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The 8oz of resin is the perfect amount to make a front and back cover and have a little leftover. If you have not worked with resin before it can seem intimidating, but once you get going it is a quick and simple process. You have one bottle of resin and one hardener. Once they are mixed together, they begin to harden. Because of this, you want to keep them separated until you are ready for them to harden.
You want equal parts resin and hardener. To ensure this I pour them each into their own little cup, then scrape them out into a bigger cup or bowl.
You want them mixed well. If there is an area that did not get mixed together, it will be gooey, sticky, and never harden. I spend about 3-5 minutes mixing making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. After it is thoroughly mixed, it's time to pour it into the mold. I like to have backup molds ready to go in case I have extra resin because I hate wasting it. For this project, I grabbed the Star and Moon mould.
When working with resin you need to move quickly. Most resin allows you to work with it for up to 30 minutes, but I like to be finished with it in 5-10. After playing with it for too long you'll begin to have streaks and lines on your resin and it's not as smooth. After the resin is added to the mold and smoothed over it, it is time to add any add-ins. For this cover, I'm adding drops of pigmented dye and use a silicon tool to swirl it around. I started with a few drops and added more as needed. Be careful not to add too much dye because it can affect how the resin sets and could leave you with sticky spots. If this happens, (you won't notice it until you have let the resin set 24-48 hours) I recommend pouring a thin layer of clear resin over the whole cover once again and letting it harden.
Next, I added sequin stars to the cover. I wanted some to rest on the surface and others I pushed to the bottom of the mold so there would be stars on both sides. Some I pushed through only halfway.
It took about 8 minutes to pour the resin into the mold, swirl in the dye, and add the stars. Once it is how I wanted it, I add heat to it using a heat tool. This is an important step because it brings any air bubbles to the surface and pops them. Once you use the heat tool, do not touch it again until it is dry! The heat has jump-started the curing process.
After 24 hours you can usually take it out of the mold, although it may still be a little floppy and not fully hardened yet. I usually like to leave it sitting in the mold closer to 48 hours to be sure that it has been fully cured. Next, I took some of the stars and moon from my additional mold and glued them onto the cover. Repeat this process to make the backside of your book.
I used black paper to keep with the galaxy theme which will be great to journal on using a white gel pen. I used the Mini Cinch to bind the book together. You can see a full tutorial on how to use the Cinch HERE.
This is such a fun process and I love how this journal came out! It even glows in the dark!! There are so many ways to personalize this and make it your own!
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Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Have you every seen the large, decorated letters often used in fancy décor? I love the look of them and the personalized touch they add to a room, so I tried five different ways to decorate them and I love them all!
First, I prepped the letters altogether to keep it easy. I painted the sides and tops of each letter with a layer of white gesso, then a coat of white acrylic paint. The gesso helps seal the paper mache and keep it protected, while the acrylic paint is opaque enough to color the letters white. With the ‘A’, I simple added a coat of matte gel medium to the top of the letter and pressed it down on top of patterned paper with a “painted” look! This page came from Vicki Boutin’s pre-made mixed media pad. Next, I roughed up the edges when I cut it out to give it more texture and then sealed it with matte gel medium.
For the ‘R’, I decided to go wild with a few packs of Prima flowers! I adore the look and texture these florals added to this letter. I painted the top of the ‘R’ with a layer of Prima’s 3D gel medium (needs to have a pretty heavy body gel medium to get a strong hold!) and then pushed the flowers into the gel, holding it firmly until I was sure it was secure. Starting with the large florals so that I was sure they had plenty of room, then filling in the openings with smaller and smaller florals.
Up next was the ‘T’ and I thought it needed some bling! I painted the top of the letter with matte gel medium and then covered it liberally with Wow Glitter in gold! Now, this one is a project to set up and walk away from as it takes quite a while to dry, but when you come back and shake off the excess glitter, it’s stunning! You can seal in the glitter once it’s completely dry with hair spray.
With the ‘S,’ I took on an ambitious idea to fill the letter with resin flowers! Using the Prima 3D gel medium again, I painted a thick layer onto the top of the letter ‘S’ and then stuck the flowers wherever they would fit, puzzling them together to fill in the entire space! This one might be my favorite because it looks amazing!
Now, for the Y, I wanted to try something a bit different. I dug deep in my stash for some Jane Davenport tissue paper and using a thin layer of matte gel medium, affixed it to the top and sides of my letter. I added another layer of matte gel to seal it in and protect the tissue long-term. It looks like the design was drawn directly on to the letter! Such a cool effect!
I hope these crafty ideas for decorating letters inspire you to give this project a try too! You can use your initials, spell a meaningful word, or even your kids’ names! To see this project come together, check out the process video below!
Laura Alberts, ACOT Design Team
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