Monday, September 14, 2009

Shimmer Paint… Make Your Own Glimmer Mist!

A few weeks ago, playing around with my new shimmer paints from Stampin’ Up!   AND… after a bit of experimentation, I came up with a unique way to use these paints to enhance your Stampin’ Up! card stock like never before!  Here is peek/ close up of just one card I made using my new formula!

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Can you see the sparkle?  Plain Very Vanilla and Soft Suede Card Stock were sprayed after stamping the Dasher image with Soft Suede Classic Ink… really cool, isn’t it?

Here’s the finished card… much more sparkly in person…

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Here’s another card I made using the same technique/spray for Stamping 411’s Saturday Sketch...

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And now, you probably want to know exactly HOW to turn your shimmer paint into a fabulous glimmer spray/mist… AND I’m going to tell you just how I did it too!


  • Stampin’ Up! Shimmer Paints* ($5.95 ea.)
    • Champagne Mist #116806
    • Frost White #116854
    • Platinum #116807
  • Rubbing Alcohol from the Grocery Store
  • Mini Mister (available at your Local Craft Store near the generic inks)
  • Card Stock

That’s all you need… Really!  *Shimmer Paint is acid free and perfect for porous surfaces such as paper, fabric and wood.  Each bottle contains .5oz of fluid.  Place an >>order online <<for this new and fun product, and have it delivered right to your door!  You’re going to love it!

Already have your shimmer paint, rubbing alcohol, and mini mister?  Well, here is what you need to do…


  • Remove spray head/straw of mini mister from bottle, and set aside.
  • Fill Mini Mister to 1/4” below the screw-threads of the bottle with rubbing alcohol.
  • SHAKE shimmer paint vigorously to ensure it is well mixed.
  • Carefully remove the lid of the shimmer paint and set aside
  • DIP the spray head straw end into the shimmer paint and scrape excess paint off along the top inside edge of the mini mister bottle… it’s ok if it just sticks to the upper part.  Rotate to get all the paint off the straw.
  • Repeat the last dipping, scraping action 4 more times.
  • Insert spray nozzle into the Mini Mister, make sure it is on tightly and that the cap is in place.
  • Replace lid on shimmer paint, and set aside
  • Shake the filled mini mister vigorously to ensure it is well mixed.
  • Place your cardstock on a paper protected surface and spray with the mist.
  • The paper will curl when wet… but will relax and flatten when dry.
  • Store the mini mister in a vertical position.. I put mine in a coffee cup on my work table.
  • The paint will settle/separate from the rubbing alcohol after a few moments… you can view the paint color on the bottom of the bottle.  Simply shake to reactivate and make sure there is no paint in the bottom before spraying!

Thanks for stopping by… I know my Christmas Cards are going to be extra sparkly this year, and my friends won’t complain about glitter because it doesn’t rub off!  Now isn’t that cool? 

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for ordering your Stampin’ Up! supplies from me, I really appreciate your orders, and my customers as well!  Check out for more great Stampin’ Up! supplies too!

I’d love to see your creations using this new technique.. simply leave a comment and link your creation to this post!  Can’t wait to see all the lovely projects!

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Luv 2 Cre8 With U said...

Thanks for sharing this technique. My upline told me about it because she went to the Cinncinnati Regionals. She told me I would love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Alicia Christian said...

Awesome! Thanks!

Beate said...

Great idea, Sharon!
Love the soft shimmer!
Hugs and smiles

Aimee said...

Very cute, Sharon. Looks like you had fun. :) Your blog header and categories look great too.


Selene Kempton said...

This is fabulous! Great idea!

Elizabeth Martinez said...


Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Hi ladies, I've had some questions about the 'mini mister' and proportions... The mini mister I am using for this technique has a fine spray.. you could also use a 'fine art mister' The exact proportions are 1.5 teaspoons rubbing alcohol to 5 dips of the mister straw.

Tracy McCrae said...

This is so awesome!! Can't wait to get home and try it! But, I don't have a mini mister, is it like a spray bottle?

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Mini Mister is like a fine art mister. An ordinary spray bottle will yield larger more uneven splatter. The mini misters are generally available in local hobby and craft stores near the inks. The fine art spray bottles are much larger... about the size of a stampin' spray bottle, and found near the paint brushes and art supplies. Would love to see what you do with it... today I sprayed soft suede ribbon.. ooooh!

Connie said...

Very pretty, Sharon! Thanks for playing along this week!

gbarron56 said...

Hi Sharon -- I love what you did with this card and love the Shimmer Spray Technique. I tried it the other night and it is amazing! Great job with this week's Sketch. Thanks for playing along with the Operators at Stamping 411! Blessings, Gretchen

stamperbeth said...

Thanks so much for the recipe. I wasn't going to order the paint but now that darn paint will be on my next order. Thanks for the great ideas.

Jacqueline (Scraps of Life) said...

Thanks for the great tip! What a fabulous idea, and creative use for the shimmer paints!

Margaret Moody said...

I love your card, Sharon! So simple but so beautiful! The Soft Suede looks wonderful against the white and the Shimmer Paint adds the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for the posting your formula, too! I'll have to add Shimmer Paint to my wish list! Thanks for the inspiration!

Pals Paper Arts said...

On behalf of the Pals Paper Arts design team, thank you for playing @ PPA!

Be sure to join us for our next challenge on Thursday, September 24, 2009.

Jenn said...

Can't wait to give this technique a try! Thanks for sharing :)

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Natalie... lost your comment somehow.. but to answer your question, the champagne shimmer paint was used on this particular sample! TFL

Denise said...

When making your own glimmer spray you can also use colored mica powder and aribic gum like what is in the Glimmer Mist. You can find it all online and it's pretty inexpensive.

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Hi Denise.. Yes, I have gum arabic and mica powder which I purchased last year just for that purpose... but shimmer paints are so much easier to mix and use and find... and they are in my SU mini catalog too! The results are a real WOW!!

SweetSassyDiva said...

would that be like the smooch spritz?

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Not like smooch spritz at all.. With the champagne mist shimmer paint, you achieve a very fine misting of golden glitter.. and VERY pretty!

SweetSassyDiva said...

thanks :) i will have to try out the champagne mist shimmer paint.