Paved Pearl Technique

Hi guys! I love this stamp and I think I would make the "Going Places" set from Justrite my new go to set for guy cards because of it. This was a bit of fun for me to put together because it had some messy bits and I was in one of those messy kind of moods that day. I started with the embossed background and I covered a piece of old card with some of the self adhesive foil tape you can get from a hardware store (I think it is used for plumbing things, but I'm not positive!) I used the Brick embossibility folder to give the texture. Once embossed, I used some fine sandpaper to rough it up a bit. I used some black soot distress ink direct from the pad over the top and heat set it. I wanted it a tad more distressed so I used some black Eco-paint in spots. I brushed it on and then rubbed with a piece of kitchen roll to remove most of it. Next I stamped my vintage card on pale grey card using a black archival ink pad. I cut it out with the matching die and inked the edges with pumice stone distress ink. I mounted it on foam in the centre of the card. I then stamped the large decorative shape from the With Gratitude set. I used a black archival and clear heat embossed it this time. I cut it out with the matching die shape and then cut it in half with a paper cutter. I glued the pieces to the top and bottom of my card as a decorative element.

I mounted the entire piece on foam and cut a large grey mat for it. I gave the mat about a half inch around my background so I had plenty of room to play with my Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue dots. I created my paved pearl technique around the edges using the silver PVA glue. I do a section at a time and do all the largest dots first randomly. Then I go back and place medium sized dots around and finally finish with the smallest sized dots to complete an edge. Your card will become a bit wavy as you are doing this, but I have found it flattens out a bit once it is dry. I have taken pictures of each step so you can follow along easily.

Finished Dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8" in size. All for now, Sue x


Anne said...

I just love those cosmic shimmer PVA glue dots effect Sue, cant wait to try them. The inking on the brickwork embossings great also

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

This is one of my favourite techniques that you do Sue. It always looks beautiful and adds so much lustre and gentle drama to a card layout.
This is another of the Sue Wilson inspirational ideas. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs always Linda xx

Diane Mortimer said...

I've just bought some liquid pearls, I might try a multi-coloured version! I used the onyx pearl on an xmas card I made and it looked so good I didnt't want to give it away!
Diane from Glasgow xx

Julye said...

What a wonderful effect another one to definitely try thanks again.

Bernadette o'Brien said...

Im new to crafting sue and I seen you on create and craft , you are Amazing . I cant get to grips with mat and layering sizes and cutting down the sizes . Please help .

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Lorraine Freeman said...

Today's card is so different but yes I still love it :)
I only have one pot of liquid pearls and it won't do this effect at all, it seems to be to thick and just comes out as a string. Don't know if anyone has any ideas why this might be so?
Bernadette I am not Sue but my mats and layers go up in quarter inch increments, I hope that helps. Welcome to the wonderful world of crafting and you have chosen an amazing mentor in Sue.
Wishing good things to all

Sandi Marson said...

Love the PVA dots. Can you tell me the name and manufacturer of the glue you use? Thans in advance!

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Loving the stamp and such a handy tutorial with the liquid pearls, you make it look so easy.
Elaine H X