Monday, 21 May 2018

"Mel's June Show Class Sneak Peeks"


Hello Colour Blast Fans.
I am sure with all of the sharing, posts and event alerts, you may be aware that Colour Blast are sponsoring a classroom at the Brisbane Scrapbook and Paper Craft Expo! With the event now over 4 days, from Thursday 7th to the Sunday the 10th of June we are looking forward seeing more of you visit us at the stand or even in the classroom. 



To kick off each day, I will be teaching in Session 1 and there will be three different classes (one will be repeated twice) over those 4 days.


Introducing...
Tropical Dreams: Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th at 9:30am till 11:30am.









It has some fabulous and fun techniques to experiment with and will use the Colour Artist Inks, Pastes, Embossing Powders and Shimmer Brush Markers. The kit is jam packed with products with everything you will need to create the layout plus stunning chipboard, stencils and embellishments from Lovely Laser Cuts, Colour Blast and Funky Flairs Studio.

A Moment in TimeFriday 8th at 9:30am till 11:30am.







This kit has some fabulous, neutral papers that we will be transforming with gesso, any of the 18 Colour Blast Artist Inks and a pantry staple!!! That is the secret ingredient to create some fun texture that we will be teaming with laser cut chipboard pieces from Lovely Laser Craft with oversized clock faces. It is a theme that suits so many styles of photographs. We also have a stencil and eclectic embellishment pack to finish it all off.

Sealed with Love and KissesSunday 10th at 9:30am till 11:30am.








Firstly, the kit has a fabulous clear acrylic stamp set that will not only be used for stamping but will be used in conjunction to create the hand made embellishments. You may have read that it also includes a dynamic pouring pack...this is a my big surprise! The Colour Embossing Powders will be used in a whole new way!!! We will be creating faux seals plus your own epoxy look dots and learn how to make custom mixes that will have you so inspired. You will have the entire range of colours to choose from as you create in the classroom....that's 21 AMAZING colours!!! Even if you have never embossed before there is so many techniques to learn from beginner to advanced levels.

Have any of the sneak peeks tempted you at all??? If you click on the highlighted dates, it will link you straight to the class bookings so you can get involved in all the fun of a fabulous event. We are only 3 weeks away from the start of the show and we would love for you to join us in the Colour Blast classroom and visit us at the Colour Blast Stand.

Hope to see you there soon!
Best wishes,
Mel.



Sunday, 20 May 2018

"Just Relaxing" by Melissa Struhs


Hey Everyone. As we approach the middle of the month already I wanted to really make an effort to dig through my chipboard stash. Figured it was also a great time to sort  and reorganise the millions of remnants gathering in a huge container while I searched for pieces that would be suitable for my photo.


I am sure you have probably seen the May Challenge for this month's Colour Blast Creative Corner Challenge....chipboard and Colour Blast? Ha! Too easy. It is very simple to see that my usual stash of photo's gravitates towards to masculine / industrial theme and that it definitely the style of chipboard I have been hoarding.


As I started digging, I found cogs, industrial hanging lanterns and chains and circuitry panels. Some pieces were brand new, others were pieces left over from other projects and others were dug from the deepest valleys of my stash.


I began with Dusty Charcoal Colour Shimmer Spray over the Title, chain and hanging lanterns. These in particular have an etched pattern in them and the Shimmer Spray does not fill the pattern like other mediums would. Two coats were applied and dried off with my heat gun between each layer.


To incorporate some extra large metal cogs into my design, I gave them a matt finish by painting them with Black Heavy Gesso.


1 coat is all it takes to achieve this matt look with full coverage.


On the remaining chipboard cogs, silver ink was applied and then sprinkled with Steel Colour Embossing Powder. I like to do 3 coats on pieces where the shape is quite bulky and the finished look is thick and super glossy.


I tinkered with layering of the patterned paper and shuffling the photo's into place before adding Just Blue Colour Paste


across the top of some stamped script images


and below my focal photo.


