Wednesday, April 2

A Plain Jane Dressing Mirror Transformed into a Bird of Paradise... by Brenda Burfeind

Good day crafters – Brenda here from Creativity is a State of Mind and I am so excited to show you what I made today. We partnered up with Frog Dog Studios this month again and you can read all about the entire kit HERE. This month it was my turn. I know some of the other designers have showed you a few projects over the last couple of months. I was pretty excited when I got my package. I had no idea what to expect and this kit is definitely up my alley.

In your kit you would receive this:

The Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit includes:
(1) **Alumidust Powder - Red Plum; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Claret; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Blue Hawaii; (1) iZink Pigment Ink bottle - Gold; (1) Stampendous Mica Fragments Jar, Pearlized; (1) Dusty Attic Chipboard set - Birds; (1) Stampendous Mini Clipboard Canvas pack; (1) Set Canvas Mini's - Canvas Corp; (3) Sheets of Decopatch Tissue Paper; and (16) Tim Holtz Clear Fragments (random sizes/shapes). ** Alumidust is one of the many additives from the Alumilite Corporation. Valued at over $45.

And of course you would want to purchase the add-on kit! 

The Frog Dog Studio  April Add-On Kit includes:
(1) Amazing Clear Cast Resin – 16 Fluid Oz Box; (1) Amazing Mold Putty – 2/3 lb Box; (25) 1 oz Measuring Cups; and (50) Wooden Stir Sticks. Valued at over $47.

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I love getting new fun things to play with and I absolutely LOVE this paper. It's so thin almost like a glazed tissue paper, almost transparent and the colors are beautiful. When I was growing up in Germany we had this sort of paper for gift wrapping. I totally forgot all about it until I held this paper in my hands. Oh the memories holding that paper just brought back.

So now I had to figure out what to make. I knew I was going to mold that Bird of Paradise using my Amazing Mold Putty, but what was I going to do with her? Yes, you can mold chipboard.

You can find directions for proper mixing here by typing "how to make a mold" in the search bar on the top of the page or you can watch a video by CLICKING HERE.

It only takes about 10 minutes for the Amazing Mold Putty to cure.

Look how lovely she came out.

Then I prepared my Amazing Casting Resin. This product is incredible as it has no odor and sets up within minutes. Just make sure you mix equal parts of "A" and "B" and stir until it isn't cloudy anymore. Don't over stir as it does set up within minutes.

Whenever I make a mold, I try to fill all the voided spaces with other doodads. In this month's kit you will receive some acrylic tags in various sizes, so I created a duplicate of those also. When I mix my resin, I tend to make more than I need, so therefore I fill other molds to have on hand for future projects.

Once I've poured my mold, I actually take a paper towel and kinda run around the edges of the item to avoid extra resin around the edges. This picture shows what the resin does shortly after pouring. You can see how the resin is starting to set up in the small circular tag.

Almost completely set up, still a bit of clear milky
color in the corners of the Bird of Paradise.

When completely cured, pieces are hard as a rock – though the resin is a bit pliable for a short time. This gives you time to bend to shape and trim with scissors if needed.

Now when I demold things, I start from the outer edges. The Amazing Mold Putty mold is flexible and therefore you can bend your items out instead of just trying to pull them up. In demolding it this way you avoid pulling those fine or thin areas, like these feathers, off.

There your have a resin duplicate of the chipboard
Bird of Paradise – ready for more durable usage. 

I used my exacto knife to clean a bit around the edges and this process from molding to pouring to cured to cleaning up edges took all about 15 minutes.

Now I had recently made a trip to my Dollar Store after getting my Frog Dog Studio kit, when I found this awesome mirror set. Immediately I had an idea of how I could use some of the pieces from this kit to embellish this up. I thought the color scheme was identical too.

I took the existing packaging and traced as close to the mirror as possible with a pencil.


Then I cut it out with a pair of scissors and laid that transparency directly onto the gorgeous paper to find the exact area that I wanted to use. I left the price tag on so you can judge where I had laid the transparency down.

Maybe you can see the edge here a bit better?

Then cut that out a bit larger than the original
to fit my handheld mirror perfectly.

Now if you look at the mirror and the paper, you will see that it was not a perfect color fit. The paper has more green and the mirror is more steel blue. I wasn't sure how I was going to fix this, but where there is a will there is always a way!

I used Mod Podge to cover the backside of the mirror,
going in one direction first and then crossways again.

Once I laid the paper onto the mirror, I burnished the edge
a little with my thumbnail to give it that extra seam.

See how nice that laid down? You can even see a little bit of the pattern from the handheld mirror. Once it was completely dry I just trimmed around the edges with my scissors and my mirror was ready for embellishing.

Now while that was drying I went back to my Bird of Paradise to finish her off. I used the Claret Stazon ink that came with my kit and directly pounced it onto my bird. So, remember me showing you that the color wasn't a perfect fit with the paper and the mirror.

Therefore I also added some of the Blue Hawaii Stazon, mixed in a bit of the Lt. Green Alumidust (can be purchased also from Frog Dog Studio) and golded the bird with the Pigment Izink (gold) all which came in my kit. I think she turned out gorgeous.

I had 3 silk leaves in my over flowing stash of silk flowers and 
knew these would work perfectly to embellish my mirror.

I sponged the Claret Stazon directly onto the leaves also. Even though this technique worked, it didn't give it enough color. I pulled out my Deep Red Alumidust that came with the kit and mixed it up with some of Alene's PaperGlaze and painted the middle of those leaves. I wasn't really being careful since no leaf is exact in coloring anyway (and I can't even paint by numbers).

Hot gluing the embellishments onto the 
mirror gave it that perfect finishing touch.

I do believe my Bird of Paradise completed this 
mirror perfectly in color balance.

Wouldn't this make a beautiful gift
for someone's dressing table?

I hope you've liked my one example of this beautiful kit from Frog Dog Studio. Since I only used a couple of pieces from this kit I decided to dedicate the entire week to Frog Dog Studio over at my blog starting tomorrow. I hope you will join me all week at Creativity is a State of Mind. ~ Brenda 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Tina! It's easy to create something beautiful when you have beautiful products to work with

  2. Brenda - this is so gorgeous! I am totally in AWE of all of your Amazing creations. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings :)

  3. Thank you Susan, I'm excited about this Kit and can't wait to show tomorrows project.


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