Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bonus Collage

 This month I rounded up some of my leftover supplies from Frog Dog Studios kits and made a 12"x16" collage. 
 I'm not sure what I will do with it next. I might cut it down to smaller pieces. 

I did make a focal point, but I think it would do better with a quiet surrounding near by. 

Be kind to your dreams! So sweet! 

 Using the Alumilite metal powder and water makes that liquid metal. So amazing! 
 Also look for:
 Tissue Papers 
 Gold pigment ink
 Mica fragments
Also used: Golden paint, Krink paint pen, stamp and leftover transparency embellishments. 

  Tina is really good at picking out awesome supplies for the kits each month! Hope you keep your leftovers too.- heather

Playful Musings: Super Delicious StazOn Ink!

This month's kit has 2 luscious StazOn on ink pads in the NEW smaller size!  When StazOn ink first came out, I bought as many colors as I could - I was so impressed with the black, I had to get as man as I could!!!

What's in an ink?  What does an ink do??  Why are there several types of inks???  Beginners want to know this and what ink to use for what.

I will just touch on the 3 basic types for now, there are hybrids that are good for more than one thing.

Pigment ink - is juicy and won't dry on non-porous surfaces.  Great for embossing and backgrounds as well as detailed stamps on cardstock.

Dye Based ink - is a water based ink.  This means if you spritz water on it, it will migrate with the water.  Not goo for permanent outlines but can create some beautiful works with a watercolor look.  Color "pops" on glossy cardstock.

Permanent ink - is an ink that will dry and water or other media will not bleed or migrate.  Great for outlines to color in with media.

StazOn is a hybrid of sorts to me.  While it is a permanent ink, on non-porous surfaces there is a tiny "open time" where the ink is wet and needs to dissipate into the air.  It is very fast but gives me the time to stencil with the ink and shade with it before it dries.  On cardstock it dries within seconds.

On vellum, I used StazOn from the kit and first swiped it over the "positive" areas of the stencil.  (Stencil is by Aristcellar).  Then I used a stencil brush and swirled the color in.  I also used StazOn for the image of the dude, and the graph stamp in the background.

Last month's kit gave you 2 tins.  Here I used a hybrid ink (also by Tsukineko ),  stenciled and heat set.  Then I tapped the StazOn from the kit on to the tin and also on the back flower petals on the girl.  I then stenciled with the gold ink to give a semi-transparent look.  I used the blue StazOn from the kit for the front petals of the flower girl.  Lastly, I stamped the word "dream" onto the tin.

StazOn is great for clear surfaces and transparencies.  The writing is done in the Opaque white.  The StazOn in the kit will work just as well to create "a look."

Back in the day, I used several colors of StazOn to teach a sold-out class at CHA.  This is a card book and acetate is where I stamped the lady and word art.

The sky is the limit!!!  Stamping on a key chain with an unmounted stamp image worked fabulous!!!  Watercolor paper was put inside the key chain, and other elements grace the front on top of the stamped work.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mini Clipboard Keyring

Hello artful friends, today I am up with a project highlighting both our April Frog Dog Kit and Amazing Crafting Product Clear Cast Resin part of our April Add on Kit.

and, of course...

And from my own supplies...

The Crafters Workshop stencil below (life shapes)

I can be a bit forgetful, especially when it comes to dates and times, so...when I opened the April Kit and saw the mini clipboards...a little message pad that would fit on my giant key ring came to mind.

Um, I confess, I misplace my keys sometimes  a lot...this is why I keep my keys on a BIG ring with a giant help me find my keys when they hide from me.

The small clipboard was just the right size to add to my ring, and will be a handy message even holds a little pencil, in case I want to leave someone a note:)

I placed the stencil on top of the mini clipboard piece and used embossing liquid over it.

Next, I sprinkled the Alumidust powder over the top, tapped off the excess...

and used my heat gun to set.

I decided to try "mixing" the StazOn inks, by first pressing my stamp into the 
Claret and then in the Blue Hawaii, and it came out a beautiful deep burgundy:)

I made a little message pad, and tied in this cute bee stamp with the words..."Bee Reminded"

Using a black Gelato, I added color to the edges of the clipboard.

Finally, I mixed equal parts A & B of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin (about 1/2 a TBS. each)
to cover and seal the the clipboard a hard protective surface.

