Stamping with water…

Hey, there.

Trying like mad to play catch up.  But all I want to do is go out and plant flowers.  My oh my, that is my summer addiction. :)

Thought I would share a card inspired by the project I taught with Tim last month.  For the main floral piece on this, I started with white Neenah cardstock.  I covered it heavily with Broken China Distress Ink until it was totally blue.  I then took the lovely Wildflower Garden stamp and inked it with Versamark.  Before stamping it, I sprayed the stamp with a Perfect Pearl and water mix.  After stamping this on the inked piece, I zapped it with a heat gun.  Thanks to the unique properties of Distress Inks, I am left with the sparkly, ghost-like stamped image.  Lovey that technique…

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The background is Grass Chalk ink on a Grass notecard – both from Hero.  This is a favorite combo of mine.  The flower was white, but then was inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink and sprayed.

Love the silver look of the butterflies.  Just covered Neenah white cardstock with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Sprayed it with lots of pearlized water (Perfect Pearls in water) and let it dry.  Punched… creating metallic accents.  (This finish matches my MacBook Pro exactly – lovely.)

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (dots, flower, greeting) and Grass chalk ink and Grass notecard; Prima flower; Distress Inks; Neenah cardstock; Versamark; Perfect Pearls; Mini Mister; Punch; Pin; Papertrey Ink button; Creative Impressions silk ribbon and twine.

I get a lot of questions on the Perfect Pearls I use.  The white-silver-like one I like is called Perfect Pearl.  So, it's full name is "Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls."  Nice and confusing, eh?  You can find the right one HERE – can't beat the price…


Oh, and THIS is my current most-used stamp set. Delicious.


Off to put laundry away.  Jealous, aren't you?  Blech.

Night! :)

72 CommentsCards

  1. mary pat

    Love this technique! thanks for teaching this to us as SS. i have used it with the fern stamp and i cant wait to try it out with this set too. it is supposed to be nice this weekend (i live in springboro) so you should be able to enjoy a lot of time outside this weekend. have a great one!

  2. Sue D

    Cool technique! I am going to have to get the perfect pearl color.

  3. interesting technique! thanks for sharing it with us! :)

  4. Kimi D

    Thanks for teaching another wonderful technique. I can’t wait to get Perfect Pearls so that I can try it. That stamp set is perfect for this technique!

    Laundry seems to be one of those endless jobs. As soon as you get it done, it’s time to do it again. I love crisp sheets on my bed, and hand them out to dry every week. That’s the only part I love.

  5. Oh so pretty…I will have to give this technique a try soon.


  6. Barbara

    love this technique. will give it a try!

  7. I love the faded look of the flowers. I think the cling set is a must have!

    Thanks for giving us new idea’s.
    Hugs, Pat

  8. Cynthia

    Great effect on the card! Love all the little details – the silver butterflies, the inked flower w/ the clip+greeting. Very cool – Thanks for sharing!

  9. Carissa

    Great card. I love the simplicity of that technique.

  10. Susan G

    Every time you mention making shimmer paint with perfect pearls I just know I’ll go try it. So far, I’m just admiring your work. Gotta get it in gear and make me some!

  11. Lovely technique. I should try it too.
    Laundry??????????? no thanks.

  12. Brenda U

    Love how your card turned out. I just adore the Ranger Distress inks, wish I had every single colour, in time….

  13. SuZeQ

    You don’t need to go out and plant flowers … just stay inside and create beautiful ones like on this card. You ROCK!

  14. Anna-Karin

    Awesome technique Jennifer! I’ll try it out tonight. Thanks for sharing!

    Beautiful card!

  15. linda beyer

    thank you for shareing these cards. i have a question about the perfect pearls.on the bottle of mine it says anglewing enterprises. what i want to know is could they be mixed and sprayed like those from ranger. these are more supplies i have found and then put away and not used yet. i have had them a long time.

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  17. Victoria in Ohio

    Lovely card- TFS!

  18. I’m going to try this right now! Thanks.

  19. Roz Rhorer

    When you finish laundry at your house wanna come finish mine? hehe.
    Lovely card. That stamp set is pretty too. I’m stopping at SYAO this week when I’m up that way (I need foam squares for Distress Inks, and maybe a new ink or two). Might check it out this new stamp set too.

  20. naneruth

    I have been strongly thinking about getting that stamp set also lately.
    Lovely card and thanks for explaining about the pearls.

  21. ann i.

    Thanks for sharing the technique1 Beautiful card as always!!

  22. Sherry Bullard

    I hear ya with the being outside and planting flowers, next weekend I will be deticating to planting all my flowers up to camp and since we just put our deck on last year we need to do all new landscaping so it will be a weekend long project! But I love it!! We need to have an outdoor studio so we can still create and be outside ; ). Love the card and that stamp set is wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us even though you wanna be out in the sun!!

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