Friday, 15 March 2019

All Grown Up by Michelle Henderson

I've just seen my baby off to another city to live - she's now 18 and starting Uni, so I've been reflecting on's just so hard to believe she's old enough!!

At least I have more time to scrap!

I thought I'd do a little free style today, to get me back into the swing of things...and flowers being one of my favourite things that's what I started with.

I got out my Colour Artist Inks, and with Slipper thinned right down, painted some loose circles.

I went over them again in a messy spiral with slightly more concentrated Slipper.

Once they were dry, I used some Bordeaux to give more depth.

I did the same process with the leaves, using two different concentrations of Grass, and then a little Mermaid for highlights. I also spattered lightly near the flowers.

For detailing, I used a .3 Uni pen to scribble the flowers and leaves, plus a little at the bottom (I did this later) where I was placing a second cluster.

Time to add the photo and embellies!

Thanks for joining me today 😃

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

"Remember This" by Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! 
Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features a combination of Colour Spray, Colour Shimmer Spray, and Colour Paste. It also features a photo of my kids that I took at Easter time at school last year.

For this layout I decided to pull out some products that I hadn't used in a while - my sprays. (Since the Colour Artist Inks were released I have tended to use those more often as I like the brighter, more vibrant colours and they also tend to fit better with the techniques I use.) However, I didn't want my older supplies being totally neglected so I decided to re-visit them for this page. 

I began by sticking a stencil over the top third of my page, masking off the areas that I din't want sprayed with the Colour Spray using scrap paper. (I always stick my stencils down with old washi tape, as it makes removal so much easier afterwards.) I started with a light spray of Lagoon, then added a little Saffron over the top. 

Once I had applied a light covering, I carefully removed the stencil and allowed it to dry. You can see how I chose a stencil with a very "organic" pattern, and how when I masked off the top edge I did it with paper torn unevenly to avoid a straight edge along the top.

Next, I want to go for a completely different look in the bottom portion of the page. I selected some complimentary Colour Shimmer Sprays (Deep Water, Sunshine and Apple of My Eye) and applied the spray directly from the bottles using a brush. I added small amounts of colour along the bottom edge of the stencilled section of the page, holding the cardstock vertically and allowing the colour to run down the page. 

I started with the Deep Water spray, then followed with Sunshine and Apple of My Eye. I allowed a short time for each colour to dry a little before moving onto the next one. I also tried to place the colours to limit the amount of blending that would occur, as I wanted each one to be visible. (You can see how they look once dry in the bottom photo below.)

With all my "runs" in place, it was time to work on the line where they met the stencilled pattern above on the page. I wanted to add a little texture, and also define the focal point for my layout, so I chose a stencil so I could apply a single floral line. Just like the sprays I had used, I also wanted a combination of colours so I chose Sunshine, Singin' the Blues and Apple of My Eye Colour Pastes

I used a narrow palette knife and started with the Sunshine paste, applying it to the stencil without covering it completely. I then added the Apple of My Eye and Singin' the Blues pastes, filling in the gaps I had left and overlapping the colours. 

The result was a gorgeous mix that showcased all three colours within the stencilled design, and blended perfectly with the sprays I had already applied to the page. I then left the paste to dry.

Once dry, I was happy with my background and set about creating the structure of my page. Again I did some stash-busting and used some older supplies (this time some scraps of a Jillibean Soup collection from long ago) that matched perfectly with my colour palette.

I added a torn strip of paper along the focal line of my page, as well as a couple of strips along the top edge of my page. I then used various pieces of paper, along with coordinating die cuts and stickers to create layers under and around my photo. 

Next, I fussy cut a number of butterflies from one of the patterned papers, which I adhered along the paint runs in the bottom section of the page. I stuck each butterfly by the middle section only, allowing me to bend up the wings away from the page to give it dimension.

To help balance out all the butterflies in the bottom section of my page, I also added a small embellishment cluster near the top edge of my layout. 

