This is my place to share my creative bits and pieces. My art has no rules, no limits and absolutely no order. My projects change with my moods but for the last few years, my main focus has been paper art. Cards, collage, mixed media and as many techniques as I can get to. My inspiration comes from everywhere.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


A very good friend wanted to know how to do Shimmer Watercolor, so I thought I would try to do a tutorial. This could work well or be a total flop but you are all my guinea pigs today so here we go......

Use a dye ink to sponge on colour. I chose to apply it diagonally this time but it can be straight across stripes, blocks of colour, whatever you choose.

Once inks have dried thoroughly, use your heat gun if you like, clear emboss using a stamp of your choice, Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. 

To create the shimmer watercolour, add a couple drops of champagne ink to a puddle of water. Stir it up and add a drop of blue ink to the puddle. Mix it in and paint it over the blue section you sponged earlier. You don't need to be neat and tidy with this, just get it on the cardstock. Then mix a drop of green ink into the champagne puddle and brush it onto the cardstock.

You can dab away larger drops or just let them dry. Once dry, wipe over the clear embossed areas with a damp cloth. This removes ink from the image for better contrast. This is a subtle colour pairing and your results will be different with every chage in colour.

I wanted the pieces to be a little darker so I did the puddle and ink again. On this card, I added more shimmer ink to punch up the shine. You have lots of choices with this technique.
This technique is very experimental and you can create some amazing backgrounds. 
 I hope you try it using what you have for colour and shine.

With the second piece, I decided to overstamp with a darker ink and again wiped away any excess on the embossing.

Whew! Done!
IF I do another I must remember to take way more photos.

Have a great weekend!


  1. SUPER!!! Thanks for sharing!
    "itch itch*


  2. I think I followed most of that. :)

  3. Thanks for the tutorial Holly, I'll have to give it a try.