Friday, March 4, 2011

Shimmer Paint Techniques - Faux Mother of Pearl

I have loved stamping with Shimmer Paint since Stampin' Up! first offered it two years ago. My favorite way to use it is the Shimmer Paint Spray, but I love using it in so many different ways and I hope you've gotten some inspiration this past week with a few Shimmer Paint techniques. Someone shared the following technique and I have had a lot of fun creating different cards with it and using different colors of ink to finish it. Certainly your interpretation of Mother of Pearl will be different than mine and I hope you play with this Faux Mother of Pearl technique to find the right color combination for yours!

First stamp your image and color it or add whatever detail you'd like. For this card, I used the roses image from Elements of Style stamp set stamped in StazOn Jet Black ink and colored with a variety of Stampin' Markers. Then use a wedge of Sponge, or crumpled up Saran Wrap (both have great blotchy texture) to add a bit of Shimmer Paint over your image. Add as much or as little Shimmer Paint as you'd like, but keep it uneven and splotchy. Set it aside to dry for a few minutes and when it's no longer tacky to your touch, add some color over the top with a Sponge Dauber or with a Brayer. Finally, use a tissue to wipe over the stamped, shimmered and inked image to wipe the extra ink off the Shimmer Paint areas.

For this card, I added Early Espresso ink with a Sponge Dauber. The Early Espresso gives it a nice dark, aged look. If it's too dark for your liking, try a softer color, such as Soft Suede or Crumb Cake. At Technique Club this month, a few of my stampers chose to leave off the added color step, leaving their image whiter and crisper looking, but still with that Mother of Pearl look to them - so beautiful!
Stamps: Elements of Style, Occasional Quotes
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Very Vanilla
Ink: Concord Crush, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Texture Impressions Folder, Oval Die, Modern Label Punch, Basic Jewels Pearls

Here is another example of the Mother of Pearl Technique, using Pretty in Pink ink applied with a Brayer to give a little different look to it. I stamped the line of trees image from that classic Stampin' Up! stamp set Lovely As A Tree. Then I added Frost White Shimmer Paint with crumpled up Saran Wrap and let it dry. Finally, I used my Brayer to add a layer of Pretty in Pink ink over the top. This is really a resist technique, using Shimmer Paint, instead of VersaMark or Embossing Powder, but it gives such a unique look!

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Lovely As A Tree
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Accessories: Jewelery Tag Punch, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

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