Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Faux Pearl

I love this technique!   I did a class on it using Rose Red and it was so pretty I decided to try it with Marina Mist.  This is a gorgeous blue and works with many styles of card.    These cards used the same supplies except that I changed the stamp set.   I originally designed them as my first attempt to get published.  Well, they didn't make the cut, but I still love them!  

I like the contrast of Marina Mist with Basic Black.   The punched flowers are made using the Boho Blossoms punch and our pearl jewels.    The flower on the sentiment is made by punching out and layering two of the boho blossom flowers from a leftover scrap of the faux pearl cardstock.  

The faux pearl technique uses gloss card stock so if you want to stamp on it you must use StazOn otherwise the ink won't dry.   You start with your piece of gloss cardstock - mine is white.  Then you scrunch up a piece of plastic wrap and dip it into some shimmer paint that you've put onto a paper plate.  Wipe of the excess paint and then dab it onto your cardstock.  Make sure you leave some white space so that your ink colour will show up darker in some places.   Wait for the paint to dry.  Then you use a light colour ink on a brayer (Speedball is my favourite because it is softer and has a bit of "give" in it) to roller over the cardstock.   Once it's covered to your liking, polish the excess ink off with a tissue.  Then cut your cardstock however you like, stamp on it and finish your card.  Easy!

The flower stamped on this card is subtle because it's a fine line image.   But I like the way it contrasts with the solid bird.

Masculine cards are a constant challenge for me.  But I think you can adapt this technique to suit a more male card by switching the stamp set.   I've used Sense of Time here and I'm really pleased with the results:

The black brads are a great addition and the crimper is my go-to tool for turning cardstock into an embellishment when I'd normally use ribbon.   

This last card is a bit busy.  I stamped the base card tone on tone using Marina Mist ink on MM cardstock. The faux pearl is used on the clock face, the sentiment and on the strip of cardstock that goes behind them.  The pearl jewels give a royal feel to the card and I've "dirtied" it up ever so slightly by roughing up the black circle layer behind the clock face.

So, that's my take on faux pearl.   It's another great technique using shimmer paint & a brayer.  Because it's quite soft, you could use it in landscapes as a gorgeous sky or sunset.  Why not give it a try?  

Supplies Used:
First two cards:
Stamp Set:  Elements of Style
Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Basic Black, Glossy White.
Ink:  Black StazOn, Marina Mist Classic
Accessories:   SU's Shimmer Paint in Platinum, White narrow grosgrain ribbon, Marina Mist satin ribbon, Jewels - pearls.
Tools:  1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Scallop Oval punch, brayer, plastic wrap & paper plate

Last two cards:
Stamp Set:  Sense of Time
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Basic Black, Glossy White.
Ink: Black StazOn, Marina Mist
Accessories: SU's Shimmer Paint in Platinum, Black grosgrain ribbon, Jewels - pearls, black brads
Tools: 1" circle punch, crimper, 1 3/8" circle punch, brayer, plastic wrap & paper plate

Thanks for looking!   I love reading your comments, so let me know what you think.

Happy Stampin'

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