Hello there! I have been a fan of pigment powders for many, many years. It is an inexpensive product that can be used in many creative ways! Today I share lots of ideas for using it with stamping.
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There are a few types of pigment powders out there, but I prefer the Ranger Perfect Pearls because of the great price point and color selection. Also, it has a built-in resin to help it stay put. You can lightly mist Perfect Pearl projects with water to help it stay, but I find it best to use a fixative spray to protect it. Many fixative would work – I used Design Master Clear Finish Matte Spray because I had it on hand for sealing painted rocks that my kids made. 🙂
I focused on the basic Perfect Pearl color of Perfect Pearls for my cards. You can get it individually, in a set, or in a metallic set. I recommend the sets because you get the brush, too! You can also get Perfect Pearls in MANY colors.
My first card shows basic stamping with Perfect Pearls. I stamped images from the Altenew Perfectly Perfect Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) set on Gina K Tranquil Teal Cardstock with Versamark Ink. I then brushed the Perfect Pearls over the sticky ink, and wiped away the excess with a Swiffer Dusting Cloth.
After spraying the background with a fixative, I added my embellishments. The flowers and leaves are white heat embossed on Grafix Platinum Vellum and the sentiments are from the Altenew Pinstripe (SSS | ALT) and Sweetest Peas (SSS | ALT) stamp sets.
My next card shows another basic technique for using Perfect Pearls. This time, I started with Gina K Tranquil Teal Cardstock and covered it completely with Versamark Ink. Next I stamped Altenew Perfectly Perfect Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) flowers on top with Versamark Ink. This removes the Perfect Pearls and creates a stunning look!
Here you can see a comparison between the two techniques. (Oh – and I linked the matching envelope sources in the thumbnails below.)
Perfect Pearls works great with background stamps! Here, I stamped the new Altenew Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) background with Versamark Ink and applied Perfect Pearls. I then stamped the background again with Versamark Ink, but slightly offset a bit. Where the images overlap, the Perfect Pearls is removed