Luster Mica Powders Technique #1 – Mixing with Gel Mediums

Now that I have officially released the Luster Mica Powders to everyone, I want to start releasing Technique videos and Technique blog posts. I think seeing what you can do with these powders in action will really show you exactly how diverse they are.

This first technique is about mixing the Luster Mica Powders with various gel mediums. Now, since the Luster Mica Powders already have a built in binder, we aren’t relying on the gel to work as a binder, but rather using the gel so we can get a different look and perform different techniques that we can’t achieve with using water and mica powders alone.

Heavy Gloss Gels and Gloss Gels will add dimension to your work. This extra body will allow you to use your mica powders with stencils and texture tools. You can also brush a thin layer of your mica infused gel over a project or portion of a project to seal it in or to layer on top of. You can create multiple layers this way and protect the layer underneath from any additional colors that you would like to add with mica powder mixed with water, thus creating a resist effect. One drawback is that the shimmer doesn’t catch the light the same way it does as when the mica powders are activated with water. It gives it a completely different shimmer that is beautiful in its own way.

We’ll be trying out 4 different mediums today with the Luster Mica Powders: Liquitex Professional Super Heavy Gloss Gel, Liquitex Professional Gloss Gel, Claudine Hellmuth Studios Multi Medium Gloss, and Prima Marketing Art Basics Light Paste (this is an opaque matte medium, but I threw it in to show you the difference). For all different gels I first mixed the powder in using a palette knife on a silicone mixing surface before applying to my surface.

1. Liquitex Professional Super Heavy Gloss Gel with Luster Mica Powder in Hawaiian Orchid:

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The Super Heavy Gel was a pleasure to work with. It mixed up easily and it works wonderfully with stencils. The stencil I used in this picture is called Stripes and it’s by Tim Holtz. They are made to be broken up like it’s shown here and I was easily able to apply the gel through the stencil with a palette knife. You can see how different some of the Luster Mica Powders look depending on the light angle and the color they are applied too. Hawaiian Orchid is a color shifting powder. It switches between violet to a more pink/ fuchsia color on black. On white, it stays prevalently pink with a touch of purple shimmer coming through. On the upper right hand corner of the first and second picture you can see where we dragged one of the Texture Tools through the gel. It worked great!

2. Liquitex Professional Gloss Gel with Luster Mica Powder in Gramma Nutt:

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Gloss Gel preformed just as well as the Super Heavy Gloss Gel just with a little less heft to it. The gloss gel feels a little more creamy while the super heavy is almost more like a paste. They both dry completely clear and worked great. The smudge you see on the white background is from me partially cleaning the stencil and accidentally getting gel on the opposite side, so it’s by no fault of the gloss gel. The picture shows the gel laid down via palette knife, one of our texture tools, and then used with the Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil. As you can see from the pictures, Gramma Nutt color shifts as well. This color shifts from blue to a orange/gold. The shift is also more prevalent on the black cardstock whereas the white stays mostly blue with a little of the orange shimmer coming through.

3. Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Gloss with Luster Mica Powder in 24 Karat Gold:

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Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Gloss performed better than I expected. Being that this gel is less viscous than the other gels, I figured it wouldn’t perform well with the stencil at all. I could easily get it to drip from my palette knife. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it worked perfectly fine with the Tim Holtz Doily Stencil! 24 Karat Gold Luster Mica Powder looks pretty much the same on a light or dark, but still appears a little more brilliant on the black.

4. Prima Marketing Art Basics Light Paste with Luster Mica Powder in Blue Ice:

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Prima’s Light Paste is definitely not the first thing I would think about mixing with Luster Mica Powder. It is an opaque matte paste which is the opposite of what helps shimmer shine. However, I am glad I tried because I did discover something interesting which can have its time and place to be used. If you apply it thinly, you can see the color and a little bit of the shimmer. If it’s thick, then it is opaque and you really just get the color of the mica powder as it would have looked on a white background and no real apparent shimmer. BUT if you look closer to the bottom picture, you will see that it has some shimmer coming out through the matte paste. It reminds me of when the sun hits a rock just the perfect way in the desert. It has a beauty of its own and could be used for certain projects. Blue Ice is a color that is much more apparent on a black surface. When it is applied over white it really looks more like a super pale blue.

Here’s the video showing me performing these techniques:

That’s it for the first technique! I hope you learned something today! Thanks for stopping by!

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NEW Luster Mica Powders from Intoxicating Arts!

We now have 19 different Luster Mica Powder colors available for sale on our website!

Luster Mica Powders are a great way to add some shimmer to your next project! Each 1/2 ounce jar includes 6 grams by weight of powder. The powder has a built in binder. That means you can mix it with just regular water and it will stick to paper, chipboard, cardboard, wood, canvas, and other porous surfaces!

