Friday, 18 January 2019

Shine Bright by Michelle Henderson

Today I've gone to the dark side.....dark paper that is😁

I have a bundle of Colour Pastes I used in this one. All the warms, plus purple and gold to weld it all together 😍
In all I used Apple of my Eye, Bling, Fire Engine, Royalty, Sunshine and Tangareen Dream.


I spread some directly on to cardstock with my palette knife and stamped with some script and background stamps while it was still wet. I stamped directly into the paste, then on to the cardstock to stamp the excess off. I only did 2-3 colours at a time and dried them off before moving on to the next colours.


  














Loved how it looked once it was all dry!



















Then I used my Gold Shimmer Brush Marker to colour my chipboard,  but I found it wasn't quite gold enough,  so I also used the Colour Shimmer cube in Bling to strengthen it. It was sunny while I was doing it and I kept getting distracted by how beautifully the paint sparkled in the sun.


I also used the same pen to splatter a little around the edges of my background mainly, but also a little on top of the dry pastes.
When I was adding my photo it was hard to know where to put it so as not to cover it too much!

So this is what it ended up like...


And here's a couple of close ups too.



Thanks for checking it out!



Wednesday, 16 January 2019

"Right Here" scrapbook layout by Sue Plumb


Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that I created using my very favourite Colour Blast product - Colour Artist Inks. I just love the bright, vibrant colours of the inks which were perfect for pairing with this photo of my boys with their friend. 


I began my page with a sheet of heavy weight white cardstock and a couple of Colour Shimmer Cubes - Blush and Apple Of My Eye. I wanted to create a simple watercolour background using a couple of contrasting colours.
(Unfortunately the Colour Shimmer Cubes have now been discontinued, but I am sure there are many of you who still have them in your stash waiting to be used. As an alternative, you could use Colour Shimmer Sprays in the same colours applied with a brush.)


To use the cubes, I first sprayed the surface liberally with some water, then left them to moisten for a few minutes. I then used a round brush to apply the colors over my background, starting with Blush applied to a few random areas, then moving onto Apple Of My Eye to fill in the gaps. I used extra water to keep the cube surface wet, and used a clean, wet brush to help the colours move around the page. 
It is important to ensure the pink is dry before moving onto the green, and take care not to overlap them, as this product is a watercolour and WILL reactivate (and pink + green = mud)

Once the shimmer cubes had dried, it was time to start applying some vibrant colour using the Colour Artist Inks. (As the inks are flat colours, I planned to overlap the shimmery colours from the cubes to reactivate them and supply some extra sparkle.) 


I started with Oasis, Cider and Slipper; and simply applied the ink like a watercolour paint using a small round brush. I dipped my brush into the water a couple of times as well, just to add some extra moisture to the page and help the inks move more. I applied each colour one at a time, tipping the page up vertically to create small colour runs, before drying it off. 

I then went back with more Colour Artist Inks (Citrus and Spice) to layer some extra colour over the top. I followed the same process as with the previous colours, tilting the page to create small runs and drying between colours. 


The next step in my process was to add some depth to my page with some stamping. I used the 'Sky of Stars' background stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps, along with black StazOn ink.


At this point I wanted to add some subtle texture to my page, and I also wanted to tie in the subtle green colour I had began my page with; so I used Apple Of My Eye Colour Paste, along with a stencil to add some whimsical style tree branches. (You can see the difference in the paste colour in the process shots between the wet vs dry product - it's much deeper and shimmery!)


After the paste had dried, I wanted to define the focal area of my page, so I added some black spotted tissue paper and some torn pieces of washi tape. I used a small amount of gel matte medium to apply the tissue, and I love the way the paper then "disappears" into the background, just leaving the pattern visible. 


Now it was time for some papery layers. I wanted something bright to match my bright inks and photo, and I found some old Amy Tan papers in my stash that worked perfectly. I also added a couple of coloured paper doilies, a tag tied with twine and some left over pieces of a heart cut file. I secured all my layers in place using a stapler. 


To finish off my page I adhered my photo, a small journalling tag, and a few pieces from the coordinating die cut ephemera pack. 


I then added some small splatters of Calypso Colour Artist Ink. (I know that I usually reach for Soot, but I felt black would be too harsh in this case.)


You can see in the close up how the layers of colour work on top of each other to give the background depth.


I love how the small runs of inky colour extend out below the paper layers.


I couldn't resist but include the cute little acetate pineapple on this page (I had been hoarding it for FAR too long!)


That's all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to get creative - maybe play with some bright colours or pull out some inks and try an easy background like this too?
Until next time, happy scrapping! 


Monday, 14 January 2019

Graduation by Suzanne Franin



Hey Everyone

This weeks project is of my son's Graduation from SEDA 
He did so well, it was the best decision we made to send him there for his last two years of High School
He excelled at all that he did and put 100% into everything
His teacher even said on stage in front of the whole Year 12 classes that Jack was the best student he'd taught in the 7 years that he had worked at SEDA 
So needless to say we were very happy and proud parents

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I started with some Colour Blast Colour Artist Ink Spice drips on the paper (Kaisercraft Time Machine it's embossed so it has parts that the ink won't stay on)




I used the Colour Shimmer Dust Midnight which I made into a spray bottle on the background paper as well and then sprayed some paper clay embellishments you can just see a little bit of shimmer in the photo but if you could see them they have so much shimmer



I had a little dot stencil that I used randomly with the Colour Paste Stormy Weather


I added an Art Pebble to the basketball to give it dimension


I had a Flair Button that I thought was perfect for the page so I added it to a bottle cap but it left a gap so I filled in the gap with some Zinc glass beads and added some wings


Awhile ago I had won a pack and it had the word #swag in it so I coloured it with the Colour Artist Ink Spice that was left over on some paper towel that was still wet by patting it till it was all coloured 
I added some metal accents for some interest and dimension


And I added this Make a Difference disc because that's what I think Jack will do with his life.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon x




Thursday, 10 January 2019

Wild & Free by Suzy Loudon

Welcome back. I hope the New Year has started off well for everyone.
Today's page is all about Colour Shimmer Dusts...those lovely little pots full of colour.


Today I used some watercolour paper. The tags and backing I used to form the background is also watercolour paper. Once stuck down I used Heavy White Gesso through a stencil.


I activated my Colour Shimmer Dusts in my watercolour palette tray. I used Paris, Peacock & Cobalt. Remember you only need a tiny amount as they are very vibrant. You can always add more if you want a brighter colour. These little pots go such a long way.


Using a big paint brush I added the activated Colour Shimmer Dust onto my page. Then quickly sprayed it with water. I dried each area with my heat gun before moving on to the next area.


I did this until my whole page was covered.

I decided to add some definition by activating my Midnight  Colour Shimmer Dust & going around all my edges. Again using a paint brush then spraying with water to make it run slightly.


I then painted my chipboard with Heavy Black Gesso.


And some other chipboard in Heavy White Gesso


For my chipboard title I generously painted with Gesso the sprinkled glitter over it while it was still wet.


I did the same thing with some chipboard feathers.


Once you are finished using your Colour Shimmer Dust. Don't tip it out. Set it aside. The water evaporates leaving behind the Dust ready to be re-activated next time.


To complete my layout I added some finishing touches with some beads, micro beads, mermaid bubbles, art stones, cheese cloth, a flower & silk.




Thanks for looking.
xxx Suzy