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Dollar Store “Outside the Frame” Artwork

12-13-13 Cool2Cast Dollar Store Outside the Frame Tiffany Windsor

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Is it time to freshen up your home decor accents? How about some easy DIY gifts for the holidays? It’s easy to create coordinating framed artwork with dollar store frames. Thinking “outside the frame”, Tiffany Windsor filled these frames with burlap and fabrics and topped them with Cool2Cast architectural accents. Pretty cool to customize for any home decor style! Click to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial for step-by-steps, hints and tips on this project!

Materials

Dollar store frames
Fabric, burlap
Scissors
Large dimensional embellishments of your choice or Cool2Cast pre-poured pieces (if you are purchasing uncolored pieces, you will need alcohol ink and Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to color your piece)
e6000 Glue

1. Remove the back from frame. Cut burlap and fabric strip to fit inside frame. Replace back on frame.

2. Glue embellishment to front of glass. Let dry completely.

3. Hang or display on tabletop.

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Cool2Cast Holly Leaves Wreath

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Cool2Cast takes on a festive holiday look with leaves and holly berries. Created by Tiffany Windsor using the Wilton Pumpkins and Leaves silicone mold, this wreath features vivid greens and bright berries on a ribbon wrapped foam board base. A pretty addition to your holiday decor.  For more hints, tips and techniques on this project, click to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial! For more ideas, visit the Cool2Cast website.

Materials

Cool2Cast – available in the polymer clay section at Michaels or on-line
Water and measuring cups
Wilton Pumpkins and Leaves Silicone Mold (I used 12 leaves on wreath)
Half-round Cool2Cast shapes (for holly berries and spacers)
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Meadow, Lettuce, Cranberry
Soft bristle brush (I use kids craft brushes to apply alcohol inks)
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
e6000 Glue
Ribbon
Scissors
Foamboard
Craft knife
Wire (for hanger)

1. Create leaves and half-rounds from Cool2Cast. (Follow package directions to mix and pour or check out the video tutorials at www.cool2cast.com.) Let dry completely.

2. Apply Meadow and Lettuce alcohol inks to leaves directly from bottle. This will give you a very intense color. Vary the colors for shading and highlights.

3. Mix drops of Lettuce with water and brush on to 6 of the half-round spacers. Apply Cranberry directly from bottle to 6 of the half-rounds to create holly berries. Let ink dry.

4. Apply Crystal Lacquer directly from bottle to flat surface of leaves. You want a nice thick coat. Apply to berries (when working on curved surfaces, just apply with fingertip.) Set aside to dry overnight.

5. Measure, mark and cut approximate 9″ circle from foamboard. Cut approximate 3″ circle from center. (You can vary the size of your wreath depending on the look you want to create. Just lay out your leaves in different patterns to decide on size of finished wreath.)

6. Apply a dab of glue to the end of ribbon and glue to back of foam board. Begin to wrap ribbon around and around the wreath shape pulling tightly as you wrap. Cut off excess ribbon and glue end to back of wreath.

7. Arrange leaves on front of wreath, spacing to create two overlapping layers. (6 leaves on each layer).  Glue first layer to ribbon wreath.

8. Glue half-round spacers between leaves. (These spacers will help to level the second row of leaves.)

9. Apply glue to top of spacers and ends of middle leaves. Press in place to create second layer.

10. Apply glue to back of berries and glue in place. Set aside to dry.

11. To create hanger, cut 3″ strip of ribbon. Twist wire into loop, crossing wires and twisting several times. Spread wire ends perpendicular to loop. Positioning so that loop appears above ribbon edge, glue wire to back of ribbon. Glue ribbon to center top back of wreath. Let dry.

