How to Make Glimmer Mist With Alcohol Inks

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Metalic shimmer makes your paper projects shine.
Metalic shimmer makes your paper projects shine. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Whether making their own cards, enhancing a photo layout on a scrapbook page or adding paper motifs to a project, paper crafters and scrapbookers throughout the world continuously seek ways to enhance their creativity. Making your own pearl mists or glimmer mists will add unlimited color combinations to your designs, bring out your inner chemist and even conserve your crafting budget in the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mica powder pigments with binder, assorted colors (see Tips section)
  • Empty miniature spray bottles, 1 to 2 fluid ounce size
  • Alcohol ink or water-based dye re-inkers (see Tips section)
  • Craft sticks
  • 1/4- or 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon
  • Eyedropper

Gather all of the ingredients together and work on a paper-covered surface to ensure that products don't stain surfaces.

Unscrew the top of the spray bottle and set aside the sprayer.

Using a craft stick, scoop approximately 1/4 inch of powdered pigment into the spray bottle. You can use two scoops, if desired. Make sure the powder settles to the bottom of the bottle by gently tapping the bottom of the bottle on your work surface.

Use an eyedropper to put 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of alcohol ink or water-based dye ink into the spray bottle. Vary the amount of ink according to the amount of color desired. Water-based dye inks may require a larger amount of ink to be added to the mixture.

Fill the bottle with water a little over 3/4 full, but leave room for the ingredients to mix adequately.

Screw the sprayer back on the miniature spray bottle firmly so that the mixture will not leak out as you shake the bottle.

Shake the bottle to emulsify all of the ingredients. If you store the mixture, you will have to shake the bottle again, as the pigment powder settles at the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the pigment powder does not have a binder then you must use a sealer so the glitter will not rub away (see Resources section for recipe).
  • For best results, use water-based dye re-inkers or homemade alcohol inks rather than purchased alcohol inks (see Resources).
  • Adjusting amounts of pigment powders and ink levels adds to the versatility of the product.
  • Experiment with a plethora of color combinations.
  • Purchased alcohol inks may contain products in them that are harmful if inhaled. Read the instructions carefully.

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