Thursday, March 31, 2016

Blog Hopping with Ann Butler Designs and ETI Resin

Happy Thursday everyone and Welcome to the Ann Butler Designs and ETI Resin Blog Hop! 

Today I will be sharing with you my Butterfly Quilt Block inspired jewelry box.  I love taking inspiration from actual quilt blocks when creating projects with Ann's line of Faux Quilting Stamps!

Crafting with resin has kind of become an obsession for me.  I scour the craft and thrift stores to see what items I can find and how I can incorporate resin into them.  Here is my latest find!

Now, on to my project:

Paint unfinished wooden box with Ann Butler Designs Iridescents Line in Onyx by Earth Safe Finishes, let dry.  Repeat with a second coat.  You can't really tell in the photos, but the Iridescents paints contain a shimmer that just makes this project GLOW!

Stamp the 2" triangles along the edge of the paper with points touching, as shown below.  Stamp the 1" triangle and square next to each other and then add a second square to the opposite side of the triangle, as shown below.

Cut out the shapes with scissors.  Match up contrasting colors on the top and bottom of your butterfly and then attach to black card stock with Tombow Mini Power Tape (sold exclusively at Michael's).  For detailed work, I like that this adhesive runner is tinted blue, so I can see exactly where it is placed.  Cut out complete butterfly with scissors.

Once you are pleased with the design placement, add wire antennae and letter stickers spelling out FLY.   Glue down and seal the stamped cardstock, wire and stickers with ETI Ultra-Seal. Make sure that you apply a nice heavy coat and let it dry overnight. You have to seal the all of the elements, so the resin does not seep underneath and discolor your project.

Prepare your project for resin by finding a level surface that is out of the way and line with waxed paper, a non-stick craft sheet or parchment paper.  Place your project on this surface.

Next mix the resin.  Pour equal parts of EnviroTex Lite resin and hardener into the plastic cup and stir for 2 minutes with wooden stick.  Make sure to scrap the bottom and the sides as you stir.  I used my cell phone to time my mixing.  Next, pour this mixture into a new plastic cup and stir for an additional 2 minutes with a new wooden stick.

Pour the resin onto your sealed wooden box lid, scrapping out all of the resin.  Spread resin out with wooden stick to make sure that all edges and corners are covered.  The resin will self level as it dries, so making sure that your surface is level is important.

The resin had a ton of bubbles in it this time and I thought my project was ruined.  First, I tried the "huff" method and breathed over the surface with my hot breath. This did not work very well.

I remembered that Ann uses a lighter to remove bubbles in her ETI Resin projects, so I tried that and it worked like a charm!

Attach additional 1" triangles in a variety of colors around the bottom edge of the wooden box with decoupage medium for

Here is close up of my finished project.  The resin looks just like glass and encases the elements in the lid perfectly!  I also like the contrast of the dark Onyx paint with the bright ink colors.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today!  I just love the sentiment of FLY - it is inspirational and to me means that the sky is limit!  Leave me a comment below with your favorite inspirational word.  
Now it's time to HOP around and see what the other talented designers have created!
Beth Watson - YOU ARE HERE
Einat Kessler - GO HERE NEXT

Check out the Ann Butler Design blog and the Resin Crafts blog for TONS more craftiness!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Ann Butler said...

As always, you knocked it out of the park...I love this project Beth! Thanks, for hopping with us!

Tammy Santana said...

This is awesome Beth! I love the color combination!

Muffins and Lace said...

Very cool project.

Donna said...

You always have such great projects Beth!

Salnclts said...

I love your butterfly!

Einat Kessler said...

I love the butterfly. What a great idea!

Unknown said...

What a cute project, Beth! I love to go thrift shopping too in order to find things to give new life :).

Vishu said...

What a cute project