Thursday, 18 January 2018

Day 4 Product Introduction - Colour Artist Inks

Welcome to Day 4 of our product introduction!  

Today we are introducing you to our Colour Artist Inks.  Our Colour Artist Inks are a water based liquid ink.


Colour Range
There are 18 colours available in the Colour Artist Inks.

Directions
Shake well before use.  For use on paper, cardstock, plastic, metal, wood, chipboard and other surfaces.  Ink is water soluble - semi permanent when dry, therefore you can layer other wet mediums on top of the ink with minimal running of ink.  However, it may take a few days or more for them to dry enough for you to be able to layer other mediums on them. 
It is acid free, non-toxic and non flammable.


Tips
These inks are very strong in pigment, so a little goes a long way.

Storage
Store your Colour Artist Inks in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.  

Techniques
1. These inks are water soluble, so they mix really well to create your own custom colours.
 DT member Selena Stevens has demonstrated how to custom mix your own colours in this blog post - Creating your own Colours.  Selena created 171 colours using the 18 Colour Artist Inks.


2. Use a paint brush to paint your surface with the Colour Artist Inks.



3. Using paper or cardstock, spray your surface with water.  Paint the Colour Artist Inks on your surface and watch the inks bleed on the paper.  

4.Use the Colour Artist inks to colour your embellishments from lace to ribbons, to flowers and many other embellishments.


5. Apply gesso to your surfaces such as cardstock or paper.  You can then use a eye dropper to add ink to your project.  You can then use a heat tool to dry the ink.  The ink will then pool and create a rippal effect.

  
What you can do with our Colour Artist Ink is endless. These are my most favourite product to create with.  We have a design team that create projects using our products. For further techniques and ideas, please follow our blog.

The Colour Artist Inks are available for purchase from your local stockist or via our website.

We are looking forward to sharing our 3rd product with you tomorrow - Colour Sprays.

Thanks
Tenisha

"Follow Your Rainbow" by Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog today and I'm super excited about today's share, it is one of my new favourite layouts and it came together so quickly!


The idea for the page began with this cute little embellishment (below) from the Pink Fresh Studio "Dream On" collection. I decided I wanted to create my own larger rainbow to match the one in the embellishment.  I went to the Silhouette store and found a simple but cute one.  I went with Punch and Sunshine Colour Shimmer Sprays to colour it with, they were the perfect match.  I simply sprayed it onto the pieces as they sat on top of a paper towel and let them dry.  I was also really happy with how flat they ended up, after some initial curling, they flattened out really well.


I then found some other elements I knew I wanted to use and went about matching a Colour Shimmer Cube to the these.  I decided on Envy, I do love love love this one.  To create my background, I have used both the Colour Shimmer Spray and the Colour Shimmer Cube beginning with the packaging technique with the spray followed by splatters using the cube.  It's a go-to technique for me, I just love the end result, soft and delicate and as someone once told me, even the splatters are neat (which as a clean mixed media gal, I love) - I'll tell you my trick for creating this look below.


You might be able to sneak a peak of the pencil lines on the page above.  I always have a plan for the design of my page BEFORE I start misting, and these mark where my photo is going to go.  
I find having a guide, and limit on where my mixed media is to go keeps the design tight and helps keep everything "neat" looking.  If I know exactly where the boundaries of my photo and embellishments are going, its easy to see where the mixed media needs to be. 


So, I now have my background done and the main feature (my rainbow) done.  Next, I wanted to pull out some phrases.  I had a few chosen from the embellishments in the pack, but also found these "Dear Lizzy" Watercolour words in the bottom of my stash.  Rather than watercolour them though, I thought it might be nice to use the Blush Colour Embossing Powder.  Don't they look pretty!!


Ok, so now I had all my elements ready to go, it was time to create the page.  Working from the top down and bottom up, I created a single wide row of elements down the centre of my page.
I've mixed and match a stack of embellishments and just love how it all turned out.  This collection was so fun to work with and matched my Colour Blast so well!


