Out of This World Cards with Shimmer Brushes

Earlier this week, I showed you some simple tricks to help you with your Shimmer Brushes and promised you a tutorial showing a few techniques you could use on your projects.  Well, it took me a little longer than I hoped to finish the video, but it is complete and ready for you to enjoy. 

For those of you who would like to know more about how I created each of these cards, you can continue reading about my project after you view video. 

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My original goal, was to show you how to use our Shimmer Brushes to create a single card, but there are just so many techniques to share, so I chose instead, to create three cards and share just a few of those techniques with you today.  

Each one of these cards was created using the Aurora Cardmaking Kit. If you are a member of my VIP group or you follow CTMH on Facebook, you were able to join a live event showing how to make the cards in this kit. Well, I decided that since I already have the kit, I would make a few more cards using those wonderful little globe die cuts and my Shimmer Brushes. 

Let’s start out by taking a look at the backgrounds I created on each of the cards.  All three have a splatter pattern in the background, but each one was created a little differently using a Shimmer Brush. 

On two of the cards I created a simple diagonal splatter pattern. One card has more of a condensed pattern while the other is a little larger and more random. 

To create the condensed pattern, I removed some of the ink from the Julep Shimmer brush, held it close to the cardstock, and forcefully tapped the brush causing more ink to fly off the brush. On the second card, I removed the excess ink, held the brush a little higher above the cardstock, then lightly tapped the Charcoal Shimmer brush. 

On the third card, I chose to add some paint swishes and create a much larger droplet on my splatter pattern.  I light brushed the Toffee Shimmer across the cardstock, then loaded the brush with ink and tapped it lightly in a diagonal direction across the cardstock. 

Each of these techniques creates a slightly different look to your background pattern.♥   Now let’s take a look at the globes I created and how I used the Shimmer Brushes to create those beautiful blended colors. 

The first globe was shaded using a mix of Mint and Lagoon Shimmer ink.  I shaded the entire globe in Mint, then allowed a large amount of Lagoon ink to soak and blend into the edges of the die cut. 

On the second globe, I used watercolor pencils that I blended with a Clear Shimmer brush.  After I shaded the die cut with the green and blue watercolor pencils,  I used the shimmer brush like a waterbrush to blend the colors. 


Wasn’t that fun?! Now you have a few new techniques you can use when you are creating your projects with Shimmer Brushes.  I hope today’s project inspired you to create something new and that you give a few of these techniques a try. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

A Mosaic Tile Card for the Color Dare Challenge

Forgive me for the lack of creations this week. It has been quite an emotional one for me. As I was attempted to create for the Color Dare blog, I honestly struggled. I don’t know about you, but emotions really affect my creative process. Before I tell you about the card I created, let me first show you the beautiful spring colors we have for you to use this week at the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.

These colors come from our current Mix-Ins paper collection and they are simply delightful and some of my favorites in the new catalog.  Peacock and Peach are one of my favorite combinations, but instead of using just those two, I chose to use all the colors on a simple watercolor mosaic card. 

If you are a member of my VIP group, you were able to watch me as I created this card.  I decided to start sharing a little of my creative brain with my VIPs a few times a month as they get a little look at my crafting space and the projects I am working on. This week, they saw how I made this card unedited and unscripted. Yep, that was frightening

The flower image for this card came from our A Million Little Things stamp set which was stamped onto watercolor paper using Intense Black Ink. 

After the ink had set a few minutes, I started shading the background and the image with Watercolor Pencils.  With watercolors, nothing is ever perfect. Remember how I said my emotions have been affecting my creative brain – well, this card reflects every bit of that. 

I used shades of Linen, Peacock, and Mint for the background and shades of Peach for the flowers.  To add a little sparkle, I brushed the flowers with our Peach Shimmer Brush which is much darker than I anticipated it to be.  After creating the mosaic tile pattern, I added a sentiment stamped onto vellum and backed the design with Peacock cardstock. 

Simple and easy to make and something to get my creative neurons firing again.  

I hope this card inspired you and that you will consider joining us for another Color Dare challenge.  All you need to do is link your photo to the blog before June 11th. 

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A Watercolor Card for the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of heat embossing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 85046186_10157103154262934_7513137689042878464_o If you have come here from Michelle Johns’ Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

This week, I decided to pull out the watercolor pencils, white embossing powder, and floral stamps to create a very simple heat-embossed card.  It’s been a while since I have painted an image, and, to be honest, I forgot how much I enjoyed it.

