4 easy steps – How to make your own shimmer spray mist

Shimmer spray mist is a fantastic way to add a little dimension and texture to your cardstock.

Just Us…by Iris Uy, as seen in Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions, page 72.

Whether you spray it directly onto your page, or you use one of the many masks available to add a negative image or intricate pattern, shimmer spray is a whole lot of fun.

Kiss Me Quick by Iris Uy, as seen in Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions, page 90.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the exact color or amount of shimmer you’re looking for though. Or you might just want to avoid another run to your local scrapbook store to pick up another color. Whatever your reason, making your own shimmer spray mist is quick and easy, so why not give it a try!

Here is the short list of what you will need

Ranger, Distress Ink Refill Bottle (desired color)

Ranger, Perfect Pearls


Spray bottle

Step 1

Get all of your materials ready for mixing.  Be sure that you are using a craft mat or a craft friendly surface as you are working with ink.

You will need a small scoop or in this case I used the end of a Popsicle stick

Step 2

Some people add the perfect pearls first but I firmly believe in the hot chocolate method of adding some liquid first then the powder, I feel like it mixes better.

Here we added about ¼” of water in the spray bottle.

Step 3

Add two scoops to get a good amount of shimmer in the spray.

Shake this well

Step 4

Add an entire dropper full of the distress ink refills to the spray bottle

Fill the bottle with water leaving about ½” from the top of the bottle

Shake well

Test out your shimmer spray mist by spraying a piece of paper. An advantage to making your own spray, is that you get to determine exactly how much shimmer you like.

Another helpful trick is to spray a small label, and then wrap it around your spray bottle. You’ll find it’s a lot easier to find the color of spray you’re looking for!


–Annette Hardy, CK Events Instructor

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20 Responses to 4 easy steps – How to make your own shimmer spray mist

  1. Katie says:

    Love this idea!

  2. Cori says:

    Thanks! I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Heidi Mireles says:

    Thanks. I am going to try and make some today.

  4. faygie says:

    great ideas…

  5. Melinda T says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve been wanting to make my own, now just gotta find me some time!

  6. LCJinRoslyn PA says:

    Bookmarking this one!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. Michele says:

    This is something I have never tried. Certainly didn’t realize that I could make my own! Very cool!!

  8. Debbie L L says:

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Dave says:

    Your like some kind of genius or something.

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  11. Monique Ouellette says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the tip!

  12. susan says:

    thank you

  13. Ilze says:

    Love this tutorial. I was looking for something like that a long time. Now I just need to get those supplies and make my own mist. Thank you for this idea.

  14. yvonne says:

    Thanks, I, too now have to find and buy all these supplies! Love it!

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