Sunday, September 17, 2017

Laugh as Much As You Breathe | Katty Miranda

Hello friends! Katty here to share a Scrapbook Layout with you all. I am scrapping a photo of myself from my Senior year in High School. This was taken during my Senior Photo Session. I chose some soft colors to compliment the colors in the photo.

I began with a Black and white Patterned Paper. I used some gesso to prep the page and added a few colors of spray mist. I used all shades of pink, a Coloringz in Pink Stilettos, a Vibez in Pop Art Pink and a Spritz in Cotton Candy. I sprayed them directly onto the page focusing on the bottom right hand corner and around the area where my photo would sit.
I then used my favorite Paste-eez in the color Tree Hugger and used that through a Lattice stencil in two areas, to the left of the photo and on top of the photo. I layered a few patterned papers behind the photo and also used some beautiful fussy cut flowers around the photo.
Lastly, I added my tittle as well as a few other stickers, keeping everything around the photo. I used a Coloringz in Night Moves and also added some Ink Splatters as a finishing touch. 

I love how it turned out. 
Products Used: Coloringz: Pink Stilettos, Night Moves
Spritz: Cotton Candy
Vibez: Pop Art Pink
Paste-Eek: Tree Hugger

Friday, September 15, 2017

Arty Tag by Joyce

A large tag created with Deep Blue Sea, Heavy Metal, and Texturez Tidy Widy.

What I like about the Texturez product is that you can obtain a least two different results using the same product.  Let me show you two of the results:

On the above photo, you can achieve a crackle effect by doing the following:

Apply the product, than place a piece of paper firmly over the product and carefully lift up the paper.  It lifts some of the textured bits within the product and leaves a cool crackle wrinkle pattern behind. Then mist with your favorite Shimmer Mist spray.

On the above photo, you can achieve a highly textured effect by doing the following:
Apply Texturez on top of the chipboard, and hit it with a heat gun and watch the product bubble up.  Some Deep Blue Sea and Heavy Metal was spritz over the chipboard in various places.

I hope I have inspired you to use Texturez in one of the two ways above!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Coloring Stamped Images with Nicole

Hello Shimmerz fans!

Nicole here and today I have something fun in store for you! I've been reorganizing my craft space and stumbled upon some rubber image stamps from The Greeting Farm and thought what a perfect time to share with you just how amazing Shimmerz can be on your girl and boy image stamps!


Water coloring images can be a little intimidating....I completely understand the feeling! Which ink? Which brush? But it's going to bleed into the next color...ugh... If water coloring these types of images is something newer to you, I have a suggestion...try heat embossing your stamped image! When you heat emboss, the embossing powder creates the separation needed to keep your colors from bleeding together!  (If you don't have a heat tool, use some type of permanent ink, such as Archival Ink.) This for me was half of my battle in the beginning and once I over came this, my technique improved.

I began by heating embossing this image in black and two other images with white embossing powder, all on water color paper.  I wasn't sure at first what I was going to create with it, so I did it in both colors. (I have examples of the white images further down the page.) I picked out some coordinating fall colors from my Shimmerz paints and my water brush and began to paint. When I water color my images, I start by wetting the area first. It helps to get the color moving. I then start by placing my brush down in the area I want the lightest. I know, as crazy as it sounds, putting your brush down first at the lightest area,  then picking your brush up at the darkest area helps to keep the color concentrated where your brush leaves the page, making it the darkest. It will take some practicing to get used to this, so be sure to practice on a scrap area of your water color paper first.

Here is a look at my final image all colored in and the Shimmerz colors that I used: 

How perfect is Pink Champagne and Cheeky Pink for skin and cheek colors?! <3 
I decided to make Latte Anya into a card for a friend. Here's a look at my finished card:

I simply layered a wooden fence die cut, grass and a yellow background behind my image and a scallop background.  Added a "hello" sentiment, a bow, a few enamel dots and its complete! The most time consuming part of this was paining the image itself and waiting for the areas to dry. In fact, while I was paining this image, I also painted two others with the white embossed image for another project.  Here's a look at those images:

When I was done painting these, the biggest issue I had was the eyes and mouth were of course white. To solve that problem, I took a black fine tip sharpie and drew over them so they would stand out.

These two images I ended up fussy cutting and using in my planner spread this week! 
Here's a look at my planner:

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you get out those embossing tools and give this a try! If you do, be sure to tag us so we can see your creations!
Until next time, have a colorful week!

Monday, September 11, 2017

First Day 2017 | Adrienne Alvis

Hey, hey Shimmerz fans! It's Adrienne here today with a layout that I created using some of my favorite Shimmerz products documenting my kids' first day back to school! I seriously can't believe how much they grew this summer and are starting another year so soon!

With most of my layouts, I usually choose a piece of patterned paper or cardstock first and then add some Shimmerz to create or enhance the background. For this layout, I swiped some Acritonez self-priming acrylic paste in 3 Sheets to the Wind across the stripes on the patterned paper using the flat end of an old gift card and then chose some Coloringz spray inks in No Yoking, Pretty in Pink, and Oh Say Can U Sea to lightly mist on top of the Acritonez after it dried a bit.

I also lightly dabbed some of the excess Coloringz ink up using a paper towel so it muted the effect of the color a little bit.

I felt like my page needed some more dimension, so I grabbed some Dazzlerz texture paste in Tutti Frutti, which is a beautiful light pink color with just a hint of shimmer, and a stencil so I could add some smaller confetti style dots around my layout. I also accented my page using some punched out stars and enamel dots to mix up the dimension and detail.

I love how well the colors turned out using the Shimmerz and how fun and happy the overall design of my page turned out!

Thanks so much for joining me here on the Shimmerz blog and I hope you have a great day! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Freehand Watercolour Bouquet | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello artsy friends! It's Zinia here and welcome back to the Shimmerz blog!
Today we are gonna dive into the world of watercolors and create a unique art piece using Shimmerz sprays.

We all love watercoloring with Inklingz and Creameez but did you know you can do it with your mists too? In today's project I'm sharing with you how I created this abstract watercolor bouquet with my favorite Vibez and Coloringz.

I didn't really feel like painting the vase for he base of my page so I used a stencil by Donna Downey studios and the Salt of the Eart Paste-eez to add the impression of a container.

After it dried I added a little bit of color using my favorite Vibez, Jeni B Blue.

Before I started painting, I pre-mixed all my colors in a little palette so I have everything ready to go. I used a pipette to add the sprays on my palette so I won't need to dip my paintbrush in the bottle every time and risk contaminating my colors.

The rest of the products I used are: Vibez - Hermit the Frog, Sunset Strip and Sweet Heart, Coloringz - No Yoking, Pink Stilettos and Don't Citron Me.

The actual painting process is very loose and intuitive. You basically let the color lead the way. To create the roses you just draw a few "C" shapes going out from the middle while you water down the color as you go.

You can follow along the video and use the exact strokes if you are a beginner or allow yourself to experiment a little bit and try to create your own composition. Whatever you chose be sure to enjoy the process.

If you want to grab a some of these gorgeous supplies to create your own version of this project or just to expand your Shimmerz collection, make sure to mention my name "Zinia" at the comment section of your order to receive a FREE Shimmerz product!

I really hope you got inspired. Until next time, happy crafting.