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


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
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.


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!


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.


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 –

Linda Walmsley –

John Creighton Petersen –


Day One  Links just in case you missed ’em:

Jenny Marples –

Lisa Baker –

Kathy Cano Murillo –

Jennifer Cabic –


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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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