12. Display indoors.

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Cool2Cast Fall Leaves Mini Wreath

Cool2Cast Fall Leaves Mini Wreath Tiffany Windsor

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Capture the beautiful and rich colors of fall in a colors-of-fall leaves mini wreath. Cool2Cast leaves circle a foam board wreath that is quick and easy to create. A beautiful addition to your fall wall or tabletop decor.  Watch the YouTube video tutorial – How to Make a Cool2Cast Fall Leaf Mini Wreath.10 18 13 Wreath on Wall wit Cool2Cast Fall Leaves Mini Wreath

Materials

Cool2Cast Leaves (watch this video tutorial on how to pour and color the leaves made with Cool2Cast, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Wilton Pumpkin & Leaves silicone mold)
Foam board
Circle templates (one for outside dimension of wreath, and one for inside dimension) – The difference in size should leave about a 1-1/2″ – 2″ circle wreath. I just grabbed some circles in my studio – a water pitcher lid and a glass vase.
Pencil
Craft knife
Ribbon (length will depend on size of wreath)
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets
Non-stick Scissors
E6000 Glue

1. To create wreath shape, place largest circle template onto foam board and trace around with pencil.

2. Center smaller template and trace with pencil. Cut along both pattern lines with craft knife to create wreath shape.

3. Cut and apply a piece of Peel & Stick to end of ribbon. Remove backing paper and press end of ribbon on back of wreath. Be sure to place at an angle so that ribbon will lay flat while wrapping.

4. Continue wrapping ribbon around wreath until entire foam board is covered. Cut off excess ribbon and use Peel & Stick to hold end of ribbon in place on back of wreath.

5. Cut an approximate 6″ length of ribbon for hanger. Use Peel & Stick to hold cut ends together and another piece to glue hanger to back of wreath.

6. Arrange leaves around circle. Use E6000 to glue Cool2Cast leaves onto front of ribbon wreath. Let dry completely before hanging.

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Silver Leaf Fall Earrings and Ring by Savannah Starr

Silver Fall Leaf Earrings by Savannah Starr

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Savannah Starr is falling for fall! Fall leaves covered with Cool2Cast are a beautiful fashion statement for your fall wardrobe. Paint the Cool2Cast the color of your choice and finish with silver (or gold) leafing and you have a fabulous ring and earrings. Watch Savannah’s super cool Silver Leaf Earring YouTube video tutorial.

Materials

Fall silk leaves
Wax paper
Cool2Cast
Plastic zip top bag and water
Measuring cup(s)
Scissors
Small palette knife
Gift card or cardboard squeegee
Craft knife
Acrylic paint and brush
Jewelry findings – ring, fish hook earrings
Jewelry wire
Silver leaf and adhesive
Soft brush (to burnish silver leaf)
Adhesive brush

Instructions

1. Remove plastic from back of leaf.

2. Lay leaf on wax paper, right side up.

3. Mix small batch of Cool2Cast according to package directions.

4. Let set for about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken slightly.

5. Snip one small corner from bottom of bag.

6. Pour Cool2Cast over leaf until entire leaf is covered. (If you are creating more than one leaf, be sure to pour Cool2Cast over all leaves at this time because you cannot save a mixed batch.)

7. Use palette knife to lift leaf to move it to a clean spot on wax paper.

8. Slightly shake wax paper to help Cool2Cast to flatten on leaf.

9. Let set for about 5 minutes.

10. Use card to mark veins in Cool2Cast.

11. Let dry completely. (Note: To create earrings, cut wire approximately 3″ longer that size of leaf from top to bottom. Shape one end of wire into eye hook. Bend other end at bottom of leaf, bend up excess and twist to create a pretty wire leaf stem. After you have poured your Cool2Cast over the silk leaf, place the wire into the Cool2Cast and leave undisturbed until dry.)

12. Lift dried leaf from wax paper. Following pattern from back side of leaf (the silk flower leaf), use craft knife to carefully scrape away excess Cool2Cast to create crisp pattern line of leaf.

13. Paint Cool2Cast leaf with acrylic paint. Let dry.

14. Brush adhesive onto front of leaf leaving small areas with no adhesive. Let adhesive dry until clear (it will still be very sticky.)

15. Lay silver leaf into adhesive and use soft brush to burnish away any excess leaf. (Save excess silver leaf by placing back into original package.)

16. Glue ring finding onto back of finished leaf or add jump ring and fish hook earring hooks to create earrings.


 

Cool2Cast: How to Pour into Bezels

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I’m excited to share the newest video in my Cool2Cast series! In this video I show you how to pour Cool2Cast into bezels. There are lots of cool bezels available in the jewelry department of your favorite craft stores or how about these cool hat pin bezels from Spellbinders! What’s so cool about Cool2Cast is that you only need to mix as much or as little as you need and you can color with alcohol inks, watercolors, specialty paints, nail polish, acrylic paints and your favorite color mediums! Stamp, embed, emboss and lots more! Cool2Cast is available in almost all Michaels stores (polymer clay department) or on-line.

