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The cards you see on this page were all created using multiple layers of embossing powders and pearl ex. They are really easy and fun to make!! What I love most about them is that even if you use the same colours and stamps; each time you do this technique you end up with a totally different effect!!

Try it yourself and see!

Materials Used:

  • Clear Embossing Powder or Dark Colour EP (you can use Utee if you have it)
  • Embossing Heat Gun
  • Non Stick Teflon Cooking Liner
  • Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad – I used Graphite Black, Cosmic Copper, Galaxy Gold and Plantinun Planet
  • Card Board Shapes – I cut mine using a Sizzix Die Cutter.
  • Soft Paint Brush
  • Pearl Ex Pigment Powders –

I used Russett (copper), Gold, Blue and  Interference Violet

Rubber Stamps Used:

  • Elephants – Magenta
  • Tribal Masks – Magenta
  • Kokopeli – PSX
  • Poetic Prints – Hero Arts

How To Create:

  1. Take your card board piece and lay it on your non stick Teflon cooking sheet.
  1. Ink the card shape with the black inkpad, and sprinkle on clear or any dark colour of embossing powder
  1. Heat the embossing powder to melt, and working quickly before it cools add another layer of embossing powder over the top and heat set – repeat this step until you have approx 5-6 layers of normal embossing powder – if you are using utee you can use 3 layers.
  1. Next dip your soft brush into your pearl ex and quickly dust the pearl ex over the top of your embossed pieces.
  1. Ink up the rubber stamp you are going to use with any colour pigment inkpad (I like copper) and set to one side ready.
  1. Carefully re-heat your embossed card piece and wait for it to melt – the pigment powder will start to swirl and mix in with the embossing powder – the darker the embossing powder you use the more stark the contrast.
  1. Once the powder has re-heated, quickly press the rubber stamp onto the surface and leave it there. Do not rock or apply pressure. Count to 10 slowly; then remove the stamp from the embossing powder. Counting to 10 gives you enough time to allow the heated embossing powder to set on the design of the stamp.
  1. Your Embossed Pearl piece is ready for you to use on your cards! See examples on this page for ideas on how to layer them.


Experiment with this technique – I stamped on some larger pieces of card – they were so big I could actually fit 2 rubber stamps side by side on the hot embossing powder! You can embed rubber shelf liner into the hot embossing powder too and stamp on this! Try using pearl embossing powders and metallic pearl ex for another different effect!

Embossed Pearl Cards


Black Gloss card should have been made solely for the use of pearl ex powdered pigments! They are literally a marriage made in heaven; like a horse and carriage they were made for each other!

You can use any kind of powdered pigments for this technique: Moon Glow, Perfect Pearls, Fairy Dust, Powdered Pearls etc etc. The dark gloss cards makes these powdered pigments literally shimmer and shine. When you move them in the natural daylight they look almost holographic.

Read on for details on how you can create cards using this technique.

    Supplies Used

  • Black or Dark Colour Gloss Card Stock
  • White Matt and Gloss Card Stock
  • Soft Paint Brush
  • Versamark Inkpad (Tsukineko)
  • Pearl Ex Pigments: Red Russet, Silver, Brilliant Gold, True Blue, Spring Green, Misty Lavender and Pearl White (US Art Quest)
  • Soft Kitchen Tissue Paper
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Innovative Stamp Creations

Pearl Ex Resist Technique Directions

For this technique you need to use a clear versamark inkpad (any clear embossing inkpad will suffice) Because the card you are stamping on is glossy, the versamark inkpad will never dry on its own. So therefore you can take your time with this technique and dont need to rush. You can repeat stamp using smaller images to make up a large background, see the Leafy Background card I created top right for example.

1. Stamp image onto dark gloss card stock.

2. Using a dry paint brush, dip your brush into the pearl ex colours of your choice and sprinkle over the surface of your card stock.

I like to sprinkle on approximatly 3 – 4 different pearl ex colours to the surface.

3. Using the brush gently move and blend the pearl ex colours together and dust them over the actual wet stamped outlines of the stamp you have just stamped. The powder will stick to the stamped image. Tap off excess powder and set aside to dry.

4. Once dry, ball up a soft tissue, and gently rub the tissue over the surface of the card. This will remove all the excess pearl ex powders.

You dont need to spray with fixative as the versamark inkpad acts as a sealer itself. However if you are going to handle the image a lot, you might want to spray fixative to protect it.

Your Pearl Ex Resist Technique Image is now complete and ready for assembling onto a card.

See scans for examples of layering techniques.