Since this is a “Technique” blog hop”, I will be showing you a few tips to create your own Watercolor Roses card and provide you with a simple video showing you how to use embossing powders.  


I began creating my card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper with White Pigment ink using images from the Love These People stamp set.  These images were randomly stamped along the left side of the paper.  I chose White Pigment instead of VersaMark so that I could see the images after I had stamped them. 

Once the images had been stamped, I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to set the powder.  I did notice that a few of my leaf images didn’t touch the other images like I wanted them to. Instead of trying to re-stamp the leaves, I used an Embossing Ink Pen and drew an extension of the stems. 

As I shaded the images, I used the raised embossing powder as a sort of “dam” for my colors. On this card, I shaded the images with Watercolor Pencils using the “pencil palette method”, but you could use watercolor paints instead.  

After the paint was dry, I splattered the image with Gold Shimmer, added some Liquid Glass Dots, then framed it in a Kraft Stitched Rectangle.  The only embellishments are a simple burlap strand bow and some gold gems. 

If you would like to learn more Embossing Powder Techniques,  you will enjoy this Fab Friday Find tutorial I created last year for my VIP Group. 


I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you learn something new about Heat Embossing.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Tamara Sandwisch’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using our heat embossing products.  

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These Are My People Blog Hop

Welcome to the These are My People Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety of projects using the These Are My People Collection. 90342996_10157279803947686_9053784544502611968_nIf you have come here from Kathy Burrows blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog

Our These are My People papers and stickers are full of vibrant colors and patterns which I chose to use on this Simply Stickers card.  Many of you probably use stickers primary for scrapbooks, but did you know that they are also perfect for your card making projects.  Let me share with you a few ways that you can use stickers on your handmade cards. 


Cut Them Up to Fit Your Project

Don’t panic! It’s okay to cut apart your stickers.  Let’s take a look at what the These are My People sticker sheet looks like. 

Do you see that Green Border strip with the dots at the top?  That is the sticker I cut apart to create the top and bottom border of my card.  I simply placed the sticker sheet into my paper trimmer, and cut off the dots. 

Color Your Stickers to Make Them Pop

Sometimes, stickers need a little color.  On the sticker sheet, the two larger rose stickers had white leaves and the small rose was completely white. To bring more of the green color in from my border and heart, I used watercolors to shade the leaves. The small rose was shaded pink.  

Use the Phrases As Sentiments

Many of our sticker sheets come with fun phrases for your scrapbook pages. These phrases also make wonderful card sentiments.  You can chose to use them as is, or use them to create a sentence like I did on my Lilac Dragonfly Card.  On this card, I used the bold, typeset sentiment across the bottom of the card. I like how it grounds the images and puts the focus on the sentiment. 

I hope that today’s project inspired you to pull out a few of your sticker sheets and create a some cards for your home dwelling friends.  

Now ‘Hop” on over to Kim Loewen’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the These Are My People products are only available, while supplies last, until April 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can save 20% on these products.

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Say it With Flowers

for the H2H Challenge

Each month, at the Heart2Heart Blog, we have a variety of paper crafting challenges for you. With spring right around the corner, we are inviting you to Say it with Flowers and show off your flowery designs.  Our Design Team has created some beautiful floral creations to inspire you this week. We would love for you to stop by the Heart2Heart blog, view each one of our creations, and join the challenge this month.  

If you are a member of my VIP Group, you had a chance to see me create this card first hand during my Fab Friday Find video.  The pattern for this floral creation came from our Make It From Your Heart Volume Four How To Book which features over twenty four card patterns that you can create.  I chose to alter this pattern a little, which I show in my video, but the inspiration for the card came directly from the how to book.

Being able to personalize a pattern is one of the reasons I enjoy our How To Books.  You can be inspired by a single pattern and use it as a launching point to make a beautiful creation. 

On my card, I chose to stamp some images from our Cherishing Her stamp set onto watercolor paper to create the background.  After shading it with watercolor pencils and adhering to the card base, I stitched a strip of vellum in place, added that whimsical bow paper, some black velvet ribbon, and layers of our Celebrate Today vellum die cuts.  I am a sucker for  on all those bright cheerful colors in the midst of winter. 

I hope that this card has inspired you to create a floral creation this week, and share that creation with us at the Heart2Heart blog.  While you are there, make sure to take a look at the other challenges we have for you this month.  

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