Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

by Melissa Andrew

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

If you are looking for a fun new crafting technique then try using Shimmer Craft Spray instead of water to dilute your dye inks. This will create a watercolor background with a ton of beautiful shimmer! After dry, stamp on the background with your favorite VersaFine Clair ink for a finished look.

Supplies

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  • Whimsy Stamp Set – Love Has Four Paws
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cardstock – Kraft, White
  • Stamping Block
  • Heat Tool

Little Bird Advent Calendar

Let the Countdown Begin

by Roni Johnson

Handmade advent calendar made using Hand-cut Monterey Pine birds and old paellet board by Roni Johnson.

Can you believe it, it’s that time of the year again…time to start the countdown to Christmas! This year why not count it down with this darling little bird advent calendar? It’s easy to make and oh-so-stylish.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2-4 hours

Directions

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Step 1

Purchase  or build a small decorative pallet. I chose to make my own using wood scraps salvaged from my woodworking father’s scrap pile. To do so, I cut (14) 1” strips of wood 12” long. I also grabbed (2) 2” wide pieces that were 15” long. The 2” strips of wood were placed vertically on my craft mat. The 12” long pieces were spaced evenly along the runners. Once the spacing was even, each cross member was glued in place with a hot glue gun.

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Step 2

Arrange 24 birds on the pallet in the shape of a Christmas tree. Once you are satisfied with the layout, place a small dot above each bird for nail placement.

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Step 3

Remove the birds and set aside for now. Hammer in 24 finishing nails, one for each dot you made in step 2.

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Step 4

Use scrap paper to mask off the area around the nails. Use Fireworks! spray inks to color the tree. Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy were used in the example. Let the sprays dry completely. Spritz with Bamboo Leaves irRESISTible Texture Spray for a bit of dimension.Remove mask and let dry.

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Step 5

If desired, use a paintbrush to add additional ink around the outside of the tree to soften the hard masked edges. Spray the entire pallet with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. Set the pallet aside to dry.

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Step 6

Decorate the 24 wood birds as desired. This is where you can really let loose and have fun. You can use Memento Dye Inks, StazOn inks, Radiant Neon Inks, Delicata, Brilliance, Fireworks! sprays, Studio Glaze; the list goes on and on. In addition to adding color you might choose to stamp designs, create patterns with irRESISTible Pico Embellishers or Texture Sprays, pouncing inks through stencils, and so much more. Use a single color palette or the entire rainbow, just have fun! Don’t forget to let them dry between layers, and when you’re done decorating.

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Step 7

Insert a tiny eye screw into the back of each bird to allow for hanging. Make sure your eye screws will fit over the nail heads!

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Step 8

Attach a piece of twine or ribbon to the pallet for a hanger. If desired add dots of irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, faux gemstones, half pearls, sequins, etc. to spruce up the tree. The star on the tree was created by inking a piece of chipboard with Gold Delicata ink and hand cutting a rough star shape from the chipboard.

Hang one bird for each day during December. Once the tree has been filled up you’ll be ready for Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to all!

Supplies

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  • Wood pallet or wood scraps
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Eye screws
  • Hot glue gun
  • Large pieces of scrap paper
  • Stamps or stencils (optional)
  • Faux Gemstones, sequins & pearls (optional)
  • Ribbon or Twine

 

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The Adorable One in the Family

Bartles

by Alison Heikkila

A cute scrapbook page featuring the families four-legged loved one Bartles in greens and browns made with torn scrapbook paper, colored ribbon and an inked background using Memenot Inks by Alsion Heikkila.

As the dog days of summer move into the first days of fall (unofficially) I wanted to share this scrapbook page I made of my dog Bartles. Isn’t he adorable???

Skill: Beginner – Intermediate
Time: 40 minutes + dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Start by cropping your photos. Choose background papers by pulling out a color from the photos. I went with an green to match Bartles’ collar. Then choose two additional coordinating cardstock colors. I went with 2 shades of brown. Tear 1 sheet to a width of about 5.” Tear the second color to the width of about 3 1/2.”

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Step 2

Die cut the name of your furry friend, or a cute sentiment, in one of the layer colors. spritz the letters with Frost Shimmer Spritz. Leave to dry.

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Step 3

Tape down a background stencil starting in the corner. Only tape across the top of the stencil so that you can lift it like it’s hinged to see how the ink has been applied. Make sure that the stencil is one that lines up easily with itself so that you can continue the pattern across the page. Using a sponge dauber, apply your ink. I used Rich Cocoa Memento.

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Step 4

Spray the background with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle and let dry. NOTE: None of the pieces have been glued down yet.

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Step 5

Using twill ribbon, use a paint brush to apply Pear Tart Fireworks! I loved the paw prints on this ribbon, and adding the Fireworks made for great color and shine, without covering them up.

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Step 6

Adhere everything down. Stamp a heart on the right side of the page. Using the straw from the Frost spritzer, apply some Sheer Shimmer to the heart.

Supplies

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  • Stampendous – Crusade Stencil
  • Quik Kutz – Diesel Alpha Dies
  • May Arts – Twill ribbon
  • Heidi Swapp – Heart Stamp
  • Cardstock – 3 colors of choice
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Printed photos
  • Adhesive

 

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