Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spooktacular Jewelry with Amazing Casting Products

Hello and welcome to the October Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with Amazing Casting Products and the focus is on jewelry - Spooktacular Jewelry!

My projects today started with Amazing Clear Cast resin, which cures to a rigid, clear, durable plastic.  It is perfect for creating jewelry, especially when you add in Alumidust and Alumilite Dyes!

First up is a cool pendant necklace:

The directions for Amazing Clear Cast are super easy to follow.  I measured equal amounts (by volume) of Parts A and B and mixed them together being careful to not add excessive air bubbles during the stirring process.  Just keep stirring for a couple of minutes until there are no streaks or cloudiness.

I found these cool silicone ice cube molds at a local discount home goods store.  I used a paint brush and dusted small amounts of Copper and Light Green Alumidust into the bottom of the molds.  As the Alumidust creates a fairly opaque finish, I was careful to not completely cover the bottom of the mold as I wanted the resin to show through.

I added the tiniest bit of Ocean Blue Alumilite Dye to the Clear Cast Resin...

... and mixed thoroughly.  A little bit goes a long way! 

I ended up with a very dark, opaque blue which I poured into the molds.  I covered it to keep dust from falling onto my creations and then came the hardest part.  I waited!

After about 18 hours I popped them out of the mold and voila!

The metallic sheen on these pieces is absolutely stunning!

I wrapped some copper wire around my resin piece and added beads on the top and bottom.  I think it looks really elegant!

Time to  add some Halloween Flair!  I actually had several silicone molds going at the same time with a variety of combinations of materials.  For this cute little owl I dusted the mold with Copper Alumidust  before adding clear resin.

This is actually the back side of the owl after I popped him out of the mold.  The front side has a matte finish.  I wanted you to see the back because I actually decided to use a temporary way to affix him to my necklace.  I used a thin, clear adhesive dot - can you see it on his tummy? 

I really love the way the necklace turned out so by making the resin owl removeable I gave myself way more opportunities to wear it year round!

My second piece is totally Halloween!

I started with a silicone muffin pan and some images I had stamped on tissue paper with permanent ink.  I dusted the bottom of the pan/mold with Alumidust.

I don't have pictures of this step, but I used a sponge to apply clear resin to the stamped tissue paper. I started with the back and then flipped it over and coated the front. I positioned it in the bottom of the mold which had been pretty thoroughly dusted with Light Green Alumidust before adding a layer of clear resin.  I also mixed up some resin with the Alumilite Ocean Blue Dye and added several drips of color.  It was fun to watch the migration of the drips! 

I also added Copper Alumidust to the clear resin and mixed it up thoroughly...

...before pouring it into a silicone mold with numbers and letters.

Here is a close up of 2 sets I created.  The top set was with the Alumidust mixed into the resin.  The bottom set just had Alumidust dusted in the mold.  Both are beautiful, but you can see how you can vary the intensity of the color.

I wanted to try to add a moveable game spinner to this  piece and it worked!  I simply attached the spinner with a brad to the top of a metal bead.  After my first pour had completely cured, I added a second layer of clear resin and then placed a set of numbers and the spinner into the resin.  And then I waited - again the hardest part of working with resin!!

But well worth the wait!  I should mention that the words were created with a Dymo label maker and were adhered to the first layer before I made my second pour of clear resin.  I added a pin to the back and can't wait to wear it out and about!

I actually had so many bits and pieces to play with that I created another necklace with a pretty subtle Halloween theme.  Instead of the owl, I added the "31" using E-6000 adhesive - so this one is permanent!

One more picture!  I mixed up a second batch of resin using the Alumilite Ocean Blue Dye.   This time I used a smaller amount of the die and I didn't completely mix in the dye before I poured it into the mold.  Can you see that the darker swirls are still visible?  Hmmm - now what to do with this piece?

There are 14 designers participating in today's hop with lots of ideas and inspiration:

Susie Bentz  (you are here!)

If you get lost, you can find the master list here:  Designers Craft Connection

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corp.:
Other supplies:
Various silicone molds
Stamp - Character Constructions
Copper wire - 26 gauge
Ranger Game Spinner
Dymo label maker
Pin back
Craft mat
Glue dot
Small paint brushes

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Serenade Cards with Quick Quotes

Happy World Card Making Day!

I am excited to share some cards I created with the new Serendipity Collection from Quick Quotes.  This collection has a unique combination of colors and a real asian flair! The intricate collage patterns  provide such interesting backgrounds that it is super easy to quickly create a batch of all occasion cards!

For each of the cards in this set I started with a gray cardstock base. The top layer of these 3 cards were all cut from the same sheet of Serenade 101.  I cut the brightly colored mats from coordinating papers in the collection.

For the first card, I used the bright green side of Serenade 101.

The sentiment was cut from Harmony 500.

For the next card I cut a purple mat from Serendipity 104.   I inked the edges of both of these papers with Plum PowderPuff Chalking Ink before assembly.

The edge on the sentiment for this card was inked with Midnight Confession and came from the 49 Shades of Grey Die Cut Stickers.

 I dressed it up with black pearl bling from Want2Scrap.

For the final card I used Serendipity 102 to provide the bright coral colored mat. I inked the edges of both layers with Lipstick PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

The sentiment for this card also came from the 49 Shades of Grey Die Cut Stickers.

