Thursday, September 29, 2016

FastCast® Journal Embellishments

Journals are everywhere...you can buy them already embellished or make them one of a kind and create your own embellishments.  This journal is a simple gold and white striped journal and was in need of something...with FastCast® the solution is quick and easy.  I found a mold that had a beautiful corner and straight embellishment and love how it completed this journal cover....



Materials:
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Makin's Clay® Floral Mold
Rub and Buff, gold
Craft glue

Instructions:

Spray mold with mold release.


 Measure out equal parts of A and B and then stirs for 1 minute.  Pour into a second cup and mix for 30 seconds.

Pour into prepared mold.  Let set for 10 minutes.

Pop the pieces out of the mold.

Simply apply Rub and Buff to the embellishment until the desired color is achieved.

Here is how one of the embellishments look in the original FastCast® white color, which looks great with this journal.

I love how the gold embellishments add just the right touch to this journal cover.

A quick and simple addition to any journal.  Give it a try and let us know what you make!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FastCast® Journal Clips in Minutes

FastCast® sets up in 10 minutes which makes it perfect for so many projects.  Since journaling continues to be a hot trend, I thought creating some journal clips would be a great addition to this trend.  The best part is, dozens of these can be created in no time at all.



Materials:
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Mold of choice
Paint
Large paper clips
Craft glue

Instructions:
Spray mold with mold release.

 Measure out equal parts of A and B and then stirs for 1 minute.  Pour into a second cup and mix for 30 seconds.

 Pour into prepared mold.  Let set for 10 minutes.

 Pop the pieces out of the mold.

 FastCast® pieces dry white, they can be left as is or painted.

Glue desired pieces onto paper clips, let dry.
These can be created in any shape you have a mold for...so you can theme them for your journals.  Give it a try!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Create a Wood Plate with Paper or Fabric and EnviroTex Lite®

Today we have a multi‐layer home decor project using EnviroTex Lite® Pour On Coating and assorted papers or fabric motifs created by Hillary Stephens.





Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite® 
  • Wood plate
  • Paper or fabric of choice
  • Ultra-Seal™ or craft glue (that dries clear)
  • Scissors
  • Mixing cups 
  • Stir sticks
  • Foam or sponge craft brushes
  • Propane torch or lighter
  • Gloves and eye protection
  • Sand paper (optional)
  • Alcohol or Acetone (optional)

Project Instructions:  
  • NOTE: If project base is made of wood, stain and then seal the wood with a thin layer of Ultra-Seal™ or paint the surface and let dry.  The thin layer will seal the air pockets of the wood and prevent air from releasing bubbles in the thick layers of EnviroTex Lite®.  If you choose to use EnviroTex Lite® as the thin sealing layer, apply with a sponge brush.  Don't use the propane torch on this thin layer of EnviroTex Lite®.  DO use the propane torch on subsequent layers to remove any bubbles.

  • Mount paper or fabric patches to the surface of the table using Ultra-Seal™.  The paper must be smoothed onto the surface and all air bubbles pressed from beneath the paper.  Allow to dry.  Apply TWO layers of Ultra-Seal™ over the top of paper or fabric, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly.  The Ultra-Seal™ creates a protective layer to prevent EnviroTex Lite® from being absorbed and darkening paper.  Allow final layer of Ultra-Seal™ to dry overnight.
     
  • Apply first of two layers of Envirotex Lite; use recommended coverage amounts found on the instruction page.  For instance, one half gallon will cover 16 square feet 1/16th to 1/8th inch thick.  Many projects will require two layers, allow 8 hours between layers.  The coating may be sanded between layers but it's not necessary.  If the surface is sanded, wipe with alcohol or acetone and a clean rag to remove dust particles.  If the surface is sanded it must be re‐coated.



TIPS on BLENDING COATING: Always measure equal parts of resin and hardener. 



Blend  with a wood paint stick for two minutes, mixing vigorously while scraping sides and bottom of the bucket. 