While the paste was still wet, I flicked some heavy splashes of Deep Water Colour Shimmer Spray
over the stencilled pieces.


It's only subtle at this stage but by introducing other chipboard elements with the same colour again


plus by adding Deep Water Colour Embossing Powder it would a little more of an intense look.


Forget about hunting for an ink!!! I soaked my chipboard with the shimmer spray and before it was able to soak in too much


covered it in the matching Colour Embossing Powder. 


The look can be patchy and slightly textured and then thick and glossy in some spots. Sometimes that can really be what you love most about it.


All of the layers could be adhered to the layout, I used every chipboard piece to border or frame my photographs.


Even incorporated some hand stitching to anchor the pieces more securely...


especially some the layers that really were only held with a tint bit of glue.


Hope this inspires you to dig through your chipboard stashes and perhaps blend some unusual pieces together in an interesting way. Have a fabulous and creative Colour Blast weekend.

Mel.


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Enjoying These Awesome Moments with Melinda Sweetman

Hello Colour Blasters, how are you this Saturday morning? Winter is getting ever closer and I hope you are keeping warm, if it is even cold where you are!!

I got a new stencil recently and had a play with it on another page which is totally where I got the idea for this page from! 

Here is a little looksy at what I have created



And here are my step-by-step instructions



First up I grabbed a piece of white (textured of course, it is my fave!) card stock and applied a quick, light coat of White Heavy Gesso across the entire page. Next up some stamping! I've used a couple of stamps that have not seen ink and some black Versafine ink right down the middle of page in a vertical column.



When that was dry I added some light modelling paste through my stencil (I seriously LOVE this new stencil!) and left to dry naturally.




I have been meaning to do this technique for AGES. Actually, to re-phrase, I have been meaning to do this technique and not hate what I created so I once again pulled out my Colour Shimmer Dusts in Peacock, Cobalt, Duke and Navy. I sprinkled the tiniest amount of each colour randomly across the stencilled background. You probably can't even see it in my photo but it is there - take a close look on the edge on the right hand side especially!



Add water. Yep, it's as simple as that! Add water and watch the magic happen! Tip and tilt and turn the page to get the colours to move and blend and then dry. I did use my heat tool and I did apply extra colours in a couple of places by simply adding a tiny bit more dust and activating with water. I LOVE this background!



**TIP** 
If you are anything like me and make a MESS when you do this grab a paper towel and/or a baby wipe and where you have colour you don't want you can very easily wipe/rub/dab it away. This will only work if you have applied the gesso in the first place but the excess colour where I don't want it is often why I bin my "failed" attempts!!





I knew that I had a stamp set to use for my title so decided to build my own title/journal card and use it as I would a second photo. I added my stamped title and then my journalling and had some left over space so added another stamped word which I used a little paint brush and the Peacock Colour Shimmer Dust to paint - messy style!! Oh, and splatters on the card ;)



Time to play with layers!! I layered up my photo and title card onto a piece of patterned paper (the photo is popped up), messed up the edges, added a notebook edge scrap of paper and then dove into my Cocoa Vanilla Boys Rule collection for a few stickers and a flair badge to finish of the embellishing.


I added a little more stamping over the top of the colour and paste, I felt the stamping was a little lost. You can also see I have layered some white cotton behind all of my layers, used my tiny attacher for some tiny details and threaded my tag with some black and white twine.


I am so happy with the end project having had no idea what photo I was using to start with!! I have the most fun while experimenting with products and seeing what they do so pull out something you have maybe tried and "failed" at before and get playing!!

You can very faintly see some of the gorgeous shimmer you get when you use the shimmer dusts - it's super hard to capture it flatteringly on camera!!




Oh, I also have a process video for this page over here that you can see! Make sure you subscribe to the Colour Blast YT channel and click the little bell icon so you get notified anytime myself or one of the other girls upload there!

Please share your latest creations over in the Colour Blast Creative Corner FB group, we do love seeing all of your creativity! Until next time, get messy and happy scrapping!!




Melinda
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