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Friday, April 24, 2009

Heavy gloss with glitter tutorial

Hello All.
I have already had a couple of people ask how I got Mertyl’s shell (in my previous blog post)to look like that.
So…here ya go….
First color your image with what ever medium you like. Mine is done with watercolor and colored pencil details.
Then cut them out if you are going to “pop” them.
Tip: If any of you are still totally coloring all copies of your “popped” images STOP!
I just go around the outer edges of the lower images. This saves time and also lets your sticky dots stick much much better!

The next step is to add glitter. I used orange and fruit punch “Stickles” on the shell and leaf green on the turtle and grass.

Then I take “Versa Mark” refill and paint it evenly over the entire shell with an old paint brush. I do this instead of the pad because the water color stains the pad and also because it goes on thicker so you need fewer coats to get a really thick finish.
Cover with extra thick Gloss embossing powder. Heat to a shine with an embossing heat gun, let cool a few seconds, and then repeat. On most things I heat to a high gloss finish but on Mertyl, I left the second coat a little bumpy for a turtle shell texture effect.

Put the pieces together with pop dots or tape and….voila!

If this tutorial was helpful or if you have questions or comments, please post below.
Remember…to get a closer look…click on the pictures. ;)
Thanks for stopping by!


Scrapishments said...

Trudy, THANK YOU so much for that tutorial on Mertyl!, I love the effect it gives...I think I might be investing in a heat gun! lol!

This card is sooo cute!


Shawne said...

nice tutorial and really cute turtle!

Linda Coughlin said...

Aawww, Myrtle is so cute. I love the hearts on the shell. Great job on the tutorial!! I never thought of painting Versamark on to make it thicker. Tha'ts a terrific tip.

lilacanglia said...

Great tutorial,
Thank you,
Love the cards,

Splendid Things said...

Thanks so much for sharing. Great tutorial!

Deb said...

oh wow, such a fantastic tutorial, I adore your turtle and you coloured him so perfectly!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Debx

Crowing About Primitives said...

Oh these are so cute.. how do you learn how to make these... I want to learn.. Ann

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Wow great tutorial True! Thanks for sharing this! How do you do your grassy areas? Is that a stamp or free hand drawing? I always love the way it looks, perfect! :)

Littlebear said...

Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing this technique.
Clare x

Denise @ kc242 said...

Love Myrtle and your cards. Why do you heat emboss this instead of crystal effects? What is the difference? I haven't used this technique so I will have to try it! Thanks True!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Love it!

Caterina said...

Your tutorial is very clear: I'm a beginner scrapper! I'll try! Thank you very much indeed!