Then pour coating into a new, clean mixing cup and blend for another minute.  Thorough blending is achieved by the above mixing method only!  Discard mixing stick.  Pour coating onto project immediately.  Use propane torch to remove bubbles from coating.  You may need to use propane torch several times during a forty-five minute period following each application.  Important: read all instructions included in the kit.

Enjoy the final results!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Make Embellishments with EnviroTex Lite®

Hi, Donna here with you today!  I'm glad you stopped by.

I have used EnviroTex Lite® to make these beautiful embellishments for my cards!

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!


Materials:

EnviroTex Lite®
Mixing Cups
Stir Stick
Lighter
Colored Pencils
Paint Brush
Origins Paper by Canvas Corp
Glimmer Mist - Optional
Mat or Garbage Bag To Cover Area

Instructions:


1. Gather all materials and cover work area.


2. Color images with colored pencils.  Add Glimmer Mist after coloring


 3. Once finished coloring and adding Glimmer Mist, let dry.


 4. Pour equal parts of Resin and Hardener in separate cups.  Pour Resin into Hardener and mix for 2 minutes, scraping sides and bottom.  After 2 minutes pour Hardener and Resin into other cup and mix for an additional 1 minute.


5. Apply EnviroTex Lite® onto paper using a paintbrush.  I applied to all colored areas.  If air bubbles occur, use a lighter over the top to pop them.  Let dry.  I let mine sit for 24 hours.  I didn't want any finger prints on my embellishments. 


6. Cut out and enjoy your new embellishments!  They are GORGEOUS!




I used a few of them for gorgeous cards!



These leaves are so beautiful!





























I hope you use this for making your own shiny embellishments!  These really are beautiful.  They would look fabulous on a gift bag, Gift candle on the Thanksgiving table!

Let me know what you think, I would love to know!

Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pencil Shaving Paper Weight with EnviroTex Lite®

Hi everyone, Beth here on the blog today to share my tutorial for a quick (except for the drying time...LOL!) and easy Pencil Shaving Paper Weight.

I recently jumped in the adult coloring trend with a set of Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils.  As I was hand sharpening the colored pencils, the shavings were curling and twirling into these beautiful "flowers" and I knew that I had to save them some how.



Materials:
Pencil shavings
Xtreme Tabs by Tombow
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Was paper
Lighter
Measuring cup
Emory board


Instructions:

STEP ONE: Secure plastic half sphere mold in  a mason jar with Xtreme Tabs.  TIP: Fill mold with water, then pour into measuring cup to judge how much resin needs to be mixed.  Thoroughly dry inside of mold before the resin is poured.

STEP TWO:  Arrange pencil shavings in plastic half sphere mold, remembering that the bottom will become the top.



STEP THREE: Mix equal parts of EnviroTex Lite® Resin and Hardener in mixing cup.  Mix with wooden stick for 2 minutes.  Pour resin in a second mixing cup and mix with wooden stick for another minute.  Follow all DIRECTIONS for best results.

STEP FOUR: Find a level spot that is out of the way and line surface with wax paper or freezer paper.  Gently pour resin into the mold.  The pencil shavings rose out of the resin a bit, so I submerged them with a stir stick

STEP FIVE: Remove bubbles that rise to the surface with a heat source, like a lighter.  Repeating as needed until the resin is set.

After 24 hours, pop resin out of mold, sand any rough edges with an emory board then place on your desk and ENJOY!

This Pencil Shaving Paper Weight is quite easy to make and would be the perfect gift for a Teacher, a creative Friend or even dear old Dad!

What unusual items can you add to resin to create a unique gift?  Leave your ideas in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sea Horse Treasures with EasySculpt® Clay.

Karen Bearse here today.  I have been playing with EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay!  I used a few of the molds I had made previously with Silicone Putty.



Materials:
Objects for mold
Glitter glass
Glitter
Decoupage
Gesso
Metallic Luster by DecoArt, Copper Kettle
Zot by Thermoweb
Sandpaper

Instructions:

EasyMold™ Silicone Putty Directions:
First, start by making the mold.  Figure out how much putty you will need to create your mold.  Work on 1 mold at a time.  Read product directions for more information.

