with names like juneberry wine, candy apple red, lemon zest, peach delight, sea glass, and honey dew mist, how can you possibly limit yourself to just a few of these 50 beautiful new little things called glimmer mist? a 2 ounce bottle is $6.89 a pop, so start saving now…you’re going to want every color for all your projects.
the “glimmer” in this mist is archival and acid-free. put on some gloves, because stained fingers are a possibility. and before each use you’ve got to shake it very well to distribute, because it does settle at the bottom. might want to put your project in a box or protected area when spraying as well…the mist can travel and get on things you don’t want sparkly. (is there anything that wouldn’t look good sparkly?!?) since glimmer mist is water-based, it can be rehydrated with water…which makes it possible to re-use dried puddles on a teflon craft mat, stamps and stencils.
direct to paper
create interesting backgrounds by spraying (moving your arm as if applying hairspray) across a piece of paper, or spritz puddles and use a brayer to move and blend the colors. a quick spray of this fine mist creates a light tone of glittery shine. a darker shade can be achieved by layering one mist on top of another and drying between applications. you can achieve a completely different look by combining different colors.
if you can’t wait for nature to take its course, drying with a heat gun between colors will quickly set the mist. and get this…you can blend pooled colors while blowing with the hot air! using a heat gun will help to reduce warping—but if your paper curls, you can heat it from the “wrong” side or even iron it to flatten it out. remember to cover your work with a clean sheet of paper before ironing!
select a stamp with just a few bold details and spray the mist (using one or several colors) onto a teflon craft mat or wax/parchment paper. place the stamp into the “misty” puddle, and then stamp your image onto paper. this works especially well with foam stamps.
with lightweight plastic stencils, you might want to lightly tape the edges down to prevent seepage before lightly spraying the mist. for more intense color, add more layers…allowing the mist to dry in between applications. carefully remove the stencil and flip it over to achieve a reverse watercolor image. brass stencils can simply be placed down on the paper and sprayed, then lifted. if the mist dries on the stencil, just spritz it with water and you can use it again. lace and plastic or paper doilies can also be used as stencils. try sponging instead of spraying the stencil for another effect.
similar to stencils, masking involves blocking out larger areas. silk flowers, leaves, and chipboard can be sprayed with glimmer mist and a mirror image will be left behind. the sprayed objects can then be used as accents on the sprayed project. using a liquid mask called miskit, you can paint over areas or images. allow the mask to dry, spray the mist, allow that to dry, and then rub off the miskit.
transparencies spraying onto a transparency or plastic image will cause the product to bead or form tiny pools on the surface. this can create an interesting effect, but requires patience and a heck of a lot of time for complete drying.
for these cards, the background paper was sprayed using the direct-to-paper technique. for the image, stencils were used and then flipped over to create a reverse image. the acetate snowflakes were sprayed, and the beaded effect created shimmery pools on top. a red prismacolor marker was used to color the backside of the snowflake, and this font is “jack frost”.