Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Freedom Hair by Rachel Dutko

Hi Colour Blasters! Rachel with you today with my layout

'Freedom Hair"

This is a photo of my sister, and after a lifetime of having to follow strict dress codes and uniforms for school and work, she finally fulfilled a dream.

The first step was to spray Violet and Road Base Colour Sprays onto cardstock. 
I then flicked some splatters with the same 2 sprays.

I then applied Just Blue Colour Paste through a stencil.

Love that shimmer!

Next I coloured some DIY Thickers with water- activated 
Cobalt Colour Shimmer Dust.

I then heat embossed the chipboard stars with Rose Petal Colour Embossing Powder. I coated the jar chipboard with White Heavy Gesso then painted with water-activated Lollipop and Midnight Colour Shimmer Dust.

I matted the photo with some cardstock and added a few embellishments 
and some stamping and doodling.

I finished off with some splatters of Cobalt and Lollipop Colour Shimmer Dusts to tie everything together. 

Thanks for looking

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Live Bigger 2017 with Melinda Sweetman

Hi there and welcome to the Colour Blast blog today! Melinda here with you playing with lots of different products to create a fun, clean, mixed media page!! Yep, you read that correctly, a fun CLEAN mixed media page ;)

If you would like to see this page come together from beginning to end here is the process video

And here are my step-by-steps

First up I picked a paper from a paper pad that I didn't love and gave it a thick-ish coat of White Heavy Gesso with this big paint brush. I used this brush because I wanted to fun texture in the gesso.

After the gesso was dried I added some stamping with black staz-on ink. I wasn't 100% certain where I was going with this just that I wanted lots of colour and texture. I did know it was going to be cut up into smaller pieces so I did a lot of stamping ;)

I just mentioned I wasn't 100% sure where I was going with this so decided to work with the blues and greens in all the different products. 

I have pulled out in order from left to right, back to front, Apple of My Eye, Envy, Deep Water, Singin' The Blues and Just Blue in the Colour Shimmer Sprays, Rainforest, Lagoon, Sapphire and Carribean in the Colour Sprays. On the end is the Steel and Bling Colour Shimmer Sprays which I added as a "neutral".
Navy, Duke, Peacock and Paris in the Colour Shimmer Dust. And finally, Apple of My Eye, Singin' The Blues, Just Blue, Deep Water, Bling and Steel in the Colour Pastes.

I started with the Colour Shimmer Dust in Navy, Duke, Peacock and Paris. I simply sprinkled a little of the dust on the page (completely drying between colours), added water until the colour was very fluid and then tipped and tilted the page to get some colour happening. And above is what it started to look like. 

A little tip when you do this, if you wet an already dried colour it will re-activate so make sure you are using colours that will blend nicely together ;)

Next, I moved onto my sprays. 

I have used Just Blue Colour Shimmer Spray, Apple of My Eye Colour Shimmer Spray and Sapphire Colour Spray. I simply sprayed the colour right where I wanted it and in some cases added a little water to make it more fluid and again, dried thoroughly between colours.

Time for some different texture! I grabbed a 6x6 stencil and used a combination of Apple of My Eye and Deep Water Colour Pastes through the whole stencil on 3 different parts of the page. It is quiet subtle but does give some fun texture and I love it!

With all that black stamping in the background I decided I wanted to bring some more of the black to the front of the page so simply used a paint brush and some packaging and mixed some Black Heavy Gesso with water to make it very fluid and dripped black dots and splatters all over the page. I then left this overnight to dry naturally.

As I was laying in bed trying to sleep the idea hit me - TRIANGLES!! So when I got back to work I used my paper trimmer, scissors and also a quilters ruler and stanley knife to cut all different sized triangle. The stanely knife and quilters ruler were used specifically to cut out the middle of the big triangle! How awesome and fun do these triangles look!! 

And the final step, of course was laying all the triangles out and sticking everything down in a way that I loved.

This was a super fun project to work on and like I said, an AWESOME way to get some fun mixed media on your page without the "messy" look of it!!

Here is my completed page!

I did add a few extra stamps in the background/on top of the triangles and also inked all the way around the edge of my white cardstock with black staz-on, which if you are after a cleaner look you can simply leave off!

Here are a few close ups!

You can see some of the shimmer in this picture, isn't it beautiful?!

I love all the streaky texture from the paint brush with the gesso! And this is also a good one of the texture from the Colour Pastes!

