Hello crafters! It’s almost here, the big day we’ve been crafting towards for the past months! I hope you did get your shopping and crafting done in time … my own plans have collapsed completely, unfortunately. I picked up a really nasty cold, complete with a super sore throat, congested nose and hurting ears. Bottom line: I shouldn’t fly (pressure change might redefine the word pain for my ears), I’m too weak for a nine hour train ride – so I have to spent Christmas all alone, by myself, away from my parents and friends this year. Super depressed about this, especially since my mom has already made all sorts of plans, bought concert tickets for us etc. Talk about horrible timing.
But you didn’t come here to read my ramblings about my health, but rather about how I used perfect pearls (for the first time ever) with a super cute rubber stamp by Gerda Steiner Designs. So far, I’ve mostly worked with Gerda’s digis (they are faster to ship than rubber stamps 😉 ) but I’ve got her christmas collection and wanted to show it off a bit.
Thanks to Black Friday, I picked up a ton of Perfect Pearls colors from Inspiration Emporium (their shipping to Germany is super fast and super cheap!) and put them to use on this card. I stamped the snow man with Versamark Ink first – it’s a sticky ink you usually use for embossing.
Then I grabbed my Perfect Pearls, dibbed a brush into it, and pounced it on gently where the ink was. Since the brush was a medium sized brush, I could apply different colors to different sections of the snowman quite easily. You just wanna work swiftly here – the Perfect Pearls are only going to stick to the Versamark as long as it’s wet.
Another point of note: when you first apply the Pearls, you only pounce them onto the ink. Do not make paint motions or swirl it around. I personally have found that if I do that, I smear the lines and then it looks like a huge mess. Once you’re done pouncing, take a wider, soft brush and gently wipe away any excess. That’s the second step, literally at the end when you are done.
The stars were stamped with a Winnie & Walter stamp, also with Versamark, and this time I used a metallic Perfect Pearls powder to make the stars really glow on the dark card stock.
I plan on making a video of this technique in the new year, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments brighten my day.