Above you can see the pretty Envy splatters and below a close up of the Colour Embossing Powder.


I give this project a "mess level" of Low.  Very little mess and a really clean look.  I love how adding the Colour Blast to die cuts keeps it all neat and clean BUT I don't miss out on all that beautiful shimmer.  

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this page inspires you to pull out your Colour Shimmer Sprays and die cut machine and mist away!  As always, be sure to share your creations, I really love seeing what you all make.
Until next time,
Gwen
xox



Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Day 3 Product Introduction - Colour Embossing Powder

Welcome to Day 3 of our product introduction!

Today we are introducing to you our Colour Embossing Powders.  Our Colour Embossing Powders have been been designed for mixed media, so they are not a clean fine detailed embossing powder.  When you use these embossing powder you will be left with a MICA residue.  We DO NOT recommend this embossing powder for those TRADITIONAL paper crafter's who like a clean finish.

Colour Range
There are 21 colours available in the Colour Embossing Powders - same colour range as our Colour Paste and Colour Shimmer Sprays  - allowing you to use different mediums that match.
Directions
Shake well before use. Apply a wet ink to the surface.  Sprinkle embossing powder onto the wet inked area.  Sprinkle excess embossing powder back into the jar.  Use a heat tool to melt the powder.  Repeat this process for a desired finish.    

Storage
Store your Colour Embossing Powder in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.  

Techniques
1. Use any wet ink - ink your surface ie chipboard with ink and then open the embossing powder and sprinkle over your chipboard.  Dust off the excess embossing powder and use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder.  You can repeat this process as many times as you like until you get the look you are after.

2. You can stamp using embossing powder.  Use a wet ink to stamp your image onto your surface and then pour embossing powder onto your image.  Dust off the excess embossing powder and use your heat tool to melt the embossing powder.


3. Stencil with your embossing powder.  Place a stencil onto your surface and use a wet ink over the surface of the stencil.  Remove the stencil and sprinkle embossing powder over the stenciled image.  Dust off the excess embossing powder and melt with your heat tool.



4. Emboss Metals by covering the surface of the metals with a wet ink and then sprinkle embossing powder onto the surface of the metal.  Use your heat tool to melt the embossing powder.



5. Sprinkle embossing powder into wet mediums such as Colour Paste - so use a stencil and spread Colour Paste across your surface (while it is still wet) sprinkle embossing powder over the Colour Paste and then use your heat tool to set the Colour Paste and Embossing Powder.




What you can do with our Colour Embossing Powders is endless. We have a design team that create projects using our products. For further techniques and ideas, please follow our blog.

The Colour Embossing Powders are available for purchase from your local stockist or via our online website.

We are looking forward to sharing our 4th product with you tomorrow - Colour Artist Inks.

Thanks
Tenisha

"Brave Heart" by Sue Plumb


Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share, but for this one I decided to mix it up a bit by creating an A4 sized page. I don't often create in this size, but as the photo I chose to work with was only 3x4", I thought it would work better on a smaller scale page. (And I must say, I liked the change!)




This page was actually inspired by the quote I used. It was one I found in a magazine quite a while ago, and I had cut it out and filed it away; but this week it really spoke to me so I wanted to create a piece using it.

I began my page by creating my background. I had an A4 sized sheet of cardstock, which I primed with White Heavy Gesso (I used an old gift card to get thin, even coverage); then once it had dried I started adding some colour. I used Steel Colour Shimmer Spray, which I applied simply by adding a couple of sprays very close to the surface (so it would pool rather than fan out). I then spread the colour using a wide brush.



Once the spray had dried, I then added some further colour to define my focal areas using Colour Artist Inks. The colours I chose were Barley; Rust and Soot as they worked perfectly with the small amount of colour shown in my photo.
(Great news - the Colour Artist Inks are now available direct from the Colour Blast store - shop for them HERE)



To apply the inks, I sprayed a small amount of water first to wet the surface, before adding a few drops of Barley with a brush. I then added a little more water with my brush, which allowed me to move the colour around my page. I then used a heat gun to dry it before repeating the process with the Rust ink, which I also dried with a heat gun.



