Day 2: Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop with ICE Resin and Indigo Blu

Posted on | August 22, 2014 | 20 Comments

“Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas” a mixed media collage using ICE Resin and Flitter Flakes by Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager

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When I began this project I knew I wanted to try painting Flitter on a photograph. Our hop is Christmas-themed, so that helped, but I really did not have in mind anything specific in mind other than altering a photo. Now I understand why occasionally designers groan when asked, “What was your inspiration?” Helen Louise, like most of us, evolved and emerged as the day went on.

art-mechanique-essentialsICE Resin materials:
ICE Resin®
Craft Cup and Stir Stick
1 Sheet from Art Mechanique™ Collage Paper Pack
Art Mechanique™ Paper Sealer

Indigo Blu materials:
Yorkshire Dales Flitter Flake
Flitter Glue
Piece of Flitter Scrubby
Vodka Martini, Goldfinger, and Miss Moneypenny English Cottage Acrylics

IndigoBlu-ICEResin-collage-1Other materials and tools:
Burgandy Suede
Paint Brushes
Tooth Picks
Scissors
Flat Stick-on Pearls
5×7 inch Hard Canvas
Vintage-looking Photo (I found her on Graphics Fairy!) Tip: I printed a couple of duplicates just in case. (She might have become a card, but I did not have any red paper the right shade!)
Non-stick Craft Mat
Gloves: I did not use gloves, but if you have manicured nails you might want to as my gelicos are now truly due for a manicure. My thumb and forefinger are now leafed! I’m proudly telling anyone who asks I am crafty and artistic.

Instructions, commentary, tips, and a song for “Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas”:

Art Mechanique Paper Sealer1.  Use a flat bush to paint Vodka Martini on canvas in a slightly swishing motion. Let dry.

2.  Seal front and back of Collage Pack paper with Art Mechanique Sealer. Let dry completely.

Tip: You can seal one side and flip it immediately and brush sealer on other side.

3.  Use fine tip brush or a toothpick to paint Flitter Glue on the parts you want to highlight in photo. In this case, I chose to do the pine boughs the model was holding.

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Tip: The photo to the left is an example what happened when I used a fine tip brush and the Flitter Scrubby on the photo. What I learned: When you stamp with flitter, you “kiss” the paper with the stamp. Brushing the flitter on added a bit more glue than I might have liked, but I couldn’t bear to throw it out.

4.  Add Flitter Flakes. Shake off excess. IndogoBlu-ICEResin-collage-3

5.  Gently use Flitter Scrubby to “polish” the flake.

Tip: Gently. Scrub outward to inward. I tell you this because I didn’t and so I transferred a bit of flake where I didn’t originally plan. Ha! An excuse to fussy cut!

Alternative: The photo below is an example of using a toothpick to “paint” the Flitter Glue on the boughs. The trick to having the glue “kiss” the paper is taking a piece of non-stick craft mat, placing it on top and then pulling it off straight and quickly. You can use a baby wipe to clean the glue of f of the mat.

 

toothpick-ICE-Resin-Indigo-BLu I also found that if I used my fingernail rather than the scrubby to take off the excess flake, the result gave me pine boughs with a little bit of dimension. Woo hoo!

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6.  Fussy cut image while singing, “Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches.” This is sure to:

A)  Make you feel good about your project.

B)  Make anyone who hears you ask why you are singing Christmas songs before Halloween.

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7.  Paint pinecones with Goldfigner and Miss Moneypenny. Let dry.

Tip: I went ahead and sealed the edge of my photo because I cut it.indigoblu-iceresing-colllage-6

8.  Add pearls to pine boughs.

9.  Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions. (One-to-one ratio of resin and hardener, stir gently and thoroughly stir for 2 minutes.)

10.  Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the canvas with a disposable paint brush.

11.  Place the paper in the center of the canvas. ICE Resin is your glue at this point. Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the paper.

12.  Place the girl on the paper.

indigoblu-iceresin-collage-713.  Paint a final layer of ICE Resin on the project and let dry 8 to 10 hours.

14.  I decided to embellish the edges of my piece with burgandy suede lace as I was still yearning for that pop of red.

15.  If you wish to hang your piece, you can affix a hanger to the back or you could take the glass out of a 5×7″ frame and place your collage in the frame.

 

                                                                           Christmas is just four months away (at the time of this hop).                                                                          When will you begin decorating and hang up your project?

I am lucky to hop with these exceptionally talented creatives. I know you will adore their projects:

 

Day Two Links:

Nikki K – http://fairyelephantdesign.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Linda Walmsley – http://lindylou-lifeinthecraftlane.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

John Creighton Petersen – http://artnewwave.com/?p=982

Carol La Valley YOU ARE HERE ALREADY :)

Day One  Links just in case you missed ’em:

Jenny Marples – http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Lisa Baker – http://lisabdesignsinspiration.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Kathy Cano Murillo –  http://www.craftychica.com/2014/08/quintessentially-christmas-gilded-butterfly-ornaments/

Jennifer Cabic –  http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/2014/08/christmas-in-july-gilded-christmas.html

 

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Comments

20 Responses to “Day 2: Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop with ICE Resin and Indigo Blu”

  1. Nikki K
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 01:52

    Fab project Carol, love the image and the use of the flakes, really cool. xx
    Nikki K. xx

  2. Linda W
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 02:26

    WOW! Your altered photo looks fab …. love how you’ve used the flake to ‘colour’ the picture….. great job!! Linda xx

  3. Larissa Heskett =)
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 02:26

    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!! This is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE how you created this!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEDN!! =)

  4. Samantha
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 02:32

    Great technique , great project.x

  5. Lisa.B
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 02:58

    This is really unusual……hugs Lisa.B.x…IndigoBlu Dt

  6. Ina Good
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 04:42

    hard to decide favorite but since I miss winter the snowflakes card with charm

  7. Rachel Fisher
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 04:45

    wonderful inspiration – looks amazing xx

  8. Laura Strack
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 05:58

    Helen Louise is a gorgeous lady! Love the flakes on the pretty pine bough. Such a fun project and Blog Hop!

  9. Craftyfield
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 06:01

    My favourite today is Nikki’s translucent paper framed by twigs project, so inventive, so original!

  10. Ann
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 06:15

    stunning piece – really good idea trying out a photo

  11. Lesley Lawton
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 07:54

    i love this project it is different and interesting i love the use of flakes, so for over using ‘love’ but i do!! xx

  12. Karen
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 09:38

    Oh I like the idea of updating old photos

  13. Debbie Johns
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 11:57

    Wow…… What a stunning make.Fab idea and amazing step by steps.Gorgeous and very special.Hugs Debbie x

  14. carol
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 13:02

    Aw shucks! Thanks!

  15. Jan Sharp
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 12:41

    Lovely project. Thank you for trying all these techniques, so I don’t have to!!! Jan

  16. carol
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 13:03

    It is so much fun to see all of the techniques! Thanks for stopping in!

  17. Loraine
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 12:46

    This makes the photo stand out, very clever. :)

  18. carol
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 13:05

    I want to thank each of your for your sweet comments. You truly have made my day special.
    Carol La Valley

  19. Clare Gotpaintinmyhair
    August 23rd, 2014 @ 12:29

    Love it Carol, Can I have it :P

  20. Sandy Small
    August 23rd, 2014 @ 19:40

    It is nice to know that others also have the problem that what you try to create does not always come out the way you envision. Thanks for sharing!

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