Friday, July 29, 2016

ETI and GEL PRESS Blog Hop!

Happy Friday and Welcome to the 
ETI and Gel Press Blog Hop
The designers for both companies have been busy creating wonderful projects for this blog hop. You should have hopped here from the wildly talented Cindi at Behind these Eyes, but if you just stopped by my blog today, please start the hop at the ETI Resin Crafts Blog!

Now, on to my project!

Gel Press sent a 5" by 7" gel printing plate, so I watched a few of the videos on their site and I couldn't wait to get started!

Below are some of the mono prints that I made in just a few hours with DecoArt Media Paints, Ann Butler's Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes, plus her Art Screens and Background Basics Stamps by Clearsnap.  Now I am HOOKED!

Here is a close up of the two mono prints that I decided to use for my project featuring DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold, Titan Buff and Colbalt Turquoise Hue - can you see the shimmer of the Iridescents Paint? GORGEOUS!

I found the oval and square recessed wooden shapes at the local craft store and hoarded saved them for a resin project!  Paint the edges with Iridescents Copper.  Place plain computer paper in the center of each shape and then score around the edge with a bone folder to create a template.  Cut out the template and trace on to your mono print.  Trim mono print and attach to wooden shape with gel medium, making sure to apply a thick, solid coat.

Attach chipboard letters and embellishments with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  Once dry, apply a layer of gel medium to seal these items to the background.

Next comes measuring and mixing the resin.  I found this intimidating the first time I did it, but it really is quite simple! 

When using EnviroTex Lite always measure equal parts of resin and hardener. Blend in an ETI plastic cup with a wood stick (only a wooden stick) for two minutes, mixing vigorously while scraping sides and bottom of cup. Then pour resin into a new, clean cup and blend for another minute with new wooden stick. Thorough blending is achieved by the above mixing method only! Discard mixing stick. Pour resin onto project immediately. Use stick lighter to remove bubbles from coating. You may need to use the lighter several times during a forty five minute period following application. 

Important: read all instructions included with EnviroTex Lite.

Always pour resin on a level surface that has been protected with waxed or freezer paper. 

Immediately pour your resin onto your project.  Remembering that the resin will self level.

Remove any bubbles with the flame of a stick lighter.  Repeat as needed over the first 45 minutes of the resin hardening process.

Your resin should be as clear as glass.  Here is a detailed photo...

After your resin has cured for 24 hours, cut a 48" length of cotton ribbon and attach wooden shapes with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.

Here are close up photos of each panel - HOME, SWEET, HOME

And, a close up of the Iridescent Copper Paint through the resin - WOW!

Please leave a comment on EACH blog, then tell us on the Gel Press blog and on the Resin Crafts blog which projects you found most interesting or inspiring. 
Now, on to the fun stuff - PRIZES!

One winner will be picked, at random, Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 10pm CST. The winner will get both Petite sets of Gel Press plates and ETI Jewelry Resin! Winner must be 18 or over and live in the USA.

Hop now through Sunday and GOOD LUCK!

Be sure to check out the social media accounts for ETI Resin Crafts and Gel Press for TONS more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Ann Butler said...

I love your project Beth and absolutely love how the Iridescents work with the Gel Press! Thanks for using them!!

Unknown said...

Such a cute project! I am learning so many ways to use EnviroTex Resin!

Cindi McGee said...

Very cute Beth - and yes, Gel Press printing should come with a warning - it can be addictive lol!

Vanessa said...

What a great project. I have been wanting to try the Decoart media paints. Where did you purchased them from? I'm having a hard time finding them. Thank you

SandeeNC said...

Love your panels, extremely cool!

Karen said...

Great project Beth! Love the tutorial.

Annmakes said...

I really love how your project turned out, and those shiny colours are amazing.

Becky said...

Very nice project. Thanks for sharing.

Byrd Street Studio said...

These are adorable, and as I was reading I was getting inspired to try my own designs in a similar project.

Jean said...

How fun! This is a perfect set!

Donna said...

This is fun! Boy oh boy do you have prints! LOL!

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Unknown said...

Love your prints, Beth - I think I need to start working with iridescents. :)

Yoga with Gaileee said...

These are really neat!

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