Friday, February 7, 2014

magical background...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I have recently been introduced to a fabulous product put out by Lindy's Stamp Gang called Magical Powders. I am in love! They are SO much fun! 

Magicals are a mix of powdered pigment and mica powders. They can be mixed with water, or other mediums to create fabulous color & shimmer. There are so many ways they can be used!



Let's take a quick look at one of my favorite techniques using Magicals...

Step 1: Stamp your image with clear embossing ink onto your paper. I'm using a card stock prepped with a layer of Gesso. (more on that later)

Step 2: Dust on various colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals using a dry paint brush.

Although they are similar to Ranger's Perfect Pearls, they are different! The pigments in the Magicals are activated by water, and that is what we are making use of here. Perfect Pearls will not work for this..

Step 3: Brush off excess powder with the brush, then mist with water... the more water you spray, the more the colors will spread.

When it dries, you will have a very cool spread of color...

But when the light hits it, you'll find the mica has stuck to the ink and the image is nice and clear!

*For my project, I used regular card stock that was coated with a layer of Gesso. The colors float and mix beautifully over the coated surface... However, you can do this same technique on uncoated card stock, watercolor paper, or other porous surfaces. The difference is how the colors move. Here you can see the gesso coated paper on top, and uncoated paper on bottom. The color absorbs into the uncoated paper and won't spread as much. Watercolor paper is kind of in between the two as far as how much the color will spread and blend.

You can then stamp over it with a permanent ink, or for a more dramatic effect like this, paint.

Enjoy!
~Kassi

PS: I am not working for Lindy's Stamp Gang... simply sharing a product and technique I enjoy. =)


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV, card stock
Ink: VersaMark
Stamps: Unity "Chicken Wire", "Build a Damask", "Moments in Bloom"
Other: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (My Mojito Green, and Cattail Copper Brown), Distress Paint

16 comments:

Kris said...

Kassi this is awesome. I always enjoy your detailed tutorials. This new product really creates a wonderful background.

Kary said...

This is beautiful, Kassi! Thanks for introducing the LSG magical powder, I must check it out :) Have a lovely weekend!

Angeline Choo said...

Oh wow. Indeed it is magical :) TFS your technique and card

Ruby said...

The card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I will have to look into this product. TFS

Jen M said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

Amber Sheaves said...

Cool look. TFS!

Dawn Fields said...

Beautiful results using this technique!

Rachel W K said...

oh this is soooo cool! they seem like a mix between h2os and perfect pearls (both i love!). very pretty card, thanks for sharing!
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.com

Gaylynn said...

Hi Kassi. This is another awesome project. I really like seeing your tutorials and techniques. :)

Laura Turcotte said...

Awesome---you have awesome tutorials! That's a wonderful card!

Dr. Ivy said...

Great tutorial. I had never heard of magical powder. Your card is beautiful.

jennifer mitten said...

Wonderful card! I love that powder technique..

Karen (karey2005) said...

Very pretty, Kassi! And thanks for the tutorial!

Julie Odil said...

I love that shimmer effect you achieved, Kassi. Love your card!

Confessions of a Paperholic said...

Another great tutorial, Kassi. Thank you for spotlighting this new product and how it reacts to different papers. The card is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

Ava Gavloski said...

Thank you Angela for the updated link to this great post showcasing Unity Stamps, lovely project