Saturday, December 14, 2019

Choose To See The Good Stuff


Hi everyone! Melissa here with a design team page for the amazing Shimmerz Paints. I love these paints, they're so easy to use, and the colors are so rich!I've used a photo from free google, by Stella de Libero.





 I put the layers under the photo together,including taping water color paper under the image to make it stronger. Below that is a mat of watercolor paper, and at the bottom is corrugated cardboard. I tore off most the paper from the surface of the cardboard, and painted it with gesso, I put two layers of cardboard between each of the layers to add dimension. 

I applied texture paste with a stencil and a credit card on the watercolor paper background. Don't use Hobby Lobby brand texture paste, it takes way too long to dry,even with a heat gun. Liquitex works a lot better.

I picked out Reneabouquets Beautiful Board,arranged it around the page, took it off, and prepped it with gesso. I painted some with Steely Blue EyesHoneymoonand Plum Crazy. Inklingz. Some I painted with A Rose By Any Other Name. I added a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy Crystal. On both I added Honeymoon, First Blush,(a discontinued color) and topped it with a silver mica powder.A lot of the textural elements are from Reneabouquets. 

I drew out the colors of the photo to the watercolor mat and cardboard.

The background watercolor paper has First Blush and Dear John Inklingz on it.






To add visual interest I added micro beads, seed beads, glass glitter,gold leaf,glass beads, pearls, Swarovski crystals, rhinestones,sequins, shells, pressed flowers and leaves,tulle,lace,pieces from floral picks,flowers from Prima and Reneabouquets, and bling and metal from my stash. The gorgeous dragonfly is from Reneabouquets.

















Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sweet Wishes with Process Video | Niki Rowland



Hey there everyone, Niki here today with a very christmassy layout to share. There is a process video of this layout that can be found at the end of this blog post.

I started off with a white background and this gorgeous cut file by Paige Evans that is part of our December Kitz.  I placed the cut file onto the layout to work out approximately where it would sit.



I the applied two colours of Inklingz paint under the cut file: Lover's Lips Inklingz and Pink a Boo Inklingz. I applied them using the packaging technique and I wanted to keep the colours quite soft so I added quite a lot of water to them. I added splatters and then left my background to one side to dry off.


I them backed the cut file with lots of different patterns. I've used multiple Christmas collections for this layout and have also used silver and red glitter papers for a really Christmassy feel. I wasnt happy with my background once my cut file was stuck in place so I added more of my two chosen Inklingz at this point to get more coverage showing out from behind the cut file. I used a paintbrush to apply extra colour and then spritzed with water so I still had a good water colour look.


I used a snowflake stencil to stencil an area under my photo. I used the Tutti Fruitti Dazzlerz paste which I think is my favourite Dazzlerz: it's so soft and pretty and like all Dazzlerz, it drys really shimmery. I used it to add an extra layer of texture under my photo.

I then embellished using embellishments from various Christmas collections. I added wood veneer which I painted with Lover's Lips and Pink a Boo Inklingz too. Here's another look at the finished layout:


Thank you so much for joining me today: check out the process video below.



Don't forget that if you place an order via the Shimmerz website, enter my name in the comments for a freebie! Happy scrapping xxx

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Sweet as the Sweet December Color Kitz with Natalie

Hey friends! Natalie here today using the Sweet December Color Kitz!


I had so much fun playing with this unique color palette for December photos!

The kit includes :
        • 1 oz bottle of Frost Bite Vibez
        • 1 jar of Pip-Pip Cherry-O Shimmerz
        • 1 jar of Twinkle Twinkle Inklingz
        • 1 jar of Bubblegum Blast Shimmerz
        • 1 package of exclusive Dotz "All I want for Christmas is You" Set
        • 1 exclusive Christmas Candy cut file created by Paige Taylor Evans

That cut file is darling!

I decided to go all out with the pink on my layout and scrapped a girls only photo in front of Cinderella's castle at Disneyworld! Christmas at Disney is MAGICAL!

You can watch my entire process on my YouTube channel!


I used the Twinkle Twinkle Inklingz to paint the cut file cut out of pink cardstock & I adore how it gave the candy a frosted look!

For the background, I sprayed my Frost Bite Vibez on the gessoed background with some Pip Pip Cherry-o Shimmerz, spritzed with water and circled the pool of ink around until I achieved the desired coverage.


I backed the bon bons and peppermint with paper colored with the Shimmerz Bubble Gum Blast.


