Saturday, April 18, 2015

Show MUMSY Some #Cre8time Love... DIY Faux Leather Box by Tanya Ruffin

Wouldn't Lily Munster just love getting her Mother's Day Present in this lovely faux leather coffin box? Now your mother may not like a "coffin" box, but this technique works great on any box, book cover or even mirror!

This is a fun technique that you can use with so many other projects and is adapted from Andy Skinner's technique. I have done this same technique large boxes and it looks amazing!


  • Box
  • Cast Resin Pieces using Amazing Casting Resin
  • Tissue Paper (any color)
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint
  • Raw Sienna Acrylic Paint
  • Decoupage Glue or Gel Medium
  • E6000® Glue
  • Brushes - 1 course bristle brush
  • Rub 'n Buff®

Gather up all your left over cast resin pieces... this is a great way to recycle some pieces and parts. Then pick out some pieces you want to attach to your box. 

Then find a box. You can use any type box but I am using
a coffin shaped box from the dollar store.

Put the lid on your box and draw a line around the lid.
This is where you will limit your tissue paper layer. 

Start gluing your resin pieces to your box.

After about 15 minutes cover the lid completely with the decoupage glue. Crinkle up your tissue paper, straighten it out and then start pressing it into your lid. You will need to apply glue to the top as well. You do not want any air pockets, so flatted it down with a layer of glue. If it is too large of a tissue paper crinkle it won't look like leather. You are just trying to get a rough wrinkled texture. 

Use your course bristle brush to really work
the tissue into the design of your resin piece.

Once the glue is dry, you can start painting. The first coat is acrylic black. Completely cover the lid and bottom, inside and out. Let dry. 

Once it dries you will dry brush the next layer. You will use Burnt Sienna for this. You can buy these colors in craft paint, so don't be alarmed!

What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing is when the paint brush has paint on it but not loaded with paint. You drip your brush in paint and then wipe it off on a paper towel. It works best with a course brush.

This is a too wet. Luckily, we can always paint over it with black or use a paper towel to wipe it off, or dab off some. 

It's starting to look really cool! You can even dry brush some back in some spots as a touch up, but always go over with the burnt sienna. There is a reason for the layers. The darkest color is on the bottom, then lighter then lightest on top. Don't deviate from that.

Once you are satisfied, you will then move on to the lightest color, Raw Umber. Dry brush your highlights. At this point you could substitute a metallic Rub 'n Buff® color, but I wanted to keep it as leathery as possible, so I went with the raw umber. 

You are just lightly skimming the surface with your dry brush. Do not try to get in the grooves. You want the black to be deep in the crevices. It will dry lighter and look more realistic.

This looks like an area that would need touching up,
but when it dried it was hardly noticeable. 

I absolutely LOVE this technique. If you are into Steampunk,
you can really do some fun things! 

I also altered a notebook and mirror from the Dollar Store using a similar technique using metal tape and substituting raw sienna for silver Rub 'n Buff® with resin cast Ouija board pieces and gears from purchased molds.

What would you customize and alter
with cast resin pieces into functional ART?

Craft Your Own Way!


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Adding AMAZING Layers to Mixed Media Painting... by Melissa Johnson

Good morning! Melissa here and today I am sharing a mixed media painting that I have been working on using several different mediums.

One of my goals this year is to learn how to draw and paint a face. This is definitely easier said than done! I've been working on this one for a while trying to get it perfect. I finally had to come to the conclusion that I am just beginning to learn and it's going to take a while to achieve what I feel to be perfection. 

With that said, I used a simple collage technique to begin the background layered with acrylic paints, acrylic inks, and alcohol inks. I also layered on some stamps and embossing powders. Some of the Alumilite Dye was also rubbed into the background. I painted the face on top of the background, which is why some of the pinks and purples show through. 

I sprinkled and swirled Gold Alumidust into
Amazing Clear Cast Resin to add depth and shimmer. 

What are your favorite techniques
using Amazing Casting Products?

Make something that makes you happy :) ~ Melissa Johnson
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

#ACPthrowback Third Throwback Thursday...
April Edition

Hey gang!! Rachel Whetzel here, and it's time for #AmazingCastingProduct's Third Throwback Thursday!! Every third Thursday of the month, I share links and projects that YOU share on line! There is no need for these projects to be NEW, because this is all about the throwback, so share some throwbacks from YOUR studios and workspaces! We want to see that you create. I hope you'll take the time to visit the links we've shared here, and enjoy all the awesome projects out there!

Revisit our posts from THIS MONTH, in 2012

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Have any Throwback Thursday
projects you can share?

Post them to our Facebook page, Pinterest, and on Twitter! We'll be on the hunt for your projects with the hashtag #ACPThrowBack, (you can even go back into your past pins and add this pin to help us find you!) and share ALL your projects using the hashtag #AmazingCastingProducts!!

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