Shimmer me Timbers (part 2-paint brush)

Continuing my adventure with Shimmer paint, I tried stamping with it directly on the stamp. Wow, that made an unexpected mess. After some more Shimmer paint soul searching, I finally decided to stamp my image in colored ink and apply the shimmer paint very gently with a paint brush to the inked stamp. Wow! I was so surprised that I could finally stamp an image and have some shimmer to it! The first picture is what the card looks like in normal lighting. In the second picture, the light shines off all the places I added the Champagne Mist Shimmer paint. I stamped the “Merry Christmas “sentiment from Mistletoe Season stamp set in Shaded Spruce. I then turned the stamp to face me, and very gently dabbed a little Champagne Mist Shimmer paint on the stamp with a very small and slender paint brush. I just dipped the paint brush in the cap to the Shimmer Paint container. The Shaded Spruce ink from the stamp did get back in the cap, so I did wash the cap out with water before placing back on the Shimmer paint container.  With stamped images, the Shimmer paint will smear the ink when painted onto the image. I did stamp both sets of leaves first, and very carefully dabbed Champagne Mist Shimmer paint mixed with a drop of Shaded Spruce ink, on to the leaves of the image on the top left with the bow and just on the stem on the image on the top right with the bells. It is important to note that I dabbed, NOT RUBBED. Rubbing will just smear the leave image and make a mess. I did not add Shimmer paint to the leaves along the bottom of the card (I was done with the Shimmer paint by that point!). For the bells and bow, I can not tell you how many failures I had. For my first try, I stamped the image with Versa Mark ink and added heat embossing Silver powder to the image and heat embossed it. Great so far, but no shimmer paint added. I then added a drop of Real Red Ink to a drop of Champagne Mist Shimmer paint, and then painted the heat embossed image. I just made a smeary mess. For my second try, I took the Real Red ink mixed with Shimmer paint, and I painted a small portion of paper. After that dried, I stamped Versa Mark with the bow stamp, added Silver heat Embossing Powder, heated it, THEN fussy cut the bow out by hand. AHHH! That worked better with no smear. For the the bells I did the same thing (painted paper, heat embossed, cut out), but with a combined drop of Soft Suede with a drop of Bright Copper Shimmer paint, Silver heat Embossing powder, and used the 1/2 inch circle punch to cut out the bells. The berries are small pearls colored with a Cherry Cobbler Blends (dark) marker. The patterned paper is from the Under the Mistletoe designer series paper. I was inspired to use the Shimmer paint by my Upline Karin Menghini for our team’s Karin’s Crafting Crew challenge. DSC_0087DSC_0083

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