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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Cherish life’s glittery moments …

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I know you may be tiring of all my DIY ornaments but please suffer through one more with me. I just can’t seem to get enough of them lately and when I finish one – or sometimes while working on one – thoughts of how I will decorate the next one are already running through my mind. They’re so easy to play with and you can fit them to any theme or event.

This one is actually reversible! The heart can be seen from either side so it can hang anywhere it may spin or be viewed from both sides. And, yes, that’s the Sizzix Primitive Heart once again as well. What can I say …

So here’s the steps to how I created this precious little hanging.

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I cut two of the hearts from corrugated cardboard, ran them through my Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker. I left the hearts on the Xyron backing and spritzed them with water and roughed them up a bit before painting them with G&P Pink Rose 3D Enamel Gel. While the Gel is still wet I sprinkled them with Art Glitter Mimosa #102 Ultrafine Transparent. I love the way this glitter glistens as the globe turns and moves – it sparkles in different colors. Really cool.

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The rims of the ornament are also painted with the Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel and the outer rims sprinkled with the same Mimosa glitter. I coated the fairy wings with a clear layer of Glastique so the natural color of the bookboard shines through. Once all the pieces are dry the assembly begins.

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I laid a strand of wire on the backside of one of the hearts and used Designer Dries Clear to adhere the wings to the same backside. The same Designer Dries Clear is used to adhere the hearts back-to-back. The printed, cut out and inked words and gems are also adhere with the Designer Dries Clear.

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I assembled the Globecraft DIY Ornament following the directions that came with it. Before adhering the top globe and rim to the bottom, the wired hearts are laid across the center of the globe. Designer Dries Clear is used to adhere the top half to the bottom half and I use clip clothespins to hold it together till the glue sets. One side of the heart says ‘wish’ and ‘dream,’ the other side says ‘cherish’ and ‘love.’ When the light catches this it just sparkles and makes me smile.

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Visit the Art Glitter blog to see another project I created recently with their glittery products!

Adding simple elegance to everyday cards

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I rather enjoy the challenge of making cards nowadays. It took me a long time to feel comfortable creating a card, but it isn’t nearly as scary as it once was. I’ve learned to keep my designs simple, use my scrap papers and stick with simple embellishments. This first card is a design I use often. It’s great for using two pattern papers that coordinate and the pieces can be moved around, put at angles, left uneven and the design also works horizontally or vertically. The embellishments used here are by Globecraft & Piccolo, known as G&P.  They’re a local company out of Midland, Michigan and I like their products.

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I’m on their design team, but I was using their products long before that ever happened.  What I like about the bookboard accents for card making is that they are pretty thin. If they’re adhered directly to the page and not lifted, they will go through the mail at a normal rate.

For the card above I removed the pieces from their backing and coated them with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze. This product leaves a nice shiny finish on the piece and acts as a sealer. These pieces are from the Birds & Butterflies Accents. There are enough pieces in this collection to easily stretch over two to three cards.

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The Glastique is applied directly to the  bookboard piece from the bottle with the fine tip and left to dry for a bit. I also used the Glastique as an adhesive to attach the bookboard pieces to the card.

The next card uses the G&P Girl’s Night Out Embossing Powder applied with the G&P Embossing Powder Adhesive with a dabber top. The dabber top on the embossing powder adhesive really helps it to apply easily and with good coverage. We always recommend rolling our jars of embossing powder to blend the granules rather than shaking which could cause the larger granules to sink to the bottom of the jar. The heart on this card has three coats of powder on it; each applied after the previous coat is cool to the touch and then heat set again till smooth. The variegation of colors in the powders gives the embossed pieces a great dimensional look.

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The key is embossed with two coats of G&P Vintage Silver Embossing Powder in the same manner as the heart. Each piece is adhered to the card with Glastique. The embossing powders help to create a faux metal look which blends well with the paper selection.

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Cardmaking is a fun activity that anyone can learn. It doesn’t have to be difficult and over-the-top. Keep your cards basic and simple and easy to mail. It’s the sentiment that you write on the inside that touches people’s heart and the just the thought alone that you cared enough to send a hand-made card.