Friday, July 10, 2020

All In A Moment

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a design team page for the amazing Shimmerz Paints. I love these                                                paints, the colors are so rich and fun to work with! 

To make this page I put the layers under the photo together first,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, and taped it to the background paper.

I coated 49 and Market paper with clear gesso, then applied Prima platinum texture paste with a Prima stencil and an old credit card. I sprinkled Ultra Thick Embossing Powder onto it, and heated it with a heat gun. You're supposed to let the paste dry by itself to get the crackle, but I was more interested in the UTEE effect. 

I picked out Reneabouquets Beautiful Board,figured out where it would go on the page, took it off, and prepped it with white gesso. I painted it with Teal The End Of Time Shimmerz. In some areas I added white embossing powder, and Dear John Letter Inklingz. I topped it with a thick layer of Clear Rock Candy Crackle.

I painted the mat, and corrugated with the same colors. I used the same colors over white gesso around the texture paste areas, on the background paper. At the upper right of the mat I used Blue Lagoon Inklingz.

I used gold mica powder around the edges of the mat,wiping it on with my finger, and on different areas all over the page. 

To add visual interest I added micro beads, seed beads,glass shard glitter,glass beads, pearls,sequins,strands of gauze,iridescent wrapping paper, black tulle, gold lace, flowers from Reneabouquets and Prima, metal from Reneabouquets and bling and metal from my stash. I added small fussy cut pieces from a few collections of Graphic 45 papers. A lot of the textural elements are from Reneabouquets.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Summer Lovin' with Samantha Robles

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be back to blogging and creating! I've taken some time off due to surviving the first trimester of my second pregnancy. Whew, rough stuff, but I'm so excited to have some energy back to create with the Shimmerz Paints Color Kitz. Let's not waste anymore time and dive into the July Color Kitz Collection! This collection has some of my all time favorite colors in the Shimmerz Lines.
We shall start with a piece of bright white textured cardstock. With some gesso and modeling paste, we start with using the Paige Evans Sunburst Stencil. After my paste has dried, I apply a mixed layer of Chick-A-Dee Spritz and Limoncello Shimmerz to create this vibrant sparkly beach yellow. I dilute it by spraying just a tiny bit of water through the yellow spots that I went a little crazy on. I then let that set up and dry for about 30 minutes.
While that's drying, I then focus on the layered hibiscus flower cut file. Available only in the July Color Kitz Collection. Mixing up Pip-Pip Cherry-O Shimmerz (Available separate from the Color Kitz) and Pink Moscato Vibez to create this stunning pink! How much more realistic to a true hibiscus can you get? After spraying and painting my other hibiscus flowers with the remaining Color Kitz colors, I set those aside for about 10 minutes to dry. My page still needed a little something, so I add some Layered Petite Flowers and a "Summer Lovin'" phrase cut files. Both brand new files available in the Shimmerz Shop. Also using the coordinating colors from the July Color Kitz Collection.
Now that everything is dry, I start game planning my placements. I hot glue all my pieces together and decide on a photo. Of course, it has to be a beach theme. I picked my all time favorite photo of my husband and I on our first vacation to Newport Beach, California. I then use some scrap ripped up paper I had saved away from a previous Maggie Holmes Collection. Once everything is layered and glued, the final touch is some Shimmerz Dotz!
Thank you so much for popping by! I missed creating with you all. Don't forget to snag your July Color Kitz Collection. While you're ordering goodies, leave my name in the order comments of your Shimmerz order to receive a surprise goodie. Freebies! YES!

-Samantha Robles

Monday, July 6, 2020

Splash Waves | Two-Toned Mixed Media Background | Lorimar

Hello everyone!

Lori here sharing a color-clash layout using 2 different colors to make my mixed media background. This layout came together in just under 30 minutes, and we all love quick layout, right? Process video:

Let's get started:
I began with a sheet of white textured cardstock and visually divided it in half. Using my pictures as inspiration for the bicolorfulness, I selected Tickle Me Turquoise, Ultramarine, In Deep, and Boogie Boardin' Blue, Freshly Squeezed, Marigold, Pumpkin, and Can't Elope as my colors. Each color on each side was added in using a different technique: packaging, brushstrokes, splatters, and spraying. Once my background was dry, I added my pictures in using craft foam and then color-blocked each embellishment (blue on blue; orange on orange). Finally, I splattered a bit more of Can't Elope and Boogie Boardin' Blue, added my journaling and called it done! See? A quick and simple layout to document yet another Disney memory.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Remember, if you place a Shimmer order in the near future, write my name "LORIMAR" in the comments section of your next Shimmerz order to get a freebie.

