Monday, 23 October 2017

2017 #15 Pearlescent {by Hazel Agnew}


2017 Topic 15: Pearlescent


Good evening, Hazel joins us tonight as our own Pearly Queen, a deserved title as she wows us with a 50 card session. 

Hi everyone, it's Hazel Agnew from Mellifluous Meanderings with you today, and I'd like to share with you my excitement in creating many many Christmas cards using Emma Godfrey and Kay Carley products.

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The ideas while using these fabulous products just kept coming and solving the Christmas card problem while having fun was such a bonus.
To be honest, I don't know where to start, but I must calm down and get my head into some order. I don't want to bore you with tedium, so a few details first and then the group pics....a bit like being back at school! 



Fresco Finish Metallic White Fire featured a lot in my first creations, as it gave a great sheen to the background. It "aged " the music pages too. Some of the stamping is also White Fire and Pewter. Coffee Archival Ink features too.I enjoyed the rustic nature of these cards. 


Next came the bling!



 The background is created by spraying mica mists through Kay Carley's fabulous snowflake stencil. Overstamped with Fresco Finish Metallic Pewter snowflakes. The next picture shows a variety of mica sprays embellished with whatever bling that I could throw at them.



More bling! Simple is best when creating many cards and the sheen is perfect for the time of year.



Same gorgeous stamps but with gelli plate backgrounds. A great way to use up some sparkly additions too.



This close up shows how well the Fresco Finish Metallic Pewter Paint stamps onto black card and how effective simple embellishments can be.

Well, 50 cards in a shoe box ready for writing and still plenty of time to add to them. 
I hope that I have inspired you to begin your card making. These stamps and stencils would be really suitable for creating wrapping paper, gift tags and place cards too. Time to calm down now and have a cuppa!

Thanks for looking and there are more details over on my blog.  Have fun!

Wow Hazel, I would never have believed that you had just 'thrown' embellishments at these cards, every detail seems to well considered as the elements all compliment so well. I don't think I can pick a favourite, I like them all. There will be 50 happy smiles when these plop on doormats this Christmas. ~Darcy


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Sunday, 22 October 2017

2017 #13 Pearlescent: Mosaic Frame with LPC {by Ruth Mescall}

2017 Topic 15: Pearlescent


Ruth shows you 3 ways with infusions AND how to make stunning pearly tiles in this post! Somehow she gets it all to work perfectly together - I can't help but wonder how long it took her to commit to arranging the tiles in such a perfectly random way!


Hi everyone, it's Ruth here from 'a love to create' and today I'd like to share with you a frame I've made using a faux mother of pearl technique...yes I've been experimenting again!

When I was looking at picture inspiration for this topic, I came across some mother of pearl mosaic square tiles and thought I wonder if you could create something like that with paint effects, Pearl glaze and something else to create depth? I wasn't sure at that stage whether the squares would be part of a background interspersed with lovely Lynne Perrella images or  a mosaic frame  around one bold image...or even how I would stamp the images, all I knew was that it was time to start experimenting. 


I thought there would be quite a lot of trial and error as that's what usually happens but it came together fairly easily.  I think smaller squares would be even more effective and would allow for different sized images to be used but on this occasion I used a large detailed image for the frame from this stamp set: LPC009.

Having looked at the tile photo and using shells as another reference I created the first layer, roughly blending lots of paints on Heavy weight smoothy card with cut and dry foam. The paints I used were Taupe, Vanilla, Nougat, Caramel, Snowflake, Concrete, Stone, Pewter (for the back board) and Pearl glaze.



So my idea was to mix Pearl Glaze with 3D transparent gloss gel approx 1:3 ratio. I spread it on with a palette knife and textured them all a little differently with simple tools. I thought I may have applied it too thickly but I was so pleased when they dried as it left a lovely soft  pearly, slightly milky glaze and  exactly what I'd hope for.



Now for the main image, I chose to stamp with Golden Sands infusions. Use Versamark, rub in the infusions and spritz with water. You get  such a variety of images with second and third impressions. The one on the far left more closely matched the colours of the tiles so I used that one and decided to seal it with a wax glaze similar to Distress micro glaze. 



