Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Black Pearls

Good morning! Today I have a "Wild at Heart" sample using Pearlex powder, which is a crushed mica pigment. There are a lot of great things about Pearlex, it gives your cardstock a beautiful sheen and texture, and requires no heat setting (which I also love not having to worry about getting good coverage or removing all my stray flakes ahead of time the way you do with embossing.) The result is a pearly solid finish and cardstock that looks like a piece of stamped silk! I have another Pearlex sample I will be sharing with you soon along with a pic of how easy it is to apply, that one is on white cardstock, but today's shows one of my favorite things about it, how beautiful light powders show up over dark cardstock. Here on black this silver powder seems to create a "negative" of the negative frame.
Simply stamp the image in Versamark and brush on the powder. It sticks to the Versamark the same way chalk does when you are doing poppin' pastels. I stamped this onto Black Onyx and attached it to Silver Lining Pure Luxury Cardstock, and added a few tiny adhesive rhinestones over the little dotted buds. The die cut is Labels Nine. You can rub around the edges of the die like a stencil with more Versamark and add more Pearlex, but here I just used a little silver rub on paste.
Here is another view of the card and this time I added some larger rhinestones to the flower centers I found at my LSS. This bling is so big they are almost like mirrors LOL!

Have a great day!
PS Not counting the matted dies, this is a TWO layer card! (4 if you count them) I love how the border in the frame image makes it look like I matted silver on black on silver on black on silver (which would be five layers), when really it's just stamped on a large black mat and attached to a silver card!!! :)

17 comments:

Nicole said...

Stunning, Mel. You know, I have some jewel toned PearlEx, but haven't really known what to do with it. Thanks!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Gorgeous card, Melanie! I love the pearly shine over the dark cardstock! Thanks for sharing how you created it!

Sandra said...

very pretty!
Sandra

Susan said...

This is beautiful and thanks for sharing the idea. My favorite colors.

Betty Benton said...

Wow! What a stunning effect -- love it!

Tina Gilliland said...

BEATIFUL!!! I have never used my Pearlex much... perhaps I will give it another go. LOVE the look!

scalder said...

Wow, you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful projects and stamps!! This card is a beauty:)

Theresa Momber said...

Wow! That is a gorgeous effect!

Marsha said...

So beautiful! I forget to use my PearlEx. This inspires me to do some more playing around with it.

Anonymous said...

I think it's wonderful you find so many different ways to use the same stamp and each one more georgous tha the last.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Well darn, I have Pearlex collecting dust here! They are keeping the Twinkling H2o's company. This is awesome, Mel!

Lori Kistler said...

hi Melanie,
Have you noticed the the 'H' in he meant for God is not a capital letter h?

Donna said...

that's gorgeous! I remember pearl ex (thanks for the flashback!)

Melanie said...

Hi Lori, Yes, I have and I remember thinking it was odd it was not capitalized since since it is capitalized so many other places in the Bible(and try to make sure i capitalize it when I refer to Him), but I took the verse directly from the King James version... lower case h! :) Thanks for writing! :)

sandyh said...

love this card! it is so elegant! i don't often think of using my mica powders like this but it is always a nice surprise to see how beautiful they turn out!
sandyh

Melisa Waldorf said...

Melanie this is absolutely gorgeous!! I have some Pearlx and haven't used it yet! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and comment. I am honored because I know how busy you must be with everything you are involved in. Your images are just gorgeous! Have a blessed week!

Deebi27 said...

The card reminds me of Pewter! Love that looks! Expensive!