Friday, May 22, 2009

Redhead Review: Shimmerz Spritz

From the folks who brought us those sparkly pots of Shimmerz and Blingz paint comes the new Shimmerz Spritz. I am proud to be on the Shimmerz design team and have been playing with this great new product for a couple of weeks. Here's a quick review and some ideas to get you started with Shimmerz Spritz.

This is actually a re-release for the Spritz. It was released back in 1999 and was the original shimmering sprayable coloring medium. The new and improved formula is packaged in 2oz plastic spray bottles and is available in 20 colors, with yummy names like Purple Passion, Olive Branch and Mud Pie. It is water soluble, non-toxic and has no odor. It's available directly from Shimmerz, local scrapbooking stores and online retailers for $4.99.

The Spritz is really good for covering three dimensional objects that would be very difficult to color with paint or ink, such as this silk rose .

Or these white paper flowers by Bazzill:

It's also ideal for large, flat pieces of card stock, paper or even fabric. The two pieces of whisper white card stock below were spritzed with Eucalyptus. The one of the left has one coat, the one on the right has two coats. I sprayed the pieces from a height of about 16" and this gave great even coverage and left a lovely sparkling, fine speckled texture.


These pieces of Riding Hood Red c/stock were spritzed with Bed of Roses but from a height of only 4 inches and this leaves a less uniform but equally nice shimmering speckled effect.

Now for my favorite piece - a piece of blue c/stock that I spritzed with the Eucalyptus over a Tim Holz mask. It turned out so nicely and I can't wait to use it on a project.



"But what else can I Spritz on?" I hear you ask. The answer is just about anything. Most porous and non-porous surfaces will take the Spritz, but the drying time will vary. For example, card stock and paper will dry almost instantly and a fabric or felt flower might take up to 5 minutes depending on how heavy you spritz it. However, acrylic, acetate or metal will take longer to dry. I found leaving those projects overnight to dry ensured they were completely set.

Here are a few surfaces you can spray with Shimmerz Spritz:
  • Card stock & patterned paper
  • Speciality papers, such as handmade or mulberry papers
  • Ribbon, fibers & trim
  • Chipboard
  • Acrylic & acetate
  • Metal
  • Buttons
  • Fabric & felt
  • Stickers
Finally, another great use for Shimmerz Spritz is ribbon and fibers. I took every piece of white ribbon and trim I could find in my craft room and spritzed it with Bed of Roses. Some took the color and sparkle better than others. The effect on the sheer ribbons was more subtle but on the other end of the scale the ric rac and twill tape really absorbed the color well.


Another of my favorites was the felt trim:

You will need to protect your work surface with newspaper or scratch paper, especially when misting something from a height. However, because it's water soluble it does clean up just fine with baby wipes or a damp rag. I fashioned a spray booth out of a cardboard box - very fancy!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when using Shimmerz Spritz.
  • The product does tend to separate, so you need to shake it well before use.
  • Clean the nozzle after each use because it can become clogged.
  • Because the Spritz is in a pump bottle, you need to spray it a couple of times on scrap paper to get the pump working correctly and to get a nice even mist coming out.
You can see that the world is your oyster with the new Shimmer Spritz. I don't feel like I've even scratched the surface yet - there are so many possibilities. If you are looking for more inspiration, there are lots of great design teams projects over the Shimmerz Blog.

2 comments:

  1. Cool product! I am always looking for new ways to add texture to my cards and making them sparkly sounds perfect!

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  2. Easy to make!!!

    Wow...This is what i have been looking for and you have done a great job. Beautiful ideas.
    scrapbooking stores

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Thanks for your wonderful words!

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