Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Here are another couple of samples for this class...
To give the girls a bit more Perfect Pearls fun, the technique for this fortnight is Perfect Pearls Suede background that uses a combination of Glycerine and Distilled Water to make your own Ink Refresher (120ml distilled water to 5ml glycerine).  You spray this mixture onto black card stock, rub it in then while still wet, scrunch up your black card stock to create lots of creases.  Smooth out slightly then brush on Perfect Pearls all over the damp background.  Rub in with the brush that comes with the PP's and brush off the excess.  You don't need to set this with water as you worked onto a damp piece of card to start with.  These create beautifully, soft and shimmery backgrounds.  Of course, the computer screen doesn't do this technique justice so you'll just have to try this one out also.   Anything that has shimmer to it needs to be seen in real life to appreciate how wonderful it looks!  I've only had time to create two samples so far this week but plan to put some more up on Friday so check back in a few days and there should be more examples.
"As we are"...
This one below is the final sample from the last class, also using Perfect Pearls and once again, you can't see the Perfect Pearls.  The whole atc is an image and the ghostly woman had a white shimmer around her initially which I further enhanced by applying some clear embossing ink only over her image using my finger, then I brushed on Perfect Pearls in the white colour, called Perfect Pearl!  When you tilt the card to the light, the woman shimmers with a pearlised sheen.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Perfect Pearls Revisited

Perfect Pearls are a Ranger product that is a form of shimmery mica powder.  It can be dry-brushed onto a clear embossed stamped image on dark coloured card stock (as in "Psychodrama" below), or it can be used with a wet paint-brush to make a translucent paint for either colouring in stamped images or creating a background.  It does need water to set it so if you use it as a paint, the water is already added but if you dry-brush it into clear embossing, you'll need to spritz very lightly with water so it doesn't rub off.  It's virtually impossible to see how shimmery this powder is on a computer screen and in the card below "Seize the Night", you can't even see the powder at all until you tilt it so it catches the light, which obviously you can't do on the computer!   For that one, I stamped the image using Ranger Archival black onto a pre-coloured background, then using my finger, applied some Versamark (clear embossing ink) on various parts of the image, then dry-brushed the Interference Green Perfect Pearls and set it with water.  When you tilt this card you can see the green shimmer.  Great for ghostly effects!!!
"Dresses to Kill"... (image coloured in with Perfect Pearls)
"Medicated"... (hair only coloured in
with Perfect Pearls, gorgeous turquoise colour!!!)
"Seize the Night"... (Dry-brushed Perfect Pearls on various
parts of the image)
"Psychodrama"... (Stamped image with Versamark clear embossing
ink and then dry-brushed various colours of Perfect Pearls on to image. 
Also coloured in background with Perfect Pearls with a little water)

This one below is the final atc from the previous class - Sanitized Alcohol Inks.  The girls did a great job with their atc's in this class, so many different colour variations and effects were created!
"Stay Calm"...