Shimmering pixie forest


This post is very picture heavy!!!  TWO tutorials follow the Recipe portion for those interested!
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I wanted to get back to my April product focus before April ends – Perfect pearls and Dimensional Pearls – so today my card has TWO perfect pearl techniques!




I used the Mojo Monday sketch which i really like and may re-visit when i need a good mojo boost!




and here is my pearl-y card:


I just love this color scheme – there is a part of me that would LOVE to become a hermit and live off in a cottage in the forest ala disney fairy tales!  hahahhha!  i rarely get stamps with little boys – i guess since i have a girl – the boys are too old to figure into my stamping – not a whole lot cute about teenage boys even tho i love ’em to pieces!  anyway i saw this little pixie boy checking out the bird and just couldn’t resist (*HUGS* to my friend Mandy for getitng him for me from over the sea!)  i thought the chipboard bird was a perfect embellie – just got this whole set of flowers, birds and owls from SU via Tech Club.  i tried to make both birds look like our lil momma robin who is nesting under our deck!

The top panel is a perfect pearl technique called Northern Lights:


 and the chipboard robin is a technique called Cosmos Paper:


 – both tutorials can be seen following the recipe portion below!

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Stamp: Pollycraft Woodland Elves – Curiosity

Paper: Basic Grey – eve; SU Chocolate Chip, Gable Green; PTI – white stampers selesct

Inks: Memento – Tuxedo Black; Copics, Versamark; Distress inks – Peeled Paint, Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose

The Rest: Ink refresher; Perfect Pearls – Forever Green, Green Patina, Iridescent Green, Heirloom Gold. Mister of water, Small paintbrush, Paint tray, chipboard Shape – SU; UTEE – clear, Green fiber scrap, Inkssentials white gel pen; Foam ink blending tool

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Northern Lights:

Gather supplies: img_1125

Dark colored heavy cardstock, ink refresher, 2-4 colors perfect pearls, paint tray, small paint brush, mini mister of water.






Mix each perfect pearl color with a few drops of water in separate wells of the paint tray – should be thin but not watery.

Spray the cardstock very well with the ink refresher.





Make random squiggles on the cardstock quickly.

Mist all over with water and then tilt it so the paint begins to run. tilt it different ways until you are pleased with the results.  keep the colors somewhat separate or keep tilting until they are more mixed, add water mist if needed to move the paints.




It can be more streaky or less streaky depending ont he amount of water and tilting.





Cosmos Paper

this technique comes from the book Paper ransformed by julie andrus – the creator of perfect pearls.  this book is absolutely incredible and i HIGHLY recommend it!!!!!


Gather your supplies:

Chipboard shape or heavy illustration board (this technique needs something sturdier than regular cardstock), several ink pads, versamark, coordinating perfect pearls, small brush, UTEE, Heat gun.



Cover your piece in inks – can be specific like i did this robin or very random.







Cover the piece with Versamark and then a layer of UTEE.  Begin heating to melt – hold the tool high above at first so it doesn’t blow the UTEE everywhere and then move closer slowly as it begins to melt.  while melty and hot add more UTEE and heat until the entire piece is covered with a good layer of UTEE.  Cover again with versamark and then brush on perfect pearls colors.  Heat up slightly and then add more UTEE and begin heating again from a distance to avoid blowing it off.   the UTEE will from drops and drop THROUGH the perfect pearl layer and create interesting designs.  If you have UTEE around the design move it with a stylus or other tool before it hardens!

And now the laundry is calling me! 

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5 Responses

  1. You’re so creative! And I love that stamp and how you colored him!!

  2. Sparkly card! Great tutorial!

  3. I love the Northern Lights (my life long ambition is to see them in person) but what is ink refresher please?

  4. amazing!
    great tutorial

  5. Great job with this technique. I love this image and the colors are great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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