General Supplies Used On All Cards Shown On This Page:

  • White Card Stock: Matt and Gloss
  • Printed Gift Wrap Vellum
  • Assorted Colour Card Blanks
  • Gold Leaf Pen (Krylon)
  • Memories Black Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Memories Hunter Green Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Dye Inkpads: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat(Clearsnap)
  • Tea Dye Distress Dye Inkpad (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
  • Dye Inkpads in: Red, Shocking Pink, Pacific Blue, Green, Salmon Pink, Magenta and Yellow. (Embossing Arts)
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folding Tool
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Gold Peel Off Stickers: Words, Borders, Brads and Eyelets (Stampendous)
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Innovative Stamp Creations

    Ive been playing around with the Spray Starch background technique tonight after finally getting my hot sticky paws on a can of Dylon aerosol spray starch 🙂

    The background technique is surprisingly easy and straight forward; all you have to do is spray the starch liberally onto dark card stock, then tap on various colours of pearl ex pigments on top. Spray again with more starch and if it looks ok leave it to dry…..easy peasy lemon squeezy!

    Heres how I did my backgrounds, I took the liberty of taking a couple of shots of the steps so you can play along if this background tickles your fancy…

    Note – Remember to click on all pictures if you want close ups.

    Supply List

    All the supplies you need are in the picture below:

    • Dark Colour Card Stock
    • Spray Starch
    • Soft Paint Brush
    • Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments (or any powdered mica)
    • Newspaper to protect your work area

    Steps 1 & 2: Place a sheet of card onto your work area and spray a good layer of spray starch over the top like so:

    3. Using the soft brush, tap and dab slodges of pearl ex all over the card stock:

    4. Spray over the top with another layer of Starch:

    5. Optional – Add more pearl ex if you think it needs it (you can never have enough colour) and rub the pearl ex in a bit using the brush to help the colours to blend together in the starch.

    6. This is my favourite step 🙂 Place a sheet of card exactly the same size over the top of the pearl ex background and rub along the back with your fingertips.

    7. Peel the backgrounds apart to reveal the magic!

    8. You can use a sheet of colour card stock to blot with over the background to distribute the colour even further and create interesting vein like textures:

    9. Finally heat set (or leave to air dry) Your background is complete.

    Notes: This background technique works well with both matt and gloss card, try them both to achieve different finishes. The backgrounds in this tutorial were created upon gloss card stock.

    More Spray Starch Background Fun:

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    Results in…..

    Spray Starch Background Gallery:

    Spray Starch Background Art Technique Tutorials:





    First of all this technique was originally featured in the ‘Paper Transformed By Julia Andrus’ book. So if anyone has this book, go and dig it up and flip to page 49 for the low down.

    The instructions Im providing for this technique have been tweaked a little from the original book technique because I dont like to follow other peoples directions to the exact letter – Im a born technique tweaker 😉

    If you want to follow the proper instructions – go for it!

    If you dont have the book you’ll have to made do with my instructions instead (cackles)….

    Supplies Needed:

    • Quarter Sized Sheet White Gloss Card Stock
    • Rainbow Dye Based Inkpad
    • Gold Perfect Pearls – or any mica powders as alternatives (pearl ex, moon glow etc)
    • Paper Towels (kitchen variety)
    • Paint Brush
    • Water
    • Plastic Cup
    • Brayer
    • Water In Fine Mist Spray Bottle
    • Heat Gun

    Instructions For Making Backgrounds:

    Time Is Of Essence With This Technique – Work FAST!

    1. Brayer rainbow dye ink onto gloss card – use a non permanent variety of inkpad for example big & juicy, kaliedacolor or adirondak.

    2. In a plastic cup, tap in 2 ‘paint brush heads’ of perfect pearls and add a little bit of water to make a gold perfect pearl paint mixture.

    3. Lightly spray the brayered background with water.

    4. Immediately dip your paint brush into the perfect pearls paint and tap and flick your brush over the brayered background. Work fast, keep replenishing your brush until you have gold paint spatter spread randomly across the background sheet.

    5. Mist background with more water.

    6. Hold the heat gun in one hand and switch it on, in your other hand ball up a sheet of paper towel; use the paper towel to dip, drag and roll across the background surface to create texture and patterns in the surface. As you do this apply heat to the background at the same time.

    Doing this controls the movements in the inks and creates more controlled textures and patterns in the background. With the heat you are fixing the inks and patterns in place as you work.

    The heat also has advantages as it prevents the ink from pooling and running off at the sides of the card stock – try it without the heat to see what I mean!

    Once your background is heat set it is complete and ready for use!

    Shining Stones Background Samplers:

    Colours Used: Perfect Pearls Kiwi. Kaliedacolour Calypso.


    Colours Used: Perfect Pearls Kiwi. Kaliedacolour Spectrum.