To finish off my layout I used a roller stamp and some grey ink to stamp out the word smile repeatedly near the butterflies. 

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by. I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. 
Until then, happy scrapping! 

Monday, 11 March 2019

Poison or Passion by Suzanne Franin

Hey Everyone Suzanne here

On the Colour Blast Blog today I'm sharing a bottle - is it a poison or a passion potion in it LOL

For some reason I have so many bottles and no I don't drink alcohol   hahaha
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So I used some Colour Blast products to decorate the bottle with 

I wanted to coat the bottle with just the Colour Artist Ink Soot but each time I put a bit in it wouldn't stay
So I tried to add some Colour Shimmer Dust Midnight with some water and then swirling it and trying to dry into place but that didn't look how I wanted it either  

So out came the black gesso it was nearly empty so I added water to the container and got as much of the black out as I could so between the three products I managed to fill the bottle and lid not as shimmery as I wanted but in certain light you can see the sparkle

Then I used one of the Colour Blast Linked in Metal Die using book paper

Then using the Colour Embossing Powder Deep Water I embossed some paper clay pieces and then stamped a little stamp heart I had onto the lid and then three times onto the spoon

I tied the spoon with some twine to make it look like that's what you will drink the potion with

Here you can see the beautiful colour of the Deep Water Colour Embossing Powder

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

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Happy Days by Suzy Loudon

Hi everyone. I am back to share another layout with you.

To begin with I cut strips of black & white print paper. Then glued them down in a cross pattern on white card.

I activated some Duke Colour  Shimmer Dust with water.

I pipetted some onto my page. Then sprayed these spots with a squirt of water to spread around.

I tore around the edge of my page. Then grabbed another white card which I stamped around the edge then inked. The top page was then stuck down onto the backing card.

I painted my chipboard with Heavy Black Gesso.

Using my finger I dabbed some Just Blue  Colour Paste in a few areas on the chipboard.

First I embossed my title with Dusty Charcoal  Colour Embossing Powder. After heating it but before it set I quickly sprinkled some Just Blue  Colour Embossing Powder then heat set.

I activated my Just Blue Shimmer Cube with water before painting some white flowers.

Using my activated Duke  Colour Shimmer Dust I painted some white flowers. It had been a few days since I began so a lot of the water had evaporated so I put some onto my craft mat then added some water to dilute it a little. Once painted I dabbed the darker mix onto the edges of my flowers,

I sprayed some Road Base  Colour Spray onto some more white flowers.

After putting all my elements together I finished it off by adding some micro beads.

Here are a few more close ups.

Thanks for looking.
xxx Suzy

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Blue Magnolia by Kristy Abela

Hi Colour Blasters, 
This time round I have done something a little different. While I was preparing my class for Scrapbook Superstore in Penrith I had a play at creating a new Colour Blast Colour Paste shade to use with my papers as the standard colours just didn't match... We scrappers like things to match or compliment don't we??

So this is how it began...
I grabbed all my pots of Blues in the Colour Blast Colour Pastes: Just Blue, Singing the blues, Deep water and my Favourite Envy!! I swatched them and compared them to the paper I was working on. None of them made me happy so while I had all my pots out together I tried blending them...

I was starting to get some really cool variations on the standard colours. And made some notes on the rough ratio so I could reproduce the colour later. 


Once I had decided on which colour to use I made up a bigger batch. I used Colour Paste in Envy and Just Blue in a ratio of 4:1 so I didn't lose that super green shade in the blue. 

 I found that I lost some of the blue... and had to top up so I changed my ratio to 5:2.


Now I could get on with using my Michelle Grant Stencil - Live your Dreams.

Here are a few images from the finished layout. I hope next time you don't have the EXACT shade you do some colour matching too.

Let me know how you go by posting your experiments on our Facebook Page - Colour Blast Creative Corner.

Abela Artistry