Tray Chic Part 3!

Well, the table is finally ready to ship off the the Maine Discovery Museum to be displayed in various storefronts in downtown Bangor Maine before being auctioned off in November. Absentee bidding will be offered for anyone not attending the auction in person, details soon on the Maine Discovery Museum’s website.

If you missed the previous instalments (and step by step how to) on this project you can see part 1 here and part 2 here, but wait, before your eyes glaze over and you start smiling and nodding I have something that may be of interest to all crafters. I will be using a product called Envirotex Lite on this table and will tell you all about it further down in this post πŸ˜‰ Now here is a pretty picture:

Here is the finished table, sorry about the crooked picture ;)

Here is the finished table, sorry about the crooked picture πŸ˜‰

That is the finished table with and without the tray in place. I “Distressed it by using aΒ  small amount of cream colored paint I made my mixing Titanium White with a touch of Burnt sienna (all paint for this project was generously donated by M. Graham & Co., thanks!) and dry brushing it across the surface with a fan brush.

Here is the finished table top

Here is the finished table top

To add a bit of flair to the table top I used 1/8″ Scor-Tape to make a border around the chess board area then pressed copper leaf over it, I used a 6″x6″ sheet to do all of this but an experienced leafer could probably get away with less πŸ™‚ Then I used DaVince style alphabet stamps (Hampton Art Stamps) and letter stamps (PSX) to label the board and add a funky design aspect. I “inked” the stamps withΒ  a foam brush and the same cream paint. Be sure to clean your stamps as soon as you are done because dried paint on a rubber stamp is a BAD thing! I defined the dark squares (and covered up any mistakes) by side loading (adding paint to one corner of a damp brush and painting to make a blended shadow) inside the brown squares. If you paint make friends with this technique!

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here is the inside view of the tray

here is the inside view of the tray

At this point all of the painting is done. I coated the table and the bottom and sides of the try with a thin coat of spray varnish. To protect the inside of the tray I used a product called EnviroTex Lite so that it will have a thick, clear heavy duty coating protecting the paint from spills and moisture. There are some things you need to know about this product before you begin:

Place what you want to varnish on a level surface, this product will level itself so you want your project some ware flat.

Have all your supplies ready, once you begin you need to be able to finish it. You will need a stirring stick, a cup with flat sides and bottom, a timer (I used my oven timer) and if you have long hair pull it back in a ponytail.

Make sure you have all your supplies ready and enough time to compleate this project!

Make sure you have all your supplies ready and enough time to compleate this project!

This is a two-part resin that need to be mixed in equal parts, mix both parts together and whip quickly for 2 minutes (use the timer). Pour the mixture on the table. For the tray I tipped it back and forth until the surface had an even coating. Set the timer for 5 minutes, you will notice little bubbles in the Envirotex, breath on the bubbles and they disappear, the carbon dioxide makes them go away.

breathing on the resin removes the bubbles...really!

breathing on the resin removes the bubbles...really!

At this point if you see anything undesirable floating in the varnish such as a piece of cat hair or a speck of glitter πŸ˜‰ you can remove it with a toothpick. Leave it on the level surface to harden overnight after that you can relocate it but give it a couple of days before you use it to make ure it is fully cured.

Mmmmm Shiny! see the light fixture reflected in the resin, man, that's glossy!

Mmmmm Shiny! see the light fixture reflected in the resin, man, that's glossy!

I think the creative possibilities with this are endless, I think I will use the leftover portion to make some cast resin beads! I’ll let you know how they turn out! Also, another thing to remember, only mix what you need for a project because once it is mixed it will harden and don’t mix more than you will use in a year or it may go bad.

Thanks for staying with my through this long post! Big thanks to the M. Graham Paint Co. for donating the paint for this project and to the Maine Discovery Museum for letting me be part of this auction again this year, thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Happy Friday!

What a day, stuck at home in an ice storm with 3 kids who just discovered Knock-Knock jokes…I’m going to be saying “Who’s There?” in my sleep tonight!

Here is a littleATC I thought I’d share:

Hampton Art, Sunday International, Making Memories

ATC by Lindsay Weirich 2008, Stamps: Hampton Art, Sunday International, Making Memories

I just got some awesome news tonight, One of my cards will be published in the oh so awesome magazine “Crafts ‘n Things” look for it in June 2009 YAY! I am actually having a rather awesome month but I’m not going to share the news just yet…Oh and be sure to stop by this week because I have freebies and lots of quick projects (and one that is a bit time consuming) for all of your last minute holiday gift giving needs. Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!

Altered Stationary Box

I bought this stationary box many years ago and knew one day I would alter it! Well that day came last week and I love the way it turned out:

Altered Stationary box by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Altered Stationary box by Lindsay Weirich 2008

My Minds Eye, Wild Asparagus Collection

Paper: My Minds Eye, Wild Asparagus Collection

Rubber stampede, Hero Arts, Hampton Art, Crafty Secrets, MSE!

Stamps: Rubber stampede, Hero Arts, Hampton Art, Crafty Secrets, MSE!

To make the realistic looking montage on the top I masked my images. It’s easy, here’s what to do. First stamp the scissor, label (both Crafty Secrets) and the Pen (Hampton Art) on a smooth cream card. Then stamp the same images on a thin scrap of paper, a post-it note works great for this, and cut them out. Then lay them over the images you stamped to keep ink from getting on them and stamp the postage (Hero Arts) again stamp the postage on a scrap, cut and place on top. Everything you have stamped is cover with a mask! Now ink up your script stamp (MSE!) and stamp over your montage randomly. The stamping part is done. You can mask any type of scene you want just remember to start by stamping the object closest to you (or on top) and work backwards.

I then colored the scene with Prismacolors and chalked the background lightly. Adding shading will make your objects “pop”, just make sure the shadows are on the same sideds, pretend that there is a lamp on shinging light on your display, the side of the stamped object that is facing the light will have no shadow and the side away from the light will. Good Luck and happy stamping (and crafting too!)

Lindsay

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