Card making with Pearl-ex

Pearl-ex the easy way

If you love trying new and different products when making cards, then you will love card making with Pearl-ex. This is a pigmented powder that can be used in many different ways in making cards. For this class, we only tried this one. In this method, you stamp your image with Versamark, and then stipple Pearl-ex powder over the image with a short bristle paintbrush. On this card sample, we use three different colored powders. We also inked the edges of the card base to apply some Pearl-ex there, as well.

Gratitude card with wheat image using Pearlex
Please excuse the over-inking that caused the shadow around the sentiment

The images on this card are from a retired Stampin’Up! set called Gathered Wheat. You can sweep off any excess powder with a very soft make-up style brush. In order to set the powder so it doesn’t rub off, you simply wave the panel through several mists of water from a sprayer. Somehow, that mist of water sets the powder and keeps it from rubbing off.

Pearl-ex with dye inks and embossing

I discovered another way to set the powders is to run the panel through an embossing folder. I believe that the pressure from the rollers in the machine helps to further press the powder into the fibers of the card stock, and keeps any “rub-off” to a minimum. To illustrate this to the class, I brought several samples shown here.

Christmas card samples using Pearl-ex and embossing

In the samples above, instead of using Versamark, the colored area was masked off and heavily sponged with ink, and Pearl-ex was stippled on before the ink completely dried. Then, the entire panel is embossed with an embossing folder. Both regular and 3D embossing folders work.

The final example shows how you can use both the heavy inking technique and versamark on the same card panel. The panel is heavily sponged with blue and purple inks and stippled with white pearl-ex powder. Then mist the panel with water to set the powder. After it is dry, stamp the (golden) snowflakes using versamark. Then add gold pearl-ex powder, and mist-set the powder again. This way you get different layers and colors of Pearl-ex. I also added inked snowflakes in blue and purple ink to add even more interest.

Pearl-ex with dye inks and versamark

Christmas card with pearl-ex snowflakes
Sorry that the white Pearl-ex doesn’t show up well in this photo, but the gold does.

You can find these mica powders on Amazon, or you can even try using some old powdered eye shadows (don’t throw them out without trying this). And, any dye or pigment ink should work in this technique. I used SU dye inks, in the colors, balmy blue and highland heather, for the card above.

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