Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Product Education Video by Cindy Porter - Colour Embossing Powders

Hi Colour Blast Fans

 Today I would like to share with you a 'Product Education Video.'
This video is about the Colour Blast Colour Embossing Powders.

I hope you find this video both informative and useful.  If you would like to follow our range of 'Product Education Videos' - subscribe to the Colour Blast You Tube Channel here:

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Sunkissed Summer Days by Kristy Abela

Hi everybody. 
I had so much fun with the pink grunge that I tried to do something similar, with a twist. I love this one as it has a real comic book feel to it, check it out! Lots of watery effects and Black & White + One.

 Here is the full layout!

To start with I used a large stamp and stamped half the page filling in gaps and using the part of the stamp that appealed to me the most. Those eyes!! I'm in love...  Make sure you use Archival ink for this step. If you don't you will have colour runs later. 

I had a stamping fail the first time I tried to create the background! As it goes in Mixed Media though... There are no mistakes, only Opportunities! Ephemera, I hear you say.. stay tuned!

Time for some colouring in!! I grabbed a handful of blues and greens. In the end I felt that the Green wasn't the look for this page and in settled on Colour Artist Inks - Calypso and  Colour Shimmer Dust in Peacock, Cobalt, Duke and Midnight. 
TIP: I made some misters - so much easier for me when working on my Glass craft mat.

Using Colour Blast Heavy Gesso in Black I coloured in some of my favorite Dusty Attic Chipboard!! 

TIP: Use a makeup sponge.. Perfect application!
 For the final product I used a little bit of Wax to highlight them. I wanted to keep the background neutral so it would give the Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Paste the focus... You will see that coming up.

I used three different shades of Colour Paste. I put Stormy Weather and Steel side by side on my palette to create some colour variation in the bricks. I used Colour Paste Dusty Charcoal for the numbers. 
I used a graduated hand when applying through my stencil for variation.
I love the way that the stamping came through in some areas.

Look at how cool this turned out!!
I added some extra stamping in an script and some checkers to bring the brickwork closer to the action. 
You can see that in the final image.

And what project is complete without Splatters!! I added some in an earthy tone. We were saturated with Blues and Blacks. I used my Colour Blast Colour Spray in Coffee.


 Here is a close up of the final layout with all the elements blended together. I used a pigment pen to highlight some of the features in the ephemera I created and DONE!!

Make sure that you check out the new release collection from Michelle Grant if you are a Grunge Fan!! 
Her February release is AMAZING!! Graffiti Grunge. 
If i have inspired you pop your project onto Facebook!  
Abela Artistry

Friday, 15 February 2019

You & Me Always by Michelle Henderson

Hi all!

I have a fairly simple layout for you today, but still quite effective I think.

I had seen a page in an old mag where the drips from spray looked like they ran up rather than down, and I thought "That's just wrong" but it stayed in my head and I thought I'd try it myself.

I used the Colour Artist Inks diluted down by about 20:1 as they're so strong.

I first used Calypso,  building up in layers, then a little Marine to strengthen it.

I used gessoed cardstock on the left, and watercolour paper on the right to give you an idea of how different it looks.

Once it was dry, I splattered a little bit of Cider around for a contrast.

After that, I stenciled in the general area of my photo with Colour Paste in Snow White. I heated it so that it puffed up, just love that effect. 

That's really it, just a few little stickers, ephemera, and thread to finish it off 😃

Oh, and I'm a convert  - my drips can run whichever way they please😆

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

"Easter Selfie" by Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project for you. Today I am sharing a mixed media scrapbook layout that features a combination of Colour Spray, Colour Paste, Colour Shimmer Spray and Colour Artist Ink.

I created this page to document a series of fun SnapChat selfies I took with my kids last Easter. (I hadn't intended on taking a series, but once you do it with one of them, you end up doing it with all!)

Here is my layout...

And now for my process.
I began this page with a sheet of white cardstock trimmed down to 11x11" as I intended on matting my page using patterned paper. I started by applying some 'Indigo' Colour Spray to my page with a wide brush using a vertical stroke and keeping the top third of my page free from colour.

