Thursday, October 20, 2016

Resin Marbled Coaster

The other day I showed a great way to get a marbled effect by adding Alcohol Inks to EnviroTex Lite®.   

Today my project is, again, with alcohol inks and just a bit of Iridescent Powder...I love the result!

Alcohol Ink: Denim
Iridescent Powder, Gold
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Coaster mold
Plastic to cover work surface

 Measure equal amounts of the EasyCast® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes...

and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.  Add a drop or two of white pigment.  Spray mold with mold release.

Pour the resin into the mold to about 1/4".  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 12 hours.

Mix EasyCast® as described above and pour into the mold.

Add a couple drops of alcohol ink...

and then, a bit of iridescent powder.

Pull the colors through the resin with a toothpick...

until you get the look you want, knowing that is may move a bit while it drys.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 24 hours.

Remove from the mold.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Resin Marbled Tile Magnet

I thought it would be fun to try different effects for marbling with EnviroTex Lite®.  

Today I will share how easy it is to use Alcohol Inks with EnviroTex Lite® to create this stunning tile magnet.

Alcohol Inks: Denim, Silver
Tile, 2" x 2"
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Painters tape
Craft glue
Plastic to cover work surface

 Gather your supplies.

 Measure equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.

 Place the tile onto a mixing cup to lift it off the surface.  Pour resin onto the tile.

 Add a couple drops of denim on top of the resin.

 It is fun to watch how the alcohol ink drops spread...

 Add a couple drops of silver...

 Continue adding a drop at a time until...

 you are happy with the results.

 Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top, if needed.

Remove drips with a stir stick.  Let dry for 24 hours.

Glue the magnet to the back of the tile, let dry.  Now it is ready to place on your fridge or other magnetic surface.

I love how this turned out.  I will be playing more with Alcohol Inks and EnviroTex Lite® to create more projects.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gold Marble Serving Tray with EnviroTex Lite®

Today we have designer Myléne Hillam sharing a beautiful Marbled Serving Tray.

  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Acrylic paints: Warm White, Raw Sienna, Rich Gold, Burnt Umber, Lumiere Metallic Rust
  • Small wooden serving tray (8.5” x 5.25”)
  • 4 80mm x 35mm brass oval filigrees
  •  Beacon Quick Grip adhesive
  • ETI Mixing Cup Set
  • 3 1oz mixing cups
  • 3 wooden stir sticks
  • Foam paint brush
  • Tooth pic
  • Butane torch
  • Painter’s tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)

Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.

Use the foam brush to paint the bottom of the serving tray, on top and underneath with Raw Sienna paint.  Paint the sides of the tray with Rich Gold paint.  Allow it to dry several hours before continuing.  Tape the inside walls of the tray leaving a 1/8” gap from the bottom and burnish well.

Follow the package instructions to mix up 2 oz of EnviroTex Lite.  Pour 1/4oz  into one cup and 1/2oz into the other two cups.  Color the smallest one with Burnt Umber paint and the other two with Raw Sienna and Rich Gold, 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 Warm White paint to make it opaque.

Pour the Warm White resin over the surface of the serving tray and spread it to the edges.

Pinch the top of the cup of the Raw Sienna cup and pour the resin in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle.  Repeat with the Rich Gold resin. 

Dip the wooden stir stick into the Burnt Umber paint and drizzle it thinly across the tray.

Use a paintbrush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly.  Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.

Hold the serving tray vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other.  Turn it in another direction to create some more movement. 

Use a stir stick to scrape the excess out of the tray and onto the drop sheet.  Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface.  Set the serving tray aside to cure.  Remove the tape.  Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it into the base of the tray and spread it out to the edges.  Pop any bubbles and set aside to cure.  Tape the outside walls of the tray.

Repeat Steps 2 to 6 to cover the base of the serving tray.  Pop any bubbles with the torch. Once the resin has cured, apply a layer of clear EnviroTex Lite to the surface.  Pop the bubbles and set aside to cure.  Carefully remove the tape once the resin has cured.

Paint a light coat of Metallic Rust paint on all the painted surfaces.  Once dried, use the toothpick to apply adhesive to the back of the filigrees and place them over inside and the outside of the handle openings.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Resin Elements for Cards

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today with a fun card using resin elements.

  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing Cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Silicone Mold
  • Gloves
  • ColorBox Crafter's® Ink - Sunshine
  • ColorBox® Embossing Powder - Clear
  • Beacon Adhesive - 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Rubber Dance Art Stamps - Sarcastic Superpower

Project Instructions:

To begin, 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 another cup and mix for 1 minute.

I found this silicone ice cube mold and thought it would be fun to use so I poured the resin into several cavities.  Filling the cavities about half-way with resin,  I let the resin sit overnight.  The pieces easily popped out the next day.

I used one of the whole resin lemons as a stamp, inking it with white ink and stamping it on black cardstock.  It made a fun background for my card.  And it is reusable as either a stamp or an embellishment for another project.

I used Sunshine Ink to color 2 resin lemon slices. 

A stamp from Rubber Dance Art Stamps worked really well with the lemons, so I inked it with Sunshine Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I adhered the resin elements to the card.

What do you think?  I love how light the resin elements are. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Marbled Trivet with EnviroTex Lite®

I love marbling with resin,  The results are always unexpected and wonderful.

Iridescents: Aquamarine, Onxy, Snow, Sheer Silver
Tile, 6" x 6"
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Craft brushes
Cork, 6" x 6" x 1/8"
Painters tape
Craft glue
Plastic to cover work surface


Tape the back of the tile.

 Paint the tile Aquamarine and let dry.

 Measure out 3 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.

 Pour resin into 4 mixing cups and add just enough Iridescents to color.

 Pour colors onto the tile as shown.

 Tip the tile each way to let the resin run together, adding more colors if needed.

 Place the tile onto some mixing cups.  Wipe edges as needed to remove the drips.  Let dry for 24 hours.  

 Measure out 1 1/2 ounces of the hardener and resin to equal 3 ounces.  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.

 Pour onto the tile.  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.

 It turned out beautiful.  

You can try this marbling technique in other colors and always get wonderful results.