I love being introduced to new craft products and techniques. Learning and experimenting are some of my favorite things. When you have a friend that knows all the tricks, it makes learning effortless because any fear of failure is removed! Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama recently showed Laura (from Me and My INKlings) and me all her tips for EasyCast™ Clear Resin and FastCast™ White Resin. I created DIY Resin Candy Heart Gift Tags to top all of the Valentine's Day goodies that I'll be making next week. This post is sponsored by ETI-USA but the ideas and opinions are my own.
How to Make DIY Resin Candy Heart Gift Tags
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Here's what you need to make Candy Hearts from Resin:
- FastCast™ from ETI Resin
- Transparent Resin Dye, Red – ETI Resin
- Plastic Mixing Cup and Wooden Stir Stick – ETI Resin
- Conversation Candy Heart Mold
- Wooden Clothespins – Mini
- Assorted Gift Bags abd Boxes
- Americana Acrylics by DecoArt – Titanium White, Country Red
- Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner
- Decorative Papers – Red and Pink
- Paper Doilies – Pink and Red
- Parchment Paper
- Paper Trimmer
- Paper Punches – 2″ Circle, 3″ Scallop Circle
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Bone Folder
Here's how to create
To begin the DIY Resin Candy Hearts Gift Tags, gather all supplies. Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama has some great information for beginners in this blog post, Resin 101: Getting Started with Resin which will explain all the products and terminology. I was lucky and had Lindsay in person to help me through all of the steps. FastCast™ is a two-component clear urethane casting resin, which turns white once set. Easy to use, 1:1 ratio, and is odorless. Ideal for casting, quick prototyping, miniatures, models, crafting, and more. FastCast™ sets to a hard cast in approximately 10 minutes at 70°F. Once cured, FastCast™ can be drilled, sanded, shaped, and painted.
FastCast™ is a quick set resin that cures in about 10 minutes and turns from clear to white and is perfect for beginners. Lay down parchment paper to protect your work surface. Pour equal amounts of Part A and Part B by volume into the Plastic Mixing Cup, and then add 6 drops of Red Transparent Resin Dye. Mix with the wooden stir stick for approximately 1 minute, scraping the sides and bottom, and then immediately pour into the mold.
After 10-15 minutes the FastCast™ Resin will turn opaque and be set. I was able to get a lovely shade of pink by adding drops of dye. Carefully pull the mold away from the casted resin and if it releases easily then it is ready to remove from the mold. I found that using my fingers under the mold works best to pop out the cast resin. Paint the conversation candy heart messages with Country Red and a flat paintbrush using a tapping motion. Paint the scallop border with Titanium White and a small round detail brush.
Measure and cut two rectangles of paper 2″ wide by 12″ long, and fanfold both strips. Attach the strips together, end to end with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, then create a circle by attaching the remaining two ends together. Punch two circles with a 2″ wide circle punch. Apply adhesive to the wrong side of the first circle, place the fan-folded paper on top and push down from the middle to create a rosette. Apply adhesive to the second circle, place on top of the rosette, and finish with the Resin Candy Heart embellishment. Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive is five times stronger than regular adhesive runners and I love it for all of my paper crafting projects.
For a simpler accent, punch a 3″ scallop circle and a 2″ regular circle from contrasting papers. Layer them together with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, and top with a Resin Candy Heart embellishment. For the second rosette, follow the steps above with a decorative paper that already has a scalloped edge. Cut the rectangles 1.5″ wide by 12″ long for a smaller rosette with a larger pleat. Once the DIY Resin Candy Heart Gift Tags are complete, attach a small wooden clothespin to the back top center of each rosette with a glue gun. Liquid craft glue would also work, but you have to wait for it to dry.
DIY Gift Tags with Resin Candy Hearts
Attach the DIY Resin Candy Heart Gift Tags to gift bags, gift boxes, and treat sacks accented with colorful tissue paper and doilies. Fill with a special Valentine gift or favorite candy. Clip the resin candy hearts onto a ribbon to create a garland, attach them to a straw for a romantic beverage, create a lovely card, or even festive cupcake toppers for the ones you love.
Laura from Me and My INKlings is sharing the Easiest Way to Make Resin Charms using the ETI Easy Cast Clear Resin and her favorite SPRINKLES! Click through to see how she turned these little packages into tassel charms.
Lindsay of Artsy Fartsy Mama created the sweetest Conversation Candy Heart Necklace. Our resident Resin Expert, Lindsay layered both the clear Easy Cast and the white Fast Cast resins for this fantastic look.
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