Thursday 6 October 2011

Mica Brushing with the New Decoupage Range

Hi everyone, It's jayne here

Team Imagination have been extremely busy lately with prepping for the QVC shows and the up and coming events,Happy Stampers, SECC and the NEC.Along with Designing the new Ranges of Stamps and Stencils coming out in the spring,Sue and Harvey have invited me to share with you a couple of techniques with you that i know you will enjoy doing with easy to follow step by steps , using our newest Range of Decoupage Stamps sets Holly,Berries,Bells, Baubles,Flowers and Ivy all can be found on our web site

When I was designing these sets, I didn't realize how versitile these would be, not only are they great for Copic Pens, Pro Marker's and Water colouring, I have also found that they are fantastic with our Mica Powders and the New vintage pallet (see previous post)

So the first Technique will be Mica brushing with the Decoupage stamp Range,

Items you will need:

Mica powders set 1 and 2
Decoupage stamp set Bells,
Rock-a-bloc med
Versa mark ink pad,
Small detail brush

Large fluffy Brush,

Anti-static bag,

Cheap Hairspray
An assortment of Smooth coloured card stock

All these items may be purchased via the Web site if you can't find them then call 01935813664, we will be happy to help.


1)Always use an anti-static bag on all card stock before you stamp any images, this helps to reduce any unwanted marks,

2)Only open the colours you are using , this reduces the possibilities of spillage..

Step 1) Cut 5 pieces of coloured card stock into 4x4 inches, you will get 6 froma A5 sheet,choose three colours of mica powders that work well together, Green Gold and Bronze were used on this card. open the lids of the micas and rub the anti-static over the pre -cut card stock.

Detail method
Sweeping method

Step 2) Place your stamp onto the Rock-a-Bloc, ink with the versamark ink pad and stamp onto the card stock, now there are two different methods you can do a) using the detail brush add mica to detailed areas ie border, background etc, or b) using the Large Fluffy brush to sweep across the pre stamped image in bold diagonal stokes. which ever way you like, the demo card above I used the sweeping method.

In both methods, once you have covered the image, tap off the excess and then use the large fluffy brush to dust n polish the image. ( don't use kitchen roll or tissues as this could scratch off the design,)

Step 3 ) A this point if you wish to change a colour or pick out certain areas you can do so by re applying some mica with the detail brush, then dust n polish again. Once you are happy with you image Seal it with a cheap hairspray set aside to dry , repeat for all 5 layers.

Step4) Cut out each layer,( these are suggested layers you can do as many or a little as you want, that's the beauty of these stamp images.Layer up using silicone glue or pads. (as shown on the card) and mat onto gold card stock,again matt onto green card stock this also stamped with versa mark and using the micas randomly around the edge to match

Step 5) To finish add some ribbon and greeting if desired,

Here is another card sample that has mica used as the background

Hope you enjoy playing

look out for the next technique coming next week

Have fun Jayne