Posts Tagged ‘Perfect Pearls’

Tuesday with Tara {take 263} negative space poinsettia

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Happy Tuesday and happy September!  We are kicking off another month of daily challenges with our Random Acts of Cardness with today’s theme, Foliage.  I’m using “Poinsettia Pieces” by Tim Holtz, which I got after Christmas last year, paired with a sentiment by Gina K Designs.  I thought the foliage of the poinsettia could have a non-seasonal vibe if I avoided traditional colors.  By sticking to shades of green, this card has an almost tropical feel to it, though with a different sentiment it would be lovely for Christmas too.

Since these dies are designed to showcase the negative space, I wanted to play with color and some for the background behind them.  I sprayed a variety of Distress Stains & Distress Oxide Sprays in shades of green and blue on watercolor card stock, then splattered with some water and spritzed with Perfect Pearls. It’s a subtle variety of colors with a pretty shimmer to it!

I cut the panel just slightly larger than the white piece I’d cut the poinsettia pieces from, then glued them together and onto a black card.  It’s easy to keep the design simple when you are working with such pretty, intricate dies.

I hope you like my card and are ready for a new month of inspiration with Scrap ‘N Stamp!  Be sure to check out the challenge page on Facebook and play along, and plan to stop back here on the blog Friday for our September Blog Hop!

Hope to see you then!

Inky hugs,


SNS Perfect Pearls June Blog Hop

Friday, June 5th, 2020

This weekend you can save 10% on all Perfect Pearls products!  It’s a great time to try out a fabulous product that’s been around for years, but might be new to you!  As usual, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate for the SNS online store to one of our amazing readers who leaves comments on our posts along the hop, so please… let us know what you think of our projects!

Perfect Pearls have been around for a long time, but have recently been re-branded/launched by Ranger to introduce them again as a great addition to the Letter It Line.   The new starter sets are fantastic, with two colors of Perfect Pearls, a small fluffy brush and a mini Perfect Medium Ink Pad.  My project today uses Letter It Set #3 with the addition of a single color, Sunflower Sparkle.  SNS has some of the original sets in stock as well and they are an even better value since they include 4 colors & two brushes!

My card today also features the Feathered Friends die set by Tim Holtz, She Sells She Sells stamps by Jane Davenport & Just Because stamps by Concord & 9th for the sentiment.   I also used some mini mister spray bottles to turn these pretties into shimmer sprays- you’re gonna want to try it!   I had my doubts along the way how this would all come together, but now that it’s done, I’m ready for another trip to the beach!

I used the Perfect Pearls in three different ways on this card.  First, I stamped in Perfect Medium and brushed the Pearls over the stamped image.  Perfect Pearls are a pearly pigment powder that has a binder mixed in with them, so they will bind to water or a wet medium.  You can see an example of this on the shells that are stamped directly on the kraft “sand” layer of my card.  Next, I painted with them, adding shimmer to some shells which I embossed in white on kraft.  (Side note- Perfect Medium also makes a great embossing ink!) I then used a wet paint brush dipped into the Perfect Pearls to paint my shells.  You can add layers for more intense color & shimmer, or add water for a subtle shine.



Lastly, I used them as a spray!  I missed the Perfect Pearls with a bit of water in Mini Mister spray bottles.  I didn’t measure, I simple picked up pigment with a paintbrush and dropped it in. I repeated a few times and then stirred with the same brush to get the color off.  While this photo isn’t the greatest, I hope it gives a good indication of the pearly shimmer all over the card!  I used blue on the sky & water layers and a mix of sunflower and pink on the sand.

I had a few puddles of color left on my craft surface when my card was done, so I selected a few of the shells I gathered at the beach last summer and decided to paint them as well for a perfectly coordinated photo prop.  They turned out so pretty, I had to photograph them on their own with the pearls and the spray bottles!

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the girls have been creating with Perfect Pearls!   It’s so fun to see a classic art medium get a fresh start 🙂  Next on the hop is Deborah, and below you will find the full set of links for each of us.  Hop along and enjoy, and don’t forget to leave us comments.  I’d love to know when the last time you used Perfect Pearls was!