The next step in my process was to add some depth and interest to my background by stamping with some mark making stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps and Staz On ink.



Next, it was time to add further depth and some texture to my page, so I grabbed my Bling Colour Paste and a thin palette knife and spread small amounts randomly around my page.



I then used Soot Colour Artist Ink and a small, stiff nylon bristle brush to add some black splatters. (This ink makes the perfect splatters!)




Now it was time to add some focal images. In keeping with the steampunk style colour scheme I had used, and also because of the key word strength in my quote; I chose some images of a water pipe I had previously stamped onto tissue paper. (I used a small amount of matte medium to apply them, but you could even use a simple glue stick.)

I also added a couple of layers behind where my photo was going to go. I used a cute heart piece that I cut from white cardstock using a heart wreath die from Uniquely Creative; along with some frayed gauze for texture before mounting my photo on top.



After my photo was in place, I added a cute wood veneer frame from D-lish Scraps over the top.



I then added my quote, along with a wood veneer arrow from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.



Next, I added my Brave Heart title down in the bottom right corner of my page. This was also a Viva Las VegaStamps image that I had already stamped onto tissue paper.



Finally, to tie in the heart theme and also to add some more dimension to my page; I added a Charms Creations handmade heart embellishment with another wood veneer arrow mounted on top of it.




I am really happy how this one came together, and so pleased I was able to use the quote I had saved. (I knew one day it would speak to me!)
Here's a final look at some of the colours and textures on my page (look at that Bling Colour Paste shine!)



I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! 


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Day 2 Product Introduction - Colour Shimmer Sprays

Welcome to Day 2 of our product introduction!  

Today we are introducing to you our Colour Shimmer Sprays.  Our Colour Shimmer Sprays are a water based iridescent shimmer spray with no base dye colour.  This range was created to be used on DARK SURFACES, however it can be used an light surfaces too depending on the look you are trying to create.


Colour Range
There are 21 colours available in the Colour Shimmer Sprays - same colour range as our Colour Paste and Colour Embossing Powder - allowing you to use different mediums that match.

Directions
Mix well before use, however DO NOT shake the bottle up and down as you may cause the spray nozzle to block.  Swirl the bottle in circles side to side to mix up the contents.  Spray directly onto porous surfaces for coverage.  Recommended to seal your projects with sealer spray to protect your project.  The Colour Shimmer Spray is water based, acid free, non-toxic and non flammable.  

Tips
If your spray nozzle becomes blocked - unscrew the nozzle from the bottle and remove the stem from the spray nozzle.  Run hot water through the spray nozzle as you will find the nozzle becomes blocked due to fragments of mica powder being lodged in the stem of the nozzle.  Reattach the stem to the nozzle, if there is still a blockage, attach the nozzle to a bottle base containing hot water and spray hot water  through it.  Taking these steps generally unblocks any blockages, but is not guaranteed. 

Storage
Store your Colour Shimmer Sprays in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.  

Techniques
1. Spray the Shimmer Spray onto a dark surface as this allow the shimmer to POP and looks amazing.



2. Even thought the Colour Shimmer Spray was created for dark surfaces, it is still vey effective on light surfaces.  It really depends on the look you are trying to create.  Spray or paint onto light surfaces.


3. Spray or paint onto surfaces ie watercolour paper; carstock (with no preparation); cardstock that has been prepared with a gesso base.

4. Spray onto your stamp block and stamp for a random background look.

5. Use the Colour Shimmer Spray to colour titles, embellishments and flowers, this can be applied by spraying or by using a paint brush to paint your surface.


What you can do with our Colour Shimmer Spray is endless. We have a design team that create projects using our products. For further techniques and ideas, please follow our blog.

The Colour Shimmer Sprays are available for purchase from your local stockist or via online website.

We are looking forward to sharing our 3rd product with you tomorrow - Colour Embossing Powder.

Thanks
Tenisha