Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Birthday Tags by Rachel Dutko

Hi Colour Blast fans!

If you are like me with kids at school, you know there are a lot of friends, 
and a lot of birthdays! 
My project today is some birthday tags for my sons' friends!

So here is how I created my tags-

I started by die-cutting some tags from cardstock. 
I then applied Tangareen Dream Colour Paste through some different stencils.

Next I defined the edges by applying Rainforest Colour Spray around the edges with the straw from the bottle. I also added some splatters of Carribean Colour Spray. Once it had dried I decided the tags needed more definition, so I repeated these steps with Road Base Colour Spray.

I then die-cut some more shapes and sprayed 
with Carribean Colour Spray.

To create my cute little robots, I stamped some robots onto watercolour paper with Versamark, then heat embossed with Dusty Charcoal Colour Embossing Powder.

I then coloured my robots with Singin' the Blues and Fire Engine Colour Shimmer Cubes, Saffron Colour Spray and water-activated Amber and Peacock Colour Shimmer Dusts.

I coloured some wood veneer stars with White Heavy Gesso, then heat embossed with Sunshine Colour Embossing Powder.

Then to finish off I could personalise them with a name and age.

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Colour Shimmer Cube Storage & Watercolour Wonder by Selena Stevens

I have noticed a lot of talk about how to store the Colour Shimmer Cubes, so today I will show you how I store mine.  And at the end I will show you an art journal page I did with them.

This is a link to a time lapse video of when I put the Colour Shimmer Cube Storage together.  Or click below

Lets begin...

I had a tin that contained tissues that was the perfect size for the storage of my Colour Shimmer Cubes.

I placed sticky velcro dots on the underside of the Colour Shimmer Cubes (SunshineBlush, Apple of My EyeRose Petal, Lovely LilacSiennaDusty Charcoal and Blush).  These were then stuck to the tin.

Watercolour paper was cut to size and a grid drawn onto it corresponding with the number of colour Shimmer Cubes.  The colour was painted onto the watercolour so that at a quick glance it is easy to see and sometimes colours dry lighter.  This was also stuck on to the underside of the lid with sticky velcro dots.

Don't forget that the Colour Shimmer Cubes are best stored with their lids off so that they can dry out.

Now onto my art journal page...

Here is a link to a time-lapse video of this page. Or click below

I am going to predominantly be using the Colour Shimmer Cubes to create an art journal page today.

To begin remove the top layer of the tissue with the design.  These tissues were gifted to me from a friend, the brand is Santoro.  It is glued onto my Strathmore Mixed Media Soft Cover Art Journal page with Matte Medium, ensuring that all of the air bubbles are removed with an old credit card.


Aqua Primer is applied over the dried tissue paper in a thin layer.  As the photo shows above, the tissue can still be seen through the medium and it has become textured in places.  Not only does this primer add texture but it also helps with priming the page for watercolour use.


I extended the dress to the bottom of the page and using a paintbrush I wet the area with a brush.  Colour Shimmer Cubes (Sunshine, Blush, Rose Petal and Lovely Lilac) were added randomly to the dress by using a paintbrush and flicks, allow the colour to spread into each other to cover the white area.   While this area is wet a stencil (Brand unknown) was applied until the area is dried.  Lift it off to have the pattern of the stencil left.


Colour Shimmer Cubes were used to add colour in the flower, the same colours as the dress were used and Sienna was used to colour her hair.  I do love the Colour Shimmer Cube Sienna colour – it’s so deep and rich!  While the Colour Shimmer Cubes are drying, Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Santa’s Flesh) was added to the girls face and hand.  Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Dark Victorian Teal) was painted onto the background.


The girls eye colour was added with Colour Shimmer Cubes (Apple of My eye).  I painted a heart above her hand with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Hydrangea Pink).  Shading was added to the girl with Prismacolour coloured pencils (Dark Purple, Chestnut, Scarlet Lake, Cream).  Details and highlights were added with a Uniball Insight black pen and a Posca white paint pen.  


