Monday, January 15, 2018

More Faux Mother-of-Pearl

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that we are already have way through January.  That means there's just over a week to play along with our CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Cling Wrap, being hosted by our talented Design Team member, Nancy Littrell.

I used the Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique again today.  Check out my video tutorial HERE.

This time I used it with a stencil.  Taped my stencil over my regular card stock, added the frost paint with a piece of scrunched cling wrap and then let it dry.  I washed off my stencil and once everything was dry, I placed it back over top and sponged on distress inks.  Starting off with the lightest colour on the outside of the flower I used Spiced Marmalade, overlapping slightly with Abandoned Coral as I moved towards the center.  I carried the Coral to the very center because I used Picked Raspberry over top and I didn't want the center to be completely pink ... I wanted a bit of orange tone as well.

Heated embossed a black sentiment banner with white and attached it to the bottom of my panel.

Here's a close-up of the card and close-up of the faux mother-of-pearl effect ...

I made a second card with the same technique.  This time making a small green faux mother-of-pearl panel for the background and watercolouring a rose (NBUS stamp), which is fussy cut and popped on top.  The Faux Mother-of-Pearl finish doesn't show on the full size card photo, so I have included a close-up as well.

The flower spray is heat embossed in silver and then watercoloured with distress inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Abandoned Coral.

You can see the shimmer from the frost paint in the photo below.
The front of the card above says "dear friend" and inside it says "Happiest of Birthdays to You".  So since it's a birthday card and has watercolouring with the flowers and leaves, I'm also adding this to CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday.

I hope you'll come play along with us at CAS Mix Up.  Check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our wonderful Guest Designer Christine, and the rest of the Design Team.

There's a few techniques that you can use with cling wrap that are so fun.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Card 1:
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Large Flower stencil (Hero Arts), white frost acrylic paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, sponges, white embossing powder, heat tool

Card 2:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  white frost acrylic paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, sponge, silver embossing embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush

CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Cling Wrap
CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday


  1. Your FMOP backgrounds are so pretty, my friend! I love how you've used this technique with a stencil! And the sold green is so pretty with the watercolor flower! I love how the embossing on the flower shines like the frost paint in the background. Very elegant!

  2. What beautiful cards! Such a pretty technique!

  3. OMGosh, your cards are amazing, Loll. I love the designs and the backgrounds are stunning. xx

  4. To beautiful floral cards Loll - the shine on your stenciled bloom is so wonderful - and your softly colored gold embossed bloom is lovely! So much inspiration here! Julia xx

  5. These are both such lovely showcases of faux mother of pearl, Loll ... the colour on the stencilled flower is so rich, saturated and eyecatching ... and the single rose is just gorgeous ... soft and wonderfully delicate! Hugs, Anita :)


  6. 259/5000
    Two brilliant cards, Loll! In the first one I love warm colors, a black banner with sentiment beautifully highlights a beautiful flower. In the second I love how a beautiful rose gently emerges from your great background. You drove you pearl technique to perfection :-)

  7. Both your FMOP technique cards are gorgeous, Loll. I love how you used the technique thru your flower stencil. Beautiful with your ombre sponging with (our)favorite colors:-) You make me want to try the technique over a stencil:-) TFS

    Love your pretty FMOP background (thanks for close up) for your beautifully colored and fussy cut flowers too.

    TFS both your cards for our fun CAS Mix Up Cling Wrap Challenge. Hugs

  8. Such a subtle and unique technique. Amazing cards. Love the vibrant colours of the first and the stencil is so eye catching x What a pretty and absolutely amazing second card. Great colours and that flower is stunning x Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x

  9. both cards are gorgeous Loll, I love the subtle shimmer you created from the Faux Mother of Pearl. So clever using the stencil, your colour shading is awesome and your fussy cutting on your second card is out of this world.

  10. WOW! What fabulous card, Loll! The first one is glorious with your faux mother of pearl technique! Love that yosu can emboss with white on black and never get so much as a speck of white powder residue on it. The second one- water colored to perfection and your fussy cutting is just amazing, especially since you never manage to cut into the embossed edging. Beautifully done.

  11. Both are stunning, and what a brilliant technique to try with the stencil as you described. It's so effective & really created such a lovely look. The warm colors are very welcome just now, with the brrr weather we're having around my area. Of course the flowers are amazingly beautiful too...the shimmer of the embossed outline makes the inside color glow. And of course that soft shade of green really makes the pinks stand out so well. TFS & Hugs

  12. Beautiful faux mother-of-pearl on both cards. I've never thought of doing it through a stencil - great idea that I must try. Love that wonderfully watercoloured rose on the second card!

  13. You do this faux-MOP technique so well, Lolly, and it's one of my favorites! These two designs really showcase just how shimmery and gorgeous the results are! I love them both!! Hugs, Dolly

  14. Thanks to the close-up photos, I can really see the beautiful shimmer of the faux mother-of-pearl effect. Both cards are gorgeous, Loll!
    Did you fussy-cut the flower for the second card? Amazing scissor cutting skills! I would have cut off a leaf or two - or maybe several... ;-P Hideko

  15. Lovely cards, Loll. Both look amazing with the faux mother of pearl technique. It looks wonderful peeking through the stencil outline. The colors are so vibrant! The second card background is beautiful with the lovely flowers in front. Wonderful work on both!

  16. Hoping to find time to join in with this Loll... bought another roll of cling wrap this morning!!
    Lovely Faux MOP technique - not done that for a while either - so might have another go at that too. xx

  17. I'm "oohing and ahhing" over this technique. These are two gorgeous cards!! I do love the large blossom on your first card in all its bright colors. And the soft greens and pinks of your second card. I'm completely amazed by these. Sooo beautiful!! Bev

  18. Both of these cards are absolutely GORGEOUS Loll!! Your colors on both cards are just so vibrant and lovely...I'm especially loving that green background on the 2nd card!! Lovely, lovely birthday cards my friend!! :0)

  19. Such a bright shine, simply stunning! Love the faux mother of pearl effect over that beautiful flower stencil. The colour combo is simply amazing, so rich. Thanks for the close up. Both cards are beauties. Warm hugs, xxx

  20. Two stunning beauties, Loll. Love the shimmer from this fun technique. I really need to try this again. Love these.

  21. Your faux MOP always looks beautiful Loll. The green background looks so pretty against the embossed flower, and the silver really makes the bloom stand out. I've never tried this technique through a stencil but it looks fab, must give that a go! xx

  22. Faux MOP through a stencil... what a brilliant idea! How do you come up with those? I absolutely adore this card! From the technique to the colors, it's perfect! The second card is also pretty with the MOP panel and that sweet flower!

  23. Such gorgeous shine with both the MOP and silver embossing, Loll. Both cards are so beautiful I want to look at them again and again.

  24. Two wonderfully done cards I could just stare at mf....
    xx Karen


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