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

Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’s 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.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’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 Coloring Your World.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

Terrific Treats Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Terrific Treats Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of creative treat projects you can make as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79863797_10156957924932934_7951868486660128768_oIf you have come here from Cat’s Nowak’s 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.

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, I decide to use our Oh My Heart products to create a delightful Valentine Petit Four Box with images from our Artiste collection. When I learned that Close to My Heart was bringing back Artiste in digital form, I was beyond excited.  I have always enjoyed the treat boxes, rolled flowers, and tag images in this collection, and am I excited to share with you how I used them on my Terrific Treat project. 

Isn’t this just too stinkin’ cute?! I just love how well the Ballerina, Raspberry, Candy Apple, and Glacier complement each other.  After manipulating each of the Artiste boxes in Cricut Design Space®, I cut the larger box from Candy Apple cardstock, the lid from Pink Plaid paper, then cut the smaller box from Ballerina.

To create the dividers in the box, I inserted two rectangle shapes then attached some partial cut lines. The box itself measures 4″ x 4″ x 2½” with four little 1¾” boxes inside that were decorated with Oh My Heart paper and stickers.  Since most of my projects have a bit of blue, I decided to cut the leaves in the Striped Glacier paper before attaching them to the Rolled Flowers (#M45675).

The Pink Pearls inside each flower were some leftover embellishments that I had from the past, but these could easily be created using White Pearls and a Pink TriBlend Marker. (see how I did this on my You’re My Person cardTo finish the design, I added a Heart Sticker, Silver Embellishing Thread, and a tag created using the Oh My Heart stamp set. 

This Valentine Petit Four Box was a terrific treat to make and made me realize how I much I missed using those rolled flowers in my creations. 

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 creating some Terrific Treats.  I hope that this Valentine Petit Four Box has inspired you to try something new and add little sweetness to your holiday projects.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

Season to Sparkle ~ Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Season to Sparkle Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of holiday projects, full of sparkle, that highlight our current Close to My Heart products!75625500_10156918102997934_526905505541521408_o.jpg If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s 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.

According to my niece, “there is no such thing as too much sparkle & glitter”, especially during the holidays.  My son, who sets up holiday displays for a craft store, would say otherwise as he is picking glitter out of his beard all through December. 😂 I personally believe that there is a happy medium when adding some sparkle to your holiday projects and, today, I am going to show you a few of the glittery details I added to my Sparkling Sleigh Christmas Card.MissCarriesCreations-SparklingSleighCard.jpg

The design of this card is rather simple – two 1¼” strips of embossed White Daisy cardstock, two ¼” strips of Black Glitter paper, and a snowflake background that I cut from White Glitter paper using my Cricut machine. MissCarriesCreations-SliceSnowflakeBackground.JPG

To create the snowflakes, I used an image from our Art Philosophy collection and resized it to 5½” high.  A 2″ x 5½” rectangle shape was added to the canvas, layered atop the snowflake image, and sliced to make my background strip.

Once the background was complete, I stamped a sleigh image using the December Reindeer Crossings stamp set, shaded it with Charcoal & Clear Shimmer Brushes, then cut out the image and placed it onto the card with foam tape.

To add even more sparkle to the card, I brushed Black Shimmer onto a few pine branches that I cut from the Complete Creativity collection, added some Bitty Sparkle accents to the card, and completed the design with a sweet little Stripped Bow.

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I wanted to be able to show you how delightfully sparkly this card is, so I had my dear hubby hold some light above it as I snapped this photograph. What do you think of all that sparkle and shimmer for the holidays??

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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.  I hope that this Sparkling Sleigh Christmas Card has inspired you to try something new and add little shimmer to your holiday projects.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Christmas Nativity Shadowbox for the Heart2Heart Challenge

This week, at the Heart2Heart blog, we are hosting an Anything Goes ~ Holiday Edition challenge and we would love for you to join in the fun.  What does “anything goes” mean? As long as you use some Close to My Heart products in your design, we would love for you to share your HOLIDAY creation with us at Heart2Heart.

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There were a few of you who saw my “accidental” posting and a video hinting of this little creation last week. It has been a while since I have posted a Cricut™ creation with a tutorial, so (another teaser) I will be posting some instructions for this Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box later in the week.

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For now, you get to see this lovely little shadow box I created using some images from our new Complete Creativity Collection.  After stamping the image at the top onto some Mix Ins paper, I cut each on of the town images to fit into the recesses of the shadow box. MissCarriesCreations-BethlehemNativityShadowBox-Town.jpg

The Poinsettia and Evergreen boughs are also from various images in the Complete Creativity collection. After cutting the images from cardstock and vellum, I added a little shine with some Shimmer Brushes.

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If you are interested in creating this Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box, please subscribe to my newsletter,  join my VIP group, or follow me online (FB or IG).  I will be posting the tutorial on each of these for all to see.

I hope that this creation has inspired you and that you join us at Heart2Heart for one of our December challenges. Don’t forget to link up your creations before December 31st.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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