Monday, August 21, 2017

Live your dream with passion, mixed media project with Astrid

Hello Shimmerz friends, - today I have a a project to share with you using a Tim Holtz etc tag as my substrate
These tags are huge, made from thick chipboard like stuff and I had great fun playing with the following Shimmerz products:
Spritz Treasured Hymn
Coloringz: Chocolate Brownie
Vibez: Before Dawn.
Below a few process photos:
Cover the tag with gesso and when dry some crackle paste. Add base colour with brown toned acrylic paint, then play around with the sprays until you are happy with the result. Finally add some stencilling and splatters using gesso.

Next create focal embellishment, - a butterfly. To create this effect I stamped a Tim Holtz stamped into triple embossed bronze embossing powder using black archival ink, Once dry I then deepened the colour using by sprays,
Next I layered everything up using a background panel, made from scrapbook paper, covered with a thin layer of gesso and then enhanced with the Treasured Hymn spray. I added a pen nib to the centre of the butterfly, again first given a light coat of acrylic and then deepened the colour with the sprays.
A stamped sentiment and and metal crown embellishment finished it all off.

Well, that's it for today. Don't forget our incentive programme, you can find the details below:

Thanks for your visit like always and happy creating!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

#Right Now | Katty Miranda

Hello Crafty friends! Katty here to share a scrapbooking layout with you all. I had this photo of my cousins baby from a few years back. He was the cutest baby. I decided to create a monochromatic layout using shades of blue.

I began with white cardstock and a stencil with a small square pattern. I angled the stencil to create two triangles on either side of the page. I used one of my favorite of the Paste-eez, Puttin on the Glitz. My though was that the Paste-eez would create a resist effect when I add color on top.

Once dry I used some of my favorite shades of blues and aquas. I used a Spritz in the color Saphire and three Coloringz in the colors Well Blue me Down, Heidi Ho Blue and Mamma Sings the Blues.

I used a paint brush to add the colors, blending them together over the stenciled triangles. I also added some splatters using Mama Sings the Blues.

I placed my photo in the center and added a few layers of patterned paper behind it. I added my tittle and used a few embellishments, all in shades of blue to keep with the monochromatic look.

I love how it turned out! 
Supplies Used:
Paste-eez: Puttin on the Glitz
Spritz: Sapphire
Coloringz: Well Blue me Down, Heidi Ho Blue, Mamma Sings the Blues
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

"You're A Star" with Nicole

Happy Thursday Shimmerz Fans!

It's the middle of August and can you believe kids are already starting back to school?! I sure can't! It seems like just yesterday we celebrated the last day!  Well, whether they want to go back or not, my two kiddos are headed back next week. The anxiety of a new, bigger school and a new bus is definately on my oldest sons mind. He's been at my side nearly every day throughout the summer helping me create scrapbook layouts, doing art projects and so much more. I thought, what would be a better way than to create something for him, like he's done for me over the summer months, to sneak in his book bag! Something that would let him know that I'm thinking of him on the first day of his new year. I want him to know that I'm proud of him, so I made him this card that I hope I can sneak into his folder without him seeing!

He's always been very much into Science and Math, so what a better opportunity than to create a space themed card telling him that he's my star!

I began my card with heavy weight water color paper. I chose the Shimmerz colors that I felt best represented "space," which were:
Inklingz Precious Peoney
AcriTonez Pinkadelic
AcriTonez 3 Sheets To the Wind
Vibez Sunset Strip
Vibez Jeni B Bleu
Coloringz Mamma Sings the Blues
Spritz Ruby
Spritz Walkin on a Tight Heliotrope
Original Shimmerz Paint in Coal

There was definately a lot of colors that went on this card, but they went on very easy and there really is no "wrong" way of doing this! I began by spritzing my piece of water color paper with water. It helps color to move more easily and blend when the colors are added. I then began by adding small bits of each of the colors to my piece. Here's what the first layer looked like:

I sprayed a small amount of each of the mists in the pallet on the left so I had more control. I applied each color with my #8 oval brush.  Once the first layer of color was dry, I began with my first layer of black.  I ended up using about 2-3 layers of the black, letting it dry between each layer so it would darken each time.  Here's a look at what it looks like with the final layer of black on it:

