Sunday, September 30

Just Treats! Halloween Candy Box

Okay, I totally had another post all ready for today, but I've decided to keep that one for another day and because today is October 1st, we are going with a spooky Halloween Candy Box that I made today because I just wanted to play with my products and have some fun! 

If you are anything like me you are out with your child or children on Halloween and there is no one at home to give out candy.  This year instead of just leaving the candy in a dish that says "take one," I created this spooky little beauty to hand out the candy for me.

If you want to make this project you will need a skull shaped item to use as your original, a box, a strip of chipboard, a candle, some craft paints, and most importantly, Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Casting Resin.

I started by choosing one of my husband's beer stein's that is shaped like a pirate skeleton.  I used equal parts of "A" and "B" of the Amazing Mold Putty (link above) and kneaded them together until they were a solid color of medium yellow (no white streaks showing at all).  Because I was covering such a large area, I did use two good sized balls of putty (each one was a little larger than a golf ball).  I probably didn't need quite as much as I used, but I wanted to be sure my surface was covered well.

Once the putty is well mixed I pressed it onto the stein making sure to press our any air bubbles or your mold will have "pit marks" in it.

Once I spread the putty and held the stein up to the light I could see spots where it was too thin for my liking so I just took some of the excess and used it for "patches."

The mold sets up so quickly that I didn't have to wait long - if you are unsure whether or not your mold is "set-up," gently stick your fingernail into it.  If your nail goes in and leaves a visible mark, wait a few more minutes.  If it feels rubbery and your nail doesn't go in . . . it's ready!

The first thing I noticed was that there is a seam from the stein through the middle of my mold.  In an effort to not have to do so much sanding afterwards, I did mix a tiny bit more putty and smoothed it into that line.

Next, I mixed my Amazing Casting Resin (link above).  Since I knew I was going to paint it, I just used the white (plus, it was a spur of the moment project and I wanted it to set quickly).  I poured the resin in and just before it was too thick to move around, I used my stir stick to put it up onto the sides a bit so I didn't have to have a super thick "mask."

While the skeleton was setting, I found a small shoe box and painted it black with craft paints.  I used a strip of chipboard to make a "bridge" to go inside of the shoe box on which the skull and candle would sit.  I painted that as well.  By the time I finished this, the skull was ready to come out of the mold.

This is what he looked like fresh out of the mold.  I plugged in my trusty dremmel and went to work sanding what was left of the seam lines.  Other than that, he was perfect!  I added a few different coats of paint (I can never leave well enough alone - lol) and voila . . .!

Next, I glued the skull to the candle and then glued them both onto the "bridge."  Now my candy box is ready to leave on the door step on Halloween night.

I can't even tell you how quickly this project came together.  With Amazing Crafting Products the process is so fast and simple you really can sit down to "play" and come away with a finished project in as little as a half an hour (okay, with my must add layer upon layer of paint it took me a whole hour).  Click on this link to visit the Amazing Crafting Products website and order your putty and resin and get started on those Halloween projects!

Thanks for looking at my scary candy box.

~ Make Today Count

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Friday, September 28

It's a Blog Hop!


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Please vote for your favorite for your chance to win
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The Amazing Mold putty and Creative Paperclay Design teams
are so happy you enjoy our projects and hope you continue to support each of us.   

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Winner's will be announce here on Monday Oct 8th. 

Amazing Mold Putty will Light Up my Halloween Party!

Happy FRIDAY!!! Susan here with another "AMAZING" adventure with Amazing Mold Putty. As September comes to a close everyone is in a Halloween creating frenzy. So today, I am making some spooky decor for the Holiday - AND - I have a TRICK and a TREAT to share.

What do you do with a blank light switch plate and some of last year's leftover Halloween party favors??? You create a spooky lightswitch plate using Amazing Mold Putty...of course!!!

The TRICK...cast a light switch plate using Amazing Mold Putty and cast in Creative Paperclay. The TREAT: at the end of this post there's a special coupon for Amazing Crafting Products...enjoy!!!

Supplies needed: a light switch plate, hot glue gun, your choice of halloween favors {I'm using skull rings and spiders, masking tape, Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay®.

