This workshop shares some hints & tips when working with the Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints.
There is a useful piece on how to get a uniformed bow to finish the project off nicely.
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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL
Botanical Postcard – JustRite Stamp Plate : JRCL04535
Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 Die : WIZS6-003
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles : WIZS5-161
UMount Postcards A6 Stamp Plate : UMPOSTCARD
Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK
Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE
Perfect Medium : PERPADCL
Cosmic Shimmer Stackable Water Colour Paint ~ Purple Violet : CSWPPURP
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ~ Shaded Lilac : DPLILAC &
Worn Lipstick : DPWORNLIPS
Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT &
Cut Rite Wax Paper : WAXPAPER
Heat Gun : BLUEHEAT
Wonder Tape WH2, WH4, WH8 or WH10 are available
Step by Step Instructions
1 For this project you will need the JustRite botanical postage stamp, the Umount postcards stamp, the Spellbinders enchanted labels 28 die, then the deep red & amethyst gilding wax from Creative Expressions.
2 Cut & emboss the largest enchanted labels 28 die frame out of white or pearlescent card. Also cut the smaller frame & oval from the radiant rectangles die.
3 The die shape was cut with small pieces of card still in the die; this affected the cutting of the die shape. PLEASE make sure all pieces of card are removed from the die before cutting shapes out as you`ll get a crisp cut.
4 The last die shape was disregarded & a 2nd piece was cut out. See the difference as all the small pieces have been cut & are now left in the die itself. Also use wax paper to aid with a clean cut of the die shape.
5 Take a piece of white or pearl card and swipe it with an anti static bag. Ink the JustRite botanical postcard stamp using the perfect medium clear ink pad. Here the stamp has been left on the reference ink card or it can be placed on a large acrylic block.
6 Press the stamp onto the piece of card & press down firmly all over the design making sure not to rock the stamp at anytime.
7 Now tip the viola black Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the perfect medium stamped image. Tip the excess back into the pot.
8 Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool. Embossing the image with allow the watercolour paint to repel the stamped outline later.
9 Place the required Cosmic Shimmer watercolours in a lid & spritz with water. Leave for 15 minutes to activate the paints. Here Lava Red, Marine Aqua, Holly Leaf & Purple Violet have been used.
10 Mix the water into the top of the watercolours to make a nice mixed texture to the paint. Apply the marine aqua to the 2 flower heads.
11 Now run around the outer circle of the full flower with the purple violet paint. Also highlight the inner petals of the 2nd flower.
12 Take some more of the marine aqua paint with some water on the paint brush & just blend a line from the darker to lighter colour.
13 Continue to build the colours up on the image. Here a small amount of lava red went the wrong side of the embossed image. To rectify this take a wet paint brush & dabble over the affected area.
14 Blot the excess water off the area to remove the mistake completely. This just shows how great these paints are as it easily lifted the red of the card.
15 Allow the painted areas to dry.
16 Cut around the edges of the design leaving a small amount of white card as you go. This will make sure none of the embossing powder is accidently chipped off. Add some amethyst gilding wax to the enchanted frame.
17 Now go in and add some of the deep red gilding wax to the edges of the botanical postcard piece. Distress the 2 pieces with some shaded lilac distress ink.
18 To make the easel card base place a piece of A4 card on the no.2 point on the score board & then score at the no.7 A4 half fold point. Or score at 4 ¾” in from the edge of the card.
19 Measure & score the top section in half again to make the easel mechanism. Cut away any excess card. Add a score line around the edges of the card to add detail to the piece.
20 Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to just half of the enchanted labels 28 piece as the this will act as the easel card & the reverse of the frame will be seen from the back of the card.
21 Stick this frame to the folded mechanism part of the card. Please make sure the crease is crisp on the fold of the easel card.
22 Now add the worked postcard panel to the card using foam tape for added dimension.
23 Measure a piece of white card to 6 ¼” x 4 ¼”, ink the postcards A6 stamp plate up with some worn lipstick distress ink & press sections of the white card onto the stamp.
24 If you struggle press the stamped image then use an acrylic block to press on the back of the card as this will help with the process.
25 Distress the edges with some shaded lilac ink before adding to the inside of the easel card with some foam tape. Attach the frame & a stamped sentiment again with foam tape to act as the stopper for the easel card.
26 Make a bow using the 2 tone purple / green ribbon. Tie a knot & use your fingers to make sure the bow loops are the correct size.
27 Take another piece of ribbon & place it over the knot area of the bow.
28 Glue the ribbon in place at the back of the bow.
29 Add the ribbon to the base of the oval sentiment. Alternately add a small flower to cover the bow centre. This one has been coloured with the worn lipstick to carry the theme through.
30 Add small dots of the Cosmic Shimmer purple violet PVA glue. Here a larger dot is placed in the corner and the other dots get smaller as they go inwards.
31 Here is the completed project. The radiant rectangles die shape acts as the stopper for the easel card. The design is made to show off the elegant die shapes.