For my final sneak peek from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue I decided to experiment. So I pulled out the new Frost White Shimmer Paint, some white and coloured card, and ink refills. I had really no idea where this was headed so I turned on the camera and just started filming.
It didn’t take me long to realise that I love this Shimmer Paint. Although it will also be available in Bright Copper, Champagne Mist and Vegas Gold, the Frost White has me hooked. I’m sure the other colours will definitely end up in my craft studio before long too.
Shimmer Paint can be used on fabric, like the new 4″ x 5″ cotton drawstring Santa’s Bags. If using Shimmer Paint on fabric you will need to heat set it though. Zapping it with the Heat Tool is also a good way to dry the paint on card if you’re impatient like me.
I use a small glass tealight holder for water when I’m painting so I’m less likely to spill it. I found that it’s easy to clean up Shimmer Paint as it easily washes out of the paintbrush. I’d finished filming the video and was washing the brush when I saw the water shimmering. Yes, the water was discoloured by the ink I’d used to tint the Shimmer Paint, but it did give me another idea.
What if I used that ‘dirty’ water to wet a piece of Watercolor Paper and create a background. Of course I had to try it. Once the paper was washed with the ‘waste’ water, I squeezed a couple of drops of Pool Party ink onto the card. Then I spread the ink around a little with a paintbrush and set it aside to dry.
Coming back to it later I found I’d created Watercolor Paper with a subtle shimmer just like Shimmery White Card. Admittedly, the shimmer is very subtle, and incredibly hard to photograph, but it’s there. Next time I’ll deliberately add more Shimmer Paint to water to get a more obvious effect.
From there my project was born, beginning with Pool Party Card, cut and scored using my Stampin’ Trimmer. I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
With Multipurpose Liquid Glue, the watercoloured panel was attached to a layer of Shimmery White Card, then added to the card base.
A length of Whisper White 5/8″ Polka Dot Ribbon was folded in half then a piece of 1/8″ Whisper White Sheer Ribbon was wrapped around it and tied in a small bow. The ribbon was then attached to the top corner of the watercoloured panel with Mini Glue Dots.
TIP – I always use a strong ‘dry’ adhesive such as Mini Glue Dots or Tear & Tape Adhesive to attach ribbon as this prevents any glue oozing out. However, when used on lacy materials, like the Polka Dot Ribbon, the adhesive might not be completely covered. So once the ribbon is attached, I lightly tap over the top of it with an Embossing Buddy. A tiny amount of the powder sticks to any gluey residue, and will stop it sticking to anything else. If the background card is dark, and the powder likely to show, tap the residue with your finger instead. The oils on your finger will have the same effect.
The large ‘seasons greetings’ sentiment comes from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue.
Starting with a piece of Shimmery White Card wiped with an Embossing Buddy, I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink. Then Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder was sprinkled over the sticky ink and the excess tapped off. Next I checked for and removed some stray specks of powder which would ruin the finished effect. Finally, once I was happy, I melted the rest of the powder with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Now I needed to cut out the sentiment and chose the Layering Ovals Framelits for this. Using my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform I used the #6 plain-edged die (counting from the smallest up). Then I used the #7 plain-edged oval to cut a piece of Sparkle Glimmer Paper to go under the sentiment.
Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, the sentiment was mounted onto the Glimmer Paper, then fixed to the card front.
SIMPLE FINISHING TOUCHES
In the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set I discovered a small but really pretty flourish image. This would be perfect to decorate the inside of the card and envelope.
I wiped the Embossing Buddy over a layer of Whisper White Card and the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Then I stamped the flourish image twice in the bottom left and top right corners. Once I’d sprinkled the images with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess, I checked for stray specks. Finally I was ready to melt the powder with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
All that was left was to fix the Whisper White layer inside the card base with liquid glue and my project was complete.
I must say that I love the combination of Pool Party and white for winter cards. It’s a very fresh colour scheme don’t you think?
You’ll find more project ideas using the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set in my previous blog posts:
Well that’s all the sneak peeks I have for you. Not that I’ve run out of new products or ideas, but the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue goes live tomorrow! That means you’ll be able to order all these lovely goodies that I’ve had so much fun playing with over the past month. In the next day or so I’ll be going back over my previous blog posts and adding product lists to make finding these new goodies easier.
Don’t forget, if you earned Bonus Days coupons last month that you only have until September 30th to spend them. I’m sure you’ll find lots of things in the Annual and Holiday Catalogues to tempt you. Perhaps Shimmer Paint will be included in your order, then you could experiment too…