Thursday, 18 December 2014

Experiments with Ice Resin

 Hi everybody! It's Toni here and I'm going to share some of my recent experiments with Ice Resin.

I used a 1oz Syringe pack of Ice Resin for all the pieces you will see here. There's a nice little video on the Artist Trading Post by Susan Lenart Kazmer, where she demonstrates how to open the syringes containing the resin and the hardener and how to dispense and mix the two parts together. If you are tempted to have a go with this fabulous medium, I would strongly suggest that you get well prepared before you start. That means covering your work surface with something like a sheet of polythene,big enough to spread out your resin-ed items. Gather together all the items you want to apply the resin to, such as sheets of vintage paper, book pages, jewellery bezels or small moulds for casting.
Here are some of the papers I gathered together....

Here you can see some vintage dictionary pages, which have been stamped and heat embossed. There's also a book page which has been stencilled with gesso and sprayed with Dylusions Ink and in the left hand corner, there's a piece of brown wrapping paper which I'd used as a background cover when spraying inks onto different projects. I also had a few jewellery bezels a little silicone mould and a metal heart. I created small collages in the bezels by cutting out images from the Spellbinders Media Mixage Ephemera Papers One, and glueing them into the bezels with Glossy Accents. 
To prevent the Ice Resin from soaking into the pictures, I sealed them with a couple of coats of Paper Sealant before applying the Ice Resin. 
Here you can see the metal heart, which has been covered with  a piece of ledger paper from the Ephemera Papers One and stamped with black StazOn Ink. When sealing the paper, it's important to make sure that it is completely covered in sealant, including the edges, You'll be able to see what happens if the edges aren't sealed ! Once I'd got everything ready, I opened the Ice Resin syringes by cutting off the ends and dispensed the two parts into a small disposable plastic container. It's extremely important to have equal measures of hardener and resin. Too much of one or the other will prevent it from setting, it also needs to be mixed together thoroughly. I used a wooden lolly stick and stirred for the recommended 1 minute. I then used the lolly stick to drizzle the Ice Resin into the bezels. It's 'self doming' and creates a very professional look to the bezels with very little effort.
I also drizzled it on to the heart and let it spread out towards the edges. 
Here's a piece of sprayed, stamped and heat embossed book paper. I applied the Ice Resin to the paper with a piece of sponge. You MUST wear rubber gloves when doing this, Ice Resin must be the stickiest stuff known to mankind ! I'm hopeless at wearing gloves and I ended up with resin on my hands, it's hard to get off.... believe me! I covered several sheets of paper, spreading the resin on both sides. it takes on a wonderful transparency almost instantly. The older fibrous vintage papers worked extremely well. Once I'd covered as many as I wanted, I hung them up to air dry....
I used the last bit of Ice Resin to cast a cabochon in a silicone mould I'd dug out of my stash. Before I put the resin into the mould, I poured in a few very tiny beads in shades of blue and silver.
I then had to walk away and leave the resin to harden. It takes several hours to set, I left my pieces over night and they were slightly sticky the next day. I'd say you need 24 hrs before touching the items, particularly the bezels. You really don't want fingerprints on the lovely glossy surfaces !
Here's my collection of items once the Ice Resin had set. I made the bezels into pendants...
and attached some of the stamped papers to tiny canvasses..... on this one I added a resin paper die cut deer to the background paper, which was stamped and heat embossed, before the Ice Resin was added....
on this one, again, the paper was stamped and heat embossed, before the resin was added.

This canvas has a die cut butterfly. The die has three parts; the background, has been cut from resin paper, the filigree top was cut from card and heat embossed. The body is also heat embossed. the three parts were then glued together before attaching to the canvas.

This canvas features a snowflake which was stamped on vintage paper. A sprinkle of Holographic glitter was added to the resin after it was applied to the paper.
Here's the cabochon from the silicone mould, I glued this into a brooch blank which just happened to be the right size...there are various ways of 'polishing' the surface of cast items, I gave this a coat of clear gloss varnish.
and finally.... here is the metal heart.......
The dark shadow on the right side has been caused by the resin seeping into the paper. This was because I trimmed the paper slightly as there was a slight over hang. This broke the sealed edge and allowed the Ice Resin to soak into the paper and it transparent. It's actually quite  a nice effect, So next time I shall create one of these hearts in the same way, without sealing the paper. You live and learn ! Ice Resin is a whole lot of fun with great creative possibilities. I can't wait to have another go and maybe I'll get to share the results with you. Apologies for the length of this post, If you've managed to take time out of a very busy schedule to get this far, I applaud you ! I'd also be interested to know how many glasses of wine or cups of tea you got through ! 
Ice Resin, a selection of bezels and many other lovely things, can all be purchased from  Artist Trading Post just follow the links to be transported there. 
Now, all that remains is to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and creative New Year ! x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Challenge Winners - Recycle for Christmas !