Pour the two parts together, and then allow the air bubbles to rise, slowly stir until combined (no more visible "swirls") and then carefully pour over the surface.  I used one of the popsicle sticks included to "encourage" the resin to spread to the edges.  

Allow it to dry overnight.

As always, our April Kit provides countless project options!  I love to see how many different projects the design team comes up with using the same kit! I hope you do too, so keep "watching!"

Happy Spring!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Resin Resource

 This month there has been a lot of resin going on! And we are not the only ones, resin is trending all over the craft world. 

 What is resin anyway? Basically, it's a plastic. It's a special plastic that is very hard and clear when it has cured. Resin is fun because it becomes very glass-like.   More specific abilities of resin depends on the brand you are using. If you have tried it in the past and been frustrated, it's worth going back to. 

 Diamond Glaze, Glossy Accents, and a few others have some great shiny effects for paper crafting. They are ready straight out of the bottle and air dry. So why use a two part product that requires mixing and curing time? Resin has the ability to cover a large surface very quickly and much more economically. I have never seen Tim Holtz (who one cannot help but adore) filling up his shadow boxes with glossy accents. 
This was from my most recent post, but I did not bring this up to imply anything against Tim. I bring it up because I did try to coat a tray with Glossy Accents. Actually two trays, for two beloved family members. The compartments turned uneven and warped. I can hardly stand to look at it now, it's such a mess.

 At the time of my tray disaster, I did not know about self-leveling, doaming, or the role of surface tension. The paper crafting products I used had high surface tension (the characteristic that causes water to form in droplets) and so did not even out (or level). Resin will level out as far as it can when you have first mixed it before curing starts. This is why you can easily get a smooth glassy surface in those jewelry settings (usually bezels). 

 The other resin ability is that we can cast with it! Casting is pouring a material into a open form that will later solidify. I worked in a jewelry store's customer service area after college, and in the shop the jewelers would cast in gold and white gold every week. At the shop you see "Clear Cast" which is the clear resin. Amazing Crafting Products also makes a white casting resin. Have you see Prima or Melissa Francis's frames, butterflies, and other white embellishments? They are resin, probably a white resin. 

 There is one other piece you need to start casting, a mold. Amazing Crafting Products makes two types of mold making ingredients, molding putty and rubber molds. The putty is very easy, clean and quick. Mix it together and use a small object to create an imprint, and when it is no longer squishy, you have a mold. The rubber mold needs a container you can pour it into to set. However the cured mold is really flexible and surprised me with its ability to mold intricate forms. Don't forget there are finished molds you can pick up in your craft store if you would like. 

 I cast with a rubber mold, a putty mold and a polymer clay texture sheet for my recent project. Pictures, fianlly!

Rubber and putty molds, all objects are the cast pieces not originals. 

Martha Stewart mold with some Pearl powder from ACP dusted on before the pour.

A mold set by Mod Podge that I dusted with metallic powder

A texture mat by Lisa Pavelka for her favorite medium, polymer clay. Even these thin little gears held up. 

Here are some casts and the originals

 The casts come out clear or white, depending on what you use. I painted mine with Viva's Precious Metals Effects paint because it is fast drying. I'm confident Pinata paint or alcohol inkers will also work. This mostly applies to castings in the rubber mold because it creates a smooth surface that may not be good for water color and some acrylics paints. 

 Now see the cast pieces in my project close-ups. 

 If you have had the patience to read this whole post, then I think you will be better prepared of what you can expect from resin! One final and really important tip: read the instructions! Prepare the things you are working on and pay attention to stirring time, the time you have before it starts hardening and how long to leave alone to do its thing. 

 And it's only half way through the month! Enjoy resin! -heather

Dream on, Dreamer!---and this month's Texture Tip

Good morning! Melissa here with a new tutorial using April's kit materials, specifically the super cool mini clipboard. Let's get started!

To begin, I covered the metal clamp from the clipboard with some gesso and the gold ink from the kit (my new favorite ink!). I also dabbed some random spots with Ranger Walnut ink. When that was dry, I used some of my leftover rusting powder from Dusty Attic (from the March kit) to give it an overall distressed look.

While that was curing, I covered the chipboard piece with a piece of the tissue paper from the kit. This blue and gold paper makes me happy!

Next, I added one of the Tim Holtz bingo card stickers and used one of the new Dina Wakely heart stamps and StayZ On ink from the kit to do a little stamping.