Pinch off equal parts of Silicone Putty, part A and B and then, knead the putty together for 1 minute or until you have a uniform purple color.  Shape putty to the size and shape you need so there is enough to push your piece into the putty.  Place on a craft sheet and gently push your original item into the putty.  Let set for 25 minutes and remove the original object.  To use with resin the mold must cure for 24 hours.  If you are making a mold using a word, make sure you reverse the word before pushing it into putty so your word is in reverse.
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To prep the clay, mix equal parts of A and B.  Knead until the clay is a uniform color.  The clay will be quite sticky but can be used for molds right away.  

For my seahorse, I put some glitter glass & micro beads in the mold first & then pushed the clay into the mold.

I pulled it out of the mold after 4 hours & trimmed the edges. If the clay is too hard to trim simply sand the edges. The clay will be fully set in 24 hours.

Now, what do I do with a clay seahorse?  Well first I needed some color but I didn't want to cover up the glitter and beads so I put a thin layer of decoupage glue over those areas.  Then, any paint that got on this area could be easily wiped off.  I covered the clay in gesso which creates a foundation for paint to adhere and will give me a shabby vintage look.  Again, staying clear of the beaded areas, and wiping off any gesso that got on them.  Once the gesso is dry, I use my finger to add the Metallic Luster.  Using fingers or a firm piece of foam helps keep the color from going in the depressions. Now my piece has an old relic look.  I did end up covering the glass glitter.  So in hind sight, next time I would add a lot more in a more condensed way so it would be easier to protect.

This is so cool!  I love how my piece looks like I could have found it in an ancient archeological dig except I just made it!!!  This technique would be great to use with shells, cherubs, mermaids.... the possibilities are endless.  I decided to make a quick home decor piece.  

It may end up in my bathroom as a toothbrush holder but for now, it is a pencil holder.  I had bought this $3 tin from Target in the dollar bin and it was the perfect home for my treasure.  Sometimes gluing these pieces can be difficult but I found a trick.

I started by placing a large Zot by Thermoweb or glue dot in the middle of the seahorse.  Before I placed it on the tin I covered the area around the Zot with a nice coat of Glossy Accents (a strong wet glue).  After placing the seahorse clean off excess glue with a wet paint brush.  Tie a piece of ribbon or fabric around the seahorse and the cup to hold it together strongly while the glue sets.

Here is a finished project using my new vintage treasure!  I am excited to make more pieces and adhere them to frames, mirrors, journal covers or art journal pages.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dinosaur Magnets Using FastCast™

Good morning, Donna Budzynski here with you today  and I would like to share with you a really fun project using FastCast! This is a new product and you are going to LOVE it!!!

With school starting, you know those kids will have plenty of pictures to hang on the refrigerator and I am going to show you a fun way to hang them!

                             
We are going to make some dinosaur magnets!

Let's get started!

Materials:
Mixing Cups
Stir Stick
Mat or Newspaper (to cover work area)
Mold-I used dinosaurs
Magnets
Power Tac Adhesive
Acrylic Paint - Americana
Varnish
Sandpaper

Instructions:

1. Gather all materials and cover work area.


2. Pour equal amounts of part A and part B of FastCast™.

3. Working fast as this starts setting in just 2 minutes.  Pour part A into part B and stir for 30 seconds scraping sides and bottom.  Now pour all back into part A cup and stir for an additional 30 seconds.
4. Pour into mold


5. Wait 10 minutes.  Yes, it is that fast!  Amazing!
Take out of the mold. Lightly sand edges of the backside.


6. Paint and varnish.

7. Adhere magnets.


8. Hang them up and enjoy!


The details were picked up like magic from the mold!


Another option for this is....for children birthday parties, you could make one or two for each child to paint and bring home for there own magnets.  Prize and a project all rolled into one!

Tell me what you think, I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!
Donna Budzynski