The Return of Shimmer Paint

Many years ago I bought my first little container of shimmer paint.  I say “many years” because I have had it in my craft collection for so long that I have no idea when I bought it! When I first used the Frost White Shimmer Paint I tried it in a spritz bottle mixed with rubbing alcohol and sprayed my paper to create a shimmery background.  Let me tell you, that was not easy and I had shimmer everywhere but on the paper!!

I eventually tucked it away and forgot about it until last winter.  I played around with it and discovered a really easy way to use it to add detail to cards:  simply dip the tip of a stylus into the paint and drop a dot on your project.

Shimmer Paint from Stampin' Up! - Birdwing Paper Designs

This quickly became my favourite technique for adding inexpensive embellishments, but  I was starting to run low on this old jar of shimmer paint.

Well, I was in luck because Stampin’ Up! just released 4 colours of Shimmer Paint in the 2018 Holiday Catalogue: Bright Copper, Champagne Mist, Frost White, and… Vegas Gold!

2018 Holiday Catalogue Stampin' Up - Birdwing Paper Designs

I am loving that gold shimmer paint!

Shimmer Paint from Stampin' Up! - Birdwing Paper Designs

A new trick I just learned with the Frost White is that you can add a bit of ink to it to make different colours (as seen with the red tree accents above).

For a slightly different variation of this technique, add a very small amount of water to the shimmer paint and splatter it with an Aqua Painter.

Shimmer Paint from Stampin' Up! - Birdwing Paper Designs

After trying the splatter technique and having the brush in my hand, I wondered if it could be tinted with ink and painted on an image.  Yes, it can!

Shimmer Paint from Stampin' Up! - Birdwing Paper Designs

Shimmer Paint from Stampin' Up! - Birdwing Paper Designs

I love this shimmery, pale blue unicorn!

If you discover any other easy ways to use the Shimmer Paint, please let me know by sharing in the comments below!

Leah

 

One thought on “The Return of Shimmer Paint

  1. I love your idea of tinting the shimmer paint with ink! And I’ve already tried your technique of dotting the shimmer ink using a stylus…added just that little extra something to my card 👌🏻

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