Here are some other ways you can use Luster Mica Powders:
• Mix with other fluid or semi-fluid mediums such as acrylic paints, gloss gel, glue, etc. You can use it to tint or add shimmer to existing colored acrylic paints.
•Mix with Encaustic Wax . (some of the powders are not stable in wax, so we advise testing it out before making a full batch)
• Mix with Resin or brush into molds before pouring
• Mix with clay or brush on top before baking
•Stamp with embossing ink and then brush the mica powder over the stamped image. Mist with a fine mist water bottle to seal in the design.
• Make your own Mica Spray mists! Make sure to only mix a little at a time, since a little goes a long way. Use warm water to help the binder and powder mix well. Let sit for about 10 minutes and then shake up. You will want to use a fine mist spray bottle for the best effects. It also helps to swirl a little between sprays since the mica will settle to the bottom. You can make multiple spray mists from one jar. I would recommend not putting any more than one grams of powder per one ounce of water.
Here’s a video covering all of the colors we have to offer. We have even more colors to be released and I will be making technique videos in the coming months!
 

Thanks for stopping by!

Jingle All the Way!

As we get closer to Christmas I start frantically making Christmas cards while trying to design new laser cuts for Valentine’s Day. It puts me in a cross of thinking about reds and greens , as well as love and hearts. I think this card shows my mood pretty well!

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The paper is from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day collection. See those adorable hearts on the music sheets? So Cute! The tag is a Lawn Fawn stamp, but the sentiment is one that I got in the dollar bin from Michael’s a few years ago. I used my tiny attacher to adhere the tag.20141214_144548The light bulbs you see here are the some of my wood laser cuts that have been colored with Luster Mica Powders. The Green one is actually Luster Mica Spray Mist in Turtle Town and the red one is Maui Magma mixed with a little 24 Karat Gold. I am working on getting the powders released as soon as possible. They do have some nice shimmer to them that didn’t really come through in the camera. The embossed the tops of the lightbulbs with green embossing powder and then threaded them with floral wire and added a little bell. I had to make sure it would have enough room to jingle which just took a little bit of finagling. This was actually a pretty simple card. I hope you enjoyed seeing it. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Coffee Lovers Bloghop for National Coffee Day!

Today is National Coffee Day and I had the PERFECT stamp set to celebrate with! Lawn Fawn’s Love you a Latte set.

Which looks like this,

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I wanted to make it look like the coffee mugs were sitting on a granite counter top, so I tried making a counter top by marbling my Luster Mica Spray Mists. I used Hawaiian Shores and Black Sand Beach. To get them to marble all you need to do is spray them and then spray water while you are drying it with a heat tool. I use the heat tool and water simultaneously to move the Luster Spray Mist in the desired direction. I stamped the mugs using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noire Alcohol Markers. I will warn you that I know nothing about alcohol ink coloring. I gave it my best shot, but I feel that I failed miserably. The faces I used are actually from another Lawn Fawn Set (possibly multiple other sets). The “+” is the cross from the little nurse bird in another Lawn Fawn Set as well. The “=” was just drawn in using a PITT pen. I used the steam that says “smile” on it, but I just wanted the steam and not the “smile”, so I masked that part off and stamped it twice. The gold embossed hearts are also from another Lawn Fawn Set. I used a ever so slightly larger one on the mug than with the sentiment. I ended up spritzing the black cardstock because I still do not own a embossing powder anti-static tool and I made a mess. I think the Luster Spray Mist hid my boo boo pretty well!

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I’m playing along with the Coffee Lovers Bloghop because I LOVE coffee. I drink it 6 out of 7 days of the week and sometimes drink too much of it. HAHA. I hope you will play along too! To check it out, just click on the badge below and it will link you to the rules and the hop. Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy Birthday Card for Sister

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When I set out to make this card, I was trying to interpret a technique I learned from Jennifer Mcguire on her You tube channel. She used texture paste and watercolors and a vellum overlay,  along with some die cuts to make a house warming card.  I used embossing powder and the Stampers Best (discount code shown on the right side of my blog page! ) hounds tooth background stamp.  Then I sprayed it with Luster Mica Spray Mist in Hawaiian Shores and Hawaiian Orchid. I die cut vellum from a Spellbinders die and stamped using an inexpensive acrylic stamp that I’ve had for a few years.  The cupcakes are from Lawn Fawn’s Beep Boop Birthday stamp set.  The cupcakes were colored with Distress Markers and used to cover up the glue dots I placed on the back. I found some ribbon and a flat back embellishment from my stash and added that for a little more interest.  I was so happy to find the perfect stamp for the inside in one of my ‘never been used’ Tim Holtz cling stamp sets!  Here’s the inside:

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I flicked Luster Spray Mist on the inside by unscrewing the cap and tapping the “straw” part of the cap assembly.  I’m pretty happy with how this card came out and just might have to do it again! Thanks for stopping by!

Buy Luster Mica Spray Mists now!

$24.95 for 6 pack of 2 ounce bottles.

I finally got the Luster Mica Spray Mists posted for sale on our website. Click the picture about for more in depth information or to purchase. I have only posted them as a 6 pack set so far. This gives you a discounted rate of $4.15 each!

