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Monday, October 20, 2008

Mojo Monday and a comparison between shimmerz and H2Os

Hi everyone! First thing, today is the start of another high hopes hop with blog candy of course! To enter you need to find out which diva is offering the candy and follow her instructions. The divas blogs are all listed on my side bar to the right under high hopes divas blogs.

I had a chance to work with Julee's mojo Monday sketch today. I really like it and will use it again. Here is the sketch I used.

I really like how this card came out- is it ok to like your cards LOL? I embossed my sentiment in gold on shimmer white and paper pierced around the border. I also embossed the holly on watercolor paper and colored it with forest green twinkling H2Os and royal red shimmerz before cutting it out. I stamped my green bg paper with the holly and versamark ink. I traced over the versamark with a clear spica glitter pen. I accented my card with gold shimmery ribbon across the middle and gold pearls in the corner and across the bottom. The holly is newly released from drs designs.

stamps- DRS designs K286, F1004
CS- garden green, red bazzill bling, brushed gold, shimmer white
ink- versamark
accessories- gold ribbon, circle nesties, paper piercer, gold pearls, gold ep, spica glitter pen, royal red shimmerz, forest twinkling H2Os

The second card was for the SCS technique challenge today. I had to improvise it a little as I did not have pink twinks so I used shimmerz.

I stamped my joyride percy with memento black, cut it out and colored with my copics. I then used bubblegum shimmerz on the car (thinking of the song pink cadillac yet?) and used silver stickles on the bumper and handle as well as icicle twinkling H2Os on percy. I used a white gel pen to draw my road on grey CS. I made my sky by sponging blue ink around my cloud template (giga scalloped oval acetate). The tree was stamped next over the sky and colored in. The "grass" was added next which was just some celery CS that I tore followed by the road strip. I adhered percy on top of the road. I stamped my sentiment on my metal edged tag and attached to my card with ribbon.

stamps- H&M stamps joyride percy, old english access (tree), SU loads of love sentiment
CS- celery, pink, white, basic grey
ink- bashful blue, pink, memento black
accessories- bubblegum shimmerz, copics, silver stickles, pink taffeta ribbon, metal edge tag, pink rhinestones, icicle twinkling H2Os, white gel pen

Before I go for today, I thought I would share with you a quick comparison of shimmerz and twinkling H2Os. Shimmerz is a thin almost transparent type paint that comes ready to use no need to activate with water. I use my aquapainter (without the water) or small watercolor paint brush to apply it. Twinkling H2Os are little cakes that come in a jar and need to be "activated" with water. I just use an aquapainter but some people just mist them with a sprayer and use a paint brush. Twinkling H2Os are more opaque than shimmerz and contain little tiny specs of sparkle. I would describe twinkling H2Os as more sparkly and shimmerz as more overall shimmery rather than sparkly. I hope that makes sense. You can sorta see the difference between percy's pink car and the green holly in the photos above. When using shimmerz you can see the black stamped lines through it. Twinkling H2Os are overall more vibrant in color and shimmerz are more subtle in color. Even the dark colored shimmerz look much lighter on paper. So, which do I prefer? Both! I like them for different uses. I absolutely LOVE angel wings shimmerz to use as snow and that would be my preferred product for that. As I learned from a couple of my fellow high hopes divas, H2Os are awesome for deepening shading and used in combination with watercoloring or prismapencils and gamsol. I hope this info will be useful to you. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer it.

Thank you for visiting today!



Heather Lee-Reppen said...

Thanks for the comparison info. Great cards.

Carla said...

These cards are wonderful! I just don't know which one I like best! Thanks so much for the comparison of Twinks and Shimmerz. I don't have either. I still use Radiant Pearls and Pearl Ex!! I can't justfy buying more paints, so I buy more rubber!

Amy Johnson said...

Very pretty cards. Love all the shimmer and embossing.

Anonymous said...

Oh my!! What totally gorgeous cards!! :) Love that penguin in the car!! TEEHEE!! And I loves that shimmerz...yummy!!

Michelle said...

Funny ~ I was just pondering purchasing some of the Shimmerz ~~ I have lots of H2O's & wasn't sure if they were the same or not ~ thanks for the comparison!!!! And great cards!!!! That Xmas card is beautiful!!!

Ila said...

These are both Gorgeous!! and thanks so much for describing these both in detail...I was wondering what the difference was!

I have a tag for you on my blog!!!

Helena said...

Love the sparkle on your cards, the cards themselves are fantastic!


Chrissy D said...

Janette this are both FABULOUS! TFS!

6 wacky women said...

Beautiful cards. I love the! I'm going to get some of that, for sure.
Take care

Jennifer E. said...

Another great set of cards. I love the elegant look in your Christmas card, and that penguin is just too cute in his pink car!

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Anonymous said...

That helps a lot!