I also went back to the dress and added another layer of Colour shimmer Cube in the same colours as previously and a stencil to get the effect that was described above.


I hope you enjoyed this and I would love to see what you create with these ideas.

Happy creating

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

August Colour Blast Challenge by Tracey Campbell

 Hello and welcome everyone to the Colour Blast Blog. A wonderful place to gather and get inspiration or to join in the fun. This month Colour Blast has kicked off it's very own challenge for everyone to join in and to win a prize!! Even though I can't win the challenge as a Design Team member I wanted to have fun and play along so I created this layout titled Mermaid Hair... don't care.
If you want to join in the fun of the challenge you just need to create a piece of artwork that meets the criteria listed below and then upload it to the August Challenge Album on the Colour Blast Creative Corner Facebook Page.

To kick off my layout I did the plastic packaging technique where you apply some liquid colour to the plastic and then press it down onto your cardstock. This technique works well with both the Colour Sprays and Colour Shimmer Sprays. Here you can see me using Royalty Colour Shimmer Spray.

One of the products to use for the challenge is Colour Spray - for this layout I used both Bubblegum and Carribean Colour Sprays to build up my background with the plastic packaging technique.

Here is what the background looked like once I have finished the plastic packaging technique on it. I love how this technique gives a water like painting effect.

 The second product to use for the challenge was Colour Paste, so I applied some Bling Colour Paste through a stencil over the top of my background.

The final product was Colour Mica Powder which I mixed up with some Dimensional Magic to create a super shimmery media that when dries looks awesome and can go on to just about every surface or object. Here you can see me mixing a small amount of Cool Mint Colour Mica Powder with the Dimensional Magic.

Once I had mixed the Colour Mica Powder into the liquid I applied small dots to my background using a wooden skewer.

Here is what the background looks like now.

As I a little of the Colour Mica Powder and the Dimensional Magic goes a long way I had some left over so I applied the surplus to some wood veneer hearts.

I had a heap of fun using the three products in the criteria of the challenge and it was super easy to do as all the Colour Blast products mix and match so well.
To finish off my layout I applied some pattern paper, stickers and a title.

Well I hope that I have inspired you to get out your Colour Blast products and to give our very first Colour Blast Challenge a go.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

"Timeless" by Amanda H

Hello Colour Blast fans!

I love that Colour Blast has 21 colours in our base range of products - that means that every month our team can come up with a variety of colour combinations! I keep finding new ways to combine the colours - this month, I have combined cool colours: Deep Water and Apple of my Eye with the earthy metallic tones of Leather and Stormy Weather. And it is perfect for this windmill photo taken during my trip to Amsterdam.

Here is a sneak peek, before we look at the steps I followed to create the page.

I started with a white cardstock base, and using two Colour Pastes: Stormy Weather and Leather, I swiped them through a stencil.

I used both colours through the stencil at the same time, and I like the effect of the two colours together.
While my Colour Paste is drying, I used White Heavy Gesso to paint some chipboard and wood veneer cogs. I will be embossing these cogs, and I quite like the different effect you can get by painting the pieces with gesso before embossing.
Then, I heat emboss the cogs using Colour Embossing Powder in Stormy Weather and Deep Water.


Lastly, I grabbed my beautiful Colour Shimmer Cube in Apple of my Eye, to create some drippy effects on the page. I loaded quite a lot of water and colour on a brush and, holding the page vertical, I let it drip down the page.
I also add some generous splatters of colour from the Colour Shimmer Cubes, in Apple of my Eye and Leather.

All that done, I am ready to assemble my page, with a few extra papers and embellishments.
Here is my final page and some close ups.... I really do love the combination of colours I created for this page!

Thanks for looking today. And please remember that we love seeing your creations in our sharing group on Facebook: Colour Blast Creative Corner. What is your lastest favourite colour combo?