Wednesday, August 19

#Cre8time Resin Play Frames Dreams of Halloween... by Tracy Alden

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?


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.

Once the paint was dry I applied a thin layer of Liquitex Gloss Varnish,
then rubbed on blue and purple Alumidust and let dry.

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.

Using acrylic paint I painted simple circle to be the moon
in the scene I was creating. I let the paint dry completely.

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.

I added one final coat of Amazing Clear Cast Resin 
to seal the piece and let it cure completely.

With all the layers or resin and paint, it has a subtle
luminosity and play of light perfect for Halloween decor!

I glued on some twigs to mimic the look of old trees
and small paper sentiment to finish the piece!

What AMAZING arts and crafts can you create?

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Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy

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  1. This is so gorgeous Tracy. I can't wait to repurpose a frame and give this a try. But I'm pretty sure you made this for me, right :)

  2. Great idea!!! I'm going to have to try this!

  3. Great idea!!! I'm going to have to try this!

  4. Great idea!!! I'm going to have to try this!


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