- Lorimar

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Wild Oceans || July 2020 Color Kitz || Natalie Dill

Hey friends! Natalie here today with the July 2020 Color Kitz.

This kit is full of goodness to include
  • Pink Moscato Vibez
  • Oh Say Can You Sea Coloringz
  • Cheeky Pink Creameez
  • Blue Grass Shimmerz
  • Bubblegum Blast Shimmerz
  • 1 exclusive Layered Hibiscus cut file created by Shimmerz Paints 
  • 1 set of "Flamingo Bay" Dotz
  • 1 package of an exclusive sequins mix: Flamingo Bay from "Spiegelmom Scraps"

I gessoed a sheet of white cardstock and used the hibiscus flower cut file to mask and spritzed the Pink Moscato Vibez and Oh Say Can You Sea Coloringz around the edges as a border.

Then I used a paintbrush to soften the edges. You can see the exact process on my YouTube channel.

I cut three layered hibiscus and painted the large flower with the Pink Moscato Vibez.

I painted the inside floral with the Bubble Gum Blast Shimmerz, and the stamen with Cheeky Pink Creameez splattered with Blue Grass Shimmerz.

I outlined the edge of each flower with the Flamingo Bay sequins. Since these flowers were so pretty and made such a statement, I tried to not add too many other embellishments in order that they shine.

I borrowed my title from a poem by Atticus and had these perfect Amy Tan Thickers to match the Oh Say Can you Sea Coloringz.

I left a space behind the photo to tuck some journaling.

I had so much fun working with this Color Kitz this month & hope I have inspired you to create something of your own.

Make sure to pop into the store and grab your own July color kit!

xo, Natalie

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bright Mixed Media Layout | Missy Whidden

Hello there, friends!  Missy here with a new bright and bold mixed media layout using lots of pretty Shimmerz.  I was in a yellow mood, so that's where I began.  I pulled out the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection from 2016 to use, and I paired it with the Love You cut file & Star Confetti stencil from Paige Evans.  I wanted a yellow background, so I used patterned papers that weren't yellow inside the cut file.

Colors Used:

I used thick smooth cardstock as my background, and I coated most of it with clear gesso first.  I made this simple background by spraying the yellow sprays onto an acrylic stamping block and "stamping" it down.  I also sprayed directly onto the paper.  I combined the three yellow sprays and then let it dry.  Later I used modeling paste over the star stencil to create some fantastic texture.  Towards the end of the page, I added a bit more by mixing in a tiny bit of Shimmerz Pumpkin.  I also splattered some Pretty in Pink and Hint of Mint.

Instead of backing the cut file with papers, I added adhesive foam behind the letters and popped them up inside the open spots.  I glued the actual cut file down and treated it like a little puzzle.  Here you can see the awesome background cool!  I sorted through all the collection I was using and picked out lots of matching goodies...stickers, die cuts, & chipboard.

These pictures of my daughter are sooooo her...haha.  I based my color scheme on her yellow shirt.  I like to use my color photos to help me determine my products & color scheme.  I love all the textures and dimension here.

I also tucked in some matching tangled thread in a few places.  This collection had so many little bits & pieces so it was fun to layer them around the photos & cut file.

I decided to use the white hearts initially cut from the cut file.  I machine stitched with pink and blue threads to give them some texture and detail.  Then I traced them onto a rainbow striped patterned paper so it could peek around the edges.

Here are a few more detail shots of all the colors and textures :)

I hope this inspires you in some way.  Do you ever make your own backgrounds like this?  It might look complicated, but it's really a simple technique.  You could achieve this look with the plastic packaging technique as well.

Be sure to check out my process video to see exactly how I made this:

Thanks so much for stopping by!