Perfect Pearls June Blog Hop


Inky hugs,


Perfect Pearls/PearlEx Backgrounds

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Hello again! It’s Chala and I am here to show you what I have created using the popular Perfect Pearls/PearlEx technique and Versamark ink.

To get started grab your favourite stamps and stencils. Today I am using PearlEx. However, you can use Perfect Pearls and get the same effect.

I pulled out my Beautiful Branches stamp set from Concord & 9th and stamped the branch, leaf veins and flower with Versamark ink onto an A2 size panel of Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock. I like to use a stamp platform when doing this. My favourite platform is the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform because you can turn the lid to fit clear or thick stamps. I then use a stiff brush (like the one you get in the Perfect Pearls Letter it set) and apply the powder to the images. You can pounce on or use circular motions to apply the pigment to the Versamark ink. The colours I am using are from the PearlEx Series 1 pack. For the flowers I use the Duo Red-Blue, the branch is Super Copper and the leaves are Sunset Gold.

Once you have your pigment powders applied you can tap and wipe off any excess powder using a soft microfibre cloth or Swiffer.

I treat the bottom right hand corner with antistatic powder, careful not to rub it on the newly applied pigments. I stamp my sentiment again with Versamark ink and heat set white embossing powder with my heat tool. I then apply the panel to an A2 size card base and the first card is done.

If you want to set your stamped powder image to ensure it does not rub off you can use a spray lacquer like Krylon Crystal Clear. However, I prefer to use something a little less toxic and with a better smell……hairspray! Just make sure you hold it approximately 12″ away and apply an even coat. Some people will also spritz with water and heat set…but, I like to use the hairspray method as I am afraid of over spritzing the water and having my project run!

For the second card I stayed with the Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock but this time used a stencil. You can use any stencil you like! For this card I am using the Hero Arts Peacock Feather stencil. I temporarily tape down the black panel onto my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat with some removable adhesive. I then tape the stencil down with a masking tape. I prefer to use the Purple Thermo Web Removable tape, but I ran out and only had some painters tape on hand. Tape the top of the stencil in such a way that you create a hinge so that you can easily lift the stencil to check on ink coverage. Once you have that adhered down to your work surface all you need to do is apply the Versamark ink directly down overtop of the stencil making sure you apply a good amount down.

Now you can remove your stencil and apply your pigments as we did above. I used Super Russet for this copper look. I then wipe off with a soft microfibre cloth. I give a blast of my heat tool and spray with hairspray. The shine is AMAZING!!! I cut the panel down with my Fiskars sure cut paper trimmer and adhere it off centre onto a rust coloured cardstock and then onto the card base itself. I added a delicate stacked “hello” scripty die cut sentiment by running it through my Xyron sticker maker. I trim off any of the overhang with my Cutter Bee Scissors. I embellished with some sequins in complimentary colours. I like to adhere these with Glossy Accents so that if any of the adhesive squishes out it will dry clear and it has a strong hold!

This card reminds me of the crushed velvet artwork from the 70’s!


For my final card I wanted to show you that you can use this technique on light/white cardstock as well.

I am using the Dream stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I stamp out several of the feathers on the background leaving room for the Dream sentiment which I stamped with Versamark ink and heat set with Gold embossing powder on the bottom right hand corner. Again, I apply the pigment like I did for the first and second cards. After I was done I wasn’t totally in love with how it looked…so, I pulled out a stitched square die and cut out an area I liked. I can save the leftover pieces for another project.

I then adhered the square with 3M foam tape onto some Lawn Fawn Mermaid cardstock, re-stamped and heat set the sentiment with the same Gold embossing powder and embellished with some complimentary sequins. Here’s a look at the final card. I like the subtlety of the shine these feathers!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and it inspired you to try this technique. Check your stash for stamps or stencils or treat yourself and take a look at what Scrap’N Stamp has in stock. There are always great deals to be had!

If you like seeing exactly how these cards were put together you can watch the video here.

Thank you so much for spending your time with me today!

Happy Crafting!