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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

All cracked up and shimmery

Hey everyone! I'm Kassi, and I'm the DT leader for Creative Inspirations paints. I was asked to jump on over here, to share a tutorial using the fabulous CI paints... Which Great Impressions carries! Fabulous, huh! For those of you not familiar with Creative Inspirations Paint, it is a water based shimmer paint that is very versatile. It is a great way to add that little extra something to your stamped images!

I'm using two of the GI stamps for October (Snow Friends, and Christmas Globe). Christmas and snow just calls out for sparkle, don't ya think?

for the main image, I used:
Water Color paper
Great Impressions stamps (#K92, #G384)
Creative Inspirations Paint (Garnet, Coal, Winter Frost, Mango, Tutu Pink, Denium, Tanzanite, )
VersaMark clear embossing ink
Black Embossing powder
Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone)
Glitter (white)
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Crackle Accents
Mist Bottle (with water)
Sticky Note

Step 1: Stamp the Christmas Globe in VersaMark on watercolor paper.

Step 2: Heat emboss with black embossing powder

Step 3: Create a mask by stamping the Globe onto a sticky note, and cutting out the globe part

Step 4: cover Christmas Globe with the mask

Step 5: mask off all but one snowman on the Snow Friends stamp.

Step 6: Ink with VersaMark ink

Step 7: remove the masks on the snowmen

Step 8: stamp snowman in the globe, and heat emboss with black embossing powder.
You can now discard the globe mask (or keep it and reuse it, like I do....)

Step 9: Let Fantastix sit in a cup of water for a few minutes to get nice and wet

Step 10: Lightly mist the snowman with water

Step 11: Using the wet Fantastix, paint in the snowman with a nice coat of Winter Frost CI paint.

*You can wash out your Fantastix, and use them over again... Love that!*

Step 12: Dip just the tip of a clean wet Fantastix into a little bit of Tanzanite CI paint.

Step 13: Using the side of the Fantastix, paint in your shadows. Keep the tip of your Fantastix against the edge of the image. Because the CI paints are water based, they blend fabulously! I've never had shading be so easy to achieve great looks! The color will be darkest at the tip and fade beautifully towards the center of the image.

Because of the light nature of the colors I am using, it is hard to see in photographs... You can build as many shades as you want. Just remember to go light to dark.

*If you find you have an area that is too dark, use a clean wet Fantastix, or a water paintbrush to wipe a little off. It is a very forgiving medium!*

Step 14: Paint in the hat and scarf with Garnet CI paint

Step 15: shade the hat and scarf with Coal CI paint (this is a dark color, and a little goes a long way....)

Step 16: Add a little bit of blush to the cheeks with Tutu Pink CI paint. This is a very light color, and you may want to use a little more paint than you had to for the darker colors.

Step 17: Small areas like the carrot nose can be hard to paint... So, grab a toothpick!

Step 18: While all the paints are drying, watercolor the base using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I like to swipe the pad on an acrylic block, and pick up a little ink at a time on a water brush. You could paint the base with CI paint, but I wanted to have more of a contrast between the wood and the glass.

Step 19: Add a little shading to your base using Pumice Stone Distress Ink. This gives it so much more dimension.

Step 20: While the base is drying, go back to your now dry snowman. Add Glossy Accents (or your favorite liquid adhesive) to the fuzzy parts of the hat.

Step 21: Dump on the glitter!

Step 22: While that is drying, paint the snowflakes on the base with Denium CI paint. I like to use a lining brush for the fine detail work, but you can also use the Fantastix, or a toothpick.

Step 23: (this is why you emboss the image to begin with!!!) Take a damp q-tip and gently rub across the embossed areas. This will take off any paint that went onto the lines. (keeps everything looking so much neater!)

You can stop here if you want, but..... I wasn't ready to stop playing yet. =)

Step 24: Cover the globe portion of the Christmas Globe with Ranger Crackle Accents. Start by outlining the circle, then fill it in.

Step 25: (the hardest by far!) Set it aside to dry. This can take a LONG time, so I suggest letting it sit overnight and coming back to it in the morning. =)

Isn't he cute all cracked up! And the shimmer from the paint still shows through amazingly well!

Here is a finished card using this main image

I painted the ribbon and the button with Winter Frost CI paint to make them match the snowman. I also added a layer of Ranger Glossy Accent over the button to give it a nice glossy finish.

Don't forget to enter the GI Challenge for October! It is a fabulous time to get started on those Christmas cards, if you haven't done so yet.

Have a wonderful day!

Materials used in this card:
Paper: Bazzill, DCWV, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Stamp: Great Impressions "Snow Friends", "Christmas Globe"
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink
Creative Inspirations Paint: Garnet, Onyx, Winter Frost, Mango, Tutu Pink, Denium, Tanzanite, Beige, Mocca Latte
Die Cut: Spellbinders "Label 6"
Other: Glitter, Ranger Crackle Accents, Ranger Glossy Accents, rhinestones, ribbon, button, thread, Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper


Creative Inspirations said...

Great job Kassi, love the tutorial!

horseygal said...

OH MY GOSH how stinkin' cute is that??????
Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

~ Kendra ~ said...

Great job!!

Great Impressions said...

This is wonderful!!! Great job!


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