Wednesday, 8 April 2020

NEW! "Around the World On Wednesday" Blog Hop

ALL THINGS CRAFTY | Must-Haves for Your Creativity

Hi Friends! I'm so excited to introduce you to a new monthly blog hop called "Around the World on Wednesday". This blog hop is the brainchild of Angie McKenzie and I was honoured that she invited me to join. Members in this special blog hop are from every time zone in the Stampin' Up! markets; pretty cool, right? So of course, I'm representing Nova Scotia, Canada. 

The general theme for our first blog hop is "All Things Crafty", with a focus on our "Must Have" Stampin' Up! products. Well, that was a tough one, because I create with so many items in my craft room. But if I were stranded on a deserted island and could only have certain products, I'd have to choose my aqua painters, Jet Black Stazon ink pad, stamps and (are you ready for it?) - my Pigment Sprinkles.  So why the Pigment Sprinkles, you may ask? For a few reasons, actually. 

  1. Pigment Sprinkles are perfect for travelling & don't take up much space. They come six to a box, with a fabulous assortment of colours: Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Mango Medly, Daffodil Delight and Gorgeous Grape. Of course, those colours can be mixed to create an even larger assortment of colours. 
  2. I LOVE love love mixed media and these powders are ideal for so many art techniques. 
  3. I can shake a tiny amount of the Pigment Sprinkles onto a palette and use my aqua painter to pick up colour - perfect for watercolouring stamped images!
  4. The Pigment Sprinkles make amazing backgrounds when spritzed with water - or even with a few swipes of the wet aqua painter.
  5. Pigment Sprinkles can be mixed in with texture/embossing paste!
  6. Did you know that you can even STAMP with pigment powders? Sprinkle a bit onto a stamp, mist with water, press onto card stock! Or, mix a bit of water with the pigment sprinkles and apply to a stamp with aqua painter. 
  7. Pigment Sprinkles are terrific for the "Baby Wipe Technique"!
As you can see, Pigment Powders are incredibly versatile. Another reason why I love these powders so much is that every time I use them, especially on mixed media projects, I completely get into my 'groove' and I find it incredibly relaxing (in other words I take a trip to the crafter's 'vortex' and lose all track of time). For me, it's absolutely PLAY time! Speaking of 'playtime', here are some cards I made using the Pigment Sprinkles, my aqua painter and the "Seaside Notions" stamp set:

I made a few variations using a couple different techniques with the Pigment Sprinkles, and even the type of paper I used. Let me walk you through the cards and the details for each one:

"With Gratitude"

  • This was a simple card and I wanted to show how one can control the amount of "Pigment Sprinkles" used on a card by turning them into 'watercolours'. 
  • I lightly tapped each colour of the six Pigment Sprinkles onto a styrofoam plate, added a couple drops of water (remove the lid of aqua painter and squeeze out water). I now had a palette of colours to create with for ALL my cards!
  • I picked up the colour with my aqua painter and coloured in all my stamped images, adding more colour after each layer dried. 
  • Cardstock: Whisper White
  • Ink Pad: Black Stazon
  • Other Details: a little Dazzling Diamonds Glitter was added to the 'dots' image and a bit of Silver Glimmer paper underneath the sentiment stepped this simple card up a bit.

"Thinking of You" Gold Embossed Card

  • Ok, I couldn't resist a little heat embossing with my Pigment Sprinkles, so I'll have to add my Versamark, heat tool, embossing buddy and few emboss powders to my "MUST HAVES" list!
  • I created the background by misting first with water then I added a bit of the "Bermuda Bay" pigment sprinkles, followed with some "Granny Apple Green". 
  • To move some of the colour, I just used my aqua painter to blend, then I set the card stock aside to dry naturally.
  • Once dry, I rubbed the embossing buddy over the card stock, stamped my images with Versamark and sprinkled with Gold Emboss Powder and set with my Heat Tool.
  • I used my aqua painter to splatter water onto the card later.
  • Cardstock: Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
  • Other Details: I used Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles for the background. To finish the card, I added a light spritzing of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (to see how to make this, click here).