I wrapped torn pieces of masking tape onto the light switch plate to add texture, making sure to wrap around the backside and burnish edges. I cut off the rings sections on the skulls, then using hot glue, I adhered skulls to the corners and finished off with a plastic spider. ** A TIP ** Be careful when applying hot glue to these plastic's very easy to melt them.

Now for the FUN to BEGIN! I got out my Amazing Mold PuttyIf you would like to see a more in depth how-to of mixing Amazing Mold Putty please click here. 

I begin by taking equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty parts "A" and "B" and gently mix together both parts, working quickly so that the colors are evenly mixed together with no striping. Then I press the Amazing Mold Putty around the switch plate gently pressing it around the item and sides. I let the mold sit and cure for about 15 minutes until it's no longer warm and then I'm ready to use my mold.

Today I am molding with a fun product called Creative Paperclay®

Creative Paperclay® is an air dry modeling material that can be sanded,
painted and also cast in Amazing Mold Putty.

I pressed the paperclay into my mold and leveled it out flat to meet the edges of the mold. I let the mold dry overnight before attempting to remove. Then I gently removed from mold to let paperclay finish drying out {which can take 2-3 days depending on temperature and humidity}.

I really love the distressed plaster texture that you get from the paperclay. I'm getting an early start on making these, too. I have to make several of these blanks to be decorated by my nieces and their friends at their annual Halloween birthday bash. Isn't that a fun idea!

Want to see how I've completed this?

Tomorrow, myself along with the entire Amazing Mold Putty Design Team will join the Creative Paperclay® Team for ... 

Please CLICK HERE... This Bloghop begins at the Creative Paperclay® blog and will feature even MORE HALLOWEEN inspiration using Amazing Crafting Products and Creative Paperclay® - even prizes. Check it out on Saturday to see how I've finished this ghoulish lightswitch plate!

HERE'S Your Halloween TREAT!!!

Use coupon code AMP20 to receive 20% off your order.
Coupon expires - Sept 30, 2012

I hope you enjoyed today's project and all of the projects I have created during my time with the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team. I have had a wonderful year creating with Amazing Crafting Products and I look forward to what the new Design Team dreams up. Amazing Mold Putty has changed my creative life and I will continue to use it in my toolbox forever! If you would like to continue to keep up with me and my creative adventures - please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here.

Have a fabulously creative day! Sb : ) 

Monday, September 24

Resin Christmas Ornaments

By Amanda Marks

This is my last individual Design Team Post for Amazing Crafting Products.  I would like to thank Amazing Crafting Products and Terri Sproul for this wonderful opportunity.  I would also like to remind everyone that Amazing Crafting Products is teaming up with the Creative Paperclay® Design Team for a Fall Themed Blog Hop on September 29th.  There will be blog candy offered if you complete the hop so come join us and see some amazing creations with two amazing products!

Every year I create Christmas Ornaments for my Etsy Store and donate half to a specific charity (Trevor's Project, St. Jude's, NWF, March of Dimes, Feed the Hungry, etc.).  Every year I am under the wire to finish ornaments and never get as many as I would like.  This year I decided to mold the original clay ornaments in mold putty, cast them in resin and hand paint them.  This way I could make a ton of ornaments (a ton in my book is more than one), sell them at a cheaper price and still donate money to charity.

1.  Materials:  
2.  Take equal parts A & B of the Mold Putty
3.  Knead together as quickly as possible.
4.  Place item in the mold.  Allow item to set for 5-10 minutes before unmolding.
5.  Mix resin equal parts A & B and pour into molds.
6.  Allow resin to cure about 5-10 minutes. 
7.  Un-mold and paint with acrylic craft paint.

I currently have 5 new ornaments and plan on making a lot more for my Etsy Shop.

Sunday, September 23

Scrapbooking with Amazing Mold Putty!

I had a large number of resin pieces made and wanted to use them in my cardmaking, so this is what I came up with. There are so many things you can mold and make out of resin. Here I made some cards and a layout. I hope I have given you some ideas on how YOU can use The Amazing Mold Putty in your next paper crafting project! 

