Friday, November 13, 2009

Product Focus: Shimmer Paint

Have you seen the Shimmer Paint in the Holiday mini? I have been sitting on mine for a while, and now that I have seen what can be done with it, I am wondering why I did!

1. The basic application is to shake the Shimmer Paint bottle and open. Use the paint that collects in the lid, with a sponge dauber, to apply paint directly onto your stamp. Use the paint sparingly, so it doesn't pool between the stamp details. Play with it to get a feel for the amount you need. And this paint is water soluble, so you can clean your stamp like normal on your Stampin' Scrub.

The Shimmer Paint comes in three varieties, Frost White and Champagne, which are both translucent, and Platinum, which is opaque. It also dries very quickly. I stamped this card with Platinum Shimmer Paint, and it gives a very nice "embossed-like" look without the embossing powder and heat gun (this card inspired by "stamperjen0" on SCS). Another example of Platinum Shimmer Paint is Linda's make & take from the Syracuse shoebox swap here.

2. Another basic technique would be to sponge the paint from the lid directly onto your project.

I created these Thanksgiving place cards by sponging Shimmer Paint directly onto the die-cut leaves and Designer Series Paper.

The leaves were cut with the Leaves #2 die, then embossed with the Texture Plates Kit #4, and I then sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink and Champagne Shimmer Paint.

3. The Shimmer Paint can be mixed with reinker to create a colored stamp image that also has some sheen to it.

On this card, I used the basic sponge-dauber-to-stamp application to create a subtle background with Snow Swirled and Champagne Shimmer Paint.

I also mixed Bordering Blue ink and Champagne Shimmer Paint to create a shimmery snowflake on one of the scalloped squares. Capturing the sheen is a photographic challenge, for sure!

4. Another way to use this paint is to mix the shimmer paint and reinkers and paint line images with the mixture. Again this would give the image a nice sheen, great for Holiday cards.

5. And this option, which I just love, is to mix the paint with 70% rubbing alcohol in a mister bottle. You can spray this mixture on your paper for a lovely all-over sheen.

And here is a close up of the Kraft background layer, which is sprayed with the shimmer mixture. This card is a CASE of jentimko's card on SCS.

I hope you take some time to play with Shimmer Paint. Really a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by!


Chris said...

great stuff on your blog!

HeathersHobby said...

What a great post! I *love* the textured leaves with the sponged paint! Gorgeous!