You might ask, “Kim, What can I do with all of these leftovers; little snippets of resin paper, tiny lengths of ribbon, odd buttons, charms, and resin filled bezels?” My solution is to create gift tags with your stash of odds and ends. Odds no more! Viola! Now you have beautiful “one of a kind” gift tags foy you to use for special occasions.
ICE Resin® Paper (see tutorial on how to create paper)
Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique Ribbon 30 inches of shear type and 8 inches of velvet type
An Eiffel Tower Charm from Rue Romantique
Small gauge wire
Other items: Beads, Thread for hand stitching and a contrasting color for use with sewing machine, Sponge type mounting tape, Brown Ink Stamp Pad, Twine, and Glue for paper that dries clear
- Using a brown ink stamp pad distress the edges of your tag. You may want to use a sponge tool to smudge and shadow edges. Use your heat gun and set ink.
- Rip a piece of resin paper to fit the size of the lower ½ half of your tag. Machine stitch using contrasting thread any type stitch (your choice) the resin paper to the tag. Both fancy and simple look interesting and fun. If you do not have a sewing machine you may hand stitch or glue the paper to the tag.
- Be sure after trimming threads to put a tiny amount of clear glue to keep stitches from pulling out of the tag.
- Now run a gathering stitch about 1/4th inch from one side of ribbon. Leave threads long.
- Gather the shear ribbon by sliding it to pucker the ribbon until a flower begins to form. Tie the threads in knots to prevent the ribbon from relaxing. Use hand stitching to secure the center of the ribbon flower.
- Mount the ribbon flower on the top half of the tag using mounting tape.
- Add a wire wrapped bead attached with the Eiffle Tower Charm to the south ring. Fashion so that the bead and charm dangle from the ring.
- Tie a small bow with velvet ribbon and sew it to the tag just above the bezel and secure the tails with a tiny amount of mounting tape.
- Add twine to create the loop to hang your tag or attach to a gift.
You might even consider displaying them on a tiny clothesline in your studio. What do you think?
I used one of the Corset Findings from Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Art Mechanique Line.
I drilled two holes in the finding just under the top loop piece.
I then drilled a hole through the key.
I attached the key though the holes in the corset piece and through the middle of the key where I drilled. (I like the look of a clean finish,You cant really see the wire if you look carefully.)
As you can see, you will need ICE Resin, a button, organza ribbon, a photo, mica sheets, and a metal finding, and a stamped metal plate to complete the focal.
TIP: I had two small air bubble on the left hand side of the finished piece I had tried to fix it by drilling it out but after I repaired this I noticed it wasn’t quiet perfect so I just added some 7 Gypsies rub on words.
Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time
Sometimes it’s hard to find that perfect picture frame to match your home decor – so why not create your own? It’s easy to make your own picture frame using ICE Resin supplies including ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels , Shattered Mica and Glitter. These frames are so simple to create and will make everyone think you spent a fortune!
Other supplies: IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: InkBlusher, Fantastix, Brilliance Cosmic Copper, Stampendous: flourish rubber stamp from Stack Art Angel Wings Set, Miscellaneous: picture frame, cardstock, dryer sheet, heat tool
1. Remove glass and frame backing from picture frame.
2. Rub the front of the frame with a dryer sheet – it acts as an anti-static sheet to keep the ICED Enamels Relique powder from sticking to the unstamped portions of the frame.
3. Apply ICED Enamels Medium to an InkBlusher to ink the rubber stamp.
4. Stamp onto the picture frame as desired, working in sections and slightly overlapping the pattern.
5. Sprinkle on ICED Enamels Torched Copper Relique, tap off excess and heat set. Repeat until entire frame is covered, applying ICED Enamels Medium with a Fantastix where needed for detail work.
6. Mix ICE Resin following instructions and apply to the frame with a brush, adding Shattered Fire Opal and Copper Glitter inclusions.
7. Allow resin to fully cure.
8. Cut cardstock to size of matte, edging with Brilliance Cosmic Copper.
9. Assemble frame with picture inserted.
I had a few of these pictures laying around from a photo shoot that my youngest daughter and I did a couple years ago and wanted to make a cool mixed media layout. I have not done a layout in a very long time but knew I wanted alot of texture and depth.
