If you’ve ever tried to photograph a project with mirror card on it you’ll know it can be tricky. The same for things that have glitter or shimmer. Well, this card has mirror card and shimmer so you can probably imagine how much fun I had trying to get a good picture!
I used the pigment powder lifting technique on this card. This is my second time doing this technique. I made a video when I did it last, and you can find that here. I used a snippet of blue card stock for my panel and rubbed my embossing ink pad all over it. The first time I did this the coverage wasn’t the best, so I made sure the panel was well and truly covered this time. I then dumped some Perfect Pearls in Pearl onto the panel and used a large brush to brush it all over. The Perfect Pearls cling on to the embossing ink, creating the look of pearlised paper.
I then started stamping onto the paper using the various hearts from the Skull and Cross Buns’ Brush Hearts stamp set. There are two ways this can be done. Just stamping with an uninked stamp will lift some of the shimmer, and give a subtle look. The other method, which is the one I used, is to stamp with embossing ink. The sticky embossing ink will lift even more of the shimmer than the uninked stamp alone.
Once I had completed my panel, filling out the pattern as much as I wanted, I took the panel to my shower and sprayed it with a fixative to ensure that the Perfect Pearls would stay in place.
Next I dug some silver mirror card from my stash and cut down a couple of narrow strips to border my panel. You could just cut a panel that is wider than the focal panel, but I prefer using narrow strips as that way I don’t have to use as much of the mirror card, so there is less wastage. It also helps reduce the weight of the card.
I decided I would add my sentiment directly onto shimmery panel. I treated it very well with my anti-static powder tool to ensure that none of the previously used embossing ink would pick up my embossing powder. I then stamped the sentiment which is from Uniko’s Birthday Sentiments stamp set. (Apparently I don’t really own any anniversary stamps!) I heat embossed the sentiment with silver. I’m not sure silver was the best choice… I went with it because the card is for a silver wedding anniversary, but at some angles it doesn’t stand out very well against the background. Although it’s great from others!
Just as a side note, depending what you used for your fixative be very careful before heat embossing, as some are flammable! I only thought of that after I’d already added the embossing powder and was about to melt it… Luckily it was all fine. I think if you allow plenty of time for it to air before heating it shouldn’t be a problem, but it may depend what you use so take care, and if in doubt don’t heat it.
I used my Zig Glue Pen to adhere the silver mirror card strips to either side of my blue panel, then added double-sided tape behind the whole lot to add it to the centre of my white card base. Just to help the sentiment stand out a little bit more I added a subtle outline around it with a blue pencil. I’m not sure if I like how that looks, but there we go!
I have mixed feelings about this card! I really like the focal panel with the fun hearts pattern, and the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls is lovely. But I wonder if I should have gone with a lighter coloured paper as the base for that panel, so that the other elements would have stood out more. Especially the sentiment. When the light catches it, it really does shine prettily, but a lot of the time it seems like it gets a bit lost.
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