March is almost here, which means that before you know it, it’ll be St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re short on green in your wardrobe and worried about avoiding all of those pinching fingers, this project is for you! If you’ve never worked with resin before, this is also a fun and easy project to introduce you to one of my favorite craft supplies. It’s the secret ingredient that takes this project from looking like a stamped piece of paper to looking like real, non-paper jewelry!
I am a member of the PSA Essentials Design Team. I received complimentary PSA Essentials products in exchange for creating project ideas.
You will need:
- Rubber stamps*
- Circle punch
- Spray enamel (clear spray paint)
- Mod Podge
- Resin kit
*I used stamps from two different PSA Essentials sets; the shamrock center from the Happy Holidays set and the starburst-y outer ring from the Super Star set.
Start by stamping your image onto cardstock and punching the image out with a circle punch. I used a two-color ink pad in my PSA Essentials stamper to get both the lime green shamrock and the teal border at the same time – one of my favorite features of these stamps!
If you are using ink that is water soluble, you will need to seal the image before you move on in order to keep the ink from bleeding. (If you aren’t sure, stamp your image on scrap paper and test it by brushing it with a coat of Mod Podge. If the colors don’t stay put, you will definitely want to seal it! You can do so by spraying the piece with several light coats of clear spray enamel. You may also wish to seal the back side of the paper, just in case it happens to come into contact with moisture from behind.
Cut a length of yarn and saturate it with Mod Podge. Paint a medium-thick coat of Mod Podge over the stamped image, then carefully place the yarn around the outside edge of the image. Let the Mod Podge dry, then seal the yarn to the paper with a second coat of Mod Podge, paying special attention to the crevice between the yarn and the paper. You want to make sure it is very well sealed so that in the next step, the resin does not leak out!
Carefully mix the resin according to the directions on the package. You’ll only need a small amount for this project, and it’s usually easier to mix slightly larger batches of the resin, so you may find it best to make several pins at once. Once the resin is mixed, carefully pour it over the stamped image. Be careful not to over-fill with resin; as it sets it will self-level and if you add too much it may spill over the yarn border and make a mess, and we don’t want that! Still following the directions on the package, remove any air bubbles that form on the surface as the resin begins to set. Allow the piece to sit in a warm, dust-free place for 24 hours until the resin is completely cured.
Use hot glue to attach a pin to the back side of the resin-filled piece. It’s ready to wear and keep those pinches at bay!
See more great ideas using PSA Essentials rubber stamps at the PSA Stamp Camp blog!
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