Watch Tiffany’s Cool2Cast: How to Pour into Bezels YouTube video.

Filmed on location at MakeLab YouTubeSpace LA.

 


 

Celebrating the Nationwide Launch of Cool2Cast at Michaels!

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I’m SOOOOOOOO excited to announce the nationwide launch of Cool2Cast at all Michaels stores! I’m celebrating the kick-off at the Grand Opening Event at Michaels One West Side, 11260 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90064 (Santa Monica). The ribbon cutting ceremony kicks off the day’s events at 9:45 am. The crafting tent will be open from 10 am – 2 pm so be sure to stop by my Cool2Cast demo table and find out how VERSATILE this casting medium is! Michaels is offering gift cards to the 1st 100 people in line, there are hourly prize raffles and a prize wheel where you can win Cool2Cast and a lot more! Can’t wait to see all my creative friends!!

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Look for Cool2Cast in the polymer clay department at your local Michaels!! Visit our NEW Cool2Cast website for ideas, info and subscribe for all the news!


 

Cool2Cast Dipped Bird by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shows how to dip a decorative bird into Cool2Cast to create a hard surface great for painting, decoupage, alcohol ink or your favorite colorant.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Cool2Cast Dipped Birds YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Cool2Cast (available at www.shopcool2craft.com or at Michaels (in the polymer clay department)
Water & measuring cup
Zip top plastic bag
Decorative bird (with wire or clip)
Styrofoam (to insert bird into while Cool2Cast is drying)

1. Mix a small batch of Cool2Cast in zip bag according to package instructions.

2. Open bag and holding bird by wire, dip into wet Cool2Cast. (Note: if you wait about 5 minutes after mixing Cool2Cast, it will begin to thicken slightly which will give you a thicker coating when dipping.)

3. Carefully pull bird out of bag and place wire into Styrofoam until dry (should be dry to touch within 1 hour). (If you have additional Cool2Cast left in the bag, immediately pour it into molds so that you can use every drop before it dries.)

4. When bird is completely dry, you can decorate with decoupage, paint, alcohol inks or colorants of your choice.

Want to purchase a pre-dipped bird – click here!

Watch EcoHeidi’s video tutorial to learn more about how to create with your birds!

 

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Mixed Media Cool2Cast Bird by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers decorates a Cool2Cast bird with decorated tissue paper. WOW! Embossing Powders add a new dimension of design and sparkle on hand-painted tissue and card stock.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Mixed Media Cool2Cast YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Cool2Cast dipped bird (pre-dipped bird available for purchase at www.shopcool2craft.com – or watch video tutorial to make your own)
Handpainted tissue paper
Handpainted card stock
Rubber stamp (design of your choice)
WOW! Embossing Powders and glitters
Heat gun
Embossing ink
Aleene’s Decoupage – Matte
Paint brush
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Flat back beads (black – for eyes)

1. Stamp design onto painted tissue paper and sprinkle with white embossing powder. Shake off excess powder. Use heat gun to melt powder. Let cool.

2. Sprinkle embossing powder and glitter onto painted cardstock in shape of wing. Using heat gun, heat powder from underneath card. (Applying the heat from underneath will keep it from being blown off the card.) Let cool. Repeat to create second wing.

3. Rip card into wing shape.

4. Tear handpainted tissue and embossed tissue into small pieces.

5. Using decoupage medium, cover entire bird with tissue. (If desired, glue piece of embossed tissue onto wings.) Let dry.

6. Glue wings in place with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Let dry.

7. Glue beads in place for eyes. Let dry.

Watch EcoHeidi’s video tutorial to learn more about how to display your birds!

