Fresh Vintage Nest Home Decor Piece

Posted on | July 29, 2016 | No Comments

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Hello ICE Resin® Fans!  Heidi Blankenship, here today.  I love creating mixed media and home decor projects and it’s even better when you can combine the two.  Another thing I love to do is take simple items and turn them in to something beautiful.  The project I am sharing with you today is a combination of mixed media, home décor and a simple item.  I used a peat pot, like the ones used for gardening and applied layers of gesso, a collage medium, Perfect Pearls™, and ICE Resin®.  Then I created a nest using some twig moss and ICE Resin®.  I added some ICE Resin® German Glass Glitter to the nest for a bit of sparkle.  I also added some light blue speckled eggs along with vintage laces and trims and a touch of bling.  When it all comes together I have sweet little fresh vintage home décor piece that is prefect for Spring and Summer.  For the most part the colors are pretty neutral with a mix of white, ivory brown and just a touch of blue and green.

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Learn more about Heidi Blankenship:

Blog: embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/

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A bright spot of fun

Posted on | July 25, 2016 | No Comments

Meet Ann Abid, a registered nurse who loves to get creative with paper and jewelry. We spied Ann’s fantastic identification badge holders on her Instagram account and went crazy for how cute, fun and functional they are. We asked Ann to share a little bit about her process. Here she is to tell you a little bit of her story.

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annabidbadgecoversI am an RN employed at a large hospital system in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I began making covers for our ID Badge holders in 2015.  I developed a style all my own.  I make my own badges using decorative papers as a background,  then embellish using costume jewelry and papercrafting gems and novelties.  I was always searching for a finishing adhesive that would bond and protect my badges.  I had tried other products but they dried flat and had a tendency to crack.  I decided to try ICE Resin in the dual syringe pack.  Wow! The results were fantastic.  The resin not only protects and bonds, but gives the badges the professional finish I have been searching for. My Badge Covers are entering a new realm, they continue to be lightweight, but are more durable and professional than ever!

You can see more of Ann’s creations on Instagram and Facebook under Lyonstreetstudio and on her Etsy shop Lyonstreetstudio.etsy.com

 

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What will you make?

Posted on | July 21, 2016 | No Comments

Summer is definitely here and it’s the perfect time to beat the heat by staying inside the cool air conditioning and getting out your craft supplies. It’s also a great time to look through your library of books for a little dose of inspiration. When the summertime heat get to us we like grab a tall glass of iced tea, turn on the fan and pull Susan’s Resin Alchemy book from the shelves and flip through it. There you will find pages of inspiration from Susan, as well as learn her many techniques for using ICE Resin, color and inclusions such as mica and glass glitter.

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Tell us, what plans have you made this summer? What craft ideas are you ready to explore?

Vintage Dennison Label Inspired – Collage Cover and Tag Book With ICE Resin® Bezel

Posted on | July 19, 2016 | No Comments

Family Tag Book with ICE Resin® Bezel and Ephemera Collage

Family Tag Book with ICE Resin® Bezel and Ephemera Collage

Vintage, Retro, Collectible, and Antique are a few words that have the ability to take us back to another place and time, or bring to mind a memory of a loved one and can also be the inspiration we use as a catalyst in our art.

In this design team project, our theme was Fresh Vintage. I thought of many possibilities, ideas and inspirations that I could draw from. With the word vintage, I headed to my studio and began pulling open the drawers and looking through my vintage finds and then there it was-a 1950’s box of Dennison Red rimmed labels {Love them!} I was taken back to the time of hand written labels on file folders, typewriters and secretaries who handled the daily office business.

Vintage Inspiration

Vintage Inspiration

With the inspiration in hand, I began to gather ICED Enamels™, a rectangle bezel, the new ICE Resin® ephemera paper packet and a few other supplies.

To create a label inspired bezel, I needed to create a clean lined approach since I was filling the majority of the bezel with the Relique powder in garnet. I chose to cut out a small rectangle from a thin gauge metal sheet. Sanding the metal, then applying the ICED Enamels™ medium and ICED Enamels™ Relique powder (ivory) prepared the surface to be stamped. Once stamped, it was adhered in the bezel with a touch of glossy accents. Filling with ICE Resin® was the last step for the bezel.

With the bezel completed, I gathered my paper supplies- a premade tag book, a vintage index card, resined paper, the ICE Resin® Ephemera paper pack and a few distress inks.

Inking the card in a random pattern and spritzing it with water created a perfect work piece for my collage. Layering is the next part, which is where the inspiration becomes visible. Using resined paper, snippets from the new ephemera packet and a few of the Dennison labels, the cover came together. Adding the bezel with ribbon and the metal button completed the cover.

I chose the word Family as the theme for this project. Just as with the words from above vintage, retro, antique, and collectible -the word family brings to mind many places, many memories, and many loved ones and is my source of inspiration for our daily living.

