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A Whittle Winter Snowman

Happy Friday! One week today… Christmas Eve! Are you ready? I’ve got a card for today’s Random Acts of Cardness prompt, WINTER – and apart from a little drying time, it was quick and easy to make, perfect for this time of year.



This card also gave me a chance to use three new-to-me supplies – the Photoplay falling snow coverplate for my background, my whittle friendly snowman die and distress mica spray for the scarf and hat band. For my winter sky, I tried a technique Jennifer McGuire recently showcased. On Yupo paper, I added a generous amount of blender solution before adding blue alcohol pearl ink, and then smooshed a second sheet of Yupo paper on top. This definitely solves my tendency to add too much ink! I like the wind-blown look the smooshing added, as well.

For my whittle snowman (who is obviously not so “whittle’), I cut his head and body out of white cardstock, his hat and eyes from a scrap of black and his nose from an orange scrap. The hat band and scarf are from a scrap of white that I sprayed with holly branch mica spray – I’m impressed with how evenly it coats the paper and leaves a velvety shimmer. The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn tag set – I chose it as it fit perfectly on a circle the same size as my snowman’s head. 😀   It’s popped up on a circle of fun foam for a little dimension.



If you make a wintry card, I hope you’ll link it up for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the store! Have a great weekend.


Stretching My Leaf Stamps for Fall

Can you believe it? It’s the final days of September! We are well into fall where I live in Ontario, and so my prompt today for this month’s Random Acts of Cardness Challenge is LEAVES. Of course they don’t have to be autumn leaves, but to me, it seemed appropriate. Normally I would grab a maple leaf stamp or die, but I decided to challenge myself a bit and use leaves that are perhaps not designed to be used on their own:

For this card, I am using two leaf stamps from a Concord & 9th set called Filled In Florals. Using the rock ‘n roll technique, I randomly stamped my leaves down the left side of the panel, using yellow and orange Memento inks. I don’t have a deckle trimmer (psst, Santa!), so I carefully used a deckle frame die to add interest to the right edge of my panel. The sentiment is embossed with glitter embossing powder, and I added a trio of enamel dots from my stash to finish everything off.

For my second card, I decided to experiment with some alcohol lift ink!

Okay, I was actually planning to play with alcohol inks, but I’m still a total beginner with them, so my inked panel was… not pretty. I grabbed the larger of my two leaf stamps, tapped it on the alcohol lift pad, stamped it on my inked panel, and finally stamped it onto regular cardstock. My garish panel made for subtly coloured images! I like how it gives a completely different look to the leaves. Again, being a relative newbie, I now know that the process will stain your clear stamps. Word to the wise if you like to keep your stamps pristine. 😉 I kept the rest of my card simple, with a few scored lines and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Thanks a Latte.

If you decide to make a card with leaves on it, I hope you’ll add it to the Scrap ‘n Stamp challenge page on Facebook! Thanks for checking in today.

Create Art With Resin

Welcome to a new week! I’m really excited about today’s project that I have to share with you. It’s Deb here, with my word of  ‘resin’ for the Daily Challenge.  So today, I’m sharing how to create art with resin!


Most people think of resin as just a sealant. As in, create your artwork, and then pour the resin on top, to seal it.  Resin has come a long way from that! Of course it has excellent sealing properties, but today, we’re adding colour to our resin, and creating a scenic art piece.

The Ranger Clear Resin is super easy to use; it’s a simple 2 part system of resin plus hardener.  You combine half resin with half hardener – the mix must be an exact half-half ratio- and stir for 2 minutes. Then you’ve got about 30 minutes ‘working’ time before the resin starts to thicken and become unusable. Thirty minutes is plenty of time, don’t worry!

It’s important to remember that resin is toxic! Always work in a well ventilated area; have a window open, and/or a fan going. You also should always wear gloves to protect your hands. It’s also important to note that this resin is NOT FOOD SAFE, nor are alcohol inks. This means you should not use it on plates, cups, etc. that are to be eaten or served food from.


Being aware of the working time is important. Get your work space all set up & ready to go, before you mix your resin. For the beach scene we’re creating today, first use masking or painter’s tape to tape off the underside and edges of your Ranger Hard-Core Art Panel. This is to stop any dripping resin from accumulating on the sides & bottom of your panel. Next, put out 1 plastic cup for each colour, and one for mixing the clear resin.  For this piece, I mixed 1 oz. of each the resin & hardener, and mixed for 2 minutes. Next, pour some of the resin into each single cup. The amount of resin your put in each cup depends on how much of each colour you’ll need. The 4 colours we’re using are Ranger Latte, Glacier, Laguna and Snowcap.  We need less of the Latte & Snowcap, so put smaller amounts in each cup.  To colour the resin, simply add 4-6 drops of the ink into the cup with resin, and then mix.  The more ink you add, the darker the colour will be. Here’s how my set up looks, with my colours mixed, and ready to go!

Create Art With Resin

I decided that the Latte wasn’t dark enough, so I added 2 drops of Teakwood, and mixed that in. That’s the colour you see, above.  In front of the cups, you can see my Hard-Core Art Panel, with the tape on the sides.


First, start by pouring the Latte & Teakwood resin on an angle along the bottom of the panel. This is your ‘sand’ area. Use your stir stick to spread the resin from side to side. Next, pour the darker blue Glacier resin on an angle at the top of the panel. Again, use your stir stick to spread the resin. This is the darker part of the water, which is furthest away. Now, add the lighter blue Laguna resin mix in between.

Now you’re ready to add the waves! Lift some of the Snowcap resin mix with the stir stick, and drop it in a line between where the Latte/sand and the Laguna/water meet.  Now, use your heat tool or a blow dryer and direct the air on an angle, so that it pushes the ink into the resin, first away from you, and then towards you. This part is such fun! By blowing the ink & resin, it creates the cells and mixes the two, making it look like waves & foam.

Add more ‘lines’ of Snowcap resin mix into different areas of the water, creating more waves. I had ordered some tiny sea shells & starfish from Amazon to add to my piece, so now is the time to do that. Check for any air bubbles that may be trapped in the resin. You can get rid of air bubbles by holding your heat tool over them, or a butane torch, until they pop. A torch is much faster – it only takes a quick pass to pop the bubbles – but not everyone has one of these. Once you’re happy with the total look, you’re finished!

Create Art with Resin


I think the hardest part of creating art with resin is waiting for the resin to cure, or harden! You want to leave your art piece for 6-10 hours, or overnight, without touching it. If you touch it before this, you may cause indents or marks in the resin, which can’t be removed. After 6-10 hours, you should remove your masking tape. Doing it at this stage will be easiest, as any extra drips will still be a bit pliable, and easier to remove.  The resin takes a full 3 days to fully cure; meaning that you can handle it without any fear of leaving marks.


All of the work & waiting is worth it!  Stand back and admire your gorgeous artwork!

Create Art with Resin

Here’s a close up look at the cells and ‘foam’ created by the Snowcap ink.


I hope that today’s create art with resin project interested and inspired you! If  you’re like me, once you’ve tried it once, you’ll want to do it again.

All of the supplies you need to create your own resin beach scene are listed for you, below. Have fun creating, and be sure to share your project on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge page HERE! Remember to use my special DT Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, to receive 10% OFF regular priced items!

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