Saturday, 15 May 2010

Shimmerz Technique

This project is so very easy. I got the idea from the Oaks StampScrapArt Tour where I vendor called Just for Fun stamps was using this technique for cards. (If you are a card maker, check out their website for all their premade templates) They used distress inks, but I thought this was a perfect application for Shimmerz! If you like this, I am going to teach this in the August class. It will be great. Shown here is the feminine version. To see colors for the masculine version, go to the forum for the video link.

Any shape can be used with technique, but I chose vertical rectangles. Step one is to cut a template for yourself.

Use a 12 x 12 trimmer, and cut three rectangles. The margin is 1 inch at the top and bottom. Starting from the left, cut the first box 2 1/2 inches wide, starting at once inch in. The second box starts 4 1/4 inches from the left page and is 3 1/2 inches wide. Finally, the third box should be cut 8 1/2 inches in, and is 2 1/2 inches wide.

Step two. Lay the template over a fresh piece of cardstock. Gather several colors of Shimmerz spritz mists. I like to work on my Ranger Craft mat - it's a great way to keep your work space clean. Start to spray them over the template. I like to concentrate the darker colors around the edges with the lighter colors closer to the center. I then usually finish the entire project off with an extra shimmery color like Baby's Breath, Concrete or my favorite, Tuscan Sun.

Step 3 - After you've let your layout dry (usually about 15 minutes) keeping the template over the bottom paper, stamp several images all over the page. I think Staz on is the best. If you haven't tried stamping with Staz on, you will never go back! Nature stamps work beautifully for this, btw, but I could see birthday candles, different size letters or numbers, music notes... Really, there are endless possibilities.

And Voila! Remove the template and you are done! From there you have the basis of a beautiful layout. It's need only photos and some journaling, but stay tuned for next week. I 've order some of the trendy new stick pins. I'm going to finish this layout using some organdy ribbon, some lace, and those new stick pins.

To see a video of this technique, see the link in my forum here.


Belinda said...

It looks great. I can't wait to find out what the stick pins are.

Belinda said...

So THIS is where I saw a demo of shimmerz. I wasn't sure if I saw it here or on youtube, but I knew it was you doing the demo. And I now know what the stick pins are. Imagine...they are the same kinds of pins I used to wear when I was a teenager. They were very "old fashioned" and therefore "hot" at the time.