Supplies

Supplies

ICE Resin® Milan Bezel

ICE Resin® Milan Bezel

Gather

  • ICE Resin®
  • ICE Resin®, disposable cup and stirrer
  • ICE Resin® Milan Bezel, rectangle
  • ICED Enamels™ Medium, disposable brush
  • ICED Enamels™ Relique Powder- garnet and ivory
  • ICE Resin® Studio Sheet.
  • Thin gauge metal sheet
  • Tin snips or die cut machine with rectangle die
  • Heat/craft gun
  • StazOn Ink in Jet Black
  • Micron Pen or Sharpie Fine Marker
  • Small word stamp
  • One premade tag book or spiral bound notebook
  • One index card
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Ink – walnut and stain antique linen
  • Small Spritz bottle of water
  • Vintage paper
  • ICE Resin® ephemera images by Ranger Glossy Accents™ collage
  • Ranger Collage Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Two vintage Dennison labels
  • Optional seam binding or ribbon of choice
  • One metal button

Directions for Vintage Inspired ICE Resin® project

To Create the ICE Resin® Bezel

  1. Using ICED Enamels™ medium and disposable brush, brush the inside of the bezel with at with the medium.
Apply ICED Enamels Medium

Apply ICED Enamels Medium

  1. Using ICED Enamels™ Relique powder in garnet, sprinkle a generous coat of powder to the inside of the bezel.

Brushing Off Excess Relique Powder

* Sift powder to remove the metallic bits as this creates a less metallic finish.

Sift Relique Powder

Sift Relique Powder

  1. Heat with embossing/craft gun until powder is smooth and melted. Set aside to cool.
With embossing gun, heat powder until smooth

With embossing gun, heat powder until smooth

To Create the Inset

  1. Using tin snips or a die cut machine cut a small rectangle out of the thin gauge metal sheet.
  1. Using a small hand Sand block such as a nail buffer, sand the top side of the metal.
Sand small rectangle

Sand small rectangle

*This gives it a little bit of “tooth@ so that the ICED Enamels™ medium will adhere to the rectangle.

  1. Using the disposable brush, brush medium onto the rectangle. Sprinkle the ivory relique powder. Then follow same steps as in step 1 of the bezel. Set aside to cool.Once cool, it is now ready to be stamped.
ICED Enamel Relique Powder

Apply ICED Enamel Relique Powder

  1. Ink a small word stamp with StazOn ink. Press firmly on to small rectangle. Lift off.

*If any repairs need to be done to the inked image, use a micron black pen or a sharpie fine marker.

  1. To adhere the small rectangle into the bezel before the ICE Resin® has been poured, apply a small amount of Ranger Glossy Accents™ to the back of the rectangle and press firmly in the bezel.

Now it’s time to pour the ICE Resin® into the bezel.

  1. Place the metal bezel along with a vintage piece of paper onto the ICE Resin® Studio Sheet.
  1. Mix equal amounts of part A and part B in the disposable cup.
  1. Using the plastic stir gently fold the two parts stirring for two minutes.
  1. Set aside for five minutes to allow for some of the bubbles to dissipate.
  1. Now pour the ICE Resin® into the bezel.

*To create the ICE Resin® piece of paper use a small piece of a sponge and coat both front and back with the ICE Resin®. Let both the bezel and paper dry 8 to 12 hours.

To Create the Worn Look for the Index Card

  1. Using both distress inks, sponge the card with varying amounts of color and placement.
  1. Spritz with water and then with the heat gun set ink. Repeat this technique until the desired look is achieved.
  1. Tear the ICE Resin paper to desired size leaving some of the index card visible.
  1. Adhere each layer of paper with Rangers collage glue stick.
Layering Resin paper and Ephemera

Layering Resin paper and Ephemera

  1. With the ICE Resin® ephemera packet choose several of the background images including one larger image such as the script paper.
  1. Place papers accordingly to create the desired look of the collage art.

*Use real Dennison vintage labels to add more dimension to the collage.

  1. Using ribbon, thread through the bezel wrapping around the book and secure with the bow.
Adding the Ribbon

Adding the Ribbon

  1. Using Ranger Glossy Accents™ adhere metal button.
  1. To create placement for the streamers of the bow use a small bit of Ranger Glossy Accents™and manipulate the streamers as desired
Vintage Inspired Family Tag Book

Vintage Inspired Family Tag Book

Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2016 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.

How Stirring Slowly Leads to Zero Bubbles ICE Resin®

Posted on | July 14, 2016 | No Comments

Boo!  Did I scare you, daydreamers?  No?  Well my video might!  It’s A. Marie here, and I know something else that scares many of you… BUBBLES!!!!  No, come back! Please don’t run away!  There’s no bubbles here.  We’re working with ICE Resin®, and that means as long we follow the instructions, we’re in a bubble free zone.

Often, the biggest culprit to the bubble is in how we stir up our ICE.  So, in this video, I’m going to take it nice and slow and really walk you through how to stir your ICE Resin® so that you don’t get any bubbles in your pour.  I’m going clear in the video, but if you’d like to tint it, just add the color after the resin has set up for a few minutes and then let it set up for a few minutes more.

There are other factors that can contribute to possibly having bubbles.  Especially when working with certain molds and found objects.  But this simple step, that every resin pour starts with, is where most people who get bubbles messes up at.  If you have any bubble questions after watching this, please leave them in the comments.  ICE Resin® is a self-leveling, jewelers grade resin with a long drying time.  What that means for you is, crystal clear, bubble free gorgeousness!

Please enjoy the video, and then go work some of your own magic with ICE Resin®.  Until next time, may your muse shine brightly!

A.  Marie is a mixed media, jewelry artist, and poet who lives in Texas and spends most of her time chasing daydreams in her studio and trying to spread love and healing with her ever-the-vociferous muse guiding her.  Learn more about her below.

Website:  From the Breath of Daydreams

Blog:  fromthebreathofdaydreams.blogspot.com

Facebook: facebook.com/AMarieFromtheBreathofDaydreams

Twitter:  twitter.com/FTBODD

Instagram:  Instagram.com/fromthebreathofdaydreams

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