Monday, August 11, 2014

Perfect Pearls Pop it Ups!

For the past week I've been taking the latest class from Online Card Classes - Stretch Your Stamps 2. Last week I had both of my kids home (yay!) so I didn't have time to follow along (family first!) so I took some time this weekend to play with some of the techniques they shared.

One of my faves was from Day 2. Jennifer McGuire's Metallic On Black technique is a stunner! I am never a fan of 'CASEing' a card, but I love using the card sample as inspiration for my own style. Jennifer's card featured a die cut window opening in the front. When I looked at it, I immediately thought I could do something similar with a Pop it Ups die.

I almost went with Karen Burniston's Butterfly Pivot die (Jennifer used a butterfly die cut in her card), but I really needed to make a birthday card for my brother, so I instead used the Katie Label Pivot die along with Karen's new gears dies. The stamps I used from Artistic Outpost's Industrial Backgrounds set and Tim Holtz's Simple Sayings.

How cool are these gears?! Jennifer used a heat embossing technique on her sentiment die that I wanted to reproduce on the gears. I tried to figure out how to get colors that matched the Perfect Pearls that I'd used on the stamping when I thought, why not brush the whole gear with Perfect Pearls and then emboss it? I tried it and it looks amazing! Not sure if I discovered something new or if this has been done by stampers for the last 20 years. It's certainly new to me and I'll be experimenting with the idea more in the future.

I even used the PP on the Alpha Parts from Tim Holtz. You can see that it rubs off a bit, but I think that makes it look even cooler. I spritzed it with water to set it, but if you were doing this on a piece that would get handled a lot, I would probably seal it with something to make sure it didn't totally rub off.

Here's a quick little video to show you how the card looks when you open it. Love the look of those Perfect Pearls! The supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - at IE to get your 10% discount

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Tomorrow I'll be sharing some samples from Eileen Hull's latest release - you're going to love these dies!


  1. Love the card and the colors you used!

  2. Wow! Great card and I love the PP on the gears!

  3. What a great card. Such a fantastic technique. I'm going to pull my Perfect Pearls back out and play. Thanks for showing this.

  4. I love your card. Thanks for sharing it with us. But please tell me what "CASEing" a card means.


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