I inked the edge of the stickers and the papers with Midnight Confession before assembly and added some tiny self adhesive black pearls from Want2Scrap.

This is such a fabulous collection for creating cards I hope you will give it a try!

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Serenade 101, 102, 104
Harmony 500
49 Shades of Grey Die Cut Stickers
PowderPuff Chalking Inks, Plum, Lipstick, Midnight Confession

Other Supplies:
Want2Scrap 72 Count Black Pearls
Gray cardstock

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DIY Baby Gift with Therm O Web Deco Foil

I recently went to a wonderful baby shower with a forest friends theme.  For one of my gifts I decided to create a couple of one of a kind, DIY onesies for the baby using Deco Foil from Therm O Web.

I knew I had a couple of Spellbinders dies that would be perfect: Foxy and Hedgehog.  I pulled out my Hot Melt Adhesive and Copper Deco Foil and started to play!

It is such a simple process and the directions on the Hot Melt Adhesive package are easy to follow!

  • Create a design using a punch, die cut, or an electronic cutter. Note: If used with a die cut or punch, cover the adhesive (rough side) with the included parchment paper prior to cutting or punching.
  • Place design onto project with adhesive (rough side) face down and cover with included parchment paper.
  • Pre-heat iron to a medium setting, no steam. Place and hold the iron on the parchment paper with adhesive design underneath for 30 seconds.  Repeat until entire surface is bonded.
  • Remove parchment paper and allow to cool. (at least 5 minutes)

  • Peel off liner from design.

  • Cut a piece of  Deco Foil slightly larger than the design and place it on top of the adhesive design with the color side facing UP.
  • Cover with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Iron the project slowly with firm pressure for 30-40 seconds.
  • Remove parchment paper and allow to cool completely. (At least 5 minutes!)

  • Peel foil transfer sheet away from adhesive design.

Check out that clean, crisp image!  Be sure to save the remnant Deco Foil because you can use it on other projects.

I wanted to add a word so I pulled out my PEGZ alphabet stamps and built the word "VIXEN" in all capitals.  They click into place and are pretty stable, but I do wrap a bit of washi tape around the edge to make sure things stay in place when I stamp.

I used Archival Black ink and inserted a piece of foam inside the onesie to keep the ink from bleeding through and to allow a nice impression from the stamp.  Voila!

Super easy!  I repeated the steps using Spring Green Deco Foil and my Hedgehog die...

...and then added the word "hedgeHUGS" with my PEGZ stamps.  This time I mixed it up and used some lowercase letters just for fun.

I have to say that momma-to-be was tickled!

Seriously, the hardest thing about this project is making yourself wait for the project to cool between steps...or maybe choosing which color of Deco Foil you want to use!

Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil - Spring Green, Copper
Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Inspire Dies -  Foxy, Hedgehog
Mason Row Pegz American Typewriter Stamps - Uppercase, Lowercase
Ranger Archival Ink, black
Gerber Onesie

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Monday, September 25, 2017

Encaustic Panel with Quick Quotes Serenade

Today I am excited to share my very first encaustic project - a mixed media panel featuring paper from the Quick Quotes Serenade Collection!

I really enjoy playing in mixed media and learning new techniques so I was thrilled when a girlfriend, Deborah Mahnken, offered to teach a small group of creative friends the basics of encaustic. We were hosted by Pam Keravouri at her beautiful, light-filled studio.

Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment) that is kept molten on a heated palette.  It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated to fuse the wax and layers.

I started with a 5"x 5" panel and a layer of clear encaustic.  I tore a piece of Serenade 100 paper from Quick Quotes into a 4.75" square and centered it on the panel.  I added another layer of encaustic and fused it together.

Encaustic is all about layering so I added a small square of complimentary paper from my stash. I wanted to keep things simple so I just added one more pop of color by applying blue encaustic through a piece of punchinella.

Don't you just love the dimension?  My intention was to turn this into a mixed media piece so I buffed the surface and set it aside as I turned my attention to photos.

As a member of the Quick Quotes Design Team I was gifted with a printer to use for my projects.  The Canon Pixma TS6020 comes with Image Garden Software and I really love it!  Last month I created a photo collage using the Travel & Leisure 9 template.  I was able to create a collage with 5 photos and custom journaling and print the whole thing out as a 5"x7" photo, which I then used on a layout - you can see it HERE. I am using the same template this month to achieve a completely different look!

In the template, the photos look like mini polaroids.  I often use small photos in my projects and this template is a brilliant way to quickly create those pictures with the added bonus of custom journaling!

I created the collage and printed it out as a 5" x 7".

The template does create a slight overlap of the polaroid images, but it is very simple to trim them out and square them up.

I added a piece of ribbon from a Quick Quotes Ribbon Grab Bag behind the photo and then finished things off with washi tape and a charm from my stash. Here's another look at the finished panel:

We had a wonderful time at Pam's beautiful studio and here is a little snapshot of my creative friends with our encaustic panels.

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Serenade 100
Ribbon Grab Bag

Canon Printer:
Canon Pixma TS6020

Other Supplies:
Ampersand encausticbord 5"x5"
R&F Encaustic paints
Natural fiber brushes
washi tape
metal charm