Thursday, April 20, 2017

StencilGirl and Amazing Casting Products Blog Hop

A friendly hello to all of you! 

I'm participating in a fantastically fun blog hop with StencilGirl and Amazing Casting Products! See below to see what I made and how you can win goodies!

Never heard of Amazing Casting Products? Well...I didn't know much either, and so when I set out to create something of the goodies I received in the mail, I went on an adventure to learn what it is! So many stunning ways out there to tickle your creative bone, and the eye candy, wow!

So, I received Molding Putty, see HERE
Alumilite White Resin, see HERE.

I thought of making jewelry, which is a popular thing to make with casting products, but I have very little experience with that, so I stuck with what I am familiar with: 3D embellishments.

The first thing I did was start playing with the molding putty, looking for things in my house that would create an interesting mold. I found success with a necklace. See below.

It was a little tricky prying out the finely detailed parts, and I ended up tearing a bit of the mold. Take it really slow when you pull out the original piece.

I had to patch the underside, as I pressed the original into the putty too hard, piercing the putty through.

The instructions come with the packaging, and the steps are very simple. So pictured above: I poured the resin into the mold. In 20 minutes, it is ready to be taken out. Fast results, people, making this ideal for those of you who don't want to wait a day to see. :)

I cut up the piece into smaller bits. The resin is quite flexible while it is warm. It cuts great when it is thoroughly cooled down, as long as you haven't made the it too thick.

Then I tried different stencils, and loving the results of this one, so I made several of them. I used one of the rectangular shapes from the April 2016 Private Collection 16.2

Painted the piece with black chalkboard paint, let it dry, then added a few layers of a pink from the Silks line by ColorArte. Love the sheen it gives!

I seared a hole for the ribbon with my woodburning tool. Works like a charm.

I made a few casts from this mold, trying different looks. 

Now on to my art journal page! I had previously painted the background of this page in my junque journal that houses the Art Marks 20 Day Challenge

I tried to transfer some laser-printed images to my page, but didn't have much success, so I just glued the photos to the page with matte medium. They've got that grunge look to them from trying to transfer them, so I'll go with that! ;)

With the Travel Note Mini, I add texture to some of the coloured areas of the two page layout.

I add some detail with a fun circular-shaped stencil from the Cathy Nichols Boho Collection.

I really want this looking even more grungy, so I splatter some ink and make it run down and across the page.

Add in black spots with another little stencil from the April 2016 Private Collection 16.2. 

Circled black spots with black pen, and added paint to the resin chevron pieces. 

One of the pieces, I painted with black chalk paint, and then the metallic Silks on top, which gives it some bling. ♥ 

Glued resin pieces to page with a hot glue gun. I also glued the ribbon in place and a silver metal leaf from a discarded necklace.

"Be Intentional" is my phrase for 2017.

I dyed the silk ribbon with Dylusions sprays.

And there it is! A completely new way for me to add decoration to my art journaling pages: 3D resin. I am now addicted! 

Thanks for stopping by, fellow creatives! I've had a lot of fun with creating my own resin casts. Stencils are a such an easy way to add textures and patterns YOUR way to your art!

See below for info on how to win these products and to see how other my fellow StencilGirl Creative Team members and other artists use these products together!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥


One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazing Casting Products!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Amazing Casting Products’s Facebook page
on Monday, April 24th.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rae's Art Marks Challenge Set 4


I'm still plugging away with Rae's challenge. I just finished Day16, so here I am blogging about the last four pages in my mini handmade journal. Having such fun with it, I don't mind how behind I am, and that everyone is on part two of the challenge already. LOL!

I have provided some in-process photos for some of these layouts. Here goes.

Day 13 Prompt: PATTERN


 I started with a gelliprinted background and covered most of it up with teal paint and purple and pink paint. I regret this, as I really loved the prints! 

I wanted to create a pattern with stenciled flowers, but it just wasn't doing it for me, so I covered the poor flowers up. I used the flower from the 9x12 stencil of the September 2016 club stencil from StencilGirl.

I hope to try this again with slightly different method and process. This is part of why I love doing challenges like this. I learn so much. Especially great working in an art journal instead of canvas. If you don't like the results, it's perfectly easy to just cover it up and start again. No pressure.

At this step, I was still trying to use the flower-look, adding smudges of blue paint.

Ended up with what I know well: handpainted roses.

Day 14/30 Prompt: DASHED

Before pic below:

I loved the print I had going before I even started on the prompt, so I left it mostly as is, except the few black dashes here and there. Loving the little page on the right.

I added a fun little Art Pops by Roben-Marie, which now makes the page tabbed. LOVING it. I downloaded them and printed them at a local print shop, but you can actually buy these cute artsy stickers. I am taking a class by RM, called Pop-Up Fringe Journal, and included in the class is the Urban Grunge collection as digital downloads.

Day 15/30 Prompt: LOOSE

For this prompt, I now had a little surface to work on, and framed in the back with the previous prompt finished on the left, and a blank page on the right.

I simply painted some loose flowers in white and added leaves and dots with brush, brayer and paint pens.

Day 16/30 Prompt: ASSORTED

Another little page, and loving it! :)


Painted the whole thing black. And this must be the middle of my book, as can you see my aubergine yarn, which binds my book? :)

Here I made little ogee patterns with a paintbrush, added little dots with paint pens and extra lines with pencil and a fine-tipped paint pen, ending it with some paint splatters. 
How I decided to do ogee patterns: I was oogling an ogee patterned LulaRoe Irma shirt on one of the Facebook groups I'm in. Ended up not buying it, as she doesn't sell to Canadians. :( Bummer. :(

And here's a closer-up:

And there are the last four pages I've done for this challenge. The rest will need to wait until I'm back from our Mexico vacation! Whoop!!! :)

Thanks for visiting me here! Would love to hear from you. Comments below welcomed! 

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