Once the spray was dry, I added some 'Punch' Colour Paste to my page, which I applied using a palette knife through a heart stencil from Flutterby Designs. I added the paste in three small sections, which I kept fairly close in to where my photos were going to be placed.
Once dry, I added some small pieces of torn washi tape to begin building the structure of my page. At this point my layout was looking like this...

Now it was time for the photos and embellishments. I dug through my stash and found some old Amy Tangerine supplies I thought would work well, so I added a few bits and pieces as layers before adding my photos on top. I then matted my page onto a sheet of coordinating patterned paper. 

As a number of the pieces I had used had gold foil on them, I decided I need to add a little gold to my background to match. I used 'Bling' Colour Shimmer Spray to add some gold splatters, which I did by flicking the end of the nozzle around my page.

Next, it was time for my page title, which I added along with my handwritten journalling, in the bottom right corner of my page. 

I still felt as though my layout needed a little extra "something" to add colour, so I used 'Grass' Colour Artist Ink and a small, stiff brush to add some very fine splatters around my page.

And with that, my page was complete.
You can see how the addition of the green ink worked in with the green that featured in the embellishments, helping to bring all the elements together.

The placement of the 'Punch' Colour Paste above and below the photos helps to draw the eye through them.

This was a fun page to put together for some fun photos. I hope I have inspired you to get some of your own memories documented too. 

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Monday, 11 February 2019

Imagine by Suzanne Franin

Hey Everyone Suzanne here

My turn on the Colour Blast Blog - make sure you check out the rest of the blog for lots of inspiration and check out the Colour Blast Kit Club - Check what kit would suit you 
It's so convenient everything you need all in one box 

I found this picture of John Lennon with the words to the song Imagine 
It's such a powerful song which we all need to read and do

I primed the canvas with the Colour Blast Heavy White Gesso

I used four different Colour Pastes - Apple of my Eye, Fire Engine, Sunshine and Tangerine Dream

 I used the four different Colour Pastes through the Memory Maze Pavement Stencil scraping each colour letting them overlap here and there
I liked the look of it as it was similar to the photo of John Lennon 

Here I'm rubbing some Dorland's Wax Medium over the paste - 1 it helps the paste from sticking to other thing and two it helps make the effect below (I'm sure there are lots more things I can use it for but we'll get to those)

Once I've heated where the wax is it bubbles all over and gives the pattern a really cool look


I sprayed a paper clay border with Colour Spray Carribean for a different pop of colour

I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk sticker quote that I thought appropriate 

Here I used a Kaisercraft flower, a metal clock face from my stash and a Memory Maze Acrylic Deer Head

I used a Tim Holtz Transparency Globe an old Making Memories ribbon slide and a paper clay man from mum 

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

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Discover by Suzy Loudon

Hi everyone. I hope everyone is doing well. 
I'm back to share another layout.

To begin my layout I used Heavy White Gesso spreading it though a stencil.

Using Walnut  Colour Artist Ink I put some on my craft mat. Then using scrunched up plastic I transferred the ink onto my page.

I repeated this process using Grass  Colour Artist Ink.

Using Marine  Colour Artist Ink I splattered it over the inked area. A little hard to see as it's quite subtle.
I forgot to take a photo but at this point i splattered some water onto the ink to give water splotches.

I embossed over some metal elements using Leather Colour Embossing Powder.

I also embossed some more metals using Envy Colour Embossing Powder.

I also embossed with Leather onto some corrugated board.

I embossed my title with Stormy Weather Colour Embossing Powder.

I embossed my chipboard with Leather but before it set I quickly sprinkled Envy onto it & then heat set.

I sprayed some cheesecloth with Coffee Colour Spray then dried it with a heat gun.

Then the same spraying with Rainforest Colour Spray.

Using my finger I dabbed Stormy Weather Colour Paste on some chipboard.

Using my finger I ran Heavy White Gesso around my photo.

I put all my elements together & glued everything down. I added some art stones then when the glue was dry I dripped some Walnut  Colour Artist Ink over the stones.

And then I was done.
Here's a few close ups.

Thanks for looking.
XXX Suzy