While I was scrapping a few weeks back I took some pics of two fun little techniques I've been using to "sparkle out" my pages. Just something a little simple and easy to do to make your pages *shine*.
***Glimmer Misting Flowers***
After checking out my paper I determine these colors were in my project. The cool thing about Glimmer Mist is even if the Mist is the wrong shade (Jazz Blue was wayyyy too bright for the project I was doing) you can mix the colors to tone it down or brighten it up. I also found that my flowers don't have to be the right color either--just change it with Glimmer Mist. Here are the supplies you'll need:
- Glimmer Mist
- Prima or other paper flowers
- A Place to Spray (I use my back patio)
You'll want to make sure you shake your Glimmer Mist well before spraying onto your project. These little sparkly bits collect in the bottom of the bottle when it is just sitting.
Make sure the little mica bits are not stuck to the bottom of the bottle -- if the bottom of the bottle is clean then you know you've shaken it up enough. This is what it should look like:
Just a side note, I didn't really realize I was paying such drastically different prices for Glimmer Mist! LOL The prices on the bottles I've purchased range from $7.59 to $8.49. Just FYI when you are shopping around...
Here is what it looked like after I sprayed the flowers in groups. I used Tiger Lily (orange), Jazz Blue (turquoise) and Pink Bubblegum (pink) colors. All of these are wayyyyyyyyy too bright at this point for my heritage style page.
So I hit the edges with some Coffee Shop (brown) and Gingerbread (a little lighter brown):
I sprayed the pink ones with Tiger Lily (orange):
And then I did some Gingerbread (brown) over top of that:
Let the flowers dry for about 15 minutes on a warm day. You can also use a heat gun to dry them.
I love those Doodlebug Sugarcoated Brads but don't have every color on hand. I didn't have the right color of glittered brad in my stash and didn't want to spend the money to drive to the scrapbook store just for some brads so I improvised. I made my own glitter brads in the color I needed exactly.
I first started off by putting a glue dot on the brad and dipping it in glitter. For the flatter, larger brads, this worked great. But for the small ones with a rounded top, it was a lumpy disaster.
So I tried dipping the brad in glue and then dipping it in glitter. This worked well but then I was too impatient to let them dry so I messed them up when I put them on the page. This is good if you have time to wait for the brads to dry before putting them on your page.
I did a little surgery to repair the brads by adding glue to them once they were in the middle of the flower on the page and then I sprinkled some glitter on top. It worked like charm.
For the rest of the brads I put them on the page first, added some glue, and then sprinkled glitter over top. It worked great! I even used some ugly putty colored brads I had in my stash for over 4 years!
Adhere the flowers to your project using glue dots or glue. Then insert the brads through the centers. You can mix in some non-glimmer misted flowers as well to kind of balance out the *shiny*. Here are some closeups of the flowers and brads on the finished page: