Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rare & Treasured 12x12 Layout | Nicole Kerr

Hello Shimmerz Fans!
Nicole here and today I have a fun 12x12 layout to share with you!

My inspiration for this weeks layout was from a photo of my husband that I have been really wanting to do a layout with, but I could never seem to find the right papers or products to use. This photo had a different shade of purple and it was hard to find something that worked. I was determined to get this layout documented, so I turned to my Shimmerz and I should have Shimmerz never fail me! I love how this turned out and it's the perfect shades of purple! Here's a close up of my final layout:

I began by taking a sheet of plain white card stock and adding a layer of white gesso to it. Once it was dry, I just added layer on top of layer of Spritz Walkin' A Titght Heliotrope, Creameez Sky's The Limit and Inklingz Precious Posey.  The three of these made the most beautiful tone on tone paper!

Once all of these beautiful purple layers were dry, I turned the page over and began drawing hearts on the back.  I kept them close to being all the same size, however I did make a couple smaller ones that I used to fill in a couple gaps.  Once I had them all drawn, I cut them out and began to arrange them on my layout in a pattern that visually appeared as though they were "falling" on my page. I did add more of the Spritz Walkin' A tight Heliotrop behind the hearts using my brush and splatters to help bring out more of the darker color in my photo. Once dry, I took just the smallest amount of tape runner adhesive and stuck them down, then took this page to my sewing machine and ran a straight stitch down the middle of each heart.

 Once my hearts were in place, I layered my photo, added in some word phrase stickers and small embellishments from my stash and added some purple labels for my journaling and that was it!  Here are some close ups of my final page:

 Thank you so much for joining me today!
I hope you got inspired!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Create Your Own Patterns with Shimmerz | Rubeena I.

Hello, Rubeena here from A Rare Ruby with another post as Creative Design Team member! In today's post, I will be focusing on the beautiful Shimmerz paints.  Have you ever wanted to channel your inner artist and create your own patterns or backgrounds? These paints were absolutely perfect for this activity. I look for ways to create easy cards. I only meant to create one or two backgrounds because they ended up requiring some concentration (sort of meditative). Instead, I ended up with six backgrounds (I had a seventh, but I wasn't too fond of it so I set it aside for another time). To make things less complicated, I selected six random colors and used those for all of the backgrounds. You can search for pattern inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram feeds if you are not able to come up with patterns on your own.


I won't go into details on how I created each background as they were done loosely. It was fun learning about my watercolor brushes, too. I did random brush strokes and shapes and added further details and doodles with black and white pens. Once the backgrounds dried, I taped them to my card bases and added my sentiments and word dies.

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Easy, beautiful cards, right? Check out the shimmer on the last one!! Amazing! I had a lot of fun. I hope you'll be inspired to make your own! I will definitely be creating more because they make me feel like a true artist.

That's all for today. If you place an order, don't forget to mention my name Rubeena in the notes to get yourself a freebie! Thanks for stopping by! Until next time.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Brrr | Anna Komenda

Hello mixed media fans. It's Anna here with my shiny and frosty project. I used Shimmerz mists and paints to create a winter page full of sparkly snowflakes. I chose a picture of my daughter playing with snow and throwing it into the air. It was cold but sunny day and snow sparkled beautifully. 

Using sparkly mists helped me to highlight the winter glow and frost. I used four different shaded of blue to make my snowflakes. I love how all the Vibez combine together.

It's hard to show how sparkly my background is. Shimmerz paints are filled with a lot of shimmering powder and it's so easy to add shine to you projects using them. They also dry with a glossy type of finish.

With background as pretty as that and with so much effort put into making it, you don't want to cover it with embellishments :) That's why I added only few of them here and there.

I am happy how it turned out. As always I have a process video for you.

Products used:

That's all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you next month with another mixed media project.

XO Anna

Saturday, February 17, 2018

'Lovely' Layout | Niki Rowland

Hey there Shimmerz Fans! Niki back with you today sharing a layout and process video creating a bold background. I was inspired by a pink-yellow ombre effect journaling card and thought I'd have a go at re-creating that effect onto a white background.