The Blue Vibez and Pink Shimmerz combined to a lovely purple!


Those exclusive dotz are super cute for your holiday products.

I used a discarded background I messed up previously to back my lollipop! It's fun to find ways to use background that just won't work for you. Also, they're just happy accidents, AIR?!


There are still a few of these fun kitz in the store for $17.95.
They'd make a great stocking stuffer!!

xoxo, Natalie



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December 24, 2018 | Shimmerz Colors Overload Layout

Hello everyone!

Today's Christmas layout features lots and lots of gorgeous colors paired with an equally lovely cutfile and glitter gold acetate. I used a Vicki Boutin foundations paper as my base since I knew that my mixed media was going quite a lot. This sort of paper is a mix between a gessoed cardstock and a non-gesso background; it holds the color a bit (like a non-gessoed background), but gives up a few moments to blend or move colors around (like a gessoed cardstock). In all, it took me about 3 hours to make this layout, but most of it was spent creating the background (and allowing it to dry) and backing the cutfile.


Let's get started! I used the colors that were in the picture to inspire the color scheme for my layout; that called for lots of colors! For each of the colors that you see underneath the letters of the cutfile, I used the packaging technique to add the main color and then added a slightly different color by way of splatters. I would wait for each color section to completely dry before moving on to the next color in order to prevent getting muddled colors. Listed below are all the colors used divided up into which letter they are found under:

D - Moody Mauve; Gold-N-Roses

E - Honey Dew List; Hint of Mint
C - Hot Fudge; Penny 4 Your Thoughts
E - Marigold; Miner, Miner 49er
M - In Deep; Tickle Me Turquoise
B - Red Necking; Crimson Tide
E - Hi Ho Silver; Coal
R - Jolly Green Giant; Green Goddess

The cutfile was designed by Virginia Walker (COAPA Cutfiles) and, not wanting to cover up my base, I backed the letters with clear acetate with golden glittery accents. For the bow, I colored some scrap white cardstock with Pip Pip Cherry O and backed it with that. Did the same thing for the Holly (Hermit the Frog on some green cardstock; Goldie Lox on red cardstock) and candy cane (Goldie Lox on red cardstock; Misty Morning on white cardstock) and backed them once everything was dry. The entire cutfile is placed on craft foam for added dimension, and placed it to the left hand side of the base.


I matted my picture on white cardstock and added a few layers of Christmassy patterned paper, popped it up on craft foam and wedged it between the "C" and the "R". I lightly embellished so as not to take away from the picture, cutfile and base, and to not over crowd the overall layout. Next are some extra close-ups!





I hope I've inspired you to make a colorful layout such as this, and that you get your story documented. Remember, write my name down in the comments section of your next Shimmerz order to receive some free paint!

Stay crafty and I'll see you soon!
- Lorimar

Monday, December 9, 2019

Boys Rule | Boy Themed Layout using Mists from November Color Kits

Hello friends!

    Lorimar here sharing a new boy-themed layout! I just loved the rich, deep color mists found in both November Color kits; and loved them even more when I saw how well they paired up with Chance of Rain (Vibez). Rather than document a Christmas picture, I went with more of a colorful, boy-themed, winter-feel layout.




     Here's how I made it: Using a 12x12 white cardstock, I added clear gesso using a palette knife to the whole sheet; set it aside to dry. In the meantime, I started pulling out boy-themed embellishments from my stash. Once the base was dry, I began adding color by spraying it on one side (enough to form a puddle) and then lifting and turning the base just so to form the drips. I did this twice with all four colors just to get a bolder look; I alternated the placement of the puddles and drips. They were: Rolling In The Hay, Rose Gold Red, Hot Fudge, and Chance of Rain. Finally finished the base by adding splatters.


     Once my base was dry, I trimmed an inch off of each side to get a 10x10 inch square of cardstock; ruffled up the edge with a distressing tool and glued it in the center of my patterned paper. For my pictures, I matted them with from red cardstock and black and white gingham patterned paper. Added some craft foam behind them and tied some red and white twine along the bottom portion of the picture.


For finalizing my layout, I used a variety of boy themed stickers, chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, sequins, ephemera and wood veneers. Wrote my journaling in black ink in the left hand corner of the layout and splashed some Rain of Chance all around the finished layout to tie everything together.


     So that's it! Pretty simple, and yet so stunning! Hope you're inspired to create something like and get your stories documented. Thanks for stopping by! Remember to type my name in the comments section of your next Shimmerz order to receive some free paint!

- Lorimar