Monday, 28 May 2012

Playing with pearls...

Distress Inks and Perfect Pearl powders by Ranger
Stamps by: Wendy Vecci, Tim Holtz, Stampotique originals

Although Perfect Pearls have been on the market for ages, I have a renewed interest in them after attending Ranger U. I love the extra layer of colour you can add with them and also that little bit of shimmer :-)

This is a little ATC concertina book I demonstrated at a workshop last Saturday, using a combo of Distress Inks and Perfect pearls.  Here you can see the background stamped and coloured with pearls. Love that shimmer! :


Here are the pages:





I mounted each ATC onto mountboard to make sturdy pages, and bound them together with ribbon.


Of course, I just had to add a little stitching ..... !


Hope you're all enjoying this fabulous sunshine we've been having this last few days. Er... just wondering.... has anyone out there NOT got sunburned shoulders?! I was doing OK till I fell asleep on a deckchair in the garden yesterday afternoon! That'll teach me to have 40 winks after lunch ;-)

Byee for now........


46 comments:

  1. Beautiful ATCs love the backgrounds.

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  2. They're all beautiful! I especially love the first page. The colors are fantastic! I got the huge multi-pack of pearls last year and I love 'em. So dang shiny :) Shiny is one of my favorite colors!

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  3. Your booklet is fantastic, I love the colours as well as the stamps you´ve chosen!

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  4. Love your ATC book, stunning colour/design combo. I love mica powders too.

    I've not got sunburned shoulders but I have gone pretty brown (for me) in the recent sunshine.

    Happy Monday

    Kathyk

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  5. What a great book..the cards look fab...love PP :-P
    And you've used great stamps!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love all the details, you do amazing work.

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  7. good to be reminded of an old technique - we move so quickly on to a new one! these look really good Kate. real depth to them.

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  8. I love them !
    How did you get that color of the stamps over the colored background (wondering if I make any sense lol), is it embossing powder ?

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    1. Hi Nolwenn,
      I coloured the background with Distress inks and let it dry fully. Then I stamped the backgrounds with another colour of Distress ink, and while the ink was wet I brushed Perfect Pearls powders (by Ranger) over. The powder sticks to the wet Distress Ink. A quick spritz of water to set the powders and that's it!

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  9. This is so fun. See you later, I'm going to make an ATC.

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  10. Love the way you have done the Perfect Pearls Kate and the stamps you have used are gorgeous.
    I have luckily NOT burn yet, but like you did have 40 winks in it the other day, but had splattered myself with cream so was a bit red but not burnt!
    LOL
    What are we like when we get the slightest bit of sun!
    Dx

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  11. Amazing Kate! these are just "glowing" you have inspired me to look for my ppearls! :)

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  12. Very gorgeous and great work kate. Fantastic use with the perfect pearls.
    Lovely greet
    Marja

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  13. this is really nice, i find it real art,
    greetings mina

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  14. WOW that is awesome. I love how you did the perfect pearls stamping. Thanks for explaining that in another comment reply. I was wondering the same thing until I seen that comment. I've never thought of using them that way either. thanks for the new use

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  15. Love the Perfect Pearls Kate wondered what I'd bought them for????? Now I know. thanks for the ideas. xx

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  16. Lovely, nice and colourful. A great use for mountboard, though I assume you stitched it before mounting it?
    Kyla

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    1. Hi Kyla. No, I added the stitching as an afterthought so I stitched right through the mount board! My sewing machine coped with it just fine!

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  17. They turned out great, love the colors and all the little details. Thanks for explaining how you used the PPearls.

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  18. The sunshine is fabulous but so is your little book ..... such rich layers !!

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  19. Gorgoeus ATCs, I love all the layers.
    I'm slightly too pink after the last few days, so I'm slathering on the aftersun. :) The glorious weather is probably not going to last much longer, so I'm trying to make the most of it.

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  20. totally awesome cards Kate, love the shimmering and colours, just perfect
    hugs
    Miranda
    (ps I have sunburned shoulders too....)

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  21. Gorgeous shimmer, love your little book! How do you prevent the perfect pearls from spreading all over your project? Whenever I try to use them, I not only get it on the stamped image (where I want it) but all over the project as well when I'm applying the perfect pearls - so in the end the whole project shimmers.... I know you can set it with water after you're done but it's the spreading while applying it that bothers me (if that makes any sense... ;) ).
    Enjoy your sunshine! :)

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  22. Hi Milla,
    The Perfect Pearls will stick to anything that is wet so you just need to make sure that your background is completely dry before adding any pearls otherwise they will stick to the background too!. The excess pearls should just brush off with a dry brush. And yes, you do need to set them with water.

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  23. The two questions asked were exactly what i was thinking thanks for answerxing it really helps beautiful work so vibrant

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  24. Wonderful ATCs and great booklet, Kate!

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  25. These are stunning and thank you for wxplaining how to stamp with Perfect Pearl...can't wiat to try this technique!

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  26. Fabulous project Kate as ever. Love the colours. Sorry about your shoulders - slather on a good dollop of after sun and you should be OK.xx
    ps like you I haven't used PP in ages and only yesterday started making a new album project for the girls using them to start next week - spooky!!! but Perfect Pearls are so fabulous and so versatile.

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  27. Wonderfully beautiful! Love them all!

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  28. Oooh lah lah... these are absolutely stunning, Kate!

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  29. Beautiful! Love the backgrounds and the stamps. The colors are wonderful! I had no idea after all this time you could use perfect pearls with distress inks. Thanx so much for sharing that.

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcaset.net

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  30. love the colours Kate and I too have been trying to use perfect pearls a bit more, seeing as I have quite a selection of them, oops

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  31. I'm in aawe and ooh over these pieces! Beautiful!

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  32. love it! I must admit i do like a bit of shimmer on mi stuff and perfect pearls are great aren't they....I can confess with all this beautiful weather I'm as pale as a vampire! as my skin doesn't agree with the sun so i shade-bathe!...girls gotta do wot a girls gotta do, my tan comes from a bottle...hope it heals soon...natural yogurt i've been told is the best?!?!take care Elx

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  33. This is an awesome creation, the colors are stunning. WOW!!!

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  34. Gorgeous Kate....makes me want to dig mine out and play with them some more. You are always so very inspiring. Love this.

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  35. This little book is just fab Kate and loving all the colours. Would love to make one of these. x catherine

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  36. Fabulous project Kate!! Your art always makes me happy :)

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  37. Simply stunning Kate, fabulous creations, gorgeous colours as is the tag below.
    Anne x

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  38. This is just yummy yummy yummy! Thanks for your greeting on Craft tamper blog. I am very sad I will not see you next week. I have this week off, pre arranged before the new job. I do hope we may catch up in the future. Since the new job I have done no creating. Good thing it will only be part time from now on.

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  39. Truly beautiful work- as usual. I am getting caught up on reading my blogs, been a bit distracted lately. I am intrigued by a more recent posting of yours as well- art journaling tutorials?? Is this something that might be available online? Stuck here in Tulsa, OK- online is the only way to go.

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  40. Wow, what beautiful art work!

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  41. They are really beautiful!

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  42. Wow, look so good... I just want to get that for myself and my families. Hope for more new style. rs gold , runescape gold

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