"Happy Birthday" Black Embossed on Whisper White Card 

  • I rubbed the embossing buddy over the watercolor paper and stamped the images with Versamark. Next, I sprinkled on the black emboss powder and set with heat tool.
  • Before I added colour with the Pigment Sprinkles, I added a light layer of water around the stamped image with my aqua painter (working in small sections at a time). This helps with the 'flow' of the pigments when I brush them on and also helps keep the colour outside the lines of the stamped images.
  • I used my aqua painter to add a light wash of Bermuda Bay Pigment Sprinkles to the card, followed with some Granny Apple Green. I picked up the colour, which I had mixed with water, from my styrofoam plate. 
  • I added more washes of colour, as each layer of the Pigment Sprinkles dried.
  • Once the stamped piece was dry, I added splatters of water using the aqua painter.
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Other Details: because the Pigment Sprinkles were applied to Whisper White card stock, I was very careful not to add too much water to the paper. Less is best, and then more colour added once cardstock dried. I mounted the stamped piece on a layer of fun foam and then adhered to the card base. A spritz of the champagne shimmer mist paint to finish.

"Happy Birthday" Black Embossed on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper

  • This card was done exactly the same as above card, except I used Watercolour Paper and embossed with Black Emboss Powder.
  • The Pigment Sprinkles are much more intense on the watercolour paper!
  • Using the Watercolour paper also allows for more movement of the Pigment Sprinkles and the results are fantastic!
  • Cardstock: Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
  • Other Details: this card makes me happy.

"Happy Birthday" White Embossed on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper

  • This card was done exactly the same as above card, except I embossed the stamped images with White Emboss powder.
  • Cardstock: Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
  • Other Details: I mounted the stamped piece onto fun foam before adhering to the card base. This raises it a bit higher on the card front too. This, and the above card, are my favourites!

To see some more techniques using the "Pigment Sprinkles" you may want to check out the following videos: 
  • Rubber Band Technique  - in the video I share a card with this technique combined with the pigment sprinkles. 
I hope I've inspired you to give the "Pigment Sprinkles" a try, especially with the aqua painter for water colouring stamped images and adding a background wash of colour.

There are twenty-four of us participating in this special "Around the World on Wednesday" blog hop, representing 13 different time zones (midnight in Hawaii through to 10pm for New Zealand) in all of Stampin' Up!© markets! 

 Head on over to visit Annette Ball's blog...just click here or on the links below:


  1. What a great display of all you can do with Pigment Sprinkles. Thank you for sharing all these tips. I especially like the black embossed card with the vibrant colours. So lovely to hop wth you xx

  2. The pigment sprinkles look great on your projects!

  3. Stunning stunning cards Tina! xxx

  4. Oh my gosh what lovely cards. Thank you so much for sharing how you did them They are just beautiful. You have inspired me to try this.

    1. Thanks so much Jenny! I'm so happy I've inspired you! xx

  5. BEAUTIFUL Tina.....nice to see you also appreciate the Pigment Sprinkles!

    1. LOL Thanks so much! I don't think enough people realize how amazing these sprinkles are! xx

  6. Fantastic Post!! So informative and so many cards to check out!! So Fun to Hop with you today!!

  7. The step by step of each achievement is perfect Rochelle! Thank you for this jump!

  8. Love the vibrant beautiful colors! Your cards are gorgeous!

  9. Tina, I just love all of the tips and tricks you shared with Pigment Sprinkles. Love the vibrant colors on all of your projects and you have completely inspired me to use mine more often. Thank you for sharing your awesome projects, it was so great to hop with you today!

    1. Thanks so much Anne Marie! YOU are a HUGE inspiration to me! xx

  10. What a fun technique! I haven`t tried pigment sprinkles much but I shoud play with it more! Thak you for the inpiraiton.

  11. Thank you for sharing your tips. I have been hesitant to use my pigment sprinkles, but you have inspired me. Beautiful bold colors!

  12. Ok. I'm inspired!!! I've just ordered these without a clue what to do with them! Thanks for all your tips- can't wait to dive into this technique!

  13. Oh wauw! I now want to play with my sprinkles right away! Thank you for sharing your amazing cards.

  14. You've given me a whole new appreciation for pigment sprinkles with your beautiful creations. I'm going to have to try the baby wipe technique!

  15. What fun cards, Tina!! So similar and yet each using a different technique to create something different and beautiful! Way to ROCK those Pigment Sprinkles!! Enjoyed hopping with you this month!

  16. Wow your cards are fabulous Tina, so bright and fun x

  17. Oh wow!!! Absolutely love how you showed the Pigment Sprinkles used on all the papers and with the differences of stamping and embossing. Amazing! I've gotta go play with them now! Thanks so much in spreading joy and sunshine Around the World on Wednesday with me! (((HUGS)))