Happy Birthday Card using Luster Mica Spray Mists

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Happy Birthday Card

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Hi everyone! I just made this card last night for my Mom’s Birthday. Like most times, I sat down only with an idea of which products I wanted to use and a slight idea of what I wanted to do. I had no idea the card would come out looking like this, but I am pretty happy with it!

I started by spraying the background with Hawaiian Shores Luster Spray Mist to give it a nice creamy color. Then I used my Tim Holtz Dot Fade Layering Stencil with Hawaiian Orchid. Then I centrally sprayed Deep Sea Dive and used my heat tool to move it around a little bit . After that dried, I sprayed Shallow Waters using the same technique. Next, I grabbed my Stars Stencil ($1.99 in Mylar, $0.75 in Oil Board) and added Dusty Concord Distress Ink using a blending sponge. The cupcake stamp is from Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints and I’ve been dying to use it! I decided to keep that simple since there’s so much going on in the background and a ton of shimmer! The “happy birthday!” stamp is from one of The Paper Studio’s phrases sets that I got from Hobby Lobby. I like that they’re photopolymer and individual words. I did mess up the spacing  just a little bit though. Lastly, I added a few gemstones. These were in a $1.00 pack from Joann’s. I kept the inside of the card super simple and just sprayed a few spritzes of Hawaiian Orchid, Deep Sea Dive, and Shallow Waters. I still need to write a message on the inside.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card. I love it when I “have” to make a card because sometimes I find myself avoiding my craft room and feeling uninspired. It seems like the moment I make myself go in there I realize all the awesome things that I have to play with and I get in the mood to create !! 🙂

Luster Mica Spray Mists Are Almost Here!!

UPDATE : They are available for sale now in a 6 pack for $24.95! Just Click here. 

 

We are in the final stages of having these ready for sale, so let me tell you a little more about them.

First off, let’s introduce the colors:

Hawaiian Shores – a creamy light tan color with white shimmer

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Turtle Town – green with gold and light green shimmer

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Shallow Waters- light blue with aqua and light green shimmer

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Deep Sea Dive- deep blue with blue and aqua shimmer

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Hawaiian Orchid- magenta with violet shimmer

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Black Sand Beach – light ,almost grey, black with stunning white and silver shimmer

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Our spray mists come in a fine mist spray bottle with a mixing ball. All you need to do is swirl it around a few times before spraying and the mixing ball does all the work for you. If you have used other spray mists before, you know that the mica can get stuck and it takes some rigorous shaking to get it loose. That is why I knew our sprays needed a mixing ball. It makes it so easy to mix!

I have been spraying these bottles and testing them for months now and I have not had any clogging issues. Clogging is another common problem with these spray mists. I use finely milled mica powders along with a fine-mist sprayer that was chosen after testing others that had failed. I wanted to ensure there would be no clogging.

Each label has been sprayed with the same Luster color that’s in your bottle. This makes it easy to know exactly what the color will look like on white paper by having a visual swatch right in front of you. Many times the color in the bottle or on a printed label is not what it actually looks like on white paper. We have taken the extra effort to provide you with a real swatch on the bottle. Many of the Luster colors are two-toned and will look very different on black or dark papers. For instance, Hawaiian Orchid looks very pink on white but it looks more purple on black.

Each bottle is packed full of beautiful and lustrous shimmer. Spray on cardstock, canvas, wood, and any other porous surface! Luster sprays are perfect for use with stencils too.

We only use FD&C (Food, Drug, and Cosmetic) and D&C (Drug and Cosmetic) safe ingredients. By purchasing Luster Mica Spray Mists you are also supporting manufacturing in the United States! Our sprays are hand-made in small batches which ensures great quality control. All bottles come with a heat shrink seal to prevent spills and shipment. It’s also just so satisfactory to pull of that seal off a brand new item, isn’t it?!

As if all of the above wasn’t great enough, these spray mists are super affordable! The 2 ounce bottle is $4.89 and the 4 ounce bottle is a real bargain at only $7.69! There will be discounts for buying the whole set too.

If you have any questions about our spray mists that have not been answered in this blog post, please feel free to send me an e-mail at intoxicatingarts@gmail.com and I will be happy to answer your questions!

Luster Mica Spray Mists – Coming Soon!

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Hi everyone who stops by my little blog! I’ve been really busy lately working on developing my own Spray mists. Currently,  I only have one color finished which is Mermaid Tears . It’s a beautiful blue with a hint of green and a lot of silver shimmer! I just got my potential bottles in today, so I slapped on a mock label so I could see what it might look like in the end. So, I thought I would share it with all of you.  The 4 oz bottle with the upgraded sprayer is pictured. I will also be offering a 2 oz bottle with the more traditional spray top that we have all grown accustomed to when using spray mists. I still need to test these sprayers to make sure they are going to hold up to the demands . That is, they must be fine mist and anti-clog . I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted !