Shimmer Paint Resist Technique – Christmas Gleaming

Today we are going to play around with the shimmer paint resist technique. This is a super easy technique with absolutely stunning results! Now the technique will work with any stamp set; however, today I am featuring it with the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and Pretty Peacock ink.

Shimmer Paint Resist Technique - Christmas Gleaming

The technique works almost the same way as the emboss resist technique. The only difference is that we are using shimmer paint instead of heat embossing. And it’s the application of the shimmer paint that we will touch on first.

Shimmer Paint Resist Technique

We will start by using the shimmer paint as our ink. Yes, you will be adding paint to your stamps instead of ink. You can use either a sponge dauber or just a little sponge wedge. The shimmer paint comes in a little bottle (as featured here). I use a sponge wedge because it is easier to apply the paint. Simply tip the bottle into the sponge. Use the lid of the bottle to scrape or wipe off the excess paint that is on the sponge (the excess will go back in the bottle). Use the sponge to dab the paint all over the image, then stamp it on a piece of glossy or shimmery white cardstock and let dry. Clean the paint off your stamp using a baby wipe.

Shimmer Paint Resist Technique

I highly recommend you stamp a variety of different images to create several cards. Once the stamped images are dry, it’s time to add the color! And there are several different ways you can do it.

  1. Sponging: Use a sponge dauber or wedge to spread color all across the glossy white cardstock. This method is recommended for smaller images or if you do not have a brayer.
  2. Brayering: Use a sponge brayer to spread color all across the glossy white cardstock. This method works well for adding color to large areas.
  3. Stampin’ Write Marker: Use the brush tip on your Stampin’ Write Marker to add color to small areas or stamped images. This method is great if you are looking to darken up the color.

No matter which method you choose, the card stock must be wiped down with a tissue after adding the color. This will help wipe away any excess ink lying on the surface of the cardstock. It also seems to polish up the glossy or shimmery white card stock giving it an awesome sheen.

Christmas Gleaming

Once you have the mastered the technique, you can move on to creating some beautiful cards! Now you can use this technique with any stamp set, I just chose to create some Christmas cards.

These first two cards feature the shimmer paint resist technique on the little ornaments. Simply stamp several ornament images across a piece of glossy or shimmery white cardstock using the shimmer paint. Let the ornaments dry and then use a brayer or your Stampin’ Write Marker to add the color.

Besides creating the ornaments, you can also use the shimmer paint resist technique to create a background for your card. The card above, on the left, features the holly leaves randomly stamped across a 3 x 5-1/2 inch piece of glossy white cardstock. Once the paint dries, simply use a brayer to add color all across the cardstock. Then, decorate as desired.


Now the cards feature products from the Brightly Gleaming suite in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. The suite of products is also featured in this month’s Christmas Club. Learn how to get a fun Brightly Gleaming goody package HERE

I hope you enjoy this fun little technique! Have a creative day ~ Lynn

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Glossy White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock
Glossy White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock


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