Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Tags by Joyce

Like so many of you, Autumn is my favorite time of year.  Now, and when I was a kid, if I find a pile of faded dead leaves ahead of me on my walking path, I stomp on them just to hear the crunchy noise they make under my shoes.

These tags weren't anything like I thought they would turn out to be. You know how you have a certain idea in your head while creating, and a little happy accident materializes? Well, these are my little happy accidents. I first spritz over bright colors of yellow, orange, green and red and they were just too bright for my taste that day. I added some gesso over my work to tone down the colors, and by doing so, the colors blended and toned down to warm dusty autumn colors.  I added some elements I received in some happy mail from my art buddy and soon the tags were creating themselves. I love it when that happens!

Shimmerz Products use on this project were as follows:

Spritz - Tuscan Sun, and Olive Branch
Vibez-Snow Storm

Coloringz-Bleeding Heart, and Mandarin Mai Tai

I hope you experience a little happy accident too.

Thank you for letting me share with you.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gelli Printing with Shimmerz Products | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello artsy friends! It's Zinia here and welcome back to the Shimmerz blog!
Today I'm going to show you how you can use a gelli plate with your Shimmerz Products. If you are not familiar with a gelli plate it's basically a big piece of soft silicone that you use to create unique prints.

The most common paints to use on gelli plates are acrylics. You can totally use your favorite Acri-Tonez but for this page I decided to do something more interesting and show you how to use sprays and watercolors on your plate.

If you tried this before you'd notice that when your medium is watery and thin it tends to bead up and doesn't cover the plate evenly. To fix that we need to use some other medium to hold our watercolors/sprays in place.

You can use a couple of different things. Depending on what you use you might get slightly different results so go ahead and experiment with whatever you have. So to keep the colors from beading up you need to cover your plate with a layer of gel medium. This will basically work as a transparent layer of acrylic paint that will make your mists and watercolors stay wherever you put them on the plate.

You can use gel medium with any finish you prefer. I usually go for matte but if you want to use shimmery colors you should probably try a gloss medium that will allow the shimmer to shine through.

Some alternatives you can try instead of gel medium are our very own Dazzlerz and Paste-eez (I'd avoid Texturez as the gritty parts may damage your plate). Even though they have some opacity, if you don't put a very thick layer on, your colors will still show through beautifully. Also you can make use of the fact that these pastes come in different colors and use that to your advantage.

Here is a full list of the supplies I used to create this page:

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 to use your Shimmerz products in new creative ways. Until next time, happy crafting.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall Inspired Tags with Shona

Hello Shimmerz fans!! It feels like Fall here. The leaves are changing, the air is chilly and I am loving all of the fall colors. Today I have two large Fall colored tags to share.


First I did some stencil work with Salt of the Earth Paste-eez. I than added some warm colors of Quit Yer Wine-n and Hot Fudge Vibez. I also used a paint brush and added some Miner Miner 49er Inklingz.

More close ups.


Check out our Facebook page for lots of inspiration and share with us what you created with Shimmerz! Look for us on Instagram too! There is an amazing sale on right now too! Don’t forget to mention my name at the store checkout for your free sample of Shimmerz!!

Take care and happy scrapping!  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Traveler's Notebook Layout with Nicole & Free Product Promotion!!!

Hello Shimmerz Fans!
Nicole here and today I have a fun Travelers Notebook entry for you!
I've been really getting into TN's lately, I know...a little late to the game, but I was intimidated by them at first. I really wasn't sure what I wanted to use mine for. Then I just started doing what I do...create.  I had one insert for art journaling and one that was blank. I had no clue what I wanted to do with it.  I've seen so many people create layouts with them, but I hesitated for the longest time to use it for that because then my layouts wouldn't be all together. And finally I realized that that was OK! All of them didn't have to be on 12x12 papers in my big fancy album.  All of that space can be intimidating sometimes, especially if I'm going thru a creative block. The TN's are much smaller, less intimidating, and boy-o-boy did it go much faster!  I tend to really over think my projects, but I really didn't with this size. I'll definately be doing a lot more with these!
So, here's my final TN spread:

I began by choosing my papers. I went thru all of my scraps and picked out those that caught my eye. These papers happened to be from a Hip Kit from a few months ago. I love the chevron pattern...that caught my eye right away! Then I went on the search for matching pieces and found another 12x12 paper that had the beautiful larger flower that I fussy cut on the left. Once I had my paper lined up how I wanted it, it was time for my Shimmerz! I wanted the shimmery pop from behind my flowers and this beautiful paper to make everything sparkle and come together!  I did the simple packaging technique and added in just two different colors: Vibez in jeni B Bleu and Inklingz in Precious Posey.  Once everything was dry, I adhered my papers, added my title, some chipboard stickers and ephemera that I wanted to use up and placed in my houses, butterfly, bird and other flowers.  And really that was it! It just fell together so nicely!  Here's a look at my final spread:

Thanks so much for joining me today!  

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Birthday Fun! | Adrienne Alvis

Hey, hey, Shimmerz Paints fans! I'm here today with a really FUN layout documenting my daughter's 8th birthday that I created using some Paste-eez, Vibez, and Coloringz!

I began the design for my layout with a piece of gray and white diagonal striped pattern paper and a stamp from my stash that spells out "FUN". I placed the photo of my daughter in the general area where I wanted it to be and stamped the "FUN" sentiment around my page in random places. I used some StazOn ink in black for the stamping because it dries quickly and doesn't run when I add color or watercolor ink to it.

I used a dry watercolor brush and dipped it in some Vibez, "Razzledazzle Berry" and Coloringz in "No Yoking" and "Mamma Sings the Blues" and lightly brushed the colors inside of the "FUN" stamp outlines.

Next, I added some textured dots or "sprinkles" all around my layout using a stencil and some Paste-eez smooth dimensional paste in "Baby Boy Blue". I love how the Paste-eez has a flat finish without any shimmer or shine to it. 

Next, I added some letter stickers next to one of the stamped sentiments to create my title. I love how the colors mix with the pops of black and white around my page! To complete my design, I added several large fringed butterfly embellishments and called it done!

Using a stamp word phrase or sentiment and some Shimmerz Paints spray ink is a great way to add a little twist (and color) to your page or project! Thanks for joining me and I hope you have a wonderful day!