It’s A Let It Shimmer Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to another Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of shimmery techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products!100609256_10157717189973096_3386834617750257664_n  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my shimmery Out of This World cards and  learning some Shimmer Brush techniques, 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.

For this blog hop, I had a hard time deciding what type to video to create – a tips & tricks or a process video – so I decided to do both.  I had so much fun using my Shimmer Brushes to create these three Out of This World cards and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  

Before we get into the tips & tricks portion of this post, I want to show you a few close-ups of those globe die cuts. These were cut using the Thin Cut from our Aurora Cardmaking kitAren’t those just stunning?? I just love the look of old globes. 

I used our Shimmer Brushes to create the splattered backgrounds and shade two of the globes.  If you would like to know how I made each one of these, you are in luck.  I will be posting a video tutorial on my YouTube Channel later in the week to go along with the video tutorial I have posted below.  

Today, I am going to give you a few Tips when it comes to using our Shimmer Brushes.  I have also included a short little five minute video for you to view. 

For those of you who may want to skip this tutorial and move on with the hop, you can click this link to move on to Melissa Robinson’s Blog.


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TIP #1: Store Shimmer Brushes Upright

This may seem obvious to some, but I realized recently that many people do not know that you should always store them upright.  When they are stored upside down, the ink can drip into the lid and create quite the mess when you open it. 

I like to store mine in our Workspace Wonder Tool Caddy, but I have also seen them stored in a Mason jar or coffee cup. 


TIP #2: Pull the Lid to Open – Do Not Twist

This is another little blunder I have seen commonly done with our Shimmer Brushes. Many people will “twist” the lid open, unsealing the ink within and creating quite the mess. (Just ask my 10 year old niece how fun that is.) 

Now, there are a few times that you might want to twist open that brush which leads us to my next tip. 


TIP #3: Twist to Release Pressure

I often travel to locations in the mountains where there is an increase in elevation and, when I take my Shimmer Brushes, the pressure increases in the base causing it to drip ink all over when I go to use it.  I have found that I can release that built-up pressure by carefully unscrewing the tip and pulling out the brush, then tightly screwing the tip back on. 

After I have replaced the brush tip, I will brush the excess ink off onto my All Purpose Mat or a scrap piece of paper before I begin to use it. 


There you have it.  Just a few tips & tricks for using those awesome Shimmer Brushes in your stash. Oh, by the way – our shimmer brushes are NOT labeled with the colors at the top. That is something I did using a label maker

I can’t wait to share with you how I made each one of those Out of This World cards. I will be posting the process video, later this week, showing you how I used a few of my Shimmer Brushes to create backgrounds, blend watercolors, and create a blended alcohol-ink-like look. 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 for using Shimmer on your projects.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Welcome to the Stencil It! Technique Blog Hop

Today we will be showing you a variety of stenciling techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 93489974_10157352565497934_5733319884578750464_n If you have come here from Maz Wood’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished learning how I created my stenciled brick  background, 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.


When the new May/June catalog arrived, I feel in love with the Make a Splash stamp set.  I couldn’t wait to create something with those adorable polka-dot boots, so I decided to create a card where those boots were the focal point in front of a brick wall background. 

The background of the card was created using our Texture Paste mixed with a Toffee Shimmer Brush. I cut out a brick stencil design, using my Cricut, and applied the paste directly to the card. 


Here are a Few Tips for Using Texture Paste

  • A little goes a long way. You don’t need much for a project.
  • If you want a smoother finish, be sure to use a steady hand as you apply the paste.
  • Apply the paste with patting or even gentle slapping motions for an impasto effect.
  • Always close the lid right away with Opaque Paste. It can dry out quickly.
  • If you’re wanting a light, pastel hue, try mixing some watercolor paint into the paste
  • For a deeper, richer color, add a few drops of re-inker to the texture paste.
  • Add sparkle, like I did, with a little bit of Shimmer Brush ink.

After my Texture Paste had cured, I stamped the sentiment onto the card using Candy Apple Pigment Ink, then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment I used also comes from our Make a Splash stamp set.  Isn’t it the cutest set ever??

After stamping the boot image, I shaded them using our SpectrumNoir TriBlend Markers.  In my video tutorial below, I not only show you how to apply Texture Paste, but I also show you how I used the markers to create the shaded images you see here. 

Once I was done with my coloring,  I added some whimsical polka-dots with White Embossing Powder, then layered them atop some flowers. 


For those of you who would like to know more about how to use Texture Paste with Stencils and how to use our SpectrumNoir Tri Blend Markers, I have created a short video tutorial for you.  


I hope today’s project inspired you use some of your Stencils and give Texture Paste a try.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’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 Stencils on your projects.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

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.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

A Simple Tag for the Distressed Much Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Distressed Much Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of distressing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 89567061_10157192175302934_4011609955382591488_nIf you have come here from Tamara Sandwisch’s blogyou 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.

There are a multitude of ways to distress a project, which, unfortunately, many people avoid because they are worried that they are “doing it wrong”.  I want to assure you that there really is no “wrong way” to distress a project, but there are some great methods you can use to prevent your project from looking like a mess of ink and paper shreds.  As I created my Simple Saint Patrick Day’s tag, I focused on an assortment of distressing techniques that I plan to show to you, today.


Using Pigment Inks for an Old World Look

Most of us only use Pigment inks for heat embossing and blending, but did you know that they create a vintage look when used with Kraft paper? Since Kraft paper is porous, the ink soaks into the paper and causes the stamped image to appear soft and distressed. On my tag,  I used our Family Legacy stamp set with Espresso Pigment ink to create this faded background. 


Inked Edges Created a Worn, Rugged Look

There is such a thing as ‘over-inking” when it comes to distressing with an ink and sponge.  Before you try this technique, you will want to have the correct tools.  If you chose to use a porous sponge, you are going to get a rougher look versus using a smother sponge, like a sponge dauber or blender tool, which gives you a softer look. 

When you are inking the edges, you will want to work from the outside-in.  I usually start by applying the ink, not to my project, but onto my All Purpose Mat and blend towards my project. This prevents huge amounts of ink from getting onto my edges.  I also apply more ink to corners where items would wear down naturally if left over time. 


Roughing the Paper for a Worn Look

There are some who love a torn edge and others who find it all a bit messy.  Personally, I think it depends on your project. If you are creating a piece that looks like it has sat in a box over the years, then it should have some worn down edges. If it is fresh, bright, and new, then a rough torn edge may seem out of place. 

On my project, I wanted the edge of the paper to match the rest of the old-world look, so I took the edge of my scissors and scraped the sides of the die cut heart.  Instead of leaving it white, I chose to add little bit of ink to the sides.


These are just a few of the ways that you can add some distressing to your projects. I hope that you have learned something new and are inspired to pull out your pigment inks, sponges, and scissors to give a little worn look to your projects. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Katy Taylor’s blog to see her work! She always has some amazing projects for you.  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Distressing. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

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