Sunday, July 25, 2010

Technique Tutorial - Colouring With Crystal Effects

Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock
Stamp Set - I used It's A Loop Thing
Black embossing powder
Heat tool
Reinkers - I've used Taken With Teal, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel
Crystal Effects
Fine artist's brush
Baby wipes - to clean your brush between colours.
Small containers or an artist's palette - if you use airtight containers, the coloured mixture will keep for use again another time.

Step One
Stamp your images on your cardstock with Versamark, then apply black embossing powder and heat to set. 

Note - Using embossed images helps to keep the Crystal Effects where it's supposed to be.

Step Two 
You need to do this for each colour you're going to use.
Pour some Crystal Effects in a small container or on an artist's palette.
Enough to cover a 5 cent piece is enough to start with.

Add a single drop of reinker and gently mix. 
You can use your paintbrush to mix with, or a toothpick will also do.

Add more ink if the colour is too light, or more Crystal Effects if the colour is too dark.
This how it looks when it's all mixed.
Step Three
Use your fine artist's brush to gently paint your Crystal Effects mixture on to your image.

Paint gently and evenly to avoid air bubbles in your work. 

Note - Use one colour at a time on any image. 
Even though the image is raised because of the embossing,
you'll have more success if you wait for the first
colour to dry before beginning the next.

Complete the first colour on each image. 
If you only need one image for your project, consider making multiples to save yourself time later.

Step Four
Apply your second colour mixture once the first layer is dry (about 15 minutes).

 Your images are complete! 
Wait for them to dry before using on your project.

For my project, I cut out the cupcakes and added them to my base card. 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and I hope you have a play with your Crystal Effects!


  1. Great tutorial Danielle, even more inspiration to try. when will I have time. :)

  2. Thanks for making this into a tutorial for us Danielle! It is such a great technique and looks so good, I will definitely be trying it out!

  3. So cool. I should try this technique. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Thanks Danielle for the tutorial, will have to try this.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial, Danielle. I've learnt so many cool things since JAI started - you girls are doing a fabulous job. Thank you so much for all your hardwork and dedication to stamping 'down under'. xxoo

  6. Cool! Haven't tried this technique yet, but I'm inspired by your tutorial, Danielle - thanks :)

  7. This is just terrific! Thanks!