I thought I'd also share the central image from the above photo which is surprisingly detailed, this is using the same method but after lightly spritzing with water I waited a minute before stamping and this is the result. In case you haven't guessed I do like experimenting with infusions and will be using this one as the main image on a card. 



Next bit is easy peasy, 1inch/2.5cm squares just glued and mounted but what about using a steel rule die and creating hexagons or other patterns? All the rough blips that happened when spreading out the gel just add to the mother of pearl effect.



Lastly I just needed to add the main image 'tile' and grout it in place. I had tried a painted gold surround at first but grunge paste was perfect and once dry a little pearl glaze was all that was needed. 



I really hope you can see the subtle sheen and different tones depending on how the light hits the frame and I think this effect would look lovely on a box maybe surrounding a stamped cameo. Are you inspired to create some mother of pearl? ...I hope so. Ruth x

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I am amazed at how much colour still pops through the pearly layer you put on top of the painted backgrounds! The tiles look fabulous and the 3 images each have their own appeal too. It's hard to imagine you ever have experiments that don't work! ~Leandra


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Saturday, 21 October 2017

2017 #15 Pearlescent: Autumn Cards with ELB {by Alison Hall}

2017 Topic 15: Pearlescent


Gorgeous composition is the name of the game today from Alison Hall. Fabulous colours, perfectly executed cracks, and superb stamped layers. And don't forget those flicky spots of colour! She's ticking all the boxes!

Hi everyone, it's Alison/Craftytrog here with you today, and I'd like to share some Autumn cards I made using Crackle and Pearl Glazes with a few Infusions thrown in for good measure. 

Crackle Glaze and Infusions are two of my favourite PaperArtsy products, as you never know quite what you will get, but the results are always fabulous. 


My card backgrounds were created with a bottom layer of Hey Pesto Fresco Chalk Paint, then a layer of Crackle Glaze, with Chalk Fresco Chalk Paint over the top. It's magical to watch those cracks appear! 

I sealed the crackle with Pearl Glaze, then added some background stamping, using ELB29 and ELB30 Lin Brown stamp sets, and Fern Green Ranger Archival Ink.


 
 You can just about see the lovely shimmer of the Pearl Glaze in the photo below.


Inspired by the beautiful Autumn leaves that I've seen on my daily walks, I picked out a few of the warm tones Infusions (Orange County, Golden Sands, Sunset Beach, Rusty Car and Terracotta), and spritzed them with Ranger Perfect Pearl Mist. I love the pearly effects I got, using this technique. 


I then stamped leaves from ELB30 and ELB31 using Jet Black Archival Ink.



I finished my cards off with some additional stamping, toning organza ribbon, and I couldn't resist some splatters of Orange County Infusions mixed with water.


Autumn is my favourite season, and it was wonderful to incorporate some rich Autumn colours into my cards.



I had a few of the stamped leaves left over, so below is another, simpler card idea using Lin Brown's beautiful stamp designs.



I hope I've inspired you to join in with PaperArtsy's Pearlescent Challenge. A bit of Pearl Glaze is the easiest way to add some shimmer to your art. You can even mix some into your Fresco Chalk Paint to make it pearlescent. I also encourage you to try activating your Infusions with Perfect Pearls, it really gives a beautiful effect.

Happy Autumn arting!

Alison x

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Such a perfect colour combination for this time of the year, and of course Lin's stamps suit the theme perfectly too with the infusions. Those crackled backgrounds worked a treat Alison!! Fantastic cards! Thank you for sharing with us again ~ Leandra



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Friday, 20 October 2017

2017 #15 Pearlescent: Autumn Leaves with EAB {by Helen Chilton}

2017 Topic 15: Pearlescent


Welcome to the magic that is Helen Chilton. Tonight she shares skins, pearly infusions transfers and other deliciously creative ideas that make you ohhh and ahhh at her unique creative discoveries! Lots to enjoy here people!

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you ...... a pearly picture with autumn leaves and some of Alison's wonderful quotes.  


I got out my bottle of Fresco Finish Pearl Glaze and thought I'd put it through its paces. When it says 'pearl' it really means pearl - the finish is gorgeous. Add to that colouring it with Infusions and you've got a match made in heaven. I've used a wooden framed double glass piece that allows for lots of layers. Everything has been painted with the Pearl Glaze.




