Today I am going to show you two different ways to use LuminArte Brand Twinkling H20s. After my Twinkling Blooms tutorial the other day, I got a lot of questions about this product. Apparently a lot of you own it but aren't sure just what the heck to do with it.
What are Twinkling H20s?
These are basically the same as the watercolor paints you buy in a store - they are dry in the pot until you add water. Then they turn into a paint. They are different in that all 156 colors have shimmer (like very very fine glitter particles, but so fine that there is no gritty feel). Some are iridescent and flash several colors at once when the light hits it. When you are done using them, let them dry and then put the lid back on. They turn into a solid "cake" again. No matter how much water I have added, I have never ruined them. They always go back to concentrated cake.
How can I to use them?
The possibilities are endless. Because you control how much water you add to the cake, you choose how sheer and how thick you make the paint. The paint can be used on paper, wood and canvas/fabrics. In the Twinkling Blooms Tutorial I showed you how to paint directly on cardstock, then spray that cardstock with water to create a soft, watercolor effect.
Today I am going to show you two more ways to use them: to create shimmer paper, and also the direct stamp method, where you apply the paint directly to your rubber stamps and then stamp your image.
1. Twinkling H20s (Oyster, Ocean Wave and Pewter used here)
2. Stamp (Peddler's Pack Snowflake used here, but any large patterned or background stamp will do)
3. Watercolor Pen (the kind that has a chamber for water is helpful but any brush will do) and a sponge
4. Extra fine spray misting bottle (Hero Arts Water Mist bottle used here)
5. Paper towels
6. Cardstock or watercolor paper (vellum will not work, you need something porous)
7. Heat gun
Shimmer Paper Tutorial
This is an easy way to create your own sparkly, shimmery cardstock. This idea came to me when I was wishing I had some of that Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist people are using. What you see in the photo above is the result of spraying Oyster (an opal pearl color) onto Soft Sky. You can either wet the cake and brush or sponge directly onto your paper, or spray like I have done here. I will show you the spray method as the other two are self explanatory. When doing any of these methods you want to use the LEAST amount of water possible as you don't want to warp your paper, or have the shimmer collect in lines or pools on the paper.
1. Add water to your Twinkling H20 pot (Oyster seen here). You can add about a tablespoon or two of water to fill the pot and then let it turn into liquid paint. This takes about 10 minutes but the process can be sped up with stirring. Try to use the least amount of water that will make it a liquid and spray-able as too much water will warp your cardstock, and the shimmer effect will be diluted.
2. Pour the paint into a spray bottle.
I use the Hero Arts spray mister because it sprays a very fine mist and it's tube curls around at the bottom which means I can get away with putting only a tiny amount in the bottle but it will still spray.
See that tiny bit of liquid? That is all I used, and I still had some left over. If you have leftovers - just pour it back into the paint pot and let it dry. No waste here!
3. As you can see here, I didn't spray far enough away from the cardstock, so the pigment collected. Just spread it to make a nice pattern with a sponge or brush - remember however the pattern looks wet is how it will dry, so try to avoid hatch marks that a brush creates. Heat set your paper (keep the gun far away you don't want to burn or warp your paper). I didn't allow mine to dry all the way. When it was almost dry I let it dry on its own and pressed it between two heavy books so it would dry flat. The result is so shimmery and sparkly. Imagine using two or more colors - what lovely background paper.
Direct To Stamp Method
This method of using Twinkling H20s involves you applying the paint right onto your rubber stamp, then stamping your image onto cardstock. Do not worry there will be no staining of your rubber - simply wipe the excess paint away with a damp paper towel and then clean as you normally would. Because of the beading factor I do not think this will work with clear stamps.
1. Add water to your desired Twinkling H20 colors (Ocean Wave and Pewter used here). Brush the paint on your stamp in the desired pattern. Stamp your image onto cardstock or watercolor paper. I dotted the silver tone here and there to create a frosty, winter scene. I think one of the reasons these paints are not more popular is that they are such boogers to photograph well. The luminosity and the changing colors as the light hits them is just so hard to capture. Trust me - they are soo pretty.
2. Heat set or allow to dry naturally. You are done if you are happy with your stamped image! These next steps are optional, and how I made this card. I gave definition and more "chill" to my winter scene by stamping over my image in white craft/chalk ink. The difference is very subtle - I had to degrade this photo so you could see the white craft ink and the blue and silver Twinkling H20s better.
Next, I cut my image into 4 even rectangles for my design.
I used a silver shimmer paper under my snowflake squares, and these fantastic Swarovski crystals that flashed both fire (yellow) and ice (blue), which I applied with a Quickie Glue pen. All about the bling, baby!
I wanted a super sparkly card with lots of bling so I used my Sticky Shapes snowflake stickers. They have adhesive on both sides -perfect for adding glitter or flocking powder. They are protected by a thin plastic sheet that you lift.
Lift, press onto your cardstock, and then cover with glitter (Stampin' Up! Dazzling diamonds glitter used here). You can dip one side of the sticker into the glitter pot too - just be careful not to get glitter on both sides or it won't stick. Don't ask me how I know this.