Monday 17 January 2022

Magic happens … journal page created by Linda Pearson


Hi everyone … I had a lot of fun creating this journal page using the newly released Colourblast Shimmer Dusts powders (Wine, Lavender, Tan and Fern).  Before doing the journal page I spent some time trying out the new colours using different mediums and have added the colour card here for you to view.

Several Bee Arty mixed media products were used in this project and the links have been provided here for you to view and purchase online. 

Bee Arty products used:

Colourblast Shimmer Dusts (Wine, Lavender, Tan and Fern plus Sunshine for bees)

Darice 6 well paint palette

A4 Cardstock 250gsm (3 sheets approx. my project was A5 size)

Beach Fence die  please note:  the beach fence die is now discontinued but you could substitute the new  forest favourites (whispering woods collection) die just as easily

Bee Arty white Gesso

Honeycomb metal die

Make me happy rubber stamp

Versamark embossing ink pad

Colourblast Embossing powder –  clear and stormy weather

Craft Powder Spoon


Mounting tape




In the sample colour card above I have added the Colourblast Shimmer Dusts to a variety of mediums to demonstrate how these versatile products can be used in a variety of ways.  I have used Bee Arty white Gesso, Texture Paste, Colourblast Embossing powder and water.  The intensity of colour will depend on how much shimmer dust is added.  I like intense colours but simply adding more medium (e.g. water or gesso) will change the hue to suit your requirements.

GESSO    using a Craft Powder Spoon add a quantity of Shimmer Dusts to the Gesso and mix thoroughly (n.b. the colour will lighten considerably due to the intensity of the gesso), simply add more shimmer dust to strengthen hue.

TEXTURE/MODELLING PASTE    again add a quantity of Shimmer Dusts to your preferred brand of texture paste, mix thoroughly then spread paste through stencil.

EMBOSSING POWDER    stamp image using Versamark embossing ink pad, sprinkle with clear Embossing powder, then heat set the powder.  Mix a small amount of Shimmer Dusts in water then with small brush add shimmer liquid to the stamped image to colour.  Dry and add more for greater intensity of colour.

WATER    add a quantity of shimmer dust to a small welled Darice 6 well paint palette

 and some water (with pipette) to each colour, mix thoroughly.  On this card I added an intense mark on the bottom, then a wash above it by adding more water to the mix.


Use up the excess shimmer colours in palette onto several pieces of card, see above,  on the two pieces that I was going to use in the journal page I splashed with a little water after applying the shimmer liquid to create splotches / texture over the card.


 Below are the instructions for the journal page I created using two of the backgrounds from above.


When playing with the leftover shimmer colours I created this background using the Shimmer Dusts Lavender, Fern and Tan colours.  Some water had been added to lighten the hues for the background.  I ‘flicked’ some water (with fingers) onto the wet card to create the textured effect.  Allow to dry.  The second Tan and Wine card is used to cut the Honeycomb metal die through a machine.



I stamped the side flower and the bees from the  set onto a piece of card with Versamark embossing ink pad.  Cover with Embossing powder then set using a heat gun. 

Colour the flowers using Lavender Shimmer Dusts.  The bee was coloured using Sunshine Shimmer Dusts.  Fussy cut the flowers and bee shapes from the card.




Run the Beach Fence die (or equivalent die shape) on A4 Cardstock 250gsm through the die machine.  Brush the fence with Tan and the grass in Fern Shimmer Dusts.


When dry adhere to prepared background card.


Adhere the flowers and a bee onto Honeycomb metal die-cut shape.  Add mounting tape to the back behind the flowers.  Add the focal element to the card over the fenced die-cut.



Cut another piece of A4 Cardstock 250gsm slightly larger than the main layer.  Colour the border of the card with the Wine Shimmer Dusts allow to dry.  Place the main card background onto the back matt leaving a small border around the main card.  Cut the back matt to correct size, then adhere in place. Add splatters of Fern and Tan Shimmer Dusts



Add the two remaining bees to the sky using mounting tape to lift off the page.  Loosely brush over some Fern and Tan Shimmer Dusts over the foreground to ‘ground’ the elements to the page.

Add sentiment to the page.  Draw borders using black pen around the edge of sentiment words and main layer’s edge.

I hope you have enjoyed the process for ‘playing’ with shimmer dusts and if you haven’t experimented with these amazing products I urge you to give them a try you’ll be hooked I’m sure.

Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to seeing what you create. 



Bye for now!  From Linda




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