January 12, 2015

Anniversary Card using Ann Butler inks and stamps

Today I am the guest designer on the Ann Butler Designs Blog.

You can see my card and instructions here:  http://annbutlerdesigns.com/2015/01/12/background-stamps-inks-and-card-making/
Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ink stamp card

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December 29, 2014

Stamped Resin Holiday Coasters

Perfect for this time of year, I grabbed some plain wood coasters ( $1.50 from JYSK) and turned them into festive coasters. Using Ann Butler Designs newest background stamps I was able to transform the plain wood in no time at all!

Ann Butler ETI Roberta Birnbaum coasters
Supplies Used:
ColorBox® Ann Butler Background Basics quilt-themed stamps
ColorBox® Crafters' Ink, Night
ColorBox® Ann Butler Crafters' Ink, Aquamarine, Limelight
Recollections™ sparkle embossing powder, Blue Blaze
Recollections™ Opaque Sparkle, Vintage Blue
Castin' Craft Resin Spray, clear gloss

Heat gun
ink blender

I stamped directly onto the wood surface, poured embossing powder over the wet ink, and then heat set with my gun.
Once cooled, I used my ink blender to work the colours into all the areas that were not embossed. It is very easy to clean up excess ink that migrates onto the embossed areas because the ink won't stick to those areas and they just wipe away.
Pour opaque sparkle onto wet surface where desired.

Finish by spraying with Castin' Craft Resin Spray. Castin' Craft spray, from ETI, is a multi-purpose product allowing you to fix the glitter so it never comes off, seal your entire project, and provide a glossy protective surface! How easy is that?

Thank you for stopping by today!
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December 22, 2014

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December 20, 2014

Painting with Resin - Quickie Canvas!

I picked up a few of these wonderful wood plaques from the dollar store.
Bloom resin plaqueI mixed up resin for another project and didn't need all of it, so I immediately grabbed this wood canvas and mixed the resin with pigments. In some areas I poured it thicker.  I poured it directly onto the wood and let it run about.
I also 'wrote' out "Bloom" with 18 gauge copper wire and used it to form the stem and pot for the button flowers.  
The buttons were given a coat of resin, too.
For the matte areas I dry-brushed chalky finish paint and also around the edges.
bloom resin plaque

I gave the entire piece a quick coat of resin spray as a finishing touch.

and...........it's ready to hang up!


Envirotex Lite®
Castin' Craft pigments, red, blue, orange, yellow
Castin' Craft Resin Spray, clear gloss
18 gauge copper wire
mica flakes
Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paint, Primitive, Escape
wood buttons

Thank you for visiting!

December 14, 2014

3D Christmas Crafts Class

Saturday was spent teaching this fun 3D paper crafts class at The Niagara Artist Studio in Niagara Falls.

Colette, Louanne and Valerie were most eager and created beautiful decorations and cards!

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Becoming 'One' with your inner star

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Valerie's star always shines bright

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
origami can be exhausting!

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
The 16 point origami star is being created

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Valerie negotiating with the origami

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Lou busy hunting for embellishments for her pop-up box card

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Colette's card is coming along...

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Valerie and her beautiful box card!

Thank you Niagara Artist Studio for a lovely afternoon.

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