DIY Alcohol Ink Shimmer Spray + Ideas

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Only a few supplies needed!

If you’ve been a paper crafter or mixed media artist for any length of time, you will most likely be familiar with ink sprays such as Dylusions. If you’re not familiar with ink sprays, they are basically spritzer/mister bottles filled with fast-drying colorant that are great for all types of projects – from mixed media projects to wood, canvas, or paper projects! They are also great to make custom backgrounds for cards, gift tags, and all types of art!

Today, I’m going to show you an easy and inexpensive way to make your own ink sprays – but we will take it up a notch and add shimmer!! I will be showing you how to make colored shimmer sprays today – but you can also make them without a color base to have a clear, shimmer spray. The beauty part is – these sprays are fast drying, versatile, quick, and inexpensive to make. I have the recipe below to make your very own alcohol ink shimmer spray – so let’s do this!!

Supply “Ingredients” List

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Tap Water or Bottled     Mini Spray Mister     Metal Mixing Ball   

Liquid Hairspray     Acrylic Paint     Isopropyl Alcohol     Small Funnel

Shimmery Mica Powder     Small Measuring Scoop


Recipe for Alcohol Ink Shimmer Spray

20180622_232052_wmStep 1: First off… RELAX! This is not an exact science – just get the right size spray mister bottle and you’ll be set. Begin with a 0.68 oz. mini spray mister bottle (linked above, also). Pour your Isopropyl Alcohol into the bottle using your small funnel. The higher the percentage of alcohol, the faster drying your ink spray will be (but most any percentage will work). Fill the bottle with alcohol about 3/4 full.

Step 2: Add a quick “dash” of liquid hairspray. This is added in order to suspend your shimmer spray so it will mix in nicely and not all sink to the bottom when in use. If I had to estimate, I’d say a quick “dash” would be about 1/2 to 3/4 of a teaspoon. Again – not an exact science. The brand doesn’t really matter too much – but I have the kind that I used linked above.

Step 3: Now it’s time to add color! If you want a clear shimmer spray, skip this step. If you want a colored base to your shimmer spray, simply choose the acrylic paint in the color you desire. Put in enough acrylic paint to fill about 1/4 of your mini spray mister bottle. If I were guessing, I’d say that’s approximately 2-3 teaspoons full.

Step 4: Ready to add the shimmer?! For this step, be SURE you have shimmery mica powder and NOT chunky glitter. The chunky glitter is too large to spray properly and can clog your mini mister bottle. If you don’t have a shimmery mica powder, you can use a loose, shimmery eyeshadow in the color of your choice (since most eyeshadow is essentially made from mica powder). I used my small measuring scoop and put a couple of scoops in. If you don’t have a small scoop to measure with, just add the amount of shimmer to your liking (but don’t overdo it or it will be too chalky). If you want it less shimmery than mine, simply add less.

Step 5: At this point, add enough ROOM TEMPERATURE water to top your mini spray mister bottle off. It will probably only take about 1/4 or less water at this point to fill your spray bottle. Before shaking up your mixture, you might want to add a metal mixing ball which will help your color to mix nicely. This is optional, though. Go ahead and swirl, shake, and mix your spray until it appears well mixed. You’re now ready to use your spray! Always be sure to shake it up really well before use.

20180622_231418_wmTIPS: Depending on how close or far you hold your mister to your project determines the look of the mist. If you want a fine mist, simply hold the mister bottle further away when spraying. Alternately, you can unscrew the lid and use the stem of the sprayer to drip splatter onto your project, if that is the desired look you’re going for. If you don’t want shimmer in your spray, do not add the liquid hairspray or shimmer.  Also, remember to protect your work surface from overspray. If you want to see how I made my shimmer spray AND see some ideas of things you can do with your shimmer spray, check out my video below!

 

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I’m a Fan of… Crayola Twistables Slick Stix!!

From time to time on this blog, I feature crafters, craft companies, and craft products that I am a fan of. Today, I am putting the spotlight on Crayola Twistables Slick Stix!

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I first discovered this particular product a year or two ago. Of course, I was familiar with the Crayola name since I’d had their crayons and other products as a child. However, I was very impressed that Crayola also makes products for adult art use that stands up to the competition, but for a fraction of the cost!

Crayola Twistables Slick Stix give off brilliant, pigmented color and are very creamy and gel-like. Oh… and they blend like a dream! You have a few minutes of “play time” to blend them before they set. They could be blended with a sponge, but I find that the heat of my finger blends them perfectly and gives me the best control. Plus, when you’re finished, the non-toxic formulation will wash off the skin with soap and water. I do not use them to color coloring pages; rather, I use them for other things such as shading, highlighting, and more! They are great to use for mixed media art journals, card-making, with stencils, or to color large surfaces. In fact, I used them to color the leaves on the project shown below, and they gave the leaves a very realistic, waxy look! ↓↓↓

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color leaves

I also used them to color plain white printer paper when I make my paper roses. If I don’t have a certain color of paper, no problem! I just reach for my Crayola Twistables Slick Stix and get the perfect finish. When they dry, they leave a slightly shiny, waxy finish (which can be seen in person) so they are perfect for making paper roses!!

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color paper rose

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color paper roses (glitter added to embellish)

In card-making, they are also great to use! Last Fall, I made a pumpkin-shaped card. Instead of having a flat, orange piece of paper – I wanted to add some dimension and contour to my pumpkin. The Crayola Twistables Slick Stix were the perfect solution!!

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to shade/contour pumpkin-shaped card

Of course, these nifty crayons can be used for far more than I’ve mentioned – but I simply wanted to give an idea of their capabilities. They twist up so you never have to worry about sharpening them. You can get a set of 12 for less than $8.00USD in most stores which carry Crayola products. Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

See what/who else I’m a fan of by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today! Remember, more fun projects can be seen on my Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to see you there also… Happy crafting!

