Wall Art with Ann Butler Designs and ETI Blog Hop

Hi crafty friends! Welcome to the Ann Butler Designs and ETI Blog Hop! I hope you will find tons of inspiration with the amazing designers and projects today.

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MY PROJECT: Wall Art

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My project today is this fun piece of Wall Art using Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilting stamps, Crafter’s Reinkers, ETI Resin and several Castin’ Craft Transparent and Opaque dyes.

I’m currently in the processing of updating this large wall in our kitchen with photos and various pieces of art and decor. When I saw these wooden laser cut  pieces in a craft store, I knew I wanted to put this with my other eclectic pieces. The main colors are black and greys, so the pops of colors I’m using are dark teal, red, and yellows.

SUPPLIES:
EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
Universal Transparent Dyes in blue, green, yellow, red
Universal Opaque Dyes in white, blue, green, yellow, red
Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilting Stamps in Diamonds & Plaids
Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilting Stamps in 1″ Leaves all Over
Colorbox Crafter’s Refill by Ann Butler in Sunshine
Colorbox Surfacez Ink in black by Clearsnap
Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer/Glue
-Wooden laser cut piece – found at most craft stores. I chose what reminded me of a mandala.
-Packing tape
-Something to cover the project to keep dust away. I use two old baking sheets.
-white cardstock
-heat gun
-two paint brushes (I used foam brushes)

Here are my steps:

  1. Paint the wooden piece using the Crafter’s Refill in sunshine. I put a few drops on a paper plate, then painted on with a brush. A little goes a long way. Once covering the entire piece, I used a heat gun to set the ink.

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2. Next, I randomly stamped some of the faux quilting images on white cardstock, using Colorbox Surfacez black ink. Then, using the ETI Ultra Seal, brush a thin coat across the images. Once this dries, apply a second coat in the opposite direction. I do this because once the resin is applied on top of an image, mine have a tendency to either bleed, or the ink becomes almost transparent. The Ultra Seal allows it to “seal” the image and will be as crisp/clear as it originally looks.

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3.  After the stamped images were dry, I cut them and adhered them to the back side of the laser cut wood piece. This was a tedious process. The easiest way I found to achieve the look I was going for was to take a pencil and trace the area, then cut that piece out. I then brushed a little Ultra Seal on the back side of the wood, and placed the stamped image. Ultra Seal is not only used for a sealer, but works great as a glue. I LOVE products that have multi uses and this is great (it also is a wonderful decoupage)!! Set this piece aside before working with the resin.

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4. Before you start to mix the resin, you will need to do some work to your piece. As you can see, this wooden piece does not have a backing to hold the resin. To compensate for that, you can use good ole’ fashion packing tape. I use a standard packing tape, which is about 2″ wide.  Pull a piece of tape a bit longer than your object and tape to the bottom side. I overlap tap until I cover the entire piece. I then lay tape again in the opposite direction. I only do this as a precaution. You want to make sure your tape is really firm and stuck to the bottom of the piece. This can be a bit tricky. If it’s not adhered tight enough, the resin WILL start seeping out (yes, I do know from experience).

5. Prepare the ETI Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy. This is a 2 ingredient/component process (there are great instructions included in the package and if you follow these steps, the resin turns out beautiful). Pour equal amounts of the resin and hardener and blend, following the instructions exactly! I started with one ounce of each, which is what fits in the small cups provided.  You mix the two together for 2 full minutes. Then transfer the resin mixture to a clean cup, and use a clean stir stick to mix again for 1 more minute. It will now be ready to use. I split this into 3 cups in order to mix colors. I did this same process all over again, so I could have 6 different colors. If you’re asking why I didn’t do it all at once – well, I wanted to do in smaller increments to be able to mix more easily, plus I only had the small cups. 🙂

I found out the first time I worked with this product, it is very beneficial to ensure your work area is  between 70-85 degrees F, and the EasyCast® should be around 75F. I live in MN, and even though it’s still March, our temps can be a bit on the low side (plus my crafting area is in the basement, which tends to be cooler). In order to bring them to temp, I placed them in a container of warm water for about 10 minutes. That works every time for me.

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5. The fun part is to mix colors. As noted above, I wanted shades of red, yellow and dark teal. The ETI Universal Dyes come in both transparent and opaque. The red color is a bit brighter than what I want, so I added a drop of green to enhance. To get the dark teal, I continued adding drops of blue, green and then a little white.

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6. Place your piece on the first baking tray/cookie sheet. I use a toothpick to pick up my resin and drop in each hole. This can be a little time consuming, especially if you have multiple openings and multiple colors as I do.
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7. Cover your project. As mentioned, I use a cookie sheet. It was already sitting on one cookie sheet while I was placing the resin in, and just top it with a second. This prevents any dust getting on your project.

NOW, this needs to sit at least 24 hours to get firm. Don’t touch with your finger or with other objects, as it will leave an imprint.

8. After the project is completely hardened, you will want to remove the tape from the back. I just do this slowly. You may have a slight foggy look from where the tape has been adhered. If needed, I used a mild sandpaper to clean up any areas.

That’s it! I really like how it turned out. If you look really closely, you will notice that the resin and some colors bled a little through the wood grain. I started to ‘repaint’ yellow ink to cover it up, but the more I looked at it, the more I like the imperfections.
I’ll be adding to my photo wall soon. I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for joining us for the ETI and Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop!

Please check out the other great projects at the blogs below:

Ann Butler
Beth Watson
Einat Kessler
Irit Shalom
Larissa Pittman
Madeline Arendt
Paula DeReamer *YOU ARE HERE*
Steph Ackerman
Tammy Santana
Vishu Reberholt

 

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