Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Faux Mother of Pearl

In our April issue of Stampin' Success they outlined a technique called Faux Mother of Pearl.  The cards that were made using this technique turned out gorgeous, so you know I just had to try it.  There was just one problem, the technique required Frsot White Shimmer Paint, and all I had was Platinum Shimmer Paint.  Oh well, Platinum Shimmer Paint it is.  The card turned out pretty good with the Platinum, but you can bet the Frost White Shimmer Paint is on my next order.

I'm sure there is a tutorial out there on how to do this, but I'll just share the steps I took with you.

To start you need a paper plate or some type of washable hard surface and paper towels; I used a Stampin' Up! Clear Mount Block.  Shake your bottle of Shimmer Paint (whatever color you use) and pour a small amount on whatever surface you are using.  The bunch up some Saran Wrap, dip it into the Shimmer paint and then dab the excess onto a paper towel. 
Using this Saran Wrap dab it on your Glossy Card Stock lightly, being sure to leave white areas of the cardstock exposed, and let it dry.
This is what it will look like.

Once the Shimmer Paint dries then you can use either a Stamping Sponge or Brayer to add your ink. 

I did this with 3 different colors, and then used the Blossom Petals punch to punch out the shapes to make a flower and leaves for my card.  Which turned out like this...

In this picture you can get an idea of the pearlized look on the flower.

And this is the card without the glare.  As an after thought I should have punched out the shape for the Happy Easter using the finished Mother of Pearl card stock and then stamp my frame and greeting on that.  Oh well, next time.

Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Glossy White
Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Four Frames
Ink:  Platinum Shimmer Paint, Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi
Punches:  Blossom Petals Punch, Decorative Label Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones, Basic Pearls, Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Dimensionals

  1. My "happy easter" is crooked, but using a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig would have prevented that.
  2. Check back soon for a tutorial on how to frame the Decorative Label Punch.
I hope you enjoyed my post today.


Love crafts forever said...

Hey Tammy. What a wonderful tutorial, and it's looks awesome. Don't come back here, with out that shimmer for me too. LOL
Hugs Nat

Anne Marie said...

Tammy, this is such a cool technique! Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks. I just love how your cards came out, too. The design is gorgeous and the bling is placed so perfectly, it really draws you in. So pretty! :)

SherriC. said...

this is super cute, can't wait to actually see it.....

Julie B said...

Cool technique, thanks for sharing! This would be a great technique for May - in honor of Mother's Day!