How to make a mold

The past decade, I have become fascinated with making my own items.  I crave the unique and not mass produced.  I have taken carving classes, metalsmithing training, I became certified in using PMC, precious metal clay, a surface design class and the list could go on and on.  Creating my own items makes me so happy.  In one of my courses I made a turquoise focal bead.  It too me absolutely forever to make the bead, shape it into a perfect lentil and get it polished.  In the end I am very proud of my bead.  I also really liked the shape and wanted to make more of the shape.  That is when I decided to make my own mold of my piece.  I am using a product called Amazing Mold Putty by Alumilite.   Below are step by step photos on how to make your own mold.  It is really easy and really fun.  I went through a container of it two years ago when I decided I wanted to make my own texture sheets for stamping and clay.  Those pieces will come later.

Use two equal parts
Use two equal parts of A and B

 

Mix together
Mix together

 

 

Keep mixing until one solid color
Keep mixing until one solid color

 

One solid color
One solid color

 

 

 

Roll into a ball
Roll into a ball

 

 

 

Press ball into a container and add object to be molded
Press ball into a container and add object to be molded

 

 

 

Remove mold from container
Remove mold from container

 

 

 

 

 

Remove object from mold
Remove object from mold
You now have a mold of the object and can recreate as many of them as you would like using all kinds of mediums.  Part two of this project will show how to make a pendant using resin and Pinata Alcohol inks.  You can also use these molds for clay, paper clay.  They are oven safe and can also be used in making molds with food.   Only use food items in the molds you intend to use in foods.  No cross contamination.

Men’s Hunting Journal

                              Men's Hunting Journal
Men's Hunting Journal

 

Do you have a man in your life who likes to hunt?  If so a great gift is a hunting journal.  They can log their favorite spots, what animals are in the area and tips for their next visit.

For this journal I used what I think of as all natural elements, cording, corrugated paper, jute and stickers.  The other materials I used are from Paper House Productions and Worldwin Papers.

 

All Occasion Cards

Rain drops and red roses
Rain drops and red roses

 

Rain drops and red roses, and whiskers on kittens… you know how the song goes.  That is what this card reminds me of.  When I was  creating it, I wanted a card that could be sent to anyone at almost anytime.  Sometimes a card with no sentiment is needed.

For this card I actually combine two stamps from My Favorite Things Stamp company to form the person.  Normally headless and faceless stamps creep me out.  Since this one is hidden behind an umbrella I could use it.  But it bugged me that it have any legs.  That is when I decided to get really creative.  I used a flower to create the skirt and a give the card a little umph.  The coloring is sort of old school and done with my Koh I Noor pencils and a Dove Blender Pen.  I admire the use of Copic pens that is all the rage.

Make a fun fold card with Lumiere 3D Paint and Adhesive

 

Thanks! Lumiere 3D Paint and Adhesive

Making a card can be fun with different folding techniques.   For this card I used a fold that resembles a wallet.  I have also seen it called a gate fold and a fold-over card.  No matter what you call the fold it is pretty simple.  I generally use 12×12 cardstock.  I used a Sizzix die cut for this card.  To make a fold like this, cut a 5×12 strip.  Score the card at 4.5 inches from the left and 2 inches from the right.  Then fold both pieces in towards the center.   Fancy up the edge if you choose.  Add pattern paper.

 

To create the blue pearls I used Lumiere 3D Paint and Adhesive.  They add such a great shimmery effect.

 

 

 

Keep Swimming

Last week I was honored to be a part of the “Swimming for Katie” blog hop. I used the sweet little octopus image and created this fun card. I love that it’s a versatile image that can be a masculine or feminine card once you are done! 🙂 Enjoy!~

9-28-11 Keep Swimming Blog Hop - Keri Lee Sereika

 

9-28-11 Copics Used for Kate's Card - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies Used:
Octi Image & Printer
Cardstock: Paper Bag Kraft, Vanilla, Deep Blue, Kiwi Green
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye – Lime Twist: Out of the Blue
Dies: Spellbinders – Labels Three
Markers: Copic & Copic ABS – BG72, YG0000, YG00, YG03, YG63, Y21, BG0000
Glitter: Art Institute Glitter – Sassy PeeWee Kit
Twine: The Twinery – Denim & Stone
Pearls: Queen & Co – Ivory
Embellishments: Green Silk Ribbon, Stitched Navy Blue Ribbon, Button Thread (The Cat’s Pajamas), Red Button
Tools: Bow Easy

 

Make a -Thank you Sew Much- card

Thank you Sew Much
Thank you Sew Much

 

When I saw this paper by Authentique, I thought it would make a great lay out about  learning to sew.  After I found the paper, I found Maya Road chipboard that had sewing machines, dress forms, scissors and a needle.  They were perfect together.  Once the layout was finished I decided to make a card.  I think I might be able to make a couple more since I have left over chipboard and a few small scraps of the pattern paper.

