Piccolo Resin has charming personality …

Well, I tried my hand at using Resin. Globecraft and Piccolo just released their new UV Resin product so I had to try it!

I started small by first making a charm. It turned out pretty good for my first attempt and it really didn’t take long at all.

I started with a bookboard butterfly from the Butterfly Charm Set. I gave it some dimension by running it through my Vagabond in an embossing folder. I wanted some texture so the Piccolo 3D Enamel Gels would settle in the little cracks and crevices.

I first applied Piccolo Yellow Ochre 3D Enamel Gel and spread it around with my finger.

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I spread this color around and let it set for a few minutes to dry. When you spread it thin with your fingers or brush it dries pretty quickly. I then added my second color, which was Piccolo Dark Green 3D Enamel Gel.

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I did this to both sides and set it aside to dry thoroughly. Then I coated it with Piccolo UV Resin and placed it under a UV light to cure. It cured in under three minutes. Then I coated the other side with the Resin and placed it back under the UV light.

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Once cured, the Resin protects the piece so it works great as a charm to hang from an altered book or, in this case, another DIY Ornament! Check out the G&P Blog to see how I used this charm on a new DIY Ornament.

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Celebrate every day

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Linda Neff

I think you know how much I enjoy making these little DIY Ornaments. I made several that traveled out to California for CHA and then back home to Michigan. I picked them up last week so was finally able to take some photos of them so I can share them with you all.

You’ll find a tutorial over on the G&P Blog today and I’m gonna give you a quick run-down here as well. On the G&P Blog I show you how I made one using clip art inside and this one here shows how I used some of my vintage button stash. They’re both very different.

For this one, titled ‘Celebrate every day,’ I wanted to leave the bookboard rings their natural color. I did, however, place them in an embossing folder and run them through my Vagabond. I did this for both outer rings. It’s not necessary for the inner ring because only the very edge shows.

I then squeezed on a good amount of Glastique Gloss on both outer rings and both sides of the inner ring and spread it around to give the bookboard rings some shine. It also acts as a sealant and really makes the embossing noticeable.

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DIY Ornament: outer rings embossed and treated with Glastique Gloss.

I cut and rolled several paper flowers with the Sizzix Flowers, 3D die. I had some leaves and a vine leftover from some project so decided to use them all together. I used a small paint brush to apply Glastique to the leaves and flower edges an sprinkled them all with a light dusting of Fawn Microfine Transparent glitter. I set those aside while I figured out what else was going in this globe.

I opted to finger paint some Rose Pink 3D Enamel Gel onto the inside of the back globe. This provides a bit of dimension and texture and is still transparent while making the finished piece look good from the back. When that dried I adhered vintage buttons in a single layer to fill the back globe. Now I could start assembly. I laid the vine, leaves and flowers in until I got an arrangement that appealed to me then I glued them all in place, added the computer printed phrase and let it sit a while to set up.

DIY Ornament: back globe with vintage buttons and 3D paper flowers.
DIY Ornament: back globe with vintage buttons and 3D paper flowers.

When it was pretty stable I added a thin line of Glastique to the unfinished side of the bottom ring and set the globe into it, clipping it together with clothespins while the glue sets up. When it’s pretty much set, run a thin line of Glastique around the lip of the globe and lay the inner ring on it; clip to set up.

DIY Ornament: inner ring glued to top portion of bottom globe.
DIY Ornament: inner ring glued to top portion of bottom globe.

The Glastique dries clear so no need to fret over a little bit oozing out. Now glue the top globe to the inner ring then glue the top embossed ring over that and clip till the glue sets. I like to leave these for a couple hours or overnight just so I’m sure all my glue is perfectly dry before messing with it.

DIY Ornament with all layers together; clipped to hold tightly until glue is set.
DIY Ornament with all layers together; clipped to hold tightly until glue is set.
DIY Ornament with Glastique finish.
DIY Ornament with Glastique finish.

This one went together quite quickly and I added a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp to the top for hanging. There’s another ornament over on the G&P Blog today from me. If you’d like to try this on your own you can order your DIY Ornaments by clicking the link below. I’ll also have a class or two coming up at Scrapbook Peddler with the DIY Ornaments so watch for that date to be added to the calendar soon. I’ll be at the Scrapbook Peddler next weekend for a Piccolo Card Class.

Making a holiday fashion statement …

I love Christmas decorating. It’s killing me that my tree isn’t up yet and my decorations are still in tubs! Hopefully we’ll remedy that later this week.

I’ve been working with these ornaments from Globecraft & Piccolo (G&P) a lot lately and just having so much fun with them. The ornaments are really cute and come with holiday figures in them, but as you can see I opted to use G&P’s DIY Ornament (which is blank inside) and a fairy from Crafty Secrets Altered Fairy 09 cut-out sheet.

I ran the rings through my Vagabond in an embossing folder to add some texture then painted the top and bottom rings of the ornament with Pearl Adirondack Paint Dabber. When the paint was dry I brushed on some G&P’s Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze. Glastique in a clear-drying dimensional adhesive so have a multitude of uses! While the Glastique is wet I sprinkled on G&P’s Pure Sparkle Glitter to add a bit of shimmer to the ornament.

After all that dried, I put a heavy coat of Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze on and let it sit to dry. A coat this thick will usually need to cure overnight so I set it aside and worked on the inside of my ornament.

I used the Glastique again by painting it on the inside of the back bubble. This acts as my adhesive to hold my Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter in place. I just sprinkled on the glitter and tapped out the excess. The glitter in the back of the bubble allows the light to show through but still gives your interior a background. The cute little Fairy is fussy-cut from the Crafty Secret sheet and all decked out for the holiday in more glitter! She’s wearing Art Glitter Ruby Red 500 Microfine Opaque and Cavalado 109 Ultrafine Opaque. The little word phrase is printed on white cardstock, but out and trimmed in a fine line of glitter.

I use dried moss behind my characters to lend them support and give them dimension. It’s all glued in place and left to dry before sealing in the bubble frame.

The next day the thick layer of Glastique on the outer rings should be dry and assembly takes place. I simply layer all the pieces, following assembly directions for the ornament, and glue it all in place with Glastique. I clamp it together with wooden clip clothespins because they are gentler than binder clips and will not leave indents in my Glastique finish. Usually it only take 15-20 minutes for the frame to set up nicely.

I finished this ornament off by piercing a hole in the bottom, inserting a jump ring and adding a clear bead with mini gold jingle bell. I used a thin wire to make a beaded hook at the top for hanging and added a pretty bow.

I’m in love with these ornaments. They make such a lovely gift and can be filled with a variety of clip art to be used year-round! I like to hang them from lamps and drawer pulls. Some day I hope to have a vintage ornament tree of ancestors!

I’ve been busy making Christmas decorations and gifts. Take a look over on the Globecraft & Piccolo blog today to see how I made these terracotta pot Christmas candle holders!