    Colours Used: Perfect Pearls Kiwi. Kaliedacolour Spectrum.

    To achieve a stronger colour I repeated the instructions twice to create this background:


    Trish Notes:

    • If you dont have a dye based rainbow inkpad you can sponge colour onto card from any dye inkpads – marvy matchables or adirondaks for example. Dont use permanent inks such as memories or ancient page as they wont work for this technique.
    • Darker rainbow inkpads work best because they create a more striking contrast to the gold perfect pearls. I recommend you use primary or rich jewel toned colours. Big & Juicy and Kaliedacolour inkpads are especially good for this technique.
    • If you dont have Perfect Pearls you can use any brand of mica powders, but remember you’ll need to add some gum arabic to the water when making the paint as a fixative!
    • You can create different background effects by adding more or less sprayed water to the brayered inks. Less water gives a stronger background colour, more water creates a lighter wash. Try both and see.
    • If after following the instructions given you find your background is too light and not strong enough you can alter the density by brayering over the top of the background with the same inkpads and following the instructions all over again to create a stronger background.

    As you can see Ive been having some fun creating new styles of backgrounds for this issue! The card on the right comprises of several layers to create a wonderful textured mixed media card. The 2 main ingredients to create this vintage olde worlde look are walnut crystals and floor wax! I love to play around with mediums and see what I can come up with and had a lot of fun creating this card!

    Walnut Inks and Crystals are a favourite medium of mine to use as I love how you can get an instant old fashioned background effect using little effort! Theres so many different ways you can use walnut inks and crystals out there that there are new ways being invented all the time! This is my current favourite background technique which I came up with while playing around with the floor wax recently.

    These backgrounds would also work well with collages and altered books too! Why not have a go and see what you can come up with?

    Supplies Used:

    * White Gloss Card Stock
    * Black Permanent Inkpad (Memories Stewart Superior)
    * Walnut Crystals
    * Future Floor Wax or Johnsons Klear Wax (or suitable alternative)Paint Brush
    * White Tissue Paper
    * Embossing Heat Gun
    * Clear Embossing Powder
    * Interferance Violet UTTEE or similar embossing powders (optional)
    * Gold Pearl Ex (or colour of choice – you can use ANY powdered pigments for this i.e. perfect pearls, moonglow, fairie dust etc)
    * Forest Green Card Blank
    * Double Sided Tape
    * Scissors
    * London Map Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
    * Rulers Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
    * Journey Dictionary Defination Taken From Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
    * Burgundy Card Stock

    Travel Background Rubber Stamp Used CARDSNSTAMPS.COM

    Creating The Background:

    Always protect your work surface before working with these backgrounds as they can be messy. I use a sheet of card board for this purpose.

    1. Take the sheet of gloss card stock and stamp the travel background all over the surface of the sheet with black ink. Let dry.

    2. Next paint over the entire surface of the gloss card using floor wax and a paint brush – dont skimp with the wax!

    3. Now take the same brush and dip it directly into the tub of walnut crystals – you dont mix then before hand you want to use the actual crystals themselves!

    Use the brush dipped in walnut crystals and tap and stipple the brush over the surface of the card – the wax will act as a blending agent and the walnut will stain the card itself. Continue until the entire surface is covered with walnut ink.

    4. While the wax is still wet; tear off strips of tissue paper and tap them over the wax randomly. You dont want to cover the entire surface of the card; just different sections to create a texture. You get more of a texture if you tear the tissue up first then open it up and tap it down on the card.

    5. Paint another layer of floor wax over the tissue paper you have just laid down to make it go transparent.

    6. Dip your brush back into the walnut crystals and paint the tissue paper different shades of brown.

    7. Now take a pinch of walnut crystals with your fingers and sprinkle them over the surface of the background.

    The wax will dissolve the sprinkled crystals a little but not too much and create ‘age spots’ on the background.

    8. Allow the background to dry – you can hurry it along with a heat gun.

    This step is completely optional:

    9. Once dry take the clear embossing powder and sprinkle it over your background – you do not want an even layer just a rough sprinkling of powder so dont over think this step. Heat powder to melt.

    10. Apply more clear powder and heat, then add a final layer of interferance UTEE to the hot clear powder (not too much) and heat again.

    Your background is complete.

    Making The Card:

    To make the card shown, I tore around the Walnut Wax Media Background, then layered it onto my card blank with a strip of London Map Scrapbook paper. Next I cut out a ruler from the ruler printed paper and affixed it over the top of the layers. To finish the card I cut out the ‘Journey’ dictionary definition from the dictionary sheet and layered it onto a sheet of burgundy card stock.