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Friday 12 October 2012

Painting with Perfect Pearls

Hi All!

Jodi here, I thought I'd share a Perfect Pearl tutorial with ya'll. I love Perfect Pearls, they're sooooo versatile! You can brush them on over top of Versamark, they'll stick to glassine paper, you can make your own glimmer mist with them and just water. My favorite......painting with them. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way too so you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Here's what you'll need:
A stamp set (of course, I chose Sugar Skulls), a craft sheet, Versamark, black fine embossing powder, Perfect Pearls in various colors, a heat gun, a water brush and black cardstock. Dark colors work best for this, you could use dark purple, dark blue whatever you like, just match your embossing powder to you cardstock as best you can.

First stamp your image onto the cardstock using the Versamark. I like to make a random background. Pour your embossing powder on, make sure you get the excess off of where it doesn't belong. Sometimes it like to stick to places you don't want. Heat it up (my favorite part) until it's shiny - don't over heat it, it'll turn into just a black watermark. 

 Next get a small amount of the colors of Perfect Pearls you want to use - remember a little goes a long way. You can take the end of a popcicle stick to scoop it out if you don't have a groovy little glitter spoon.

Take the water brush and squeeze it to get some water flowing and mix some of the water and Perfect Pearl powder together, don't add too much water to the Perfect Pearls, you don't want it too thin or then it gets too transparent, too thick and it won't flow well. When you get it the right thickness, start painting. Since it's embossed, it will help you keep you from "coloring outside the lines". When you want to switch colors, just wipe the brush off until the old color is gone.

Tada! you have a Perfect Pearl painted background! The colors really pop on the dark background.

Here's the finished product....

This would look really cool using so many of the Bombshell stamps - the Sugar Skulls, any of the hot rod or motorcycle stamps, the Koi Tattoo, I could go on and on. In fact, I may have to work on that Chevelle...

Try it out yourself, you'll love it!

Have fun,


  1. That looks fabulouys Jodi! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow Jodi, that turned out great! A different and fun feeling! ;) Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my gosh, this is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial - I am totally doing this while I craft this weekend! :)