Sunday, January 22, 2017

Loveliness Layout | Katty Miranda

Hello friends! Katty here, Today I created a fun floral watercolor background for my layout. I began with an old Teresa Collins stamp set. I chose a simple flower and continuously stamped the image using Versa Mark Ink. I focused my stamping on two opposite corners of my white 12x12 sheet of paper. I then heat embossed using white embossing powder.
I colored the centers of the flowers using Aqua Huez Pot-O-Gold and used a watercolor brush to color the flowers using a mix of beautiful colors including Creameez in My Clementine, Great Fruit and Trippin in the Tropics. I used the original Shimmerz Paints in Magenta and Jilted Jade for the leaves and Inklingz in Precious Posey and Bahama Mama. No coloring inside the lines here, I just colored over the grouping of flowers. I love the mix of the shimmery and non shimmery paints. I added a few splatters with some of the colors as I painted. Lastly, I added some shading with Aqua Huez Gray Matter where the mix of colors met the white cardstock.

I am using a photo of my adorable niece. I printed it in black and white. I added a few florals which I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo. I decided to leave them white. I love the simple texture they added. I embellished using lovely die cuts from the Cocoa Vanilla Love Always collection. My tittle is a silver glitter foam word from the Pinkfresh Studio Felicity Collection.
I love how this turned out! 

There is a video on my YouTube channel if you'd like to watch my process. 

Products used:
Aqua Huez: Pot-o-Gold, Gray Matter
Creameez: My Clementine, Great Fruit, Trippin in the Tropics
Inklingz: Precious Posey, Bahama Mama
Shimmerz: Magenta, Jilted Jade

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Together, a layout using the new products by Karine


January is such an exciting month over here, at Shimmerz Paints, with the new products released! I'm so happy to be working with those products.

My first share this month, I used both Paste-Eez and AcriTonez on my layout.


To create my background, I used Peach Fuzz Paste-Eez through a checkers stencil. To add contrast, I used Lava Flow Paste-Eez through a typewriter text stencil. 

It was pretty as is, but I thought I would add some mists, just to unify everything. I used Peachy Keen Coloringz with a brush, making drops and little «pools» of colors.

I also added Truffle Spritz, using the same techniques as I did with the Coloringz. The soft grey color add just enough interest to the background.

Look at the gorgeous background I got! Isn't it pretty? 

I used some stamps to add even more texture.

I painted my 2Crafty Chipboards pieces (Squiggly Heart Cluster and Mini Word Set 2) with 3 Sheets to the Wind Acritonez. 

You like what I have used and would like to get your hands on the products ? Visit the Shimmerz Store to see all the gorgeous colors in the many ranges on offer!

Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to mention my name when placing your order to get a free product. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Let it snow" layout with Anna

Hello Shimmerz fans. I am so excited because today is my first post for Shimmerz along with the process video.
We are in the middle of the winter on the northern hemisphere. It's cold, dark and depressing. The only bright thing during the winter is snow. World looks much better under the snowy blanket. I had few fun pictures from one of our winter walks and I wanted to scrap it.

As You can see I didn't use any patterned paper on this page. I created my own background using variety of Shimmerz products.

I also used a foiled snowflakes that I made by my own using Minc and Silhouette Cameo. I got my Minc for Christmas and I just love the effects You can achieve.

I was trying to kill my "Snow and cocoa" kit leftovers but in the end I didn't want to cover too much of my background.

You can create Your own background in different colors and use it for many other, not winter related projects.
Watch my process video:

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Shimmerz products:


Sunday, January 15, 2017

When it hurts....observe. Life is trying to teach you something.

Did you hear that Shimmerz Siren? Yep, that was me, Joyce. Glad you found your way here to let me share with you the colors of purple.

Over the years, I have kept quotes, poems, and excerpts from books I have read in a little spiral bound book. I now enjoy adding these words of wisdom in my art journals.  Here is a gothic-like photo I found on Pinterest and a quote that reads:  “When it hurts…observe. Life is trying to teach you something.”

Some of my favorite elements on this art journal entry are the following:
1.       Background created by painting the inside pages with white gesso but not adding gesso on the edges of the paper.  This method allows the Shimmerz mists and watercolors to absorb in the natural fibers of the paper.  To achieve this, apply a lacy like stencil around the edges of the pages and apply gesso over the stencil, and then fill in the middle parts of the pages with gesso. I love how the natural fibers of the paper absorb the Shimmerz  mists and watercolors.  When using light colors of mists and watercolors, I use clear gesso on top of the white gesso. This prevents the white gesso from resisting the light colors.  After the gesso dries, I applied Rocka-Fella Blue around the edges of the pages and quickly soaked up excess with a sea sponge and allowed to dry thoroughly.  Use the excess on the sea sponge and lightly dab over areas of the pages. Repeat the next layer using the same method with the color Plum Pudding, allow to completely dry before repeating the next layer using the same method with the color Plum Tuckered Out.  Stamped images were applied with a permanent color ink pad.

