Thursday, June 30

Eye-Catching #Cre8time Jewels... AMAZING Inspiration from Aimée Wheaton

Remember the pendants I made in my last post {CLICK HERE if you missed my tutorial}? Here they are all grown up into their own necklaces! I had a blast putting them together. With a little creativity and products from Amazing Casting Products you can go far!! I've worn the two bigger ones and gifted the smaller one, I get lots of compliments when I wear them. Amazing Clear Cast Resin truly is amazing! 

Check out the close ups below...


My favorite!


Yep I'm that goofy, creative person. You have to have fun right?! 

Do you love making mixed media jewelry?

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To see more of my work please visit my new blog "Life Glitter Makeup"
and also at the Aimée Wheaton Art and Design website.

Till next time! Xoxo Aimée

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Tuesday, June 28

#Cre8time Fun Rolled up with Color... DIY Resined-Jeweled Frame by Maria Soto

Hi there, today I want to share a fun summer project. The other day I was watching a video from Mark Montano for DecoArt entitled "Bejeweled Boho Mirror". This project gave me an idea to create something similar with a white photo mat art board I got in a mystery box I purchased on-line. I decided instead of using acrylic jewels I would use Amazing Clear Cast Resin and some of the dyes.

Here is what I used for this project:
  • Amazing Clear Cast Resin
  • Mixing cups and Popsicle sticks
  • Alumilite's Dyes in green, red and purple
  • photo mat art board
  • white paper flowers
  • recycled cardboard box lid
  • mixed media paper
  • Westcott's paper trimmer
  • Mod Podge dimensional magic glitter silver
  • Beacon's 3-IN-1 craft glue
  • Acrylic paint in orange and yellow
  • Paint brush
  • One large bead
  • ribbon


First things first, let's cut up all the strips needed
to make the circles that will be filled with colored resin.


I used the lid from a cardboard box, as I do like to recycle as much as I can. I used Beacon's 3-in-1 glue – it works pretty fast, but I thought using paper clips to hold the circles in place was a good idea, it worked great. Here you can also see the beginnings of the project – I noticed the cardboard was too hard to roll to get a nice solid look, even using really thin strips. I decided not to use these so they went into the recycling bin.


So I decided to use a page from my mixed media sketch pad and I cut it all into strips using my paper trimmer... it was a lot faster then using scissors. I used a marker to create my circles, I rolled them and then released them, allowing me to glue them into different sizes without having to used different size pens to create different sizes.

Seriously, this part took the longest – sometimes the glue would set right away, sometimes I had to use a paper clip. Either way, I spent an entire day just cutting and gluing circles. 


Once I was done, it was time to move on to the photo mat which would be the base of this frame. It took me a while to find the right placing for these circles and the paper flowers – finally I decided to just start gluing things up, because I was ready to move on to something else.

I first colored the inside edge of the picture frame opening. I didn't care for the color or the look of the ink so I decided to use acrylic paints. I took a nice bright orange and painted the entire photo mat.

First thing I did was glue the paper flowers, then I began
to glue the circles until the entire photo mat was covered. 

I made some tiny circles and some solid circles to serve as fillers. I didn't want to completely cover the photo mat, I wanted for some of the orange background to be visible, and figured it would add more color once the resin was added inside the circles. I used the Mod Podge dimensional magic to glue the circles and the flowers to the photo mat. I spread out the dimensional magic with my fingers. This would leave a nice sparkle on the areas not covered with the circles.


Once I was done gluing down everything, and the glue was dried it was time to paint. I painted everything the same color as the photo mat. Once dried, I took a little bit of yellow acrylic paint and brushed it on top of the circles and the paper flowers too.

Here you can see, everything is glued in place and painted, all ready for the next AMAZING step... adding the colored resin inside all the circles. The Amazing Clear Cast Resin mixed with the color dyes will cure and look like glass giving the illusion of glass jewels. 


I used used Amazing Clear Cast Resin and three Alumilite Dyes for this project, working one color at a time filling the circles {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}.

I added a few drops of the Fluorescent "FLO" Red dye to part "A" of the clear cast resin. Be sure to mix it really good, then in a separate cup, pour part "B" and make sure is the same amount as part "A" with color {otherwise your resin may not cure properly}.

Combine both parts and mix thoroughly. Let resin set
to let bubbles escape and it's ready for pouring.

I used the stir stick to add the resin – a little bit at a time to make sure I didn't have any spills on the frame. You just have to take your time doing this step.

Next color, mixed the same as the previous color, and pour!
This color makes me think of lemon ice cream. 


A few close-ups of the resin added into the cardboard circles.

