This lovely card will be appreciated by anyone A beautiful card for any occasion

The stamp club gals made this card last summer, and it finally made it to the top of the pile for sharing on my blog today.  This technique creates a beautiful but subtle effect on your projects.  For the sample, I used the technique for the upper panel that has the stamped butterfly.  What looks sort of like shadows on that section are actually spots where the shimmer paint was applied; it's one of those projects that looks much nicer IRL.  This is a card that you need to shift around in the light to get the different mother of pearl effects.  I really like this one!  The Beau Château DSP is so feminine, and the Lace Ribbon punch with the crochet trim really make this quite lovely.  I didn't want to add a sentiment because I thought it would be great to be able to use this card for anything.

The following materials were used to make this card:

  • Stamps: French Filigree, Strength & Hope (retired)
  • Cardstock: Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Marina Mist
  • Accessories: Lace Ribbon Border punch, Beau Château DSP, Victoria Crochet Trim, Frost White Shimmer Paint, stamping sponges

Here is how you can incorporate the faux mother of pearl technique in your own projects:

  1. Stamp any images that you want in the background on neutral cardstock.
  2. Put a small dab of the Frost White shimmer paint in a container.
  3. Scrunch a piece of Saran Wrap and dab the shimmer paint randomly on your stamped piece. Don't cover it entirely.
  4. Let it dry, and then sponge a light color and rub off the excess with a paper towel.
  5. Sample Note:  For this sample, I stamped the French Filigree background with Pink Pirouette and the butterfly with Soft Suede.  I sponged after applying the shimmer paint with Marina Mist ink.

Now that you know how to do the faux mother of pearl technique, I hope that you'll try it today.  The effect definitely kicks your project up to the next level.