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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Kate Yetter said...

Beautiful, Autumn! I am loving all the pearly effects you achieved with the clear embossing powder. And such a lovely and elegant Christmas card. So pretty!

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous colours! I love the embossed frame with its pearlescent plum colour. Both fab cards!

Helen said...

the frame is my favourite, but wow to all of them!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Gorgeous Autumn, love the colours xx

geezercrafter said...

Fab colour choices, very classy makes.

Miriam said...

Gorgeous!! Love your projects Autumn.

laury55 said...

it really looks fantastic, love the colors

Artmadnana said...

Soon Autumn, I really love your take on this theme. Your contrast of dark purples against the marble-like, faux pearlescent is just breath taking. Both are truly spectacular. Thankyou for sharing that technique!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Both tremendous Autumn, I love the opulence of the frame, the colour is stunning. Beautiful renditions of the pearlescent Theme. Hugs Tracey xx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful effects Autumn! xx

Dorthe said...

Totally stunning Autumn,- such amazing results with colors and the embossing, and golden stamping. Your angel is gorgeous, on the pearly panel.
What a beautiful creation !!
Hugs, Dorthe

Mac Mable said...

Amazing and so very beautiful. Love the gold and the texture is stunning x

Words and Pictures said...

So much shimmery loveliness - beautiful work, Autumn!
Alison x

Marty F said...

These are so beautiful, Autumn! I also love the pearly look, so thank you for sharing how you did this. Hugs :-)

Art By Wanda said...

Really gorgeous, Autumn!!!

Jackie PN said...

Absolutely ,positively Gorgeousness Autumn!! bravo!!
Jackie xo

sarascloset said...

BREATH TAKING! Great experimentation with AMAZING results! So happy you shared your techniques with us!

Kirsten said...

Such beautiful projects, the frame looks amazing.