Saturday, May 6, 2017

A simple blending technique - an AIRs project

Today I'm sharing a simple blending technique using Imagine Crafts Fireworks! Craft spray.  The beauty of this craft spray is the intensity of the color and the sparkle imparted by the addition of  Mica to the spray, it gives the surface a lovely glimmer.  I'll also share a way to use your inks to make a glowing skin tone, giving the panel almost a water color effect.  Joy Clair was kind enough to send me some stamps, which I adore, this is the sheet of Coffee stamps.  It's called "Coffee Love", click on this link to see some of the other stamps offered on their site. 

Step 1: Cut a piece of water color paper measuring 3 ¾” by 6”. The cardstock mats could be cut at the same time; these are the measurements used for this card: black card stock 4” by 6 ¼”, DCWV dark purple paper cut to 4 ½” by 6 ¾”, DCWV marbled paper 7 3/8” by 4 7/8”. Set all the mats aside and then stamp the image on water color paper using Jet Black StazOn ink.

Step 2: Spray water on the paper, and then spray Bahama Blue Fireworks! Craft spray allowing the color to run on the paper. Lightly mist Fireworks! Lilac Posies and allow droplets to form and mix with the Bahama Blue.  At any point additional water can be added or a paper towel can be used to blot up excess color and water.

Step 3: To achieve this skin tone, apply a small amount of VersaMagic ink onto an acrylic block. This skin tone was a mixture of Pink Grapefruit and Persimmon.  A small amount of Delicata White Shimmer was added to the mix with a few drops of water. It is easier to blend this with a water pen, lift off the desired amount with the pen and apply it to the face. An additional drop of Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink was used the same way to color the lips and the cheeks.

Step 4: Use a heat tool to set the inks and dry them thoroughly.  Stamp the coffee phrases with StazOn Royal Purple ink. Dry. Clean up any parts that need extra attention such as the features with a Micron pen if necessary.

Step 5: Mat the panel and glue to the blank card. Add extra detail with a Pico Embellisher in Bronze, clear art pebbles can also be added for interest.

Pop on over to the Imagine site for a list of the supplies used for this project.  Thanks so much for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee


  1. This card is magic when one knows how to make it. The background is so pretty. But I am amazed at the face. I thought sure you would have masked. So amazing how the background colors have completely disappeared from her beautiful face! That's magic to me.

    1. No masking on this one, the blue just seems to blend the ink applied. You can achieve any skin tone you like using the inks.

  2. Your card is so beautiful Renee!!!
    And I love your technique; a bit surprise that the Versamagic inks cover so well all the face, without any white paint first to hide the blue.. But the result here looks perfect!
    Hope you are well, Hugs

    1. Bonjour Coco! The inks blended on a block or a craft sheet can be mixed down with a tiny bit of water. I do make sure the sprayed paper is dried with a heat tool before applying the inks to the face. I use a small paint brush sometimes and touch up areas with my finger. Jane Davenports Paint Over brushes are amazing too if you have access to those. If not just use the blended inks. I hope you'll try it. :-)

  3. This is so beautiful Renee! So happy you have shared your steps, i love to follow along with you!