'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Here’s another way to use up those everlasting Twinkling H20s. They just don’t seem to ever use up, do they, lol? Especially not if you have the larger sized pots as I have. I’ve never seen anyone else do this and even if they did, I didn’t know that, so I was quite pleased with this technique. It WAS when Twinklers first came out.
twinkle selection
This is the ‘by product’ (both very shimmery)

mulberry selection
And this is how you do it :)
Twinkling H20s
Spray or Spritzer
Plain cardstock
Craft mat or newspaper to protect your work surface
Mulberry paper – I use white so I get something to use afterwards but if you have any old coloured stuff lying around that you’re not going to use, by all means use it – it does get tatty. Just make sure it’s water fast and the dyes don’t run. I haven’t checked that :(
To make

  • Firstly choose your H20s – not too many and not too many stark contrasts, though by all means experiment :)

  • Add water to them, either with your paintbrush or the spray and give them time to blend a little. You don’t want the paint to be too thin when you paint it on.

  • Lay a piece of mulberry paper over the card and spray with water until it’s pretty wet.

  • Paint the H20s randomly over the mulberry paper, adding more water to lighten the colour if it starts to get too dark.
twinkle bgs in progress
twinkle bgs in progress 2
If you need to, spray with more water, then leave for a little while.

  • When you’ve allowed time for the colour to transfer, peel the mulberry paper from the card and lay them out to dry separately. You can heat set with a heat tool, though the Mulberry paper goes brittle if you do. The card is fine.
mulberry still wet
Mulberry paper still wet
twinkle bg still wet
Wet card
(Anyone any idea why those extra line spaces appear in the middle of a bulleted paragraph, btw – drives me nuts and I’ve tried all ways to get rid of them but to no avail!!!!)
You get a sort of shimmery marble effect, which looks as if it’s veined because of the texture of the mulberry paper and I love it.
twinkle shimmer
close up 2
If you’ve used a pale colour of mulberry paper, then you can use it for something else. They look great stamped and embossed in gold and make great covers for books, photo frames, boxes, etc. It looks particularly nice behind glass or acetate, so is perfect for Microscope slides or pendants.

13 very kind comments from lovely people:

Glennis F said...

Wow - another great idea, but I need to win them first LOL

Helen said...

Awesome, i have to try this. Thanks for all your great ideas.

Tinkertaylor said...

Fab effect definitely going to try this when I get home

Marie-Aimée said...

I love the result

Sally H said...

Stunning! Must try it!

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

Hi Cath, lol I could have wrote this myself lol, I think you have a secret camera on me lol, as for mothers day 14 or 16 march and was the comment "scary" about the mouse or mothers day lol have fun ju x

Lynne K said...

Fantastic. Never seen this before. Definitely going to try it.

Neet said...

Will have to give this a go Cath - when I clear a space in my craft room (and waken fully).

Ann B said...

Lovely results Cath so soft and delicate- have lots of twinklers so all I need is some Mulberry paper now.

Artyjen said...

I keep forgetting I have some H2O's!!! Thanks for sharing the technique...it looks a like a good one :)

Unknown said...

I love h2o's!!!! love them....they are so fun to use in so many ways.......

Anonymous said...

Blast you Cath!!! So many techniques - so little time! I can see I'm going to have to lock myself away for a whole month to do all the bgs I have planned now, lol
Jack xx

Mags said...

Wow, these are just fab! I must try this someday!