Sunday, July 25, 2010

Colouring With Crystal Effects

Technique Tutorial
Colouring With Crystal Effects

Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock
Stamp Set - I used It's A Loop Thing
Black embossing powder
Heat tool
Reinkers - I've used Taken With Teal, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel
Crystal Effects
Fine artist's brush
Baby wipes - to clean your brush between colours.
Small containers or an artist's palette - if you use airtight containers, the coloured mixture will keep for use again another time.

Step One
Stamp your images on your cardstock with Versamark, then apply black embossing powder and heat to set. 

Note - Using embossed images helps to keep the Crystal Effects where it's supposed to be.

Step Two 
You need to do this for each colour you're going to use.
Pour some Crystal Effect in a small container or on an artist's palette.
Enough to cover a 5 cent piece is enough to start with.

Add a single drop of reinker and gently mix. 
You can use your paintbrush to mix with, or a toothpick will also do.

Add more ink if the colour is too light, or more Crystal Effects if the colour is too dark.
This how it looks when it's all mixed.
Step Three
Use your fine artist's brush to gently paint your Crystal Effects mixture on to your image.

Paint gently and evenly to avoid air bubbles in your work. 

Note - Use one colour at a time on any image. 
Even though the image is raised because of the embossing,
you'll have more success if you wait for the first
colour to dry before beginning the next.

Complete the first colour on each image. 
If you only need one image for your project, consider making multiples to save yourself time later.

Step Four
Apply your second colour mixture once the first layer is dry (about 15 minutes).

 Your images are complete! 
Wait for them to dry before using on your project.

For my project, I cut out the cupcakes and added them to my base card. 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and I hope you have a play with your Crystal Effects!

Download the PDF HERE.



  1. This is great Danielle. I tried this some months ago when you did it during SAB and really liked the result. I used the little plastic containers like yours and the next time I went to use my mixtures they had all dried out and no amount of adding to it got it smooth and useable again :o( So ended up throwing away and will start again next time I do this colouring. Thanks for the tute :o)

  2. I've had some containers of colour be fine and others dry out... I have no idea why that is! I still keep them because once it's dry you should be able to scrape it out. I also only mix small quantities at a time, just in case!!

  3. Thanks heaps for the tutorial Danielle....cant wait to give it a go. I got some small squeezy bottles from my local scrapping shop a little while ago that are like the crystal effects containers so will try them and see how it goes. TFS xx

  4. Thanks for the tutorial, I will have to buy a paint brush and give it a go.

  5. Very cool, Danielle! See? This is why I read your blog... and link it to mine! Love what you do, girl!

  6. Thanks Danielle your tutorials rock!

  7. What a great use of Crystal Effects and Re-inkers. I had never heard of using the two together....thanks for such great information! Fellow SU Demonstrator.