I love, love, love the way all the colours blended together!

So, that is my share for today! I hope I inspire you to just get your products out and PLAY! It's so fun and relaxing!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Monday, 27 March 2017

Captured My Girls by Amy Prior

Hi there Colour Blast fans! Amy Prior back with you all again today, this time sharing a couple of recent mixed media scrapbook pages that I have created using lots of gorgeous Colour Blast products!

This first layout that I have created is titled "My Fav" and features a gorgeous photo of my baby girl Mia who is just about to turn 10. This photo still remains one of my all time faves of Mia!

To create the background like I have here, simply scrape some Heavy Black Gesso through your favourite stencil over a piece of black good quality smooth cardstock. I use Bazzil Cardshoppe cardstock in the colour Licorice Twist for black and Marshmallow for white.

When the Black Heavy Gesso is dry completely, spray some Colour Shimmer Sprays over the top in colours Sunshine, Rose Petal and Envy. Just spray one colour at a time, starting with the yellow, then rose petal, then envy. When spraying, spray really close to the paper to get a nice intense spot of colour and to avoid mixing with the colours next to each other.

The next layout that I have to share with you all is titled "My Girls" and features a cute photo of my girls dressed up in their Monster High costumes ready for Miss Chloe's 5th birthday party back in 2014.

To create the background for this page, I have started with a white piece of smooth mixed media cardstock. Again, I have used Bazzil Cardshoppe cardstock for this page as it handles lots of paint and wet medium perfectly!

To start the background, use a credit card and scrape some Colour Paste in colours Sunshine, Envy and Rose Petal randomly all over the background. Don't worry about covering all the white as a little white showing through is fine.

Once the scraped Colour Paste is completely dry, add some Colour Paste in colours Lipstick, Singin' the Blues, Just Blue, Apple of my Eye, Lovely Lilac and Royalty scraped through a stencil and over the top of the coloured cardstock. 

The best tip for this background is to ensure that the scraped Colour Paste from the first layer is nice and smooth without lumps. It is extremely difficult to stencil over the top of a lumpy background.

Well that is it from me today, thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunkissed Layout by Farrel Tailor

Hello Colour Blast Fans!!! Farrel here to share with you a layout created using a photo I have had in my photo stash for 5 years!
So I hope you have a cup of coffee whilst reading this as I have taken quite a few process pics for you.

Here is the layout I created using the 7 Dots Studio range Cotton Candy.

I started by lightly coating my patterned paper with gel medium.

Next I mixed the ever so delicious Cool Mint Colour Mica Powder with gel medium and used it through a stencil. I used it with gel medium instead of white gesso or modelling paste as I didn't want to loose the vibrant colour that Cool Mint has.

Using the left over paste (as I don't like to let anything go to waste) I used my spatula to create some textured lines onto the layout.

Once I dried it with my heat gun, I then created a cluster for my photo to sit on. I have used some paper, tags and a die cut from the range.

So here I am creating more texture by using Tangareen Dream Colour Paste with an old gift card to create some lines.

I then added some stamping using black archival ink and then sprayed Tangareen Dream Colour Shimmer Spray  and let it run a little on the layout.

I then decided to use the same spray to colour my cheese cloth piece. 

I had a pink flower in my stash and decided to use my finger to rub Tangareen Dream Colour Paste  onto the petals. By doing this I was able to crumple the petals and they held their shape when I dried it.

To finish off the layout, I added more die cuts, stickers, some stamping and a flair.

Thanks for dropping by and hopefully I have inspired you to use a photo that has been siting in your craftroom for years!!

Until next time - Happy Scrappin xx

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Little Alice - Skai Mitchell

Hey Colour Blast fans...

Im popping to to share this sweet little layout of me at 3 years old going to my sisters christening.. I've always said I looked like a little Alice in Wonderland in my blue dress and this just find of fell together with the beautiful Cotton Candy Dreams collections from 7 Dots Studio's

I've used the Colour Shimmer Dusts in Cobalt to give it a moody and flowing background. I have applied a little of the dust to my page with a dry brush, and sprayed water directly to my page. Using a straw, blow it around to give it the flowing effect. 

Using my left over mixture of Shimmer dusts, I've painted some white flowers with it to co-ordinate with the layout. 

Using a stencil from the Cotton Candy range, I've applied some Colour Paste in Tangareen Dream.  I've applied it quite thickly, to give it a nice chunky texture.