Today, I am sharing two quick ways of using your Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays to create fun and vibrant backgrounds. These spray inks can be used on cards or even in your art journals, decorative tags, and more. The best part is that you won’t be wasting any of that precious inks used and the shimmer on the finished backgrounds is simply gorgeous.
I have limited space for craft supplies and am always looking for ways to get multiple uses out of a single supply. One way to accomplish this, for example, is to keep a stash of white paper flowers in different sizes and color them to match your project. This way, you don’t have to make room for multiple packages of pre-colored flowers. See how I create a Rose Gold Dragonfly theme gift tag using several of Imagine and Tsukineko inks.
Skill: Beginner Time: 1 hour
Apply Brilliance Ink to mat, add Shimmer Spray, use to color paper flower. Allow to dry.
Repeat step one for multiple flowers.
Add dots of clear IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher to flowers. Allow to dry.
Apply Brilliance Ink in Pearlescent Coral to the mat, add Shimmer Spray and lay tag down into wet ink. Allow to dry.
Stamp diamond pattern, with Brilliance, to sections of tag.
Stamp script onto tag with Delicata Golden Glitz.
Edge tag with Brilliance.
Stamp Dragonfly image and saying with VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne.
Embellish with dots of Tuxedo Black IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher.
Apply Rose Gold Sheer Shimmer Stix to edge of flowers.
We are so excited to tell you about a new product that will be hitting the market soon—not only is Sheer Shimmer going to be available in Rose Gold, but also in an all-new easy applicator! Sheer Shimmer Stix can be held like a pen to swipe the dauber top applicator over a project surface to effortlessly and cleanly apply the elegant sheer shimmer you already love.
Sheer Shimmer Stix Color Swatches:
Quick Facts about Shimmer Stix
Same elegant Sheer Shimmer effect as the sprays
Swipe-on application for controlled results
Stix dauber top allows for quick, uniform, large surface area application
Keep your eye on the blog all month where our artists are going to show you some awesome technique ideas for this new product and the announcement they are ready to order!
Adding décor to preschoolers bedrooms is sometimes a tough challenge. Decor needs to be able to withstand the playfulness of a child while bringing a bit of imagination to the space. I chose to create a papercraft T-Rex dinosaur in shimmer, black and green as a solution to this problem. By using a Creative Medium Shimmer to decoupage, the décor becomes tough, playful and creative!
Skill: Beginner Time: 30 minutes + dry time
Cut out strips of green tissue paper then cut strips into smaller squares.
Apply a small portion of Creative Medium Shimmer with a paint brush to the body of the dinosaur. Adhere square tissue paper over the medium. Continue to cover the dinosaur with tissue paper until the entire body is covered. Creative Medium dries quickly when thinly applied.
Take one of Imagine’s InkBlushers and dab with Tuxedo Black Memento ink to create scales on the dinosaur. The thick end of the Ink Blusher can be used for covering the large open areas while the thin edge can be used for the fine details around the feet.
Add eyes to the dinosaur by using the Fantastix and Memento ink. Draw an eye on either side of the head. Let dry. Add any other fun details to make it personal.
Once fully covered, apply a thick layer of Creative Medium over all the tissue paper to seal any remaining bits of paper and to also create a smooth surface. Let dry. Display and let the T-rex spark your young one’s exploration of the Jurassic period!
Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.
Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou
Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.
I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.
Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.
Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
Ultra fine glitter
Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila
I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card! I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.