I’ve been obsessed lately with shimmer powders and different ways to use them. Today I have an easy shimmery background using Maker Forte’s Kaleidoscope powders.

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Today I wanted to play with the Kaleidoscope Powders and water to see how it works when you paint with them.

I decided to use the Maker Forte Stepped Cube stencil. I wanted to paint inside the stencil but I was worried about water getting underneath the stencil.

So I decided that I would definitely need to use water color paper so that the water would soak into the paper and not float on top, thereby increasing the chances the water would float under the stencil.

In order to make sure the stencil stayed down, you need to spray some Pixie Spray down on the back of your stencil. This allows the stencil to stay in place as you ink blend onto the card stock.

Next you will want to tape the watercolor cardstock down so it does not curl as much when the water is applied to it.

I used the Waffle Flower Media mat as my surface, so I just used some painter’s tap to tape the cardstock down with the stencil.

Next you will need an area to mix a little of the Kaleidscope powder and water together. I used the built in wells on the mediat mat.

Then just use your paint brush and paint inside of the areas of the stencil. You don’t want to put too much water down if you can help it. I think I played too much for too long and evidentially the water started to seep under the stencil.

But overall I was able to maintain the integrity of the stencil patten. And in the areas that where the water and powder bled too much, I covered with a couple of the Sketched Peonys stamped images.

Next after the watercolor paper has dried, you will want to set the powder. I just used some cheap hairspray. This keeps the powder on the paper and not on your fingers.

I used my Silhouette Pix Scan mat to cut out the flower images.

Then used the sentiment Thinking of You from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set. And finished it off with some jewels from PinkFresh Studios.

What you are left with is a beautiful background. Look how out it shimmers in the light!

Finished Project


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About the designer

Brandi Mahon is the creative owner and card maker for StampMeSomeLove.com. She teaches card makers how to create beautiful cards one card at a time. If you would like to see some of her other free tutorials, fill free to drop by here.