It’s a little tricky to write a blog post about something when you’re not even sure what to call them, but I’m going to give it a shot. And while I may not know what to call them, I sure do know them when I see them. Let me tell you, they shoot an arrow straight to this vintage-lovin’ girl’s heart. They are little resin accents that remind me of the pretty buttons I find in antique store button jars.
These resin accents come in the form of pretty-colored blossoms, birds, cameos, and more -- with a beautiful etched, almost translucent appearance. They’ve been around the jewelry world for awhile and started making an appearance in the paper crafting world sometime around last summer’s CHA show.
They are just the kind of embellishment that makes my heart go pitter-patter and freeze up all at the same time. I love them…but can I use them? Good golly, Miss Molly. They’re almost too pretty if you know what I mean. But stick with me to the end of the post and you’ll see that I managed to do it. I’ll even show you a trick for giving these little beauties the center stage they deserve.
Let’s check it.
From the jewelry world:
...to the paper crafting world:
If you’re a vintage button collector like me, you might just find some similar looking goodies nestled among the plain-jane buttons:
Buttons from my collection
So let’s take a deep breath and put some of these beauties to work, shall we? Sometimes it’s so hard to use these gorgeous little trinkets for fear that they’ll just get lost on a project. I clustered some resin flowers from American Crafts and Maya Road with a vintage button from my stash to make a big impact. Clustering works well to turn small embellishments into you-can’t-miss-me-now focal points.
I added a bit of lace, some leaves cut from felt and a trinket pin from Maya Road. And I feel better for having moved a few of these pretties out of my stash and into the light of day to be enjoyed.
So what have you been hoarding that needs to be put to use? Do you have some pretty trinkets stashed in a drawer? I challenge you to get them out and use them up! It will feel good. I promise. Be sure to link us up in the comments if you do!
Now friends, I had some time to play yesterday and I've got a make-your-own-resins tutorial up on my blog.
I had really good results with both resin and clay. Fun, fun! I've also created an additional card using one of my handmade pieces. I hope to see you there!
Baubles are beautiful,