A Shimmerz Tutorial!!!

I don't normally do much in the way of tutorials, because they are extremely time consuming and a LOT of work! But I was thrilled to be asked to do one for the How'd They Do That? section of the My Favorite Things forum over on SCS. So I thought I'd share it here too!

I am totally excited to share my Shimmerz Tutorial with you today because a) I LOOOOOVE Shimmerz and b) I’m debuting one of the new MFT February release stamp sets!! Heeheeee! With the MFT Lady’s permission of course!! (Actually she's away at CHA in Anaheim this week and from what I hear, she's lost her voice, so what could she really say, anyway, right??? *insert evil laugh here*)

Now anyone who knows me, knows that I love anything sparkly and shimmery and these lovely little paints definitely fit that bill! Shimmerz are non-toxic, water based paints that are ridiculously shimmery!!! And today I’m going to show you just a few of the ways you can use them!!!

The stamp set I’m giving you a peek at is another amazing creation from Stephanie Fizer and it’s called Tea for Two! I just love it! BUT you won’t be able to order it until next Wednesday, February 4th after the Release Party!! And after you see the pictures of these A-dorable images, I’m going to have to tell Kim to have plenty on hand and available on release night!!

As you may or may not know the Shimmerz come in over 35 different iridescent colours and My Favorite Things has almost all of them in stock!! They come in little pots and all you need is a paintbrush or empty aquapainter to use them! You can use Shimmerz over top of your stamped and coloured images just like paint. You can add a little shimmer to a dress, some flowers or some fur....like I’ve done!!

I stamped the images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Wausau bright white cardstock and coloured them with my Copic markers.




I painted each of the colours of Shimmerz that I currently have on a spare piece of white cardstock so that you can see what they look like with no colour underneath them.




I decided to use the Gold Glimmer on the mouse and bunny fur. This pic is of the mouse image after I’ve painted it. Keep in mind it’s difficult to catch the glimmer and shimmer on camera but I think you get the idea!




Next I decided to add some sparkle to my Prima flowers, so here is a before shot,




.....an after shot.....




.... and a closeup shot. The paint goes right on and dries so quickly and leaves them super shimmery!




I wanted to try Shimmerz on my ribbon too! So I tied a little bow using grosgrain ribbon (don't know why the pic is sideways...can't get it to go straight....anyone????)...



... and painted the Shimmerz directly on the top of the ribbon. Again, it didn’t take long to dry and it was ready to go on my card! Keep in mind that you don’t need to saturate your ribbon or flowers or paper. You only need a little to add some extra glimmer to your project.




I figured why not go all in?? So I decided to try painting my bland, flat looking brads with some Shimmerz too!! Here’s the before .....



.... and after! It takes a little longer to dry because it’s a smooth, non-porous finish.



And here are the finished cards, all pretty and sparkly!! Don’t forget, this stamp set is not available until the release on February 4th, but the Shimmerz are over at the store now!





I hope you enjoyed my attempt at a tutorial!! And have a very SPARKLY day!!!

27 comments:

Janette said...

these are just adorable Kimmie! I too love shimmerz and use it ALL the time- pretty much addicted to the stuff LOL. Great tutorial too

Joy said...

I'm gonna have to get some of that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loooove the sneek peek toooooo!

Cheryl Joshua said...

Such beautiful cards and love that Shimmerz!!!

LizzyWizzy said...

Thats definitely sparkly :-)
Its a really nice effect!

Aud said...

WOW! Thanks for the great tutorial, and your cards look just fab!♥♥♥

Cindy Haffner said...

Kimmie, awesome job, I love the idea of shimmering my brads and primas, TFS.

Danielle said...

Great tutorial Kimmie! Mmm, might be having to add some Shimmerz to my collection - an investment right? - of course!!!
Thanks for yet more enabling, lol!
Hugs
Danielle

andrea murdock said...

I love these cards!! And I must have these images!

Jeanette - said...

Kimmie - great tutorial and you're right, those images are incredible cute!!! Your cards are great!!

joslyn said...

great info!! love that stuff.

Kim said...

AWESOME! A girl can never have too much bling! Fabulous tutorial. I think I gotta get me some of those Shimmerz! I believe they fall into the "almost free" category??? lol

Tori Wild said...

Very cute images and sparkly cards!! I still haven't taken the plunge and ordered any shimmerz, but I think it'll be on my next order!! Great enabling Kimmie! :)

Scrapycandy said...

This was so well done! My first explanation of shimmerz..can you believe it? And I can see why you love it! I'll have to check into this "wild" idea. :)

Tracy said...

Fantastic Kimmie! I think you have another career here. LOL! Seriously I'm new to Shimmerz and didn't realize all of the possiblities until now. AWESOME tutorial Kimmie!!

Hugs,
Tracy

Kelli said...

I have 8 bottles of Shimmerz and JUST tried it last night on a card... I LOVE the effect, I am a glitter addict and this stuff doesn't go up my nose... LOL Great ideas, hmmmm, what else can I make glimmer? LOL

Tracey said...

Fantastic tutorial Kimmie! Thanks for sharing! I think I need to get some of these!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Great Shimmerz tutorial. Love the sparly primas and brads. Cute images!

Christine Riley said...

Great tutorial Kimmie, thanks so much! Love those new images :)
Hugs, Christine

Kelly said...

LOVE Shimmerz!!

Marcea said...

so gorgeous ..... I love sparkle and it looks like you love it even more!!
-x-

Justine said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Since I can't just walk into a craft store, I rely on these to show me what is new or how in the world to use them. Now I NEED it. Can't wait for MFT to be back so I can spend the gift certificates that I purchased on Sunday. Now I will have all 4 sets of Copics. YEA

Diane said...

Oh my,something else to get addicted to!!! TFS your tutorial,the cards look awesome!

Nicole's Scrappin' Corner said...

OMG! Kim thank you so much! That was so informative....you know I'm heading over to ATS and ordering me some shimmerz!
TFS>

retiredheather said...

Wonderful tutuorial and I love shimmerz. I guess I need some now.
Hugs
Heather

Jennifer Love said...

Ooh I love my Shimmerz, too!

Don't forget, you can also add a little of the Pixie Dust or Angel Wings to some reinkers in a palette to make perfectly matched and sparkly watercolors! :D

sandyh50 said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I've been thinking of getting some and this really helps me know what to do with them.

Linda Beeson said...

Very, very nice. Love the before and afters, love those shimmerz buttons.

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