  NOTE: The product becomes very warm and also can begin to thicken quickly so fill your casting molds without delay.  Excess drips can be removed after hardening.

Remove from the mold.

For the table decor pieces here, I added color to the FastCast™ leaves with alcohol inks and markers.
After the coloring process, an easy napkin ring was formed from strips of decorative paper and ribbons.
 A placecard was created using the same decorative paper and die-cutting it along with a simple label, with a bit of burlap ribbon added.  
To top off each accessory, the inked FastCast™ leaves are attached with glue.  
They make a lovely addition to any table setting!  Create embellishments to add to homemade decorations for any occasion, any season. Let the holidays begin ~ Madeline.

Metallic Resin Tile

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:00
Today I am creating a metalic look on a 6" x 6" tile.  I added Alcohol Inks and Gold Iridescent Powder to EnviroTex Lite® to cover the tile.   I love the result!

Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Tile, 6" x 6" Alcohol Ink: DenimIridescent Powder, GoldMixing cupsStir sticksToothpickLighterCork, 6" x 6" x 1/8"Painters tapeCraft gluePlastic to cover work surface
Instructions:
Tape the back of the tile.
 Measure out 2 oz of each the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.
Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
Raise tile up off the work surface.  Pour the resin onto the tile.  Add several drops of the alcohol ink and some iridescent powder.  Lift the tile from side to side to blend.  Use a toothpick to blend the colors together further, if desired.  Remove any air bubbles that rise with the lighter.  Let dry for 24 hours.  Remove the painters tape from the back of the tile.
 Glue the cork to the tile.  Enjoy!

Hot Pink Heart Pendant with Jewelry Clay®

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful pendant Designed by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay®.
Materials:
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Clay®
  • Krafty Lady Art Moulds: XLge Shape Folk Heart, Rococo texture sheet
  • Senorita Magenta Piñata Alcohol Ink
  • Gold micro-beads
  • Gold Jewelry bail
  • Talcum powder
  • 5 minute-epoxy adhesive
  • Toothpick
  • Latex gloves

Instructions:Tip: Because we’re colouring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink, it will be much softer than usual and will not hold its shape for very long after the texture is applied. You will need to work quickly when applying the beads before the clay slumps and the design disappears.  Before you begin, put the gloves on because the Jewelry Clay is sticky and when you add the colorant, it will be quite messy.
 Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B.
Mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.
Dust your gloves with the talcum powder.  Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it in thoroughly.  If the clay begins to stick to the gloves, powder them again.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay until it is evenly colored.
Press the Jewelry Clay into the mold and smooth off the surface and neaten up the edges.
Place the texture sheet over the Clay and press it evenly into the surface.  Remove.
Sprinkle the micro-beads onto the pattern in the clay and use a toothpick to quickly move them into the crevices.  If the textured pattern disappears, just create scrolls and swirls in the parts where the pattern is missing.
Press the micro-beads into the surface.
After the Jewelry Clay® has cured for 24 hours, you can easily remove the cast from the mold.
 Mix the 5-minute epoxy adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Apply a small amount to the hollow of the bail and center it on the back of the heart.  Once the epoxy has cured, thread it on a chain and it’s ready to wear.
Enjoy!

Resin Coaster with Faux Quilted Gel Press Background

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 07:00
I love quilt designs and using them in projects.  Today I am going to share how to create a one of a kind Resin Coaster using a Gel Press to create the background and then, adding a quilt pattern on top.
Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite™ 
  • Ultra Seal™
  • Gel Press
  • Iridescents: Sunshine, Berry, Limelight, Lilac
  • Crafter's Ink, Deep Woods
  • EZ-De's Stamps, assorted 1" squares
  • Marbled tile
  • Card stock: white
  • Heat gun
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Disposable brush
  • Measuring cups
  • Stir sticks

Instructions:Gather all your supplies.
Apply several drops of Iridescent's to the Gel Press with a toothpick.  Use the brayer to blend the colors together.
Place a piece of cardstock over the press and rub.  Remove the cardstock.  Let dry.
Stamp out a quilt pattern onto the dried cardstock with Deep Woods then, heat set it. 
 Use a paper trimmer to cut it down to the size of the tile.
Attach the paper to the tile with Ultra-Seal™.  The, give it two generous coats on the top, letting it dry completely between coats.
Tape the back of the tile.
Measure out equal amounts of EnviroTex resin and hardener.
Mix together for 2 minutes.  Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.
Place the tile up off your work surface and pour the resin on.
Wipe away any excess that may drip off the sides.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 12 - 24 hours.
I love the final result!!

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