2.       White Rayon ribbon:  Cut a long piece of white Rayon ribbon and trim the hard edges so that strands of thread are revealed and the ribbon looks worn and tattered.  Scrunch up the ribbon in a ball and lightly soak the ribbon in various colors of Rocka-Fella Blue, Plum Pudding, and Plum Tuckered out.  Between each soak, allow each color to dry on its own before commencing the next soak.  On the final soak, scrunch up ribbon in a ball and allow to dry in a ball.  As I repeated this method, I would sometimes scrunch up the ball of soaked ribbon and punch it down on a paper towel. The paper towel turned out so pretty with the various colors that I decided I would use it too… and I did.  You will find some tucked in under the Rayon ribbon.

3.       Chipboard elements (small pieces): gesso chipboard, apply Ruby Lost Her Slipper with a small paint brush leaving the white edges of the gesso exposed. Ink edges of the chipboard with a permanent color ink pad.

4.       Chipboard Cross: gesso chipboard, combine Paste-eez Cream and Berry-Licious together and paint on top of cross leaving some areas thicker than others. Outline chipboard with a fine marker to add more interest.

5.       Metal element: clear gesso, and Precious Posey.

The following Shimmerz Products  can be found in the Store:

Vibes- Plum Tuckered Out
Vibes- Blushing Bride
Spritz- Plum Pudding
Spritz- Rocka-Fella Blue
Shimmerz- Berry-Licious
Inglingz – Ruby Lost Her Slipper
Inglingz –Precious Posey
Paste-eez –The “Cream” Team

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Listen for my Shimmerz Siren call to bring you back here on January 29th. Until then, turn on some creative soul moving music, gesso up the pages on your thrift shop found old book, apply Shimmerz paints and let the magic happen. 

And, if you like what you see here and would like to try some of the products I have used, place an order, mention my name in your order,  and the Shimmerz Team will send you a free product with your order.  How cool is that?!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Whimsical Art Journal Spread & other projects using the same color palette

Hello shimmery friends! It's Zinia here today and I am so excited to share with you my very first project as a member of the Shimmerz Education team.

I had a hard time deciding what to share with you in this first post. I'm generally very enthusiastic with anything crafty so I love working on different things. So instead of focusing on a scrapbook layout or an art journal spread, I decided to do something different.

Let's start by picking a color palette. I chose a combination of blues and purples, with a hint of peach. My blues will be my focal point with the lovely Baby Boy Blue Paste-eez to add dimensional elements and the beautiful Sapphire Spritz. The purple shades can work beautifully as accents. The African Violet Aqua Huez is a really gorgeous bright color and the Berry-licious Shimmerz pain is perfect for shading. You may think that the Peachy Keen Coloringz doesn't fit well in this palette but it can create gorgeous neutral shades when you mix it with Sapphire and it can also be used to create skin tones if you are painting a portrait.

So I used this color selection to create a few different projects. Let's take a look at the card first.

I used all the colors to create a gradient wash going from blue to peach and then to purple. Just mixing the colors with some water and brushing it on the card. Then once that was dry, I added some splatters with the same colors to make it more playful. To finish the card I added my sentiment using the Paste-eez through a stencil and hand-lettering the rest with coordinating colors.

I also created an art journaling spread. I let the colors guide me on that. I started by spraying Peachy Keen and Sapphire on my pages, then I closed my book and let them blend. The result was some beautiful grey splashes that served as a starting point for my design. I also used some Paste-eez
through a stencil.

From there I just kept filling the gaps with different colors, allowing the page to lead the way. Once I was happy with the elements, I used a white paint marker and I outlined some of the shapes.

I kept adding highlights and shades until I was happy with the way it looked. You can watch the whole process along with some more details on the video here:

Last but not least, I also painted a portrait using the exact same products. 

To create a skin tone, I mixed some of the Peachy Keen coloringz with gesso to create a soft shade. I used the blues for the hair and my purples mainly for shading and some accents here and there.

You can really add a lot of depth and dimension to your pieces just with these few colors. They work beautifully on any type of project as long as you know how to use them each time ;) 

So thank you so much for joining me. I really hope you enjoyed taking a closer look on these projects. If you got inspired and you feel like trying this color palette or any other Shimmerz products make sure to mention my name "Zinia" at the comment section of your order to receive a FREE Shimmerz product of your choice!