Today there are actually going to be three blog posts but spaced out because my time has been, and still is, all chopped up today. Soph & her family have been visiting with us since Saturday. With the rush of the Sept. 14th deadline for getting my Stamp Classes by Email and Class Planners to subscribers over, today we decided to take a day “off” work and drive into Toronto for some shopping. We had a fantastic time! The only downside is that I hadn’t planned on doing quite as much shopping as I did! The problem of course, is that when you get me into a crafting-related store my willpower turns to mush *lol*
In this first post I’m going to share with you another fun technique you can do with shimmer paint. In the video below I show you how to tint Stampin’ Up!’s frost white shimmer paint with re-inkers. This is such a fun technique and the resulting colors are absolutely gorgeous. I used a 2:3 ratio of re-inker to shimmer paint. So about 2 drops of reinker to three drops of the shimmer paint. The best thing is that with this technique I now have at least 48 colors of shimmer paint now available to me….well actually more because as you’ll see in the video, you can mix colors of reinker to get new colors. I mixed Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie reinkers to get the beautiful tangerine color you see on the flower.
It’s really too bad that the camera can’t adequately pick up the shimmer because in real life it just looks so beautiful. What I was surprised at was how intense the colors were, even though they were mixed with a white paint.
Here’s how I made the card:
- Take a 3″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White CS and punch along one 4″ side using Stampin’ Up!’s spiral punch. Sponge the edges of the Whisper White CS with Tempting Turquoise Classic ink and a wedge of Stamping Sponge.
- Stamp the Good Friend greeting along the bottom of the Whisper White CS piece using Basic Black Classic ink. Set aside for a moment.
- Take a small artist’s palette (from the dollar store) and place two drops of Tempting Turquoise re-inker in one well. In the second well add one drop of Summer Sun reinker and one drop of Pumpkin Pie reinker (this will create a tangerine color). Add three drops of Stampin’ Up!’s frost white shimmer paint into EACH well. Mix each color with it’s own paintbrush (from the dollar store) or a toothpick.
- Take a sponge dauber, dab it into the Tempting Turquoise shimmer paint and then dab it onto the bird image from the Good Friend stamp set. Stamp it onto a scrap of Whisper White CS. Set aside to dry.
- Ink up the beak and the flower in the same way using the tangerine color and stamp them onto a scrap of Whisper White CS. Ink up the bird’s legs with the sponge dauber and tangerine color and stamp them onto the 3″ x 4″ Whisper White CS piece. Position the legs so that it looks like the bird is standing on the greeting.
- Take the images you stamped on the scrap of Whisper White CS and cut them out using your paper snips, being sure to leave a small white border around them.
- Lay the bird on a foam mat. Pierce a hole through the eye using a paper-piercing tool. Insert a black brad from the Vintage Brads collection. Mount them to the Whisper White CS piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- Take a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Taken with Teal CS and fold it in half using your bone folder. Randomly stamp the sparkle image from the Good Friend stamp set in VersaMark ink over the top half of the card front.
- Center and mat a 3″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Kaleidoscope DP along the bottom of the card front.
- Place a small amount of Snail adhesive on the center of the card front along the edge of the DP. Take an 8″ piece of Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain ribbon and wrap it around from behind the card front and stick the ribbon ends to the Snail adhesive on the card front (see video for clarification).
- Stick the Whisper White CS piece to the card front on a slight angle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- Take the stamped flower and pierce a hole through the center using a paper-piercing tool and foam mat. Insert a small corduroy Pumpkin pie brad. Stick it to the card front as shown in the picture using a Stampin’ Dimensional. You’re done!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Here’s a couple of shimmer-paint related tips:
Tip 1: If you have very small containers (about the size of our glitter containers or smaller which you can purchase at most dollar stores) you can actually mix up your shimmer paint colors in them and then save the excess to use later.
Tip 2: Clean the shimmer paint off of your stamps using baby wipes FIRST and then clean them with your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist. Whatever you do, don’t let the paint (in particular the platinum shimmer paint) sit on your stamp for too long as the longer it sits the harder it is to clean off.
Tip 3: Always shake your bottle well between every use.
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Stamps: Good Friends (113740)
Ink: Basic Black Classic ink (101179), Tempting Turquoise reinker (101041), Pumpkin Pie reinker (105229), Summer Sun reinker (101231), Frost White Shimmer Paint (116854), VersaMark pad (102283)
Paper: Whisper White CS (100730), Tempting Turquoise CS (102067), Kaleidoscope DP (115680)
Accessories: Bone Folder (102300), Paper snips (103579), Snail adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stamping Sponges (101610), Spiral punch (108341), Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (110715), Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons (114342), paper-piercing tool (116631), mat pack (105826), Vintage Brads (109109)