First of all I thought I'd try making some pearlescent peel off layers (skins) so I spread some out on a piece of plastic (I used a slippery fish document folder) and added some Rusty Car and Slime Infusions. I love the different colours you get. They just make me happy!


Use your fingers to spread the colour, then leave to dry out overnight.


When you peel it off you get this fantastic piece of pearly magic. 


It's so beautiful it's hard to cut it up but I forced myself and stamped one of Alison's quotes directly on top.


Then I thought I'd take it a step further so I stamped a Lin Brown leaf onto the plastic in StazOn...


added a blob of Pearl Glaze and some Infusions...


painted it in making sure to go over the edges...


and then when it was dry peeled it off the plastic. The magic here is that the stamped image comes off as well and you get a beautiful, delicate leaf. 


I've then used these in my picture. I've also cut up one of Alison's quotes here to fit my layout - they really are so versatile. You could even just pick out a few words here and there across all the quotes - because they're all in the same font, mixing and matching is easy.


The pearlescent layers are very delicate so need careful handling - make sure the Pearl Glaze is layered on thickly enough so you can peel it off. With the leaves this fragility worked in their favour as any torn edges/holes just made them look more autumnal. 
You could try out this technique with the other glazes in the PaperArtsy range: Satin, Glossy, Matte, Metallic, Frosting.

I'm also going to try die cutting the layered pieces - I'll probably die cut it on the plastic and then peel it off after.
As you can see, I've had a wonderful time playing with the glaze and stamps - imagine all the colours you could get with the different Infusions. I'm off to have another go!

Helen

Blog: http://helenchilton.blogspot.co.uk/

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Blimey Helen! How fabulous those layers are! You must have squealed with delight when you peeled your skins off the plastic, they look amazing as leaves and with the quotes on top too! Thankyou ~ Leandra

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

2017 #15 Pearlescent: Pearly Bits with ESN {by Autumn Clark}

2017 Topic 15: Pearlescent


Autumn Clark is back today to share a lovely blog post making pearly backgrounds. She has opted to create some painterly combinations using metallic shades with Opaques to create bespoke pearlescent paints - very interesting!
Hello PaperArtsy Blog followers, it's Autumn Clark here, sharing with you a post on faux mother of pearl backgrounds. 

What a great challenge to experiment with this old, beloved stamping technique once again.  As a true Southern American girl, the love of pearly things is part of my heritage!  As a lover of stamping, making backgrounds is a favorite pastime.


I was curious to see how combining Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (White Fire) and (Pewter) would work for my pearly background.  I pounced plastic cling wrap into my paints then lightly tapped my Smoothy card, air drying between colors.  I gave the card a light sponging of Antique Linen and Milled Lavender Distress Inks to create a slight color variation and aging.  I stamped my sentiment in Dusty Concord and then clear embossed.  The embossing powder clung to the paints and created such a beautiful effect, however so hard to capture on photograph.


I knew background stamping with the PaperArtsy E³ {Sara Naumann} from the Eclectica³ Collection (ESN17) would make a lovely frame for this panel. 



My plum palette was inspired by the latest home d├ęcor color trends. 



I applied Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Amethyst) to an MDF photo frame, then tapped my Versmark ink pad onto the frame and covered with chunky purple embossing powder and heated.  I then stamped my leaves in gold pigment ink and heat set a second time to make a permanent finish.  The undercoat of paint shows through in areas, creating a lovely variegated effect.



To complete my gift set, I made a coordinating card.  I whipped up an inky background with Distress Ink and added more gold stamping.  This time stamping my sentiment onto plain Smoothy card, but layering with a sheet of mica.  



I couldn’t resist adding my favorite Christmas angel from the PaperArtsy {Lynne Perrella} Collection (LPC018) onto another pearly panel. 


The result was like a marble carving!  The mica complimented the faux mother of pearl background perfectly.  A few hole-less mother of pearl buttons brought it all together.


This was truly a delightful experience, both creating such a rich background effect with the Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints and also over-stamping these lovely leaves onto embossing powder.  I hope you will give this a go and find the techniques to be as equally rewarding.  Why not make up some Christmas gift sets of your own?  Your loved ones will thank you!

Your background certainly does look like marble! I love how simple the idea is, yet so very effective! The embossing powders add such a luxurious feel to your creations! Beautiful! ~ Leandra



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