Chipboard Gears and Dress Form by Candy Rosenberg
Graphic 45 Patterned Paper
Canvas Corp burlap
May Arts burlap ribbon
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Scrabble Letter Alphabet
I used my chipboard gear set, misted it with a color spray mist and covered in ICE Resin and allowed to dry over night. I then added to the layout.
Additionally, I used an ICE Resin covered 1943 vintage newspaper piece that I had made and used it as the background behind the photo of my daughter on the right.
I wanted to show simple ICE Resin covered elements that can give your next scrapbook layout texture and a fun mixed media look.
Candy, Living the Altered Life
A while ago I started what I am now calling my motivational art journal. The concept behind it was IF you DO, you will BE. A little acronym I came up with to encourage myself during a very anxious time of life. The letters stand for Intention, Focus, Direction, Organization, Balance, Excellence. Although I am still battling anxiety on a daily basis, I have defined and documented my intention and am moving forward onto trying to FOCUS.
I created this page in my journal after reading a quote by Alexander Graham Bell that said “Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought into focus.” It really spoke to my heart as I realized my lack of mental dedication when faced with a task to complete. From now on when I am struggling with completion, I will think of this image and its message. It seems as though in order to truly shine, one must focus all of their attention on intention.
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Glitz Gold
yellow, orange and green paint
1. Cut a piece of a map to fit the chipboard and glue it down.
2. Paint bottom section of chipboard green.
3. Apply a small amount of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto a sponge.
4. Dab a thin layer of Iced Enamels™ Medium over the sunburst stencil.
5. Sprinkle the Gold Glitz Iced Enamels™ over the entire area.
6. Tap off excess powder and fuse Iced Enamels™with a heat gun.
7. Paint the white sun rays yellow, and their edges orange.
8. Print a quote on a laser printer and individually cut out each word.
9. Glue button head down, then all of the words in a radial pattern.
10. Write out your word out over the grassy area and embellish.
Wishing you smiles and sunshine,
Tatiana Allen, Crafty Cutie
Count Your Blessings Bookmark with Number Silhouettes,Rue Romantique Bezel, and ICE Resin by Polly Hendrickson
I have always loved to read, and this year, I’m trying to be more thankful for all of the blessings in my life. I decided to make a bookmark using this gorgeous bezel from Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique™ bezel collection, and I absolutely love these metal scrapbooking numbers. I thought it would be fun to make something whimsical that I can use to remind me to be thankful as I go through my day, so I chose to make something that is functional as well as ornamental!
Thanks for stopping by!
Mixing Cups, Popsicle Sticks, and Disposable Paint Brushes
Iced Enamels® Medium
ICED Enamels® in Ivory Relique, Pewter Relique, and German Silver Relique, and Shattered Inclusions in Fire Opal, and Iced Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver and Copper
Rue Romantique™ Large Filigree Oval Bezel
Scissors and a Page from an old book
STAZ-ON Ink Pad in Emerald City with Number Stamp
Black Jax and Green Jax
Small Eyelets and Eyelet Setter
Jump Rings and Chain Nose Pliers
Drill or Hole Punch Pliers
4 Ott Steel Wool
Organza Ribbons: Raspberry, Ivory, Brown
1) Use the Steel Wool to scrub the surface of each number as well as the surface of the Rue Romantique™ bezel.
2) Take the numbers “7” and “9” and paint Black Jax on them and set them aside to darken. Take the Rue Romantique™ Large Filigree Oval Bezel and lightly paint it with Green Jax and set aside to patina.
3) Take the number “8” and paint it lightly with ICED Enamels® Medium. Allow to dry. (Once the numbers “7” and “9” have darkened to your liking, add the ICED Enamels® Medium to them as well.)
4) For the number “7”, begin with the ICED Enamels® German Silver Relique. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Copper, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Add a thin layer of ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver. Heat with Heat Gun and let cool.
5) For the number “8”, use the ICED Enamels® Relique in Pewter. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool.
6) For the number “9”, use the ICED Enamels® in Ivory Relique. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool.
7) Mix and prepare ICE Resin® according to package directions. Set aside. Cut the page from the old book to fit into the bezel opening. Cover the number “6” stamp with the STAZ-ON Ink in Emerald City, and stamp the number in the desired spot on the paper. Use a small amount of ICE Resin® in the bottom of the bezel and insert the stamped paper.
