Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mother of Pearl

Here's a little peek at one of the projects we are going to make at the new catalogue open house this Saturday.  It uses a technique I found in a recent Stampin' Success magazine that Stampin' Up gives it's demonstrators. 
 This technique is called mother of pearl.  I used the new lace ribbon border punch and a color combo of Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, and Island Indigo.  The stamp set is Strength and Hope - it was one of my first stamp sets from the summer mini catalogue.
As you can see, I made two different versions of the same card.  Partly to experiment and partly just to show that you can do lots of different things with the same materials.  Everyone is ddifferent and everyone has their own style and tastes!  My personal favorite is the card above.  I love the pool party color with the mother of pearl technique. 
Here is the Island Indigo background.  It almost looks like Not Quite Navy, although the color is actually a bit brighter in real life. 

Here you can see that I stamped the butterfly image on the background sheet using StazOn ink so it wouldn't smear.  That leaves the antannae there for you to see when you add the actual butterfly with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I tried my best, but I just couldn't get a good picture to show the shimmery mother of pearl effect.  If you've made it this far in my post, congrats for persevering through my jabber!  To get the mother of pearl effect, I took just a dab of Pearl Shimmer Paint with a piece of plastic wrap I was throwing away and pounced it on the Whisper White background.  Next I dried the paint - just a few seconds with the heat gun.  Finally, I sponged Island Indigo ink all over the Whisper White paper.  It's really gorgeous in real life! 
So, if you want to try it out yourself, come on over on Saturday!  Leave me a comment with your phone or email if you live near Somerset, KY and I'll be happy to give you directions!

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