by Karen Bearse
Hi Resin Lovers!! Karen Bearse here, I am very excited to be joining the Resin Obsession team! We will start with my absolute favorite thing to do, a tutorial on making resin paper which we will then die cut. This is what we will be making today, pretty resin flowers. Follow my next few posts where we will explore the world of Resin Paper.
Resin supplies for the resin paper project:
• Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin A&B
• Plastic measure cups, stir stick or foam brush, rubber non-latex gloves.
• Decorative Paper Napkins &/or tissue paper.
• Craft sheet, &/or Parchment Paper.
• Eileen Hull Stitchy Flower & Leaf dies by Sizzix
• Die Pick (pokey hole tool)
Step 1: Get Your Supplies Ready
You want to have everything ready so when you start pouring the resin you don’t have to take your gloves off. Resin is sticky! Lay out a parchment sheet on a table that will be undisturbed for 24 hours. Make sure you have enough room for the papers to lay side by side with room in between. I used Resin Obsession Super Clear for this tutorial but you can also use any clear doming resin.
Paper Napkins are beautiful, plentiful, and not expensive. I love to make Resin Paper from them. There are two different results that can be achieved. If you peel the napkin pieces apart you will get one or two — usually white tissue pieces plus the printed piece. This method will result in a very translucent, paper fine resin piece. If you leave the napkin intact your Resin Paper will be thicker and a little less transparent. I used the fine piece method for my flowers.
Step 3: Mix the resin
Put gloves on and have your timer running. Mix your resin as per the instructions, 2 parts A to 1 part B and stir for 2 minutes. I have to say I like only having 1 mix using Resin Obsession and it is way less sticky than other resins. If you happen to get it on your fingers it comes off easily.
HOT TIP: If using Resin Obsession to make the resin paper a bit more pliable, mix a little less of Part B the Hardener. I used 1 oz (30ml) of Part A & 3/8oz (10ml) of Part B.
Step 4: Apply resin to the paper
Treat the napkin carefully as it can tear. Pour some resin on your craft sheet or parchment paper, then using the stir stick, spread out a thin layer approximately the same size as your tissue pieces. Lay the tissue pretty side down on top of the resin layer. Then, pour more resin on top and carefully spread using the spatula, covering the edges. This is a good way to have a bit of firmness for die cuts. If you want a thin resin paper, use a sponge or foam brush to spread the resin, which makes the paper more pliable.
Use the stir stick to peel up part of the paper and turn it over so the printed side is up. Add a little more resin so the front is nicely covered in a thin, even layer. You can already see how translucent it is.
Let dry for twenty-four hours.
Step 6: Remove the cured resin paper
Simply peel your paper off the parchment paper. Experiment with different thicknesses of resin and different papers to see unique results. A light coat of resin will give you a very cool translucent plastic like a piece of Resin Paper. The thicker the coat the more stiff the piece, almost like a laminate. This makes for a great bookmark, planner divider, or mini album cover. If using the Resin Obsession super clear resin at normal mixing strength, the thicker pieces can be broken like mica. Experiment to see which you like. I keep notes so I can look back and remember the different results. It’s Resin Science!
Step 7: Let’s make resin paper flowers!
The bonus is if your layer is not too thick you can cut it with thinlet dies to make flowers. If you have never die cut before here you will want to read my article on how to use a die cutter to cut resin papers. Simply follow the directions on your cutting machine and cut flowers out of the paper resin. Again a thin layer of resin (ie: not much thicker than a piece of paper) should cut fairly easily. I ran my dies through 2x to be sure but they cut very well. I also decided to hand cut the butterflies out. Bonus embellishments!
Ever have a project that sounds great in your head but when you go to execute it doesn’t work as well? One of the challenges with using translucent layers is sometimes the pattern gets lost. Here I added a piece of lightly patterned cardstock to my smaller flower. I inked the edges of the resin flower with archival ink so it would stand out more. Problem solved!
In this case, the cardstock flower was inked yellow to work with the silver tissue pattern. I was excited that the metallic showed through the resin loud & clear. Basically, just cut out a bunch of resin flowers & cardstock flowers then play with them to get a good result.
Step 8: Finish the flowers
Now layer your flowers however you like & using a pokey hole tool or Cropodile put a hole in the center of each flower. Add a brad to hold the layers together. You can also glue beads in the center, just have fun with decorating your flowers. Now I have a nice bunch of flowers and butterflies ready to go as I art! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and take time to make some resin flowers!! Thanks for playing with me today! You can find more tutorials on my blog karenbearse.blogspot.com.
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