The entries for the Recycle for Christmas challenge were absolutely fantastic ! This made the DT's job of picking just one winner very difficult, but as there can only be one winner, we eventually made a decision. 

So, congratulations go to ..........

We loved the transformation of this calendar, the added embellishments and the distressing, just fabulous !
Congratulations Astrid if you could email to claim your prize and also get your winners badge.

So, now on to the top 3:

Please email for your top 3 badges. 
Thanks to everyone who entered the Recycle for Christmas challenge, the standard of the entries blew us away ! 
The current challenge is Let's Celebrate !  and as we're so close to Christmas this will be open until 20:00 on the 7 January so you've got plenty of time to join us ! 
Enjoy your weekend ! 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Let's Celebrate !

Hi everybody! it's Toni here and I'm ready to host our new challenge 'Let's Celebrate !' I certainly hope that everyone has something to celebrate  ! Maybe you're about to celebrate a special birthday, a wedding, new baby or, of course, Christmas ! We would love to see your celebration crafty makes. Your project can take any form, it may be a card, layout or a piece of altered art, just let your imagination fly!  

Please remember that we are a Mixed Media Challenge and stamping must feature somewhere on your entries and no digi stamps please. As usual, there is a £10 voucher for one lucky winner, donated by our lovely sponsors over at Artist Trading Post.

I'm looking forward to celebrating the Christmas season with family and friends and decorating my home with a few crafty makes will be an enjoyable part of it for me. To get myself started, I made this festive panel  with a square collage frame and lot's of Treasure Gold Metallic Wax. At this busy time of year, I hope you can find a little time to show us your celebration makes ! x

This will be the last challenge for 2014 so you have until 7 January 2015 to join in ! 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Hearts

Hi Everyone, it's Annie here............and I would like to share some Christmas projects with you using Metal Hearts,  Prima Colour Bloom Sprays, Texture Paste and Gilding Wax :-) There are also a few other components on the finished projects. To purchase any of the items I have used from Artist Trading Post you can use the link highlighted within the post.
I will start with the metal hearts first grab a culpa  as there's lots of details and let's go x
 First of all I applied Gesso to all the metal hearts, both back and front, giving some tooth for  texture paste and paints.
 Of course you could use any stencil but I chose Tim Holtz Stencil's - Holiday Knits and Doily
The paints used were the Decoart Chalk Paints ( colours- Vintage & Whisper) The Texture Paste is  one of Finnabair's by Prima.
 I have never used the Colour Bloom Sprays from Prima, but I love the fact that you get amazing coverage and you can splatter as well as spray. When the spray has 1/3rd left you can fill it with water and continue to use it, so it's good value. ( I am advised you can fill  up twice with water) The spray gun itself is quite unique and if you are splattering you only squeeze the trigger slightly, not all the way. There is a video on how to use the spray on the ATP Online Shop.
 Gilding Wax was used to highlight the textured areas and looks so festive, especially with the shimmer of the Colour Bloom Spray, which is Vintage Gold.
  I have tried to capture the wonderful shimmer of the splatters in this photograph.
 Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Christmas Stamp Sets were used here. The stamp was inked up with Stazon in Red and applied to tissue paper,  which was then torn around the edges. Glue 'n'Seal was then applied to the heart and the stamped image placed on top, more Glue'n' Seal was then gently applied over the tissue, particularly around the edges. 
 Gilding wax was applied around the edges of the heart and gave a lovely vintage feel. Some tartan ribbon and some of Tim's Idea-Ology Tidings Tokens complete the look.
 I have taken photographs of the front and back of the hangings, which will become gifts.
 Another heart.
 I loved this snowflake so much and decided to leave it plain.
 The sentiment on the back is Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits- Holiday Script.  I have used card and they did come away really easily poking all of the holes at the back of the die. 
Having die cut Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits- Holiday Greens, I sprayed them with the Colour Bloom Spray ( see below) There's also a couple of Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Snowflakes in there too.
More Colour Bloom Spray, splattered on to card, which I had painted with Decoart Vintage Chalk Paint.
Another greeting from Tim Holtz Holiday Script as well as his amazing  Prancing Reindeer, which is a Bigz this one :-)
All edges distressed and matted on to Kraft card, which was inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Thank You for sticking with me and I hope you have found some inspiration. I certainly had a fun time.  My craft scrubby came in really handy too. 
Have fun and remember there's still time to enter in to our current challenge "Recycle For Christmas"
There's a £10  online voucher to spend at Artist Trading Post who stock an amazing array of Mixed Media products
Have fun whatever you are up to
Annie xxxx