Shimmery leaves

It’s all about experimentation on the blog today. I have some new inky products and some freshly cut stamps. The Foiled Fox team was kind enough to send me some Shimmerz sprays to play with so I teamed them up with the emboss resist techniques and the fine leaves stamps from Darkroom Door.

To make the panel above I embossed the leaves in gunmetal embossing powder; it’s a new one from Ranger which is not as shiny as silver but shinier that just grey. I like it. I sprayed some shimmerz sprays on my craft mat and swiped the embossed panel through it to pick up colour. I dried it then repeated with a couple of different colours which built up some variety and depth around the leaves. I wanted the leaves to be more prominent so I picked up shimmerz blue and yellow with a paint brush and painted inside some of the leaves. The spritzed background was also done with shimmerz, just heliotrope and blue.

I found a scrap of light blue cardstock to mat the panel then added all the layers to a natural white card base.

The sprays are quite strongly pigmented but the colours dry with a softness to them. As I was creating these panels I was wiping excess spray onto a couple of journal pages to build up some background colour. I’m excited to try a few more colours and techniques.

My second panel was completed in a similar way but I added way more shimmerz spray both by swiping off my craft mat and spraying directly on the embossed panel. The leaves and sentiment are embossed with white powder this time.

It’s a shame you can’t see how pretty the shimmer is on the painted panel and also the gold shimmer cardstock I used to mat it. I love the way embossing catches colour in confined spaces making that one central leaf a mix of dark blue, light blue, yellow and green

As you can probably imagine I did more experimenting, so I’ll be back with a few more ideas later in the week.


Stamps: fine leaves (DD), all occasions (DD)

Ink: versamark

Shimmerz Sprays: Jen B Blue, Eggnoggin’, Walkin’ on a tight Heliotrope

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white,  gold shimmer cardstock, blue cardstock

Also: WOW opaque white embossing powder, Ranger gunmetal embossing powder

8 Comments on “Shimmery leaves”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Love both designs! It’s a shame our cameras don’t pickup shimmer! I can imagine. Even without shimmer these colors and the way they moved on the paper are gorgeous! Love those leaves too! A beautiful stamp.

  2. swanlady21 says:

    Two beauties … love the colours you have chosen.

  3. Pat says:

    Beautiful results using these Shimmerz Sprays and the pretty leaves Heather, and looking forward to seeing more results from these experimental sessions. x

  4. memalagene says:

    Beautiful cards!

  5. maureenchandler says:

    Oh my, these are lovely! They are both so perfect for almost any occasion too!! Thanks so much for sharing your art work!

  6. Jean Marmo says:

    These are just delightful. Live the colors and the stamps.

  7. lollthompson says:

    Your leaf cards are so pretty Heather. I can imagine how shimmery they look in real life. Great way to use the sprays over heat embossed images. xx

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