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Everything is better when it Shimmerz!

>> Tuesday, September 9, 2008

One of the things I enjoy most about creating projects for the winter/holidays is that I can use lots of glitter and bling because it lends itself well to snow and Christmas. Well, just this week I discovered a new product to me- Shimmerz. Let me just say that I LOVE this stuff. It is a very thin shimmery paint that dries pretty quickly. If you would like to see more info about shimmerz and check out the colors available you can find that at

I have a couple of cards to show you using this cool product.

The first card also uses the polished stone technique. To do this technique you will need:
cotton ball
dye reinker in 1 or 2 colors
metallic reinker
glossy cardstock
rubbing alcohol

First, start by placing about 7 or 8 dabs of metallic reinker directly onto your glossy cardstock. Then wet your cotton ball with the alcohol and place 4 drops of dye reinker onto it (if using 2 colors you would use 2 of each). Here I used gold metallic reinker and wild wasabi dye reinker.

Next, just randomly dab your wet cotton ball with reinker all over your glossy cardstock until the paper is completely covered and you achieve the desired look that you want. If you want more cracking you can go over the paper more than once.

After creating my background I embossed my tree image (which is one of the new releases) with gold embossing powder. I then painted all the shamrocks with olive shimmerz paint and accented with a small gold pearl in each one- this does not show well in my picture at all. There are a couple of extra tips I would like to share with you regarding this technique. The metallic reinker is what causes your paper to marble or get cracks in it. If you try this technique without the metallic it will just have a softer non marbled look to it. Another important thing is the amount of metallic reinker to use. If you use too much, your paper will look "muddy", not enough you won't get the cracking. Be aware that the metallic will rub off on your hands so you need to either "buff" it off a bit with a clean dry cotton ball or spray it with some hair spray. Buffing it with a cotton ball will also help soften it if you find that you used too much metallic reinker. The bow ribbon slide was embossed with gold and painted with angel wings shimmerz. I threaded gold trimmed organdy ribbon over white satin ribbon so I used 2 different ribbons on this card.

stamps- DRS designs L1007, D959

The second card also uses shimmerz paint on my image:

I stamped my snowman image with palette noir and painted it with angel wings shimmerz paint. One tip when using shimmerz- paint your image first then attach it. I noticed that the paper can curl a little so when I painted after matting my image I got a bubble so adhering after painting eliminated getting a bubble in my paper. I then colored both the hat and the scarf parts of the image with my markers, stamped them and cut them out. I attached them to the snowman using pop dots foam adhesive for some dimension. The plaid background was created to coordinate with the plaid in the hat and scarf. I created it using the DRS open plaid stamp which I love because you can customize it using whatever colors you like, using it to make horizontal, vertical or diagonal stripes or a plaid pattern like I did here. I stamped my sentiment and painted over it with shimmerz paint and let dry which only takes a few minutes. After it was dry I punched it out with the circle punch and ran it through my cuttlebug tiny bubbles folder upside down so it would look like a golf ball.

stamps- DRS designs K448, P631, A277

Thanks for sticking with me through the long post. I hope you like the projects and will give the techniques a try. If you do I would love to see what you come up with so be sure to post a comment here with a link to your project so I can check it out. Have a great day!


Etha said...

what beautiful cards!! now how are the shimmerz paints different from lets say twinkling H2Os or Lumiere paints or Luna Lights? Are they an acrylic paint or more like watercolor paints?

Angel said...

both are wonderful! thanks for all the tips!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Both cards are amazing!!! Love the technique on the 1st card but I have friends who would just LOVE the golf ball snowman! VERY clever on both accounts!!TFS

Jennifer E. said...

Janette, I just discovered Shimmerz too! Matter of fact, I just ordered some yesterday! Love your tutorial today & great job with this cards. You've got wonderful Ideas!

Dawn said...

Must get shimmerz! The tutorial is great and this is one of my favorite techniques! Love the cards and the layouts!

JenMarie said...

Ooo, these are fabulous Janette!

Kim Ross said...

Your projects are wonderful! Great work!

My dad is really 'into' golf, so that golf ball is definitely something I'm going to try.

Stac said...

I must say both cards are just wonderful. I am the owner of Shimmering Products (Shimmerz) and I really loved your creativity with Shimmerz. Really great work!! I so happy that you love Shimmerz. I enjoy hearing about what everyone is doing with the product. My Design Team manager let me know about your blog and I'm just thrilled to see what you did.

Cathy I. said...

great job! great use of the ribbon-ribbon slide too!

Jessica G. said...

Gorgeous Christmas tree and perfect technique for the snowman, too! Now I need to try this technique, too!

Heather Lee-Reppen said...

Janette, good job with the shimmerz, it is one of my favorite products.

Sue Strozyk said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards!!! The golfball snowman is so cute! May have to get that one. Beautiful cards. Can't wait to try some "Shimmerz"

Anonymous said...

These are just GORGEOUS!! I love those Shimmerz!! I have some too, but you photographed it so nicely!!

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