How to make resin paper
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 in August & September where we will explore the world of Resin Paper.
• 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)
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 Easy Cast Clear Cast or Amazing Clear Cast. If you used the last 2 products you do not need to adjust measurements as they are not as hard when cured as the Resin Obsession Super Clear.
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 & it is way less sticky then other resins so if you happen to get it on your fingers it comes of easily. HOT TIP: If using Resin Obsession to make the resin result a bit more pliable for paper mix a little less of Part B the Hardener. I used 1 oz (30ml) of Part A & 3/8oz (10ml) of Part B.
Paper Napkins are beautiful, plentiful & not expensive. I love to make Resin Paper from them. There are 2 different results that can be achieved. If you peel the napkin pieces apart you will get 1 or 2 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 & a little less transparent. I used the fine piece method for my flowers.
First, the napkin needs to be treated carefully as it can tear. Next, pour some resin on your craft sheet or parchment paper and 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 some 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 or if you just want a thin resin paper, use a sponge or foam brush to spread the resin very thinly 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 24 hours. Simply peel your paper off the parchment paper. Touching to see if it is cured earlier will result in a sticky finger! Experiment with different thicknesses of resin & different papers to see the unique results. A light coat of resin will give you a very cool translucent plastic like piece of Resin Paper. The thicker the coat the more stiff the piece, almost like a laminate. This makes for a great book mark, planner divider or mini album cover. If using Resin Obsession 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 & remember the different results. It’s Resin Science!
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 is the Sizzix 101, a great place to start. Simply follow the directions on your cutting machine & 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!
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 & butterflies ready to go as I art! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & 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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