 Minature Camera
Strawberry from a piece of plastic fruit.

 Designed teapot and cups

I adore how ALL of these resin pieces added dimension, interest and a focal point.
To purchase The Amazing Mold Putty and the 5 min Casting Resin that I used on ALL of these pieces go to Resins&Name=Amazing Casting Resin Products&Name=Amazing Mold Putty Kit

Saturday, September 22

Making Clay Tools Using Amazing Mold Putty

You know that saying 'All good things must come to an end"??? It is true and a very good thing comes to an end for me today. This is my final post with the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team. My six month term is coming to an close and I will miss the team, but it is time for me to move ahead and allow some fresh, new talent to show what they've got <3

I have loved being on this DT and over the past six months I have made some pretty awesome projects, if I do say so myself :D

I was able to preserve, forever, a four leaf clover that Christopher found in our back yard.

I made my own frozen Charlotte from a vintage doll that I got at a yard sale.

And I learned that Amazing Mold Putty is pretty handy and can be used for more than just making traditional molds.


Which leads me to today's post. I have been working with clay a lot lately and I have been on the search for the perfect clay tools. I really wanted some soft, pliable tools to use in places where my fingers are just too big. I was unable to find what I had in mind, so I decided to make my own. I had a clay tool with a nice long handle, so I decided to make soft, interchangeable covers that would go on the end of the handle.

I mixed up equal amounts of part A and part B of my Amazing Mold Putty, and while it was in the 'molding' phase, I molded it into the desired tool shape and pulled some of the putty down around the handle. I let it set for 15 minutes and then made the next shape. Within an hour I had created the exact tools I had been searching for, for months! They are the perfect tool for clay because they are soft, flexible and smooth.

 I hope you found this project helpful and I hope you have enjoyed all of my work on this team. I will still be around the internet, on other Design Teams, on Live shows and on YouTube. I hope you will continue to follow me on those adventures <3

Sunday, September 16

Hydrangea Leaf Dish

I have the most darling leaf dish I bought from a pottery vendor this Summer. I just love it!  Looking at it got me to thinking, "Why not make one from Resin?" So I scoured my garden and saw that the Hydrangea leaves were just the right size.

 Materials Used: Amazing Mold Putty, a glass ramekin,1 leaf, wax paper for my work surface,
scissors, fine sandpaper, watercolors, spray lacquer and a yellow permanent pen.

I mixed equal amounts of the yellow and white putty until completely mixed. Then I formed it into a pancake shape and draped it over the upside down dish. Before it had a chance to set, I draped the leaf over the  putty (#2) while firmly and evenly pressed into place.
While this was setting, I again mixed equal amounts of the white and yellow putty, formed another pancake shape and draped it over the leaf, pressing firmly all over. Before this second part had a chance to set, I flipped the ramekin over and pressed lightly onto the wax paper and then over again and made marks (#3 & #4) onto the top and bottom part of the molds. Two at the front of the leaf and two at the stem. This is a very important step! When the mold is hard to touch, pull apart,  peel off the leaf and practice putting the mold together at your assigned markings.

 Next using equal amounts of the "A" and "B"   Amazing Casting Resin, I mixed this in to a dixie cup until clear. Then I poured the mixture carefully into the bottom of the mold, placed the other mold onto (making sure all the markings were aligned and then place the ramekin on last. Don't be alarmed if some resin leaks out (#5). After about 15 minutes and the resin has turned hard and white, you can remove the bowl and gently peel up the top mold, as seen in step #6, slowly working around all the edges till it's removed.
 As you can see on Step #7, more resin was needed. I repeated step #5 and #6 twice ( with out the ramekin  this time) till I was happy with the density of the leaf.
 I used scissors to trim off drips and then used fine sandpaper to smooth out rough edges.

 Using the leaf I made the mold from as a color reference, I began painting.
 When the paint was dry, I painted the underside a solid color.
I sprayed both sides with lacquer and let set over night before accenting the leafs veins with a yellow pen. 
Thanks for coming by, I hope you have enjoyed my project! 

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