Hello! Tracy with another home decor creation using Amazing Casting Products! I am getting a early start on Halloween crafting inspiration by reading books on vintage Halloween crafts and poems. I saw the lovely postcards of the late 1800s and I thought why not put a modern spin on it?
- Amazing Clear Cast Resin
- Alumilite Dyes
- Liquitex Gloss Varnish
- Multi Surface Chalk Paint Black
- Acrylic Paint
- Aluminium Foil
- Cosmetic Sponges
- Stir Sticks
- Old wood frame 8x10
- Saying stamped or printed on paper
I started with removing the glass and back panel of an old 8x10 photo frame. I scrubbed the frame clean and painted the back and front of the frame with 2 coats of Multi Surface Chalk Paint. I let the paint dry overnight.
I cleaned the glass panel and put it back into the frame. I glued the glass in place to make sure it wouldn't shift while I worked on it and so resin wouldn't leak around the edges later. I was careful to have a solid line of glue all the way around the frame and let it dry completely.
Using a stipple pattern, I applied a coat of Liquitex Gloss Varnish to the edges of the glass. Before the varnish dried I sprinkled on black and crystal glitter. The glitter will add a wonderful shimmer to the piece later on.
Using a cosmetic sponge I stippled on blue, purple, white, and wheat acrylic paints in broken puffy lines to mimic the look of stormy clouds. I wasn't worried about it being perfect as this was just the start of the layers of colors I would apply.
I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast Resin, making up 3 of the mini measuring cups (that come with the resin kit) to coat the entire back surface of the painted glass panel.
Before the Amazing Clear Cast Resin cured I sprinkled some silver halo glitter on it, to give the illusion of twinkling stars. I then let the resin layer cure to firm state, about 4 hours in warm weather.
I mixed up a mini cup of Amazing Clear Cast Resin with a few drops of Blue Alumilite Dye, pouring that resin in the outer edge of the glass. I then mixed up another batch of resin with Purple Alumilite Dye, pouring that right inside the blue ring of resin. The next batch of resin was mixed with a very small amount of Purple Alumilite Dye and some Pearlescent Alumilite Metallic Powder and poured inside the two other resin rings as seen in the photo.
I let the resin rest for a few minutes, giving it a chance to level and blend a little. I then dragged a stir stick back and forth gently the mix the colors. I picked up the frame carefully, tilting slightly back and forth to make sure all the resin colors had a nice color blur. I let the resin set for 30 minutes.
I sprinkled on some crystal glitter and Pearlescent Alumilite Metallic Powder on top of the resin. Since I did not over-saturate the the resin with dye, it was slightly transparent, allowing this final layer of glitter to be seen from the front of the glass. I let the resin cure competently.
Before I put the back panel back onto the frame I put a layer of Aluminium Foil on the now cured resin. The foil will make the resin colors pop more and the glitter reflect light better.
With the back panel on I flipped over the frame to see the scene I had created. I felt the clouds needed some extra detail so I stippled on more acrylic paint lightly over the cloud portions only and let dry.
and small paper sentiment to finish the piece!