Doesn't look the pretties, huh? lol!!  If you make it this far, DON'T GIVE UP! The next step is what really makes it look like a galaxy and pop!  The final stage of painting is adding white splatters!  I used AcritTonez 3 Sheets to the Wind for this step! Self priming paint with gesso makes it great and opaque! I put a little bit of the paint onto my stamping block, added some water, then flicked the paint off the block with my brush to create this effect:

I let this dry for quite a while. A few hours at least because I then used a rectangle die from my stash to cut the exact place on this piece that I wanted to use for my background. I didn't want the paint to not be cured and get messed up when running it thru my die cutting machine.

Once the background was cut, I added a sentiment with some white glittery thread behind it and white glittery embossed stars to the galaxy.  Here's a few close ups of the final project:

I just love all of that shimmer that makes the whole background pop!

I hope you try this background technique! Its very fun and very forgiving!! My kind of style! lol!

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope I have inspired you!
Until next time, have a great week and if you have kiddos, good luck on you're first day back to school!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One-Day Travel Junk Journal by Joyce

Put your sunglasses on because this is a bright project!

Sharing with you another junk journal, but this time, it’s for me!  I made it to record events of a one-day train ride to a beach city with my nieces.  It’s a small junk journal to cover a day’s events and enough room to add photos and other ephemera later.  There are tuck spots, and envelopes to hold treasures.  It’s bright and so unlike anything else I’ve created which actually made it even more enjoyable for me during the creative process.  The cover is a remnant from a gift bag I found in a bargain bin.  Since the cover was ornate, I didn’t feel it needed any other embellishment, which will make it easy to tote around too.  Often times, paper collections make half of the work of a project easy, but when you don’t possess any papers that work for your project, you have to improvise and so I did with Shimmerz Paints.

I like how the pages above are cascading revealing each new page.

Journal pages made from printer paper, stencil, Plum Pudding Shimmerz and Bamboo Leaf, and a little stamping.  I really like how these journal pages turned out and will use this technique again.  It’s another option other than tea or coffee staining journal paper.  Instead of spraying a mist over a stencil onto paper, I sprayed on top of the stencil, flipped the stencil over, and slapped it down onto the paper.  This revealed another pattern of the stencil.

Chipboard element above on journal page:  Plum Pudding, Purple Shimmerz and some white embossing powder.  This chipboard element is a tuck spot for receipts, etc.

The above tag features Plum Pudding and Bamboo Leaf Shimmerz.

Inside Covers were covered with patterned napkins with a sealant over the napkin to add stability.

Sometimes when I finish reading a magazine, I cut out little photos the size of postage stamps to use on future projects, and here I did so and added some of those photos to little tags with lacy bits.

The green envelope flips open to reveal a secret pocket and tag for storing and journaling on my travel journey.

I hope I have inspired you to create your own one-day travel journal using Shimmerz Paints to create journaling pages and embellishments.

Thank you for letting me share with you, and I'll see you back here on August 29th.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Queen of the beach | Anna Komenda

Hello everyone. It's Anna here with my August project and process video. Summer is my favourite season and I love creating summery, colorful pages. I am also a big fan of latest flamingo, pineapple and cacti trend. I do not travel to the very exotic places but still I like to use them on my pages.
Today I went crazy with pink and flamingos and I created a whole flamingo background.

I used Silhouette Cameo cut outs as my stencil. It's a really fun way to extend your possibilities. You can use a whole background stencil or just a small elements. This kind of stencil won't last long but let's be honest - how often do you use the same stencil? And I can still use the flamingos in second project :)

With those pretty birdies in the background I had to minimize the composition around my picture. I didin't want to cover too much. I use only small scrap of paper as a frame for my picture and some smaller die cuts to embellish page a little.

I also added some little hearts using a stencil and a Dazzlerz paste. It works perfect with details and I love how shiny it is. It looks like cotton candy. I also add yellow splatters using Shimmerz paint.

As always I have a video for you. The page is very easy and simple to make so the video isn't long. I hope it will inspire you to play with your mists and stencils.

That's all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in September with another project and video.

Shimmerz products:

XO Anna