Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shimmerz Week

Hi, there, everyone! Leslie, here, to kick off Shimmerz week on the Newsletter! The team has gotten their hands on a few of these delicious little pots of shimmery paint, and we're shining north, south, east and west. You can see all the irresistible Shimmerz colors here.

I've had a great time experimenting with these paints and the many options for using them. Did you know you can even emboss with them? Just sprinkle embossing powder over your image while the paint is still wet, or use a separate container to mix a little clear embossing ink with your Shimmerz paint to insure it stays wet longer. You can stipple a background, or give it a shimmery color wash. You can paint a little shimmer onto your ribbon. Or you can paint right over top of an image you've colored with another medium. That's what I did with the card I'm sharing today.

I used the Peony set and a sentiment from Strawberries. I colored the peony with Copics from the Hollyhock, Evergreen, and Buttercup collections. When that coloring was complete, I painted the pink flower with Orange Sherbet Shimmerz. It gave me a new color and some shimmer to boot. In the areas where I wanted to add shimmer, but didn't want to alter the color, I used Angel Wings, which is clear.



It's difficult to capture the delicate shimmer in a photo and, though I tried, I couldn't manage with just one photo. This angle gives a better idea but, you know, there's nothing like seeing something up close and personal:






Christine has a sample today, too. She's chosen an excellent subject to shimmer up, and did it in a most beautiful manner. She's used the shells from Seaside Life and a sentiment from Beach Life. Here's what she has to say about it:


"I've embossed these pretty shells on our Classic White paper and then painted on the Shimmerz with my water brush. The Shimmerz pots work just like paint (though make sure you shake them really well before you begin so the shimmery material comes to the top). Then I could color in my shell just as I normally would with other coloring mediums. The color in these two selections is lighter (Key Lime and Sky Blue), so it gives it a subtle color with lots of shine. It looks even prettier in person! I also stamped the seaweed on the background with white craft ink, then painted over it with the Key Lime Shimmerz to highlight it. I think it makes it feel more "under the sea". I thought the colors would work perfectly with this BasicGrey Lily Kate paper, a little silk ribbon, and the Kaiser pearls. A soft and delicate feel."




Thank you, Christine! Aren't those shells gorgeous!

Tomorrow the blog team will be sharing samples, and there will be more the rest of the week from the Senior DT. I'm looking forward to seeing all their beautiful cards, and I hope you'll enjoy it, too. Have a wonderful day!

-- Leslie

16 comments:

Our Little Inspirations said...

What lovely cards! I really like how the shimmerz makes the images pop!

Gabriela said...

Wow! Just look at all that shimmer! Your dragon fly DP and pale blue gros grain ribbon are the perfect anchor for your lovely peony, Leslie.

Christine's seashell card is wonderful too.

StampinCathy said...

Shimmerz rocks! I just love how it add that special touch to the cards. The cards are just fabulous and so inspiring.

Etha said...

Oh wow the shimmerz on the shell is absolutely perfect!!
Love the cutting on the peony!

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Beautiful, Leslie and Christine!!! Great designs and I love the shimmerz!!!

Norine said...

beautiful as always love the shimmer
Hugs
Norine

NancyK said...

Gorgeous cards!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Leslie your flower is fantastic! Wonderful shimmerz accent. Christine these shells look awesome! Beautiful cards girls!

Stamping Mutt said...

Both of the samples are just stunning! I've never used Shimmerz before but now I think I will have to get me some to play with. The coloring on both cards just brings the images to life. Thanks for sharing!

Alma =)

Rose Ann said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Leslie & Christine!! I can only image what they must be like IRL!! Wow!!

nancy littrell said...

Thank you Leslie and Christine for your beautiful Shimmerz paint examples and descriptions. I am sure they are even more stunning IRL. TFS

Lila H said...

Leslie - your and Christine's samples are GORGEOUS!!!! of course using those stunning Flourishes images paired with Shimmerz - the results are GORGEOUS!!! I love, love, love those new shell images!!!

Stac said...

Such beautiful cards! Can't wait to see more in the coming days.

leenda said...

Lovely artwork ladies!

TannyP said...

These are absolutely gorgeous!
Loads of shimmery goodness that really makes an image stand out.

dpkennedy said...

Wow ladies! These are stunning! Who doesn't love a little shimmer!!!!