To print the sentiment on the ribbon I used Duetica.com font system.  I think I am  hooked on their fonts.  The chipboard was tan and I inked it up with chalk ink.

The cardstock is from WorldWin PaperMates collection.

DIY Happy Girl Frame

Happy Girl Frame
Happy Girl Frame

 

I needed a quick gift for a friend who was stopping by. Her baby girl is the smiliest little girl ever. She calls her “happy girl.” I thought a picture frame would be perfect. I painted the frame and while it was drying I cut the paper and printed the tag. I used the Duetica DT Piper font because it has that same happy-to-be-here feeling.

Here is a tip for printing on a pre-cut tag: Print a test copy of the sentiment. Hold the the tag over the test print. If it is perfect then use removable adhesive to place the pre-cut tag over the test print and re-print. If it is the wrong size repeat this step until you get it correct. Luckily for me I got it positioned perfectly the first time.  I gave the tag dimension by adding Liquid Scrap Dots.

SUPPLIES:
Dollar frame from Michaels,
Martha Stewart Paint, KaiserCraft Paper Collection- Miss Nelly,
pearls and tag, Buttons Galore and More Sea Glass Buttons
Liquid Scrap Dots by Helmar
Duetica Font: DT Piper font

Super Simple Card Yet Full of Fun & Style – By Keri Lee Sereika

 

Last week I participated in a few hops and this card is one I did for the Operation Julie’s Smile Blog Hop. I love how simple this card is, yet I feel it’s super fun and effective. You notice the butterflies, you notice the scorelines and piercing and best of all, it took very little time to actually make. (Designing took more time than actually MAKING the entire card! LOL ) And now that I have this one done I am going to use this as a template and switch up the images and sentiment and see where it takes me! Enjoy!

 

9-29-11 OJS Blog Hop Card - Smile Laugh Giggle - Keri Lee Sereika

 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye – Stell Rose: Hazel 6×6 Pad
Stamps: Hero Arts – Anytime Messages
Ink: Tsukineko – Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
Dies: The Cat’s Pajamas – Mini Exotic Butterflies
Tools: Scor-Pal Scoring Tool; Paper Piercer
Embellishments: Dark Pink Crystal Gems

Upcycled T-shirt

Recycled t-shirt button skirt

I’m all about finding ways to turn old stuff into new. Lately I’ve been playing with a lot of Rit dye as well so when I came across a pile of old t-shirts from my oldest son, I decided to re-purpose them into something a little more girly for my daughter. Recycled t-shirt project #1 is a cute little button skirt complete with hand stitched swirls and brightly colored buttons. Because it’s an old t-shirt, it’s super soft and comfy but the new color and added embellishments make it a brand new favorite.

recycled t-shirt button skirt
Steps for making a recycled t-shirt skirt

To make this skirt you need:

  • An old t-shirt
  • Rit dye
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Buttons
  • Scissors

I created this project using buttons from Buttons Galore and shared the project on their blog. You can find the full recycled t-shirt skirt tutorial there.

If you don’t have white t-shirts on hand for this project, you can use color remover (also a Rit product) to lighten the color of the fabric instead of bleach. Make sure to always use 100% cotton fabric when dying, otherwise you might not like the results of the dying process.

What kind of cool stuff can you make with an old t-shirt and some fun buttons?

Recipe Swap – Anytime is cooking time!

Recently I participated in a Recipe Swap. In this swap each participant had to collect 30 of their favorite recipes and burn them to a CD. We were then to decorate the CD holder of our choice in any manner we chose. I went to Archivers and they had a whole section of recipe and cooking paper collections. As soon as I saw the retro images in this collection I knew what paper and what font I wanted to use. I decided to go retro, as some of the recipes I included were from my grandmother. The Duetica DT Piper font was a good mix of retro and light hearted fun, perfect for a collection of recipes that warm your tummy as well as your heart!

SUPPLIES:
Kaiser Craft Paper – Nan’s Favorites,
Clearsnap Chalk Ink – Olive Pastel,
Helmar -Liquid Scrap Dots
450 Craft Glue
CD holder (from the office supply store)
Duetica Font: DT Piper font