Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cards using Perfect Pearls

I love reading other crafty blogs and learning about new (or rather new to me) products and techniques.  Last week I watched an amazing video showcasing stamping and using Perfect Pearls.  You can find the blog post I was inspired by here:

At first I was a little hesitant to try the Perfect Pearls.  Mostly I was afraid of the mess and getting pigment everywhere.  I feel the same way about glitter.  I love the stuff, but don't want to be walking around with flecks of glitter stuck to my nose.  The cards on the blog were so lovely, so I had to give it a try, and honestly I am super glad that I did.  Best tip ever - When working with glitter or fine pigments, use a Swiffer dust cloth to wipe down your surfaces and work space.  Keeps everything nice and tidy and fine particles really cling to them well.
I purchased the Ranger Perfect Pearls set from Michaels.  I chose a set that included four colors: Mandarin, Green Patina, Perfect Bronze and Biscotti.  I also bought the Ranger Perfect Medium to stamp my images with.  I love the way you can blend one pigment into another creating a smooth transition of color in one image.  It kind of seemed like magic when I made my first card.
I used Basic Grey's Medallion Stamps and a stamp set from Unity Stamps for these four cards.
It was really easy.  First stamp the image using the Perfect Medium, then apply the Perfect Pearls fine powder pigment with a paintbrush over the image, wipe away the excess powder and an iridescent image remains.
I made four cards in less than 30 minutes.  With a little bit of bronze metallic twine and a few orange rhinestones the cards were complete. I suggest watching the YouTube video included in the blog link above for complete instructions. 

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