Easy DIY Mini Art Trio

Easy, affordable, quick, and fun… today’s blog and companion video are all of these things! The mini art trio we are going to be making today can be hung on a wall, put on a mantel, or used as desk decor. For the supply list and instructions, keep scrolling. ↓ ↓ ↓

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Supplies List:

Instructions:

Step 1: Begin by painting your frames if you choose to do so. This is entirely optional. Cut two 5″ heart shapes on your Cricut Machine or by hand.

Step 2: Using your ruler and pencil, draw a straight vertical line on the back of the hearts about 1/3 of the way in. Be sure to do it reverse on the second heart. Use your scissors to cut on this line. You will be left with 2/3 of the heart shape for each heart.

Step 3: Cut three pieces of coordinating cardstock paper for your backgrounds at 4×6″. Remember, the center frame will sit horizontal, so if your paper has patterns, cut accordingly. Glue your cut heart shapes on the two vertical paper panels. The center panel is your centerpiece, so decorate it as you wish. For mine, I used a song verse – but you can choose whatever you’d like.

Step 4: Decorate your cardstock using markers, glitter, or whatever you choose. Cut your transparency sheet (or acetate) at 4×6″ for all three frames. This reflective, clear paper will act as your “glass” to your frame. Place your finished art and transparencies in the frames. Decorate and embellish the outside of frames as you choose!

I hope this was a fun, easy, and affordable craft idea for you to try! Be sure to check out the companion video below!

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DIY Tableside Caddy

Most all of us could use some extra storage – so why not create a decorative storage caddy to match your decor?! This tableside caddy is very versatile and could be used in any room. It can be constructed entirely of cardstock; however, if you want it to be extra-sturdy, simply reinforce with a thicker cardstock or cardboard. Make several for around the house or even design a few as gifts!

The supplies you will need, measurements, and a full tutorial can be found below on my YouTube channel.

Perfect for nightstand storage!

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DIY Butterfly Frame with ‘How-To’ Video

This project is lots of fun and very inexpensive! The instructions will be included in the video tutorial (linked below), but I will list the supplies here. It sounds like you will need TONS of supplies – but most crafters will already have most of these. Remember, you don’t have to follow this project exactly as I have done it… add your own creativity. Perhaps, you may choose a different theme and/or different colors. That’s the beauty of crafting… it allows your own personal creativity to shine! Oh, and FYI – the Supplies List will make more sense once you watch the tutorial… 🙂

SUPPLIES LIST:

Wooden Frame (in the size you choose)     Small Paint Tray (with wells)     Acrylic Paint (blue and white)

Medium Angled Paintbrush     Silver Glitter (or the color you like)     Foam Paintbrush

Glue Pen (I use ‘Zig’ brand)     Cricut Expression (for butterfly cut-outs; or cut out your own images)

Permanent Glue Runner (or something to adhere butterflies to frame)     Glitter Glue Pens

Pencil (for tracing)     Flatback Gems (you choose the color)     Small Black Pom-Poms

Cardstock (in color you choose)     Cuttlebug Embossing Machine (optional)     Small Glue Dots

Small Sticky Foam Dimensional Squares     Ribbon (you choose the color)  

X-Acto Knife (I used to trim my butterflies – optional)


ADDITIONAL IDEAS:

~If you don’t want to use cardstock cut-outs for your butterflies, you could always use wooden cut-outs.

~When positioning butterflies, don’t have them all facing the same angle.

~Allow some of your butterflies to be half off the frame and trim excess.

~If your paint gets too ‘muddy’ when painting clouds, wait for it to dry a bit more first.

~In whatever theme you choose, this would be a unique gift idea for many holidays and occasions!

VIDEO LINK:

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DIY Initial Bookmarks

I’ll admit, I’m not an avid reader. But when I DO read, I can never find a bookmark – so I end up using a fast food napkin or an old envelope to mark my page. Fancy, huh? Do-It-Yourself bookmarks are the way to go! They are quick and easy to make with very little materials required. You can make your bookmark as basic or as embellished as you like! If you’re sharing a book, these initial bookmarks will make it easier – unless your names both start with the same letter!

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Supplies Needed:

~ Cardstock (you choose the color/design)

~ Fiskars Paper Trimmer (or scissors will do)

~ Cord (ribbon or yarn can be used also)

~ Large Beads (with a hole in the center)

~ Laminating Papers (found at office supply stores)

~ Hole Punch

~ Alphabet Stickers

Instructions:

STEP 1 – Cut your cardstock to the desired size. For precise, straight lines, I like to use my Fiskar’s Paper Trimmer. However, if you do not have a paper trimmer, you can always use a ruler and pencil to make straight lines (as a guide) on your paper before cutting with scissors.

STEP 2 – On your alphabet stickers, find your initial and adhere it to the top of your bookmark. Be careful not to get it too high because you still need to have room to punch a hole at the top of your bookmark. After decorating your bookmark, you may laminate it with your laminating papers and trim off the excess. Be sure your embellishments are flat and not three-dimensional – this way, the lamination will adhere better.

STEP 3 – Using your hole punch, punch a hole in the top/center of your bookmark. Be careful not to get your punch too close to the edge. After punching the hole, run your cord through it and tie a slip-knot. On the ends of the cord, put two beads and secure by tying a knot in the cord under the beads. And just like that… YOU’RE DONE!!

Tips/Ideas:

~ Even though glittery cardstock is pretty, lamination papers do not stick to it very well. It’s best to stick with matte cardstock for this project.

~ If you want both sides decorated, think of adding the designed cardstock on front and a solid/matching cardstock on back. This will make your bookmark look professionally finished. Simply glue the two pieces together before laminating.

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