Friday, April 21, 2017

Life isn't about Finding Yourself, it's about Creating Yourself!

Hi there, this month our Design Team got creative with Amazing Casting Products along with products from  StencilGirl Products.  Make sure to visit every designer's blog to see what fun and amazing projects they created to share with you.

I decided to use these two stencils, they just looked fun and I felt I could combine both by using the Amazing Mold Putty to make a mold of the two stencils.  Below you can see the two products I used to get started.  Be ready to see lots of photos, this mixed media project involved so many steps and days to complete, but I really hope you like it as much as I do. 

If you are not familiar with this product, Amazing Mold Putty is an FDA compliant 2 component silicone mold putty.  It's very easy to use, take equal amounts of Parts A and B and mix it by hand until you have one uniform color (yellow), it takes about 20 minutes to cure, but due to climate changes it might take less or more to cure. It will give you a flexible rubber mold that will capture as much detail as your original pieces.  This a a great product to make fast molds to use with resin, plaster, clay, wax, chocolate, soap and much more.

Above you see I tried to make one mold of the two stencils, one has very little detail, while the other has quite a lot and my attempt above didn't really give me much detail, the putty cured to fast for me. so I mixed a little bit more of the putty and spread it over the same area, yes the putty will adhere to itself as if it was glued together.  On my second attempt I got more detail so I'm now ready to go to the next step, coloring the mold.

In my head I know what I want to try, so I really hope (crossing fingers) this comes out perfect.  This is supposed to be  the main piece to an empowering poster I want to make for a special young lady that just graduated from college.  Is meant to empower, to show her that despite all the turmoil, the mistakes, the hard times, it's possible to accomplish your goals, your dreams with hard work and determination.  That if you look hard, you will find "YOU", the strong person within.

Before adding resin to the mold  I used a paint brush to add colors to the mold, focusing on the detailed areas only. I love the Alumidust colors, they are pretty and blend easy.  So now that my mold is all colored up, lets move on to the final step for this part of the project.

Now that all the coloring is done, it's time to bring out the resin, for this piece I am going to use both types of resin but before adding any resin, I decided it was best to add a border of mold putty to the mold to keep the resin from running off the mold.

Follow the instruction on the box for each resin. To start I mixed equal amounts of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin and let it rest for a few minutes to get rid off the tiny bubbles. 
Then I mixed the Amazing Casting Resin and poured it over the right part of the mold first, making sure not to let the resin get to the edge, I didn't want the face stencil to be covered with this resin. 

 This is going to be a thin covering so I'm hoping that it will cure fast, I don't really need it to cure 100%, but enough so I can easily remove it and it's tacky enough to be placed on my canvas.  

On the photo above you can see only the right side of the mold has resin, this is the amazing casting resin that will cure in about 20 minutes.
Here you can see the amazing clear cast resin was added to the left side of the mold. This resin will take about 12 - 24 hrs to cure.  You can see here how the amazing casting resin is beginning to cure (the white resin).
 Next day came and here is my mold, time to remove my resin piece carefully, the edges are very thin .  You can see the clear transparency of this piece, this is what I was going for.  

This is the other side of the white resin piece you see above, this is the part that is going to represent the turmoil, the darkness we sometimes have to deal with, so I had to add a bit more color to help bring out more of the pattern on this piece. 

Now that my resin piece is done, lets move on to the poster.  I try to recycle into everything I do and for this I used a piece of cardboard, I painted it all with acrylic white paint, then added color to it to bring it to life.

 I used some of the clear cast resin to decoupaged some papers to the canvas. I use this resin as glue in a lot of my work.

 I have to admit I'm beginning to love how this is coming along, it might actually turn out better than I imagined. 

 Added some crackle to the piece in some areas, I really love this effect, so I try to always use it.

Here is the board, ready with phase one, it needs more work before adding the resin pieces.

Trying to find the right area to place this resin piece.

 Adding a lot of texture to the board for dimension. 

 Using resin pieces I made, like this little resin heart.

Here is the final look, the poster is ready.  My resin piece is finally added to the poster.  I added a mirror, because when we are dealing with pain, when you feel lost, you don't look at what really matters, the mirror in this piece represents finding yourself, looking at what you've accomplished, at your bright future. 

I love how these stencils helped me create this empowerment poster, they were easy to mold, and now it's time to gift this piece.  I decided to use the stencils one more time.

I needed to make a simple birthday card, just a couple of color pencils to trace out the stencil and color it in, than a  black pen to outline the design inside the card. It's the first time I use stencils this way, it's fun, simple and clean.

The front of the card .... You Got This!! 

The inside of the card, on the edge of the page. 

I hope you like my project, I had so much fun using stencils in way's I've never used them before, it's fun to play with products, you never know how fun that can be.  


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Stencil portrait face mystique
Heart Flower 

Amazing Mold Putty
Measuring cups
Mixing sticks

Acrylic paints
Texture paint
Paint brushes
Recycled Cardboard and water bottles

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Card Making with Rinea® Paper-Foil

This month the members of Designer Crafts Connection are happy to bring you projects created with 
Rinea® paper-foil.   Make sure to start over at the DCC blog and check out what all the designers created.

This product is called Rinea® paper-foil, it's a specialty craft paper imported from Germany. Some of 
these sheets are double sided, so you get two beautiful colors to work with, also it's available in two textures, 
glossy plain and embossed, each texture is offered in 10 different colors, check it out here Rinea by Globalcrafting

Here are some pointers for working with this product:

  • You can cut it with a Cricut, Silhouette, or any other electronic machines, just make sure and use a low tack      mat to prevent tearing of this product. 
  • You can emboss, die cut, punch, sand, spray paint, write & stamp on this product with alcohol based inks
  • All glues work great
  • When using heat make sure to avoid prolonged use to prevent the product from bubbling
You can find more information and see samples over at

For this blog-hop I created two cards, this is my first time embossing this paper foil and I just loved how it captured
all the detail and even while I handled the embossed paper it kept all the texture, I didn't lose any of the patterns and I was able to cut up what I wanted to use with scissors and also by hand, this was so much fun, I wanted to just keep embossing.

For this project I used the glossy papers and my Big Shot along with two Sizzix embossing folders, card stock and
Sizzix geometric paper pad from Sizzix. (all pictured below)

I used this folder to emboss on both the silver/gold and the green foil paper.

Look how this foil paper captured all the detail from the embossing folder, I just had to go and cut
it all up to use only a few pieces on my card.

Next it's the Forget me not embossing folder, I only wanted to emboss the flowers so I placed
foil paper only on that section, I didn't want to waste any paper.

The gold/silver foil paper looks so pretty, I had to use the red foil paper for one of these cards, the
other flowers will be used on another project that I will share later on another day.

Here you have another embossing folder, for this one I used the bronze/copper foil paper, love how the 
embossing came out.  See for yourself below.

Here is my first card, I like simple cards and loved how this one turned out "Make Today Count".
Below you see the two papers I used, and the cut outs from two of the embossing folders I used.
I used Mod Podge's dimensional magic to glue all the pieces together, I could have used any glue
I wanted, but I love using dimensional magic as a glue best. it dries super fast.

 Here you have the finished card, ready for that special occasion.

Now the other card I wanted it to be about "Time for Love", see below.

I loved how easy it was to sand this foil paper, loved the stressed look and all I had to use was a
nail file.  If you haven't tried this foil paper, you really should it's so easy to work with, and I love
that despite it looks like foil, you can handle it like paper.

Sampler Assorter 10-Pack (glossy)
From Sizzix
Big Shot Machine
Geometric paper pad
Embossing folders #657665 & 657663
ModPodge Dimentional Magic (silver) by Plaid
Westcott scissors
Nail file
Card stock

Hand Sculpting What I Imagine

Hi there, today I want to share something I love to do. I love working with my hands, and lately I've been sketching out ideas to make ...