8) Add the ICED Enamels® Shattered Inclusions in Fire Opal around the edges to frame the number. Gently drip the ICE Resin® into the bezel being careful not to over fill. Allow to set 8 to 12 hours.
9) Using the disposable paint brush, lightly paint a very small amount of ICE Resin® over the surface of each number. Allow to set 8 to 12 hours.
10) Drill or punch holes in the numbers for the Eyelets. Insert the Eyelets into the holes, attach the numbers to the Eyelet, and using the Eyelet Setter and hammer, gently tap until the Eyelet is set.
11) Attach the numbers at the number “7” to the bezel using the Jump Ring and the Chain Nose Pliers.
12) Cut Organza Ribbon into desired lengths and tie to the top of the bezel.
What are you thankful for?
You’ll find the instructions for Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Shaker Box Bezel on page 87 of her book, Resin Alchemy.
Sandy Martin, an accomplished artist and member of our ICE Resin Creative Team in 2013, was an ardent student. She made these beautiful shaker box pendants.
What would you place inside a shaker bezel of your own? Confetti from a special party? Sand from that Hawaiian beach? Words?
What kind of necklace would you string each of these lovelies on? Ribbon? Wire? Leather?
Whenever I am lucky enough to travel I always make time to stop at flea markets.
I used an old eyelet hook for button shoes and a tag I found in an Ohio flea market.
The double jump onto the leather cord was called for to balance the weight of the tag and ICE Resin filled bezel. I also filled it with paper torn from a bag and canvas fabric.
Silver and bronze gave the necklace a nice contrast and a masculine feel.
Mr. Siley, I wonder what kind of mail you received so long ago?
It seems that no matter how precise I try to measure, I always end up with a little extra resin when I’m working on a project. And one of my favorite ways to use that resin is to create paper beads! The possibilities are endless, from simple embellishments to including them inside of a bezel or even making a bracelet!
My favorite papers to use are printed tissue papers (or make your own!) and old books because these types of paper absorb the resin so well, hold their shape, and have a beautiful antiqued finish when dry.
Patterns for paper beads can be found on the internet, but for most of my work I like to either free hand tear the paper or just free form cut a long triangle. One helpful hint is to have a good length, at least 7 or 8 inches long. This will give you enough paper to make the bead strong enough for using in your work.
Paper to create beads (old books, tissue paper, printed scrapbook paper, etc.)
Non- stick craft sheet or plastic bags (thin, from the grocery store)
Wire and tools
Embellishments, beads, etc.
Skewer or awl (to wrap paper around)
1. Cut/tear paper to desired width and length, approximately 7 inches long.
2. Mix ICE Resin® following manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Lay paper down onto non-stick work surface and coat with resin. For thinner weight papers, the resin will naturally soak into the paper. If using a thicker weight paper it may be necessary to coat both sides of the paper.
4. Use a skewer or tip of an awl to wrap the end of the bead around. NOTE: if cut in a triangular shape, start with the widest end.
5. Begin to roll the paper onto the skewer, trying to keep a tight tension while rolling. Once the bead has started taking shape, the skewer can be removed.
6. Continue rolling the bead until the end has been reached; add additional resin if needed to hold the end down.
7. Allow paper bead to cure completely.
8. Embellish paper beads with wire, beads, etc.
• Using a small skewer will create a smaller hole in the bead which is more helpful for stringing when complete.
• Small clamps can be used if needed to hold the ends down while drying.
• Unfold a paper clip to create a stand for curing the paper beads.
• Do not leave the bead on the skewer – it will be very difficult to remove when dry.
I hope you had fun!
John Creighton-Petersen, Art New Wave
It is easy to use ICE Resin® and German Glass Glitter, create a gorgeous bracelet!
Start with Art Mechanique™ small hobnail bezels designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer in bronze and pewter.
Mix your Ice Resin and coat the inside of each bezel. Then pour in the glitter.
Before the pieces cured, I added in Crystal Clear Gem Brads, then I let all the pieces dry overnight.
Connect the pieces with jump rings to complete the bracelet.
Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica
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