I continued to build the collage layers over the bingo card. I used a clip art image of the lady from my stash and fussy cut a little peacock "hat" from another sheet of the tissue paper found in the kit. I found two little flower stickers in my stash and added them onto her hat as well. Found the word "dream" sticking to the side of my collage junk drawer and that seemed to be the finishing touch.Now she's lookin' pretty fancy :)

Using the blue mini StayZ On ink pad, I did some inking around the edges. Just to give it a little definition!

Continuing with the theme of my lady's peacock-ish headdress, I altered a coordinating chipboard peacock to match. This poor little bird went through a few different variations. I finally settled on glitter. I mean, this lady is looking pretty glamorous, so why not!? TEXTURE TIP: In the past I have used glitter paste as a texture, but I think a lot of us overlook just simple glitter. It adds more of a fine grainy texture than what you get with texture paste. At Nat Kalbach's class at CHA we received some gorgeous Stampendous glitter tubes. I used this to make this chipboard dazzling! It started out red, then gold, then I settled on a mixture of the blue glitter with the gold ink. I didn't coat it completely, because I wanted it to look a little vintage to fit with the overall style of the piece.

For the finishing touch, I attached some gold ink enhanced paper flowers from Prima to the clamp. Then I "nested" the peacock above them. I had some leftover Amazing Clear Cast Resin left over from my elephant painting, so I decided to cover the entire chipboard portion with it. I can't bring myself to throw any of that stuff away, it's too awesome!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jewellery with Amazing Mold Putty and Clear Cast Resin

Hello there, Sanna here today. When I saw the April add-on kit, I immediately knew that I would love to make my own jewellery with it. Here are some of the projects I made using the Amazing Mold Putty and the Amazing Clear Cast Resin. On some of these projects I have also used various products from previous kits and/or from the April main kit.

For this neclace I first created some simple round molds - I made those in two sizes, one for a neclace and one for a ring. I however didn´t have the ring base ready at home, so I will have to wait until I get on to make a matching ring for the neclace. Here is a close-up of the jewellery.

Here are some of the molds I created. I was thinking I´d rather make a couple at once, so I used all kinds of objects I had in my stash to create these.
I first mixed an equal amount of the white and yellow Amazing Mold Putty together and then pressed it over the objects, let the molds dry properly and then went over to the next step.
When the molds were ready to be used, I first mixed some Amazing Clear Cast together with the red plum Alumidust Powder. I then poured some of the fluid into the molds, placed some Mica Fragments into the molds and then poured them full with the reddish fluid. I let them dry properly before removing the finished resin pieces from the molds (over night). After that I just glued the round piece on it´s place and the neclace was ready to be worn.
For my next jewellery pieces I used some of the Mixed Media Bezels that are available at the shop. I started with the neclace and then made a matching bracelet.

I first cut a piece of patterned paper and glued it on the bottom of the Bezel. Next I applied tiny drops of the gold IZINK onto the paper. 
After that I mixed the clear resin and poured a little into the Bezel.
Then I applied some Mica Fragments and tiny pealrs over the clear resin and after that poured the Bezel full with the resin fluid until to the top. I left the piece dry properly over night and started making the bracelet.
The bracelet is made exactly the same way like the neclace piece. I really like the effect the Mica Fragments create. When sun hits them they really stand out. Here are the finished pieces:
Then I also altered an older piece of jewellery as I had enough clear resin mixed together and didn´t want to waste any. This one was very easy to make.

 I just punched a circle out of a patterned paper piece and glued it down onto it´s place and covered the paper with Amazing Clear Cast. Then I just let all the pieces dry and they were ready to be used. 

I also created a couple of "loose" Bezels which I might use on some other projects later or create some custom made jewellery out of them in the future. 

For these two I mixed some Amazing Clear Cast Resin together with the Pealized Alumilite Powder and then added some Alumilite Blue and Red Dye into the mixture. I then poured the coloured mixtures into the Bezels and added some Colour and Mica Fragments on top for additional detail.  This is how they look like when they were all done.

Well that was pretty much jewellery for one post, wasn´t it. I must add that I am not a very talented jewellery maker, so I kept my projects pretty simple. But as you can see, you can still create some really nice pieces, even though you would be doing it for the very first time - like I did here :). 


I hope this post has you inspired to try out these products. They are really easy to use and the whole process of creating can get quite addictive :). I very much enjoyed making my own jewellery pieces with these products! 
 Have a nice day!