Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Choose To Shine

Hi everyone! Melissa here for Shimmerz Paints, with my second page for June! 
I discovered a new favorite color, called Christmas Cheer Shimmerz. I used it all around the page, and splattered it on as well. It tied the other colors together, with its shimmery, golden yellow tones. I love using gold as a neutral color, I usually use gold mica powder, but the Christmas Cheer had just the exact color and shimmer that I needed. 






To make this page I used paper by 49 and Market. I arranged the chipboard and flowers around the photo, and took a photo for reference. I took things apart so I could work on the chipboard,
and painted them with Green Olive Shimmerz. When dry, I put on a layer of Miner Miner, 49er Inklingz. I painted on a thick layer of Clear Rock Candy Crackle, and when dry brushed on a little gold mica powder. I glued them on the page, and started adding the embellishments. 
To add visual interest I added micro beads, seed beads, glass glitter,glitter glue, distress glitter glue, distress glitter,mica flakes,tulle, Prima flowers,sequins,dried flowers,lichens,birch bark, gold leaf, pearls, charms,Tim Holtz metal,  and metal and bling from my stash.



I used Pugnacious Purple,and Imperial Amethyst Inklingz around the page on the watercolor mat. I rubbed on gold mica powder in various places on the mat and page.





There are a few layers of clear glass glitter, gesso, and paint to the right of the photo. All of the white in the background is Tidy Widy. It's shiny, and has a nice, thick, creamy texture that would also be perfect for stencil work.





The sticker titles are from 7 Dots.



I used some Shimmerz stamps:




The lavender butterfly to the left of the photo is from Reneabouquets.

If you write my name in the comments section when you order, you can get a surprise freebie!



Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, June 18, 2018

"You are the cutest" Scrapbooking Layout | Simone Schermann


Hello Shimmerz Fans. Have you ever been in a creative rut? Or just knew you wanted to create but didn't exactly know what? That was me today. I didn't know what to create and didn't know where to start and when I stumbled across this sketch created by Laura Whitaker, I knew I would use it as a starting point for my layout.


I dove into my stash looking for a photo that had the right size and then papers that lend themselves easily for fussy cutting. That's when I found several of the Shimelle "Glitter Girl" papers and especially a hexagon paper in my favorite colors. It is so much easier to create within your favorite colors so that's what I chose. I also had the idea to use colored cardstock as my background paper and then creating a backdrop for my mixed media by using white gesso.


And then I just went for it. No more thinking about it, no more excuses: I completely forgot the world around me and did one step after the other. After preparing my background with gesso and waiting for that to dry, I laid out the photo and started working on getting an idea of the design on top. I loosely used the sketch for my design elements: there was a tag behind the photo sticking out on top. There were flowers on the bottom left and top right. I worked on my title and put it onto wax paper for later. When the gesso was dry, I chose my sprays and paints and used the packaging technique and paint splatters to add color. The last step was putting it all together and adding details.


What a great experience again. I just love being in this creative headspace where it feels as if I was in a parallel universe for the time being. Here is a link to my process video on youtube. If you place an order in the Shimmerz Store, don't forget to mention my name Simone in the comments at checkout to receive a free mini surprise product! Thanks for stopping by today!

SUPPLIES:
Creameez - Boogie Boardin' Blue, Ride the Tide, Lettuce Get Together, Witches Blue
Shimmerz - Key Lime
Vibez - Jeni B Blue, Grape Escape, Blue Jeans
Coloringz - Oh Say Can You Sea, Night Moves

Designer of the Week!

Hi friendz! Samantha Robles here sharing a new feature we would like to introduce as Designer of the Week. We are so incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful team. We're even more thankful and blessed that our team is just as passionate about Shimmerz Paints than our customers and readers are. So without further a do, let's kick off this post today with our first Designer: Amanda Jayne Baldwin.

 Amanda is such a wonderful addition to our team. She's been with us since 2017. She's always such a positive energy, encouraging other teammates in their work and love for Shimmerz. We've been so grateful to have her with us. She always knows how to make everyone smile and gives them that boost of shimmery love. Amanda will now also be a member of our Youtube Education Team. Make sure you subscribe to our channel to catch her very first video with us soon!

 Let's get to know Amanda a little bit:

Amanda, How long have you been designing? 
That's a tricky one... I think I was born with a paintbrush in my hand, and am a children's Visual Arts Educator by trade, so it feels like forever!  In terms of designing for the scrapbook and papercraft industry, I started in 2014. 

What would you say your designing style is? 
Fresh, & contemporary with a feminine twist. I love playing with color, and maintaining a 'clean' mixed media look. 

Who inspires your work? 
My children are definitely my muses! But inspiration is everywhere! 

