Monday, December 31, 2012

Altered Altoids Tin ~ Amazing Mold Putty DT Project

This was my first try at an altered Altoids Tin, so don't mock it too badly - lol. I really like how it came out!

The tin itself was not difficult and there are a lot of tutorials out there (just google) so I won't go into that other than to say - don't cover it all with paper until you research - I did and mine wouldn't close so I had to make a loop closure for it.

In looking at samples others had created, I noted quite a few with frames on the front. And, since eventually, I would like to make a class out of this (once I get it right), I knew I needed more than one of whatever I chose to use on top! So, I chose some frames that I purchased in a kit a couple of years ago at a warehouse store. I know that I can't possibly find them again, so I had to be able to make more. And . . . in steps my Amazing Mold Putty:

I mixed my Amazing Mold Putty using a 1:1 ratio of "A" and "B" (click on the link at the end of this post to go to their website for a tutorial).

Next I made a mold of each of my frames and then mixed my Casting Resin (use the link above for detailed instructions) - equal parts A and B. As soon as parts A and B are thoroughly mixed you can begin pouring into your mold (It will turn an opaque milky white when it is completely hardened unless you are using clear or unless you added some dye to it like I did! I mixed one drop of the African American dye (Alumilite Dyes ) to side "A" before mixing the resin. Check out my step-by-step pictures below. You can see that the frames have a bit of color even before I play with them.

I chose the very last frame in the bottom right pictures to use for my tin. I then painted it black (I only needed on coat because it was not the white resin). After it dried I rubbed a bit of silver on it and it was ready to adhere to my altered tin. If you look closely, you can see a key I made and showed in an earlier blog post. . . couldn't alter the tin with just one molded item!

I really like the way it turned out. Next time I think I will go back and dry brush a bit of the black back on it to "dirty" it up a bit (like the key). Let me know what you think.

Thanks for checking out my project! The Amazing Mold Putty and Casting Resin are so easy to use and as I've said in the past, you really can recreate any embellishment you want to use more than once. Head over to the Amazing Mold Putty website and check out all of their products. Be sure to comment and ask questions if you have any.

~ Make Today Count


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tis the Season ~ Robin's Nest DT Post

On one of my last posts I said I had planned to make a card from scraps but decided I wanted different paper.  Well . . . this time I'm actually going to do it!  I used my scraps from the Home for the Holidays blog hop and created this card.  I used Robin's Nest Christmas Glitter Swirl (which I believe is not available, but a comparable paper that is just as pretty and the same weight is the Red Glitter Swirl), and Christmas Glitter Words (back side) scraps to create this card.  The Christmas Glitter Words is one of those papers that I love because of the texture.  The feel of this paper is so rich, similar to the linen feel paper I used on my "Give Thanks" card.

Having these scraps made the card so easy to make.  I simply used a stamped image (and as you can see, I don't have many Christmas stamps so I just altered a palm tree stamp - I mean we are in South Orange County and it was sunny and lovely today, so it fits!) and after coloring it with distress inks and water brushes I adhered it to my Glitter Swirl paper and then to a piece of white cardstock and then onto my card base which is the Christmas Glitter Words (link above).  I love this because it has a masculine look to it.  So don't throw those scraps away . . . use them!

If you click on the picture below you can get a close-up view of the texture of the card base paper.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my card.  Hop on over to The Robin's Nest website and check out their papers and other fab products!

~ Make today count


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas in Aliso

I have to post a picture of the tree - my boys pretty much did it themselves this year!

Make today count ~