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 Items I Used Today

Create Some Faux Leather Ornaments for Your Tree

We are in the midst of a renovating and redecorating our home, which means that I get to make some new home decor items for Christmas. If you have been following me online, you know that I can’t resist using my Cricut™ whenever possible, and today is no exception.  To match our new decor, I have created these simple Faux Leather Ornaments using the Free SVGS in the Holiday Cheer Bundle.

When you purchase any of the Holiday Cheer kits, your kit includes free SvG images which are designed to help you recreate more tags and ornaments. These can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or, in my case, home decor items. Unfortunately, the SvGs and kits are only available through November 30th, so you will want to order them soon if you plan on creating these ornaments.

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To learn how find your SvG images & upload them, you can view a tutorial here. 

Once I uploaded and resized the SVG ornaments in Design Space™, I added some Close to My Heart images that would be cut from Iron-On Vinyl for my ornaments. The Deer & Wreath images are from the Flower Market Collection and the Tree is from our Digital Art Bundle 

Each of the Ornaments was cut from Faux Leather on my Air 2. When using Faux Leather, you will need to make sure to place the shiny side down and mirror your images before cutting. MissCarriesCreations-HolidayCheerSvGOrnaments-CutLeather.jpg

You will do the same with your HTV – shiny side down & mirror the images. After the Iron-On Vinyl (HTV) has been cut, you will remove the excess vinyl from the clear backing sheet, leaving only the cut image on the liner – this is known as weeding. MissCarriesCreations-HolidayCheerSvGOrnaments-weedvinyl.jpgTo apply my HTV onto the ornaments, I am using a Cricut EasyPress Mini™.  This little gem is perfect for small projects like this.  To determine the heat setting I used the Interactive Heat Guide which told me the temperature and heat time, then I applied my vinyl to the faux leather ornaments. misscarriescreations-holidaycheersvgornaments-heat.jpg

The final step was to add a backing and some bows for embellishment. Since many of you are new to Iron-On Vinyl and using Design Space™, I have created a process video for you, to show you how I created each of the ornaments.

 

I hope that this project has inspired you and encouraged you use your Cricut™ this week.  Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or would like to suggest more Cricut™ projects.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Here is the list of supplies that I used on my creation today

Holiday Cheer Tag & Ornament Kit (CC101915)
Holiday Cheer SVG Images
MissCarriesCreations-FamilyHistorySVG
Family History Digital Art SVG
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Cricut Explore Air 2

MissCarriesCreations-FlowerMarket
Flower Market Cricut Collection

Cricut EasyPress Mini™, Raspberry
Cricut EasyPress Mini

Z3574
Gold Heat Transfer Vinyl

Cricut® Everyday Iron-On™Mini Sampler, Classics
Everyday Iron-On Mini Sampler
Cricut® Faux Leather - Pebbled, Patina Sampler
Faux Leather

White Everyday Iron-On

Z2045
All Purpose Mat

Weeding Tool SetWeeding Tool Set

Z3569
Sangria Ribbon
Z4217
Story By Stacy Short Story (Ribbon)
XL Scraper
Extra Large Scraper

StandardGrip Machine Mat, 12" x 12" (2 ct)
Cricut Standard Grip Mat