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Mixed Media Shoes with Birds in Nests by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers transforms a thrift store high heel into a super cool mixed media shoe. Covered with hand-colored and embossed tissue papers, this shoe makes an artsy door stop.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Mixed Media Shoes YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Decoupage – Gloss
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
High heel shoe
Papers – book pages, handpainted tissue, gold metallic tissue, corrugated cardboard, embossed tissue, paper shreds
Decorated novelty birds (dipped in Cool2Cast – see instructions and video here)
Acrylic paint mixed with water (for paper shreds nest) (or thinned alcohol inks)
Spray bottle(s) for acrylic paint – or- use pre-mixed spray fabric paints
Wax paper
Beads – micro, small and medium (to glue onto shoe)
Brick

1. Tear book pages into strips approximately 1″ x 3″.

2. Brush Decoupage onto back of strip and onto shoe. Place strip onto shoe and brush coat of Decoupage over page. Continue until the entire shoe is covered with book strips. Let dry.

3. Tear hand-painted tissue into pieces and use Decoupage glue to glue them in place over shoe. If desired, leave some of the book page words showing through. Let dry.

4. Watch Heidi’s video to learn how to decorate the bird(s).

5. Place wax paper on work surface. Sprinkle shreds on wax paper. Spray paper shreds desired colors. Let dry.

6. Shape paper shreds into nest. Glue in place in shoe.

7. Glue bird(s) into nest(s).

8. Decorate brick with decoupage papers. Let dry.

9. Glue shoe onto brick. Let dry.

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Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Cover by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers transforms a cardboard tree shape into a Cool2Cast green man. With this Cool2Cast pouring technique, you can create the look of textured bark.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Cool2Cast Green Man Journal YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials

Cool2Cast (available at ShopCool2Craft.com or available at all Michaels stores (in polymer clay department) Jar Hero1 Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Cover by EcoHeidi Borchersafter 6/1/13)
Cereal box cardboard
Tree Pattern – Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Heidi Borchers
Pencil
Scissors
Non-stick foil (large enough to catch over-spill when pouring Cool2Cast over cardboard tree)
Plastic zip bag
Water
Measuring cup
Face mold (old man or Santa face molds work well)
Spatula
Wax paper
Craft knife
Alcohol inks (browns, greens, rust)
Rubbing alcohol
Brush
Journal covers (I cut my journal from mat board)
Paper (for inside journal)
Custom painted tissue papers (to collage onto journal cover)
Heavy duty hole punch (to punch binding holes in journal covers)
Ribbon (to bind journal covers and papers together)
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage – matte or gloss finish
Brush (for decoupage)
Embellishments – handmade paper,small and medium beads, micro beads, sheet moss, birds, wire spirals

1. Place foil onto level work surface.

2. Cut tree pattern from cereal box and place on foil.

3. Mix approximately 1 cup batch of Cool2cast in zip bag according to package directions. Snip bottom corner of bag to create pour spout.

4. Pour Cool2Cast over cardboard tree. You will notice that the cardboard absorbs the water very quickly so the Cool2Cast will start to solidify quickly.

5. Pour excess Cool2Cast into face mold (and other small molds if you have additional remaining). Tap the molds to release any trapped bubbles and set the face molds aside to dry for approximately 1 hour.

6. Use spatula to start smoothing and spreading Cool2Cast to cover all areas of cardboard tree. Your Cool2Cast should be solidifying at this point.

7. Use spatula to lift tree from foil and move onto clean piece of wax paper.

8. Use tip of spatula to draw bark lines into Cool2Cast. Set aside to dry for several hours.

9. When your Cool2Cast face is set, unmold and place on foil.

10. Mix a small batch of Cool2Cast and pour a small circle onto foil. Carefully place the face into the wet puddle of Cool2Cast. Let dry undisturbed. (Note: if you are using the Santa Clause face mold, you will also want to pour Cool2Cast over his hat area so that he transforms into a green man.)

11. When your tree is dry, remove from wax paper. Clean up any rough branch edges with craft knife. Place tree back onto clean wax paper.

12. Apply alcohol inks either directly from bottle or dilute with alcohol and brush on. Layer colors or spray with alcohol for interesting effects. Repeat technique to color green man face. Let dry.Green Man Journal full crop2 Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Cover by EcoHeidi Borchers

13. Use Aleene’s Decoupage to collage handmade papers onto journal cover. Let dry.

14. Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue to glue tree in place on journal cover. Glue face in place on tree.

15. Use glue to apply beads, wire, moss around tree branches and around green man face. Let dry.

16. Bind covers and papers together with ribbon. Tie ribbon in bow and add beads to ribbon streams.

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