I started off by painting the bold stripes. I used a wide paintbrush. The yellow is original Shimmerz which is a water colour paint and I could simply dip my brush straight into the pot and paint the stripe. The next colour was the slightly darker yellow/orange which is actually a Vibez Spray - in 'Sunset Strip'. I couldn't fit my wide paintbrush into the bottle so I poured a little bit into a water pot and painted that way. The sprays are very runny so this was more difficult to paint with, however becuase it was so wet it blended really well with the Sunny Shimmerz, which was great for the ombre effect I was going for.

I then moved onto the pinks and I used another original Shimmerz paint for the darker pink and Vibez Pop Art Pink for the lightest one. I then added flicks using coordinating colours over each stripe.

While I was waiting for my stripes to dry I pulled out the word 'Lovely' from a chipboard sheet and had a go at painting that ombre style too. I carefully applied the colours to the word and blended them together to achieve the same ombre effect.

Once my stripes were dry I applied Dazzlerz in Dreamscicle through a stencil onto my background. When everything was dry I behan building up the layers of my layout and embellished using tone on tone embellishments.

To finish off I flicked drops of gold Inklingz in the Miner Miner 49er colour onto my layout.

You can see my process video of this layout below. When you place an order for any Shimmerz products, make sure you pop my name in the comments sections and you will receive a free gift - happy days!

Find me on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love Layout | Missy Whidden

Hey there, friends!  Missy here with a new layout to share.  I used mostly white cardstock on this patterned paper at all.  I used quite a bit of Shimmerz Inklingz, Creameez and even some Blingz to create this pretty Valentine-themed page.

I began by cutting this cute Flower Heart cut file by Paige Evans on white textured cardstock.  I covered the entire thing with clear gesso before peeling it off the cutting mat.  I used a variety of pink, red and purple Inlingz to paint all the flowers.  I blended colors together.  I used water to help them run together and lighten up in some areas.  I let them dry and then added even more color.  I used Inklingz Hot Stuff, Bahama Mama, Plum Crazy, Beets Me, Lover's Lips and Gosh Garnet.  For the leaves, I combined Creameez Pining for You, Lettuce Get Together and Jolly Green Giant.  I used the same colors on the right side and then added in some splatters from Inklingz Miner Miner 49er.

Once everything dried, I very carefully machine stitched around some of the flowers using gold thread.  I love the texture and extra pop of shine it gives.  Here you can see how the paints shine in light!

I cut a few more flowers in varying sizes and created a cluster here on the right.  I used the same colors to paint these as well.  I used an old Martha Stewart leaf punch for these smaller leaves.  I also tucked in some red & pink thread and a few older gold Amy Tangerine epoxy hearts.

To add some lift to my photo, I added some adhesive foam behind it along with some tissue paper.  I love how this creates such great depth once I tuck bits and pieces under the edge like I did these flowers and thread.  I also machine stitched around the edge of the heart here.

I reached into my stash and found some very old Pinkfresh Studio puffy scalloped border stickers which I tucked in at the top and bottom of the photo.  The color matched perfectly.  See how the Miner Miner 49er shines?  I just love it so much!

Check out these gorgeous colors.  Here you can see on this larger flower the gold hints from the Gosh Garnet color.  It's mixed with Lover's Lips here to create more of a red tone, but the Gosh Garnet is actually more of a pink than red.  And it has gold powder mixed in, so it always dries with a golden shimmer!

Here's another angle of all the dimension on the left side.  I went simple with the title and used a matte gold Thicker from my stash.

One more close-up of all the shine!

I hope this inspires you to create a layout "from scratch" and just paint something pretty with only cardstock.  You don't always need a bunch of patterned paper and embellishments.  Make them yourself...woo hoo!

Check out my video here to see how I made this from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Inklingz--Hot Stuff, Bahama Mama, Plum Crazy, Beets Me, Lover's Lips, Gosh Garnet, Miner Miner 49er
Creameez--Pining For You, Lettuce Get Together, Jolly Green Giant
Blingz--Gold Glimmer