Monday, November 24, 2014

StenDoodle A Necklace or Ornament for the Holidays!

Hello everyone.  Today's project has been brooding in my head for weeks now and it feels great to finally get it out!  

This project was inspired by a necklace I saw when I was at The Ink Pad, during my recent trip to NY.  It was made by Georgia L., one of their customers, and was hanging behind the register.  As soon as I saw that bezel, I knew that it was also made for a StenDoodle.

Hopefully Georgia will see this post and see how her work inspired me. 

The inspriation for this project.  An altered necklace with clock parts
made by Georgia L., hanging at The Ink Pad in NYC.

Step by Step:

1.  Die cut the hearts.  If you do not own a die cut machine, trace the inside of the die and cut out with scissors.

2.  Using various stencils from StencilGirl Products, StenDoodle your design and color with the Sharpie markers.  I then distress the edges with either Vintage Photo or Old Paper Distress ink to blend the edges. 

Below are a few samples of what I made. After I colored, I went back and adhered some crystals. 

Stencils used above: 

Lower left heart - Net, S129, by Mary Beth Shaw.

3.  Now you need to adhere the pieces to the inside of the hearts.  Apply Gel Medium to the inside of the heart and the back side of the StenDoodled design.  Place the StenDoodled design inside the heart and smooth out to remove any air bubbles. Then apply a coat of Gel Medium to the front of the StenDoodled design.  Allow to dry. Apply at least 3 coats to insure that the piece is sealed well.

4.  Now to fill the hearts with either a real resin or a faux resin, such as Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze.  For the large piece I used Ice Resin and for the smaller piece I used Glossy Accents.  Some people have a fear of resin but I have to tell you, it is a very simple process and looks fantastic when done. 

If you decide to use a resin, follow the directions on the package you are using, since you have to mix the two parts correctly.  

If you are using a faux resin such as Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze, just fill the heart and pop any air bubbles that might form. After it has fully dried, it will have settled and you will have to go back and add a bit more of the resin over what has dried.

After any air bubbles are popped, I sprinkled a bit of red and gold glass glitter on top. Then I placed on the side, covered them with box to make sure no dust settles on the pieces, and allowed them to dry for at least 12 to 24 hours.  

The glossy accents has a cloudy look until it has fully dried.  Then it will be clear.  The Ice Resin will sit clear on your piece and will also dry clear.

Hope you enjoyed this project.  It really is a very easy project to do and I hope you guys jump into using resin!

Hugs from Brasil - 


Supplies Used:

Various 6" x 6" stencils from StencilGirl Products
Fine Tip Permanent Marker (I used a Copic Multiliner 0.5)
Sharpie fine tip markers
Gel Medium 
Ice Resin or Glossy Accents
Red and Gold Crushed Glass Glitter by Stampendous
Old Paper or Vintage Photo Distress Ink w/Applicator
Die cut machine (optional)


  1. These are incredible! Great project!

  2. Great project, Michael. But I have a question. I've only used resin once in a class, so I don't know the type/brand. I could not stand the smell of the piece afterwards, and have never worn it. Over a year later, it still smells. Granted, I have a sensitive nose, but does what you used have an odor after it cures?

    1. Thanks Wendy. Honestly, I do not smell anything. The Ice Resin brand is fantastic. I have never had any odor issues using resin and wonder what brand you used. I hope you try it again.

  3. So very pretty! Great ideas for Christmas!

  4. I LOVE this! I really need to get some hands on some resin so I can try it out... these are so fun and colorful!

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