Saturday, January 06, 2018

Faux Mother-of-Pearl

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards made from one panel with faux mother-of-pearl technique.  I have a video on this fun and easy technique --- click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

I haven't used this technique for a while, but since CAS Mix Up January Challenge is Cling Wrap, I just had to make some as cling wrap is used to add the glossy resist part of the technique.


Basically I poured a couple drops of frost acrylic paint on my craft mat and then picked up the paint with a scrunched up piece of cling wrap.  I pounced the wrap onto my mat to make sure the paint was distributed and I wouldn't end up with globs of paint in my background.  Then I randomly, and lightly pounced my card panel, just leaving a little bit of the gloss, but with still lots of white space.  Once dry, I sponged over top with distress inks, then took a dry paper towel to remove any ink that was sitting on top of the frost paint.

For the first card (above), I heat embossed Altenew peony and leaf images in white and then watercoloured with the same distress inks used for my background.  I layered the ink several times to create depth of colour, then fussy-cut.  I cut out the middle of my panel to create a frame, stamped a sentiment inside the frame with Delicata silver ink, and then popped up the frame, adding a peony and leaf sprig on top.

Here's a close-up.  You can see the shimmer from the bits of frost paint.
I'm adding the card above to the Just Us Girls Challenge #422 - Anything Goes and also at Altenew's January Inspiration Challenge.
  

For my second card, I used the cut-out from the center of the card above, added a simple white die-cut which has the leaves shaped with a stylus and mat, and stamped the sentiment in Delicata silver.  The faux mother-of-pearl panel is popped up for added dimension.

Here's a close-up.
I'm adding this second card to the current Time Out Challenge #100 - We challenge you to be ... Thankful!  Congrats to the Design Team at Time Out for hitting this wonderful milestone!!


This card will be heading to a stamping friend.  I am so thankful for all the wonderful crafters I have met since starting my blog ... and thankful to call many of them my friend!







Stamps:  Peony Scrolls (Altenew); eloquence (Penny Black); Thank you sentiment - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Delicata silver (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Frost White paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, sponges, Stitched rectangle die (Lil' Inkers), Lavish Branch die (Memory Box), white embossing powder, heat tool

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Cling Wrap
Just Us Girls #422 - Anything Goes
Altenew's January 2018 Inspiration Challenge
Time Out #100 Challenge - Thankful

37 comments:

Linda said...

These are so beautiful Loll ..... I do love the faux MOP technique. Great to get two different designs out of the one piece of card too xx
PS ..... can't believe I'm the first to comment!!!

Betty Keefe said...

two beautiful cards Loll! my plan was to use that technique this afternoon for making a card for the challenge - I haven't used it in a long time either and it is so pretty and fun to do.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous FMOP technique cards, Loll. I am so glad you thought of this beautiful technique for our CAS Mix Up Cling Wrap Challenge. I often add a few sequins to help balance, yet not clutter a CAS image:-) Now I want to create a FMOP card...you always inspire me my friend. Hugs..and Thank You!

Liz said...

Two fabulous cards, Loll. The effect of the faux mother-of-pearl technique is beautiful. xx

Cathy said...

Beautiful cards Loll, love the look of this technique too! Such a pretty colour scheme, Cathy x

Vicki Dutcher said...

That framing looks terrific both cards are fabby. Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

Nancy Stislow said...

Both cards are just beautiful, Loll! Your water coloring just gets better and better. How I love the look of the soft colors on this. I too had forgotten the faux mother of pearl technique so thanks for the reminder. Love the beautiful blending you achieved by sponging too.

Christine Alexander said...

Gorgeous cards, the FMOP looks awesome. I love the soft colours and the beautiful colour combo. amazing fussy cut peony, it's soooooo pretty.

Ina Grehan said...

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeautiful Bonnie. Amazing colouring and I know how stunning this card would be IRL with the Mother of Pearl technique. How good is it when you get 2 cards out of the same medium.

Bonnie said...

I had forgotten about this technique. Thanks for the reminder! Love, love, love the mix of colors and both beautiful cards!

Cheryl S said...

Gorgeous cards! I've never used this technique but it is really pretty.

Happy Dance said...

Stunning, Loll! Every time I see mother of pearl, I think of my mom's compact from back in the day. Good memories triggered; thanks for that! Love the beauties you've created here. That bloom on your first card is really quite lovely! Great sentiment, too. Bev

Kara Lynne said...

Your cards are both gorgeous, Loll! The colors are soft and so perfect with that frosty paint. I watched your video too - what a great tutorial!

Susan said...

Beautiful faux mother-of-pearl (one of my favourite techniques)! And I love the sentiment on the first card - great words to live by. Beautifully watercoloured peony! Two wonderful cards!

sandie said...

Happy New Year Loll. I do love the shimmer this gives and the wonderful soft colours. As you know I love it when you make these and use a white die...so the panel can be the star. Thanks for joining Time Out

Julie B said...

A great pair or should it be a twofer! Love the colours, so cheerful.
Happy New Year Loll. :)

Colleen said...

Oh so very pretty, Loll! I want to try this, it looks so beautiful...I will have to buy the frost paint first though! thank you for the video!

Mac Mable said...

Such a pretty effect...Gorgeous colours and the both cards are stunning Loll x Yes I agree with you about this friendly blog world we are in x

Anita in France said...

Gosh, these are so pretty, Loll ... soft and dreamy ... and full of spring freshness! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out! Hugs, Anita :)

Jeanne said...

Lovely cards, Loll. Oh that Mother of Pearl technique is so pretty. I really like your soft blend of colors with the pearl peeking through. Your flower is just lovely on the first card and the silhouette (you always use them so beautifully) on the second is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing! Lucky friend indeed! Hugs!

Marcia HIll said...

Two GORGEOUS cards and a great video too Loll! I've been having fun this weekend playing with the cling wrap so hopefully will have some cards to share soon! :0)

Julia Aston said...

You are the technique guru Loll! Every time I come here you are trying something else out! What a beautiful result with your frost acrylic paint (I don't think I've ever heard of that?!) and used on two very different and beautifully designed cards! You are such an inspiration! Julia xx

MaryH said...

Both are stunning! I love how you were able to use the cutout rectangle from #1 for the centerpiece of #2. These are such happy colors, and my goodness, the frost paint really does add such glimmer to the colors too. I love the sentiment in #1, with the pretty flower. You really are the Guru Technique Queen! Such inspiration. TFS &Hugs

Barb Ghig said...

Really gorgeous cards, Loll! The effects of the Mother of Pearl technique is so beautiful and your choice of colors is perfect! I also love how you used the panel to create 2 cards...so clever of you! I'm going to watch your video again and I can't wait to play along!

Trina P. said...

Love your twofers, Loll. I haven’t done this technique in ages. Love the colours. You are always so good at selecting colours to work together beautifully. Your first card used an Altenew stamp so would qualify for this month’s inspiration challenge at Altenew. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xx
http://altenewblog.com/2018/01/01/altenew-january-2018-inspiration-challenge/

Bobby said...

Your frame is so vibrant, Loll, and looks wonderful with the peony in the same colors. So great you could get a second card out of the faux mother of pearl. I'd forgotten about that technique too. It's now on my to do list.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both cards are simply beautiful and elegant, Loll! Love the shimmer of the faux mother-of-pearl! Your coloring is so soft and pretty. I can tell by looking at your cards that layering inks worth the time to create depth of color. Hideko xx

TK said...

Two terrifically beautiful cards -- love the sarah technique and your colors are just to die for!

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a lovely technique Loll and I love your soft and pretty colours...

Anne

shirley-bee said...

Beautiful cards, Loll! I love those soft colours, and the delicate flower/leaf is so pretty.

Sheila H said...

Gorgeous cards, Loll!

Susanne Vargas said...

It makes me so happy when I can use every bit of a beautiful background and create two lovely cards at once like you have done with these! The colors remind me of spring (are we there yet?) - a feast for the eyes!
Only one more night...

Bożena Adamusińska said...

This technique makes the background take on a beautiful pearly glow, in the rays of light it glitters and flashes like a fish scale in water or as a precious treasure. Your cards look stunning, I love their delicacy and feminine character. A friend will be delighted when he gets such a card.
Loll, I'm sure many of us are proud of you calling us your friends. It is a real honor for us!
Hugs,
BożenA

Pat said...

These two faux mother of pearl cards using the same piece you created in those really pretty shades of pink and citrus green and the Altenew flower in complementary colours goes beautifully Loll, and then the white leafy flourish stands out really well on the second. x

Jo Manna said...

Two gorgeous cards Loll, that technique gives such rich results. Simply Beautiful xx

sandie said...

Congrats for getting Honours at Time Out x

Jo Manna said...

CONGRATS on the honours, well deserved! xx