 Bright colors or neutral colors? 
Bright, or pastels!

What is your favorite Shimmerz Paints color(s)?
Gosh, I heart them all! But Vibez Jeni Be Bleu, Spritz Sapphire, Dazzlerz Sea U In The Morning & Shimmerz Pool Me Close are on my 'never let them run out!' list! LOL! 

What is your favorite Shimmerz Paints Product(s)?
Again, I seriously love them ALL! They all have such beautiful shimmer and color pigmentation! If your new to Shimmerz Paints I'd recommend starting with Shimmerz for paint, Vibez for mist & Dazzlerz for paste - simply because these products are so user friendly & have such dramatic results. But as for me, I NEED them all! 

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is starting to learn how to design?
Excellent photography & styling skills is a must!
(AMEN GIRLFRIEND!)

What do you love about being with the Shimmerz Paints Team? 
Obviously the products! But also, the fact that I talk about my 'Shimmerz Family' is evidence of how awesome this company is to create for!

What is one fun fact about you or your work that you would like to share with our readers? 
I'm getting super close to sharing process videos on my YT channel & I can't wait to share some more Shimmerz love with you all!       

Don't you just love her?! Here are some of Amanda's favorite Shimmerz Paints Projects she's shared with us. We love that Amanda is not afraid of color and fun.




Make sure you follow Amanda right here on the Shimmerz Paints blog, as well as over on here Instagram

Thanks everyone! Have a shimmery day <3

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shimmerz & Cut Files | Missy Whidden

Hello again, Shimmerz friends!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share.  I began this page with a fun cut file.  I cut Paige Evans' Folded Circles cut file on white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  Before peeling everything off the cutting mat, I covered the entire sheet with various Shimmerz.  I used lots of pinks, oranges, blues and golds including Coloringz, Vibez, Shimmerz (original paints) and Inklingz.  (I'll list all the colors I used below).  I basically sprayed, splattered and scraped the paints and inks all over the paper and let it dry.  Once I peeled all the circles off, I used the score lines on the circles to fold the edges up.  I love how it all turned out!


In the beginning, it seemed like I was just making a big colorful mess.  That's the fun part of coloring a plain cut file.  When you peel it up, it turns into magic.  I made the circles different sizes so I could create a collage or a mosaic type of design with them.


Here you can really see the shimmer and shine from all the paints.  After I used the sprays, I coated a few areas with some of the original Shimmerz Paints in two of the newest colors: Pool Me Closer and Pink-o de Mayo.  I also painted on some Bumbly Bee and Candlelight for extra gold shine.  Those gold splatters on the left there are from Inklingz Miner Miner 49er.


I really love the texture and dimension of these circles.  Look at all that shiny shimmer!  So pretty.


I didn't go too heavy with embellishments since the circles took up most of the page.  I used some Amy Tangerine clear stickers around the photo as well as some tangled thread.


Another look at the pretty shimmer here...the Candlelight and Miner Miner 49er really shine in the light.


I used more Amy Tangerine hearts here on the right side of the picture.  I mixed and matched some gold Thickers with some Amy Tangerine chipboard for my title.


Here's one last close-up of all the colors and texture.


I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next project.  This idea allows you to "make a mess" first and then make it more of a controlled look by using the cut file.  It's really fun to do!  I have a process video here showing how I made it all come together.



Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"Happy" ... a Girly layout with Sandi

Hello, Shimmerz fans! 

Sandi here with you today sharing my most recent Shimmerz DT project! 

I have a sweet girly layout that has been sitting on my desk for a few days until I had a chance to find some creative time! We have a new puppy at our house and things have been a little hectic! :)


"Happy"

I had some inky fun with my background after applying a layer of clear gesso. Super heavy gesso was pushed through a stencil to create some texture and then I applied the Plum Pudding Spritz heavily throughout using a "transfer" technique. My chipboard pieces (Creative Embellishments) were colorized with the gorgeous Peacocks Plume Shimmerz.



Next I began building my layers and adding my photo. Because I had a ton of florals left over from a previous kit I'd been using, I decide to go BIG and add them all! Also tucked in were some die cuts pieces, cheesecloth, twine and a flair button from Creative Embellishments. 


Once everything was in place, I enhanced the focal point with more of the Plum Pudding Spritz using a brush and blending it in, Then I splattered using the remaining 3 Shimmerz colors: Lilac Blossom ShimmerzRoyal Purple Shimmerz and Limoncello Shimmerz. Limoncello was also used to highlight some of the florals. It's a great new color! 


My very last step was to add some purple prills for additional texture.



I'm so glad that you came by today! 
For a FREE Shimmerz product, please add SANDI to the memo line on your order. 
See you next time! 

Sandi

Shimmerz Products used: