End of Year Sale on the ENTIRE Store!

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That’s right! For 3 days ONLY we are offering an additional $5.00 off for every $20.00 you spend. This is an additional savings on top of the other sales and discounts we have going on right now.

This offer applies to all items in the store priced up to $40.00!

This is our best sale all year long and it’s the perfect time to load up on craft essentials and new Valentine’s products!

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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!

All About Creating Texture

I have always been one of those people that touches things. Even when I am not supposed to. I remember being in stores when I was little and getting told ” Don’t Touch THAT!” so many times. I would just find something shiny or pretty or textured and want to touch it regardless of how fragile it was or what the price is and with no consideration of how clumsy I am. So, it’s only natural that I think paintings and mixed media projects with a lot of texture and dimension are even more awesome than their two dimensional siblings.

That being said, not only do we offer our own Texture Tools, but we also carry Ranger’s Texture Tools and all of their Texture Pastes. Prima Marketing also has some great products for texture. I’ll run through each of these really quickly.

In my last blog post I shared our new Texture Tools. These are not a replacement or competition to Ranger’s Texture Tools though because the textures are almost completely different. Having both sets would give you even more texture options.

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Ranger’s Texture Tools come in a 6 pack with a removable ring for storage. These texture tools have texture on the long edge and one of the shorter edges. They have a print of the design on them for easy reference. They are made of a durable flexible clear plastic , very similar to the plastic we used on our Texture Tools. Drag the tools through mediums that can hold peaks and keep their form such as Ranger’s Texture Pastes. Ranger’s texture tools retail for $7.00.

Ranger has three different Texture Pastes to choose from. They each come in a 3.9 ounce jar and retail for $7.50. Click on any of the pictures below to purchase from Simon Says Stamp.

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The first is an opaque texture paste that will cover any imagery underneath it. This is their original texture paste. Acrylic paint and inks can be mixed into the texture paste to make a solid color. One of my most favorite techniques for using the texture paste is applying it through a stencil with a palette knife. After the paste is dry, you can also stamp on it or paint over it. Ranger states that these texture pastes are artist quality.

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Then, Ranger came out with Transparent Texture Pastes. This picture above is Transparent Matte. Transparent texture pastes are great for adding texture without covering up the layer underneath. You can also tint these with inks to get a transparent colored texture. This one dries clear with a matte finish.

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This is probably the one that I am most excited about! While there are times that I don’t want any gloss, most of the time I am using my Luster Mica Powders or Luster Mica Spray Mists and I want a TON of shimmer on my project. You can mix Luster Mica Powder in this for sparkly dimension! Of course, you can mix mica powder in all of the other ones too, but it shows up the best and sparkles the best when it’s in a gloss.

Prima Marketing has a pretty cool paste as well!

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Prima Marketing’s Light Paste is from Finnabair’s Art Basics Line. I have to tell you that I am IN LOVE with everything Finnabair has come up with for Prima so far. It’s right down my alley. Light Paste holds its dimension, so it’s another great option for use with stencils and texture tools. The difference is that it is light and airy feeling. You can add a lot of dimension without added weight. It is opaque and dries white with a tiny bit of transparency to it. A major bonus is that you can dry it with a heat tool! However, I noticed some shrinkage that may have been attributed to drying it this way. I have not tried air drying it though, so I can not be sure. Most of the time in art shrinkage is not a problem since we are not dealing in “exacts”. Light Paste can also be used as an adhesive, but for economical reasons I would stick to using it for dimension. Art Basics Light Paste can also be mixed with acrylic paints to achieve a white-washed dimensional paste. Another great characteristic of Light Paste is that it is bendable! You can put it on projects that have movement and not worry about cracking. You get 8 fluid ounces in a jar for an MSRP of $13.00. That’s still a great price when you consider what a large amount you are getting. This paste is unlike any others I have tried and is worth a purchase to have in your craft arsenal!

I hope this blog post has been informational and helped you decide which texture product is right for you. If you have any questions, just post a comment or e-mail intoxicatingarts@gmail.com. Thank you for stopping by!

New Texture Tools 5 pack is now available!

Intoxicating Arts is now offering Texture Tools in a 5 pack! Click the picture to buy for $5.49! 

This set of 5 plastic texture tools work wonderfully with heavy bodied acrylic paints, texture paste, modeling paste, and gel mediums. Just lay down your medium and drag the texture tool through it to get interesting textures. This set includes 4 different textures and one flat tool that can be used in a wissping motion to create frosting like effects or even used as a palette knife for stencils.

Each texture tool has a stencil in the center that coordinates with the texture that it creates. Made of .040″ thick flexible plastic. Your set will come with a blue liner that can be removed before use. This blue liner protects the plastic from scratches and burn marks from the laser cutting process.

These texture tools have a comfortable ergonomic feel. The texture coverage width is 2-13/16″.

Clean immediately after use with soap and water or a baby wipe. Chemical Resistant. Keep away from extreme heat.

Happy Fall Lawn Fawn Card

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Yesterday was the first day of fall and, even though it hardly feels like it in AZ, I wanted to make a fall themed card.  Luckily I had the perfect stamp set for the job!  Lawn Fawn’s Sweater Weather stamp set has a great fall tree and some sweet sentiments . I made the background using distress inks and misted Hawaiian Shores Luster Spray Mist on it. The tree and leaves were done using distress inks and the stamps from the set.  The sentiment was stamped with pigment ink because I wanted it to stand out more.  I live near quite a few farms and around this time their fields look like neat lines of endless mud.  I am in the process of designing texture tools for use with modeling paste,  texture paste,  heavy paints,  etc. So, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  I ended up mixing spackle with brown acrylic paint and laying it on the card using light pressure with my new tool.  If I had pushed down all the way,  the lines would have gone all the way down to the cardstock. To give it extra dimension,  I ran one of my brown alcohol markers across the top. I stamped a little on the inside using the argyle pattern from another Lawn Fawn Set.  I definitely should have practiced with those stamps before stamping inside the card.  It’s a little more sloppy looking than I would have liked. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what Fall looks like around my neighborhood! Thanks for stopping by.