Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Penny Black - Radiant Metallics


Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a very CAS design using one of the new stamps from the Timeless release.  This beautiful flower is 40-669 radiant, which is heat embossed with Pearl-Ex powders and watercoloured with distress inks.  The sentiment is from another new set, 30-560 from the garden.

As I mentioned above, I've used Pearl-Ex powders on this image.  Pearl-Ex needs to have a bonding agent to adhere it to card stock.  For this card, I stamped the image in Versamark ink on Mixed Media paper and sprinkled with heat and stick powder, which melts to create a sticky surface.  I brushed the Pearl-Ex powder over top (Super Russet) and then heat set again to adhere the powders permantly to the card.  Once it cooled, I wiped down the card to remove any excess powders.

I watercoloured the image with distress inks. First I added a layer of Ripe Persimmon ink.  It looked very dull against the bright colour of the Pearl-Ex image, so I added a second layer of watercolouring over top using a deep red ink (Aged Mahogany) and added Black Soot ink to the center of the flower.  I fussy-cut the flower and then realized I had a matching die I could have used. :)  Next time I'll save myself a lot of time. :)

The flower is adhered to the card base using just a small piece of double-sided adhesive in the middle of the flower and another on the leaf.  This leaves the rest of the image loose and adds just a bit of movement.  A simple sentiment stamped in black completes the card.

Below are two close-ups which I hope show more of the beautiful shimmer from these wonderful powders ...

... and ...

Penny Black Products:
40-669 radiant
30-560 from the garden

Joining a few challenges with this card.
PB Saturday challenge where this month it is Anything Goes - Optional: Clean and Simple
CAS on Friday #153 - Embossing (I used heat embossing)


Stamps:  radiant (Penny Black); from the garden (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress inks:  Ripe Persimmon, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Heat & stick powder (SU!), Super Russet Pearl-Ex powder, heat tool, water brush

Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday - Anything Goes - Optional: Clean and Simple
CAS on Friday #153 - Embossing


26 comments:

Viv said...

Oh My Loll. This is amazing. I simply love it. I need to source those Pearl-Ex Powders here and this wonderful stamp (which looks like up to now isn't available here in the UK) - you are destroying my bank balance!!!

Mac Mable said...

Great idea to use the pearl ex and the sticky powder. Such a vibrant and eye catching card. Fussy cutting looks great!!!....LOL x

Daffodil Cards said...

STUNNING
Faith

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous rich colors for your beautiful PB flower image, Loll. TFS all your steps on how to use your Pearl Ex. The results are stunning! Your fussy cutting is amazing too. Awesome that there is a PB die for the stamp...I am sure you will be using the die next time:-) Hugs..Nancy

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my gosh, Loll...your flower is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love the effects of Pearl-Ex powder...the sparkle and shine is perfect with the mix of distress inks you chose for the petals...just, WOW!!! Great job on your fussy cutting, too...it looks more authentic without white borders anyway...Love this card so much! xx

Marcia HIll said...

This is just incredibly BEAUTIFUL Loll!! The shimmer and shine from the pearl ex and the deep colors of your water coloring go together so beautifully on this gorgeous flower! CAS perfection and lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Susan said...

Wonderful embossing with the Pearl Ex! And beautiful rich colours for the watercolouring! Just gorgeous!

Nancy Stislow said...

I would never think to do something like this! It's gorgeous and look at all that texture by using Pearl-Ex. So many of us have had it for years. Thanks for the idea to use it this way. Love the color too!

Margaret S said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! I love the look of the Pearl-Ex and the color. Thank you for sharing.

Christine Alexander said...

Wow Loll, absolutely stunning, I need to try this with my Pearl Ex,it's been sitting unused for years. I love that deep maroon colour so striking.

Leslie Miller said...

This looks like shimmer on velvet! The mahogany is so beautiful and I love that you did the whole image in it. It stands out so nicely against the white. Really lovely, Loll!

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely stunning Loll!

Bonnie said...

What a gorgeous flower, Loll! I love the rich red color and pearly outline! All the white space makes this a real beauty!

Jeanne said...

Such a beautiful flower! Wow!~ So pretty and sparkly.

Bobby said...

What beautiful deep color to go with the pearl, Loll. I'm so glad Penny Black is making dies now. I just wish I had some for my other stamps of theirs.

Brenda in IN said...

I can see the shine and it sure brought this flower to life. It looks like I could bend over and smell it. Those colors are so rich and beautiful. Clean and gorgeous.

Kara Lynne said...

Your flower is gorgeous! I love the deep beautiful colors!

Darnell said...

This is radiant, Lolly! You are always a font of knowledge and inspiration!! Something else I now want to try!! Hugs, Dolly

Trina P. said...

Striking and stunning, Loll. Your watercolouring is gorgeous. So impressive how deep and rich you’ve managed to achieve here on this lovely flower. Great use of those rarely used Pearl Ex, too. xx

Ina G said...

What an amazing result you achieved here Loll. Such beauty here with the distress inks and that pearl ex powder. It's stunning.

Jo Manna said...

This technique is so cool, thanks for the Pearl-Ex fixative ...I have so many but they just didn't stick :( ...now I know.
Back to this unique rich beauty. There is an elegance to this card which really appeals to me, but it's even more beautiful in person. I think the fussy cutting adds a lot xxx

Brenda said...

You had me scratching my head at first Loll, when I read that you had heat embossed with pearl powders. I was thinking how did she do that?! Then I kept reading and I got it! lol I didn't know you could do this, not that I have pearl powders-I think one and it is white. But love that you can and if I ever get some more pearl powders will have to remember this idea. I just love this bloom, it is stunning-a stunning card! I love your watercoloring with the embossed pearl powder outline. So rich and velvety looking! Love, love, love! Hugs, Brenda

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, I couldn't put my eyes off this gorgeous flower for a while, Loll! A fantastic choice of the colors of the Pearl-Ex powder and the distress inks! They're so rich and beautiful. Your watercolouring and the shimmer from the powder totally brought the flower to life!
Hideko xx

Linda said...

What can I say ..... this is stunning. Beautifully CAS and such a gorgeous colour xx

Anita in France said...

Bold, dramatic, striking, Loll ... and so stunning ... it's gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

maria f. said...

This is just so beautiful, Loll! I want to thank you for the lovely birthday card too - it arrived in plenty of time BTW. Thanks for your kindness. And for sharing your talents.