New Product Feature: Shimmer Paint

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Hi All,

There have been so many questions floating around about many new products featured in the new Holiday mini that I thought I would start a new occasional post series featuring a single new product.   This posts featured product is the new Shimmer Paint.   As the online catalog says: Stampin’ Up’s new Shimmer Paint adds a vibrant dimension that enhances the look of anything without actually changing its basic appearance.  Not a bad description.  Doesn’t however tell us a whole lot about how to use it.  Today we’ll fix that.

Lots of talented demonstrators and stampers across the web have come up with quite a few interesting uses and techniques for using this new product and have created tutorials, video’s and other aids to understanding.  So today I’ll provide you a one stop shop for many of these as well as links to inspiring projects using these methods of use.

 Shimmer Paint Product image

Nontoxic, .5 oz. bottles

 #116806             Champagne Mist           $5.95

#116854              Frost White                 $5.95

#116807              Platinum                       $5.95

Here’s what Stampin’ Up’s own demonstrator product guide has to say about this new product:

■ Pigment ink with a touch of shimmer

■ Available in 3 colors: Champagne Mist, Frost White, and Platinum

■ Champagne Mist and Frost White are translucent—wash them over your project and you’ll get a delicate layer of shine that’s more understated than glitter

■ Platinum is opaque—it will cover your surface completely, so you’ll want to use it as an accent color instead of using it to cover your project

■ Apply it with a sponge or sponge dauber directly to a stamp or paper

■ .5 oz. each

■ Nontoxic

“Shimmer paint is pigment ink, so you can do almost anything with it that you can do with ink—you can stamp with it, cover an entire section of card stock or paper with it, or apply it over a stamped image or Rub-On. It works on a variety of surfaces: paper, fabric, wood (such as our Texture Cuts wood sheets), leather, and more.”

 To stamp with shimmer paint, apply a thin layer of paint to the stamp using a sponge dauber or stamping sponge and then stamp as usual (don’t overload the dauber or the paint will seep into the recessed areas of the stamp). Because Champagne Mist and Frost White are translucent, images you stamp with them will be very light. Images stamped with Platinum shimmer paint will be more dramatic.

Shimmer paint dries quickly; you don’t need to heat set it on paper or most materials.   Except….

You can use shimmer paint on natural fiber fabrics, such as cotton, wool, silk, etc., but you must heat set it to make it permanent. To heat set the paint, iron the fabric with the iron set at the appropriate temperature for the fabric. Once the paint is heat set, the shimmer paint will not wash off or smear.


A few more notes I’ve picked up here and there:

Demo Support has told me that Shimmer Paint can be used in much the same way as the Liquified Pearl EX  that SU sold in the past.

Sharon Field on her blog Created by U has posted a formula to create your own version of Glimmer Mist using Shimmer Paint as a base ingredient….

Her formula:  1.5 tsp rubbing alcohol in a mini mister bottle… dip the ‘straw’ of your mister into the shimmer paint, scrape on sides of mister bottle (inside.. duh).. 5 times. Replace top, shake vigorously and spray onto porous surface.. cardstock, ribbon, etc.. will not wipe off, PHENOMENAL finish.


Shimmer Paint Instruction and Uses: – shimmer paint comparison

Heather’s Shimmer video tutorials: – Shimmer Paint tutorial #1 – Shimmer Paint tutorial #2 – Using Shimmer Paint spray tutorial video

Video’s – Using reinkers with shimmer paint and other uses by Andrea Walford – Shimmer Paints video part 1 – Shimmer Paints video part 2 – Shimmer Paints Video Part 3 – Shimmer Paints Video Part 4 – Shimmer Paints Video Part 5

Shimmer Paint videos with Michelle Tech 2stampis2b blogger: – Shimmer Paint Pt. 1 – sponging – Shimmer Paint Pt. 2 – Sponge Dauber – Shimmer Paint Pt. 3 – Shimmer Spray

(Check out her other video’s as well here on her You Tube channel)

***** – homemade shimmer mist to make shimmer paper, ribbon, etc. – reinker and shimmer paint – video on shimmer Paints from My Lifes Art blog – SplitcoastStampers general stamping forum relating to Shimmer Paint.


Inspiring Shimmer project links: – Medallion and pearls – CAS with a stylus as a kissing tool for stamps – Patterned Pines – new way to use shimmer paint with a wheel – Serene Snowflakes – video using stencil with shimmer paints – mixing reinker with shimmer paints for new colors – Snow Swirled


A fellow demo the other day had this fun insight into why this product is turning out to be so popular.  She said:

“I think all stampers are magpies at heart and shimmer, glitter and bling usually sells.”

Sounds right to me – LoL! 😀

Here’s a few projects from a recent Stamp a Stack of my own that used the Shimmer Paint


Serene Snowflakes - Cheryl's SAS card 001

For more details on them see this previous post –

Hopefully this has been a useful product review.  If you have other product you would like information on drop me a line or leave a comment.  And as always if you would like to add Stampin’ Up product to your own craft room I’d be happy to place an order for you.  You can also order online using the links in the sidebar and I would be honored if you would select me as your demonstrator.   Of course I’m always looking for a few good stampers to join me in selling Stampin’ Up!   Nothing better than getting your own stamping supplies for less…right?

See you next time and thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogosphere…

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

note: Since writing this post I’ve discovered that SU has this product on backorder for a few more days.  However since there is no guarantee that this product will outlive the Holiday Mini which ends on January 4, 2010 you may want to place an order and stock up regardless of backorder status.  Trust me you’ll want this product all year round!  After all Dazzling Diamonds and Glitter aren’t used only at Christmas either right?  Please oh please SU put it in the main offering!!    

And for a printable document version of the materials in this post please see my SCRIBD download section.  I’ve placed a more generic version there in both PDF and Word formats for the use of other demo’s (you can edit to add your own info) or interested customers and fellow stampers.  Enjoy!


2 Responses

  1. […] For more information on using this wonderful product check out this PDF available in my SCRIBD files here or this previous post here.  […]

  2. […] Tip: For more on creating your own Shimmer Paint spray or other uses for the product check these links on a former post – […]

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