I had a little bit of the red resin left, so I added a drop of white to make a milky pink... why not?! For sure it will look pretty mixed in with the other colors. This red actually looked more like orange, so I decided to mixed more resin and add a lot more of the "FLO" Red dye. 

Here you go! This looks more like a red... now to fill
out all the circles, even the very tiny ones.


I had a few circles left to fill and finish this piece. I would just mix a little bit more resin, and leave it clear to accent the orange paint below. Here are all the circles filled with Amazing Clear Cast Resin. Now it's time to let the resin set and cure. I will leave it alone for 24 hours, before I add a hanger and a photo to finish this piece. 

Here is the finished piece, I really loved how this turned out! Do you like the background I added for the photo? It's a piece of mixed media paper that was covered with the left over resin colored with the "Flo" red dye... see no resin goes to waste here. I can change photos whenever I want on this frame. 

How would you use resin on a frame? 

What do you think? Should I have used acrylic jewels or do you like my resined jewels effect? Share your ideas with us, we'd love to see how creative you are with Amazing Clear Cast Resin.

Thanks for visiting! I invite you to stop over to my blog, "What is Creativity"
 at to see more of my creations. ~ Maria Soto

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Monday, June 27

#Cre8time Beachcombing... Preserve Seaside Keepsakes in Miniature Tide Pools by Lara Hjorthoy

Hi Artists! Today's "how-to" is inspired by an artist I ran into recently. He creates these stunning glass and concrete sculptures, where the glass looks like water... just gorgeous! I wanted to try my hand at what resin could do!

So for today, I'm making Personal Tidal Pools!

As a Girl from Vancouver, BC, the West Coast of Canada sports some seriously beautiful beaches, and my goal for these little pools was to capture some of that!

So to start off with I found myself a fairly generic silicone muffin "tin". I got one from a local cooking shop as the ones I found in the thrift store looked a little worse for wear, and I really wanted a smooth cast!

Next, Hubbs and I went to the beach!!! I collected handfuls of dry sand, handfuls of cool rocks, used shells and bits of interesting wood! 


When I got home, and before I went too far, I decided to sculpt some mini starfish and barnacles out of Sculpey, and then mold those with Amazing Mold Putty! Since they were so tiny, I just pressed the putty out wide and flat and in no time I had a great mold! Later I cast all these guys using Amazing Casting Resin and some glow in the dark powder!

I think it's important to explain the mistakes that happened – I would hate for anyone to think I hit pay dirt right off the bat!

So what I did, was mix up some of the sand I collected with acrylic polymer medium, and THAT I wouldn't do again. Main reason? I don't think the medium was a strong enough bond with the sand and eventually the resin, so it got flaky and fell apart in the end. ALSO, I didn't leave this step long enough -or- it might have been that my rocks were not completely dried out inside which may have introduced moisture back into the sand. Next time, if I go the sand route again, I will try something different. So even though my resin eventually set super fast, the sand didn't, which was the contributing factor to the whole, falling apart thing.

Anywho... I WAS successful eventually, so bare with me!

***here is a pic of the rocks, laid into the sand in the mold.***

I did let this stage set for 24 hours and when I touched the top it appeared hard and set, so I went ahead a mixed up the Amazing Clear Cast Resin. I wanted a slight tint to the resin, as I thought it might be a cooler look then simply just clear, and here is my second mistake! Using a drop of blue and two drops of fluorescent green into my resin part "A", the dye was SOOOO DARK!!!

Alumilite dyes are so powerful and such a very very little is actually needed! Lesson learned, so the top three in photo are the super dark dye, they didn't work – unless I was going for a tide pool at night. The two up front used the last of the dye in the container and I didn't add any more to it. It was a lovely light blue. Those were mostly successful!

After letting them set for another 24 hours, I finally removed them from the mold. The resin popped out beautifully. However the sand didn't set properly in these and kind of fell apart a bit. Bit of a bummer but left me thinking....

So my last try, I skipped the sand, used some flatter rocks to create a "bed" in the bottom of one mold, added some nice shaped and interesting colored rocks, some bits of wood, my glow in the dark casts of starfish and barnacles. Made sure when I poured the resin this time, I used a teeeeeeensy tiny amount of dye and poured.

After a day, here is the final result! A successful Personal Tide Pool – and it glows in the dark... so cool!!! The back two pictured are the not super successful ones from my first try. But they weren't terrible either, so they deserved a look!

Here is my final Tidal Pool – 
the one I would like to keep on making! 

How do you create a water effect?

I hope you enjoyed this How-To! Have a great week Friends.
Stay Inspired ~ Lara

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