Sunday, November 18, 2012

Perfect Pearls Ornament Card



Finally, I got Perfect Pearls to work the way they are supposed to!  When I was visiting my friend Karen a couple of weeks ago, I bought some more Perfect Pearls.  I wanted a few more shades to work with the ones I had.  When we were using them, I was amazed that they worked. I'd been able to use Perfect Pearls with a water technique I learned from Kristina Werner (and will be on tomorrow's card), but I could never do the technique described on the package.

For that technique, you stamp your image in Perfect Medium or Versamark and then brush on Perfect Pearls.  A mist of water and everything is supposed to be set - no rubbing off.  Every time I'd tried this in the past, the pearl finish rubbed off.  I certainly could not use this for Operation Write Home cards and really didn't want to send anyone a card that smeared.  This time though, it worked.  What was different?

When I got back to my house, I tried again and had my old results, the image rubbed off after it dried.  So what was it?  Finally it dawned on me - paper.  We had been playing with some cheap white cardstock that we normally wouldn't stamp on.  When I got out my cheap cardstock, the process worked for me.  I guess the smoother cardstocks just don't absorb the medium, the water or something.  Anyway, now I can use my pretty Perfect Pearls for more cards.

For this card design, I CASEd a card from Kristina Werner's Holiday Card Series showing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I changed stamps and colors.  The scallop circle is cut with my Cricut and stamped with the Medallion background stamp and embossed with Stampin' Up!'s Iridescent Ice.

Thanks for visiting!  Tuesday I'll have another Christmas card and a video.

2 comments:

  1. Isn't that funny? We work so hard to use quality materials - and then "the cheap stuff" turns out to work the best! How ironic. Well, I'm glad you figured it out. Now you can make so many more pretty cards - and they'll cost even less. Perfect!

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  2. Your card is so pretty, and love all the techniques you used on it.
    Great, fun shape as well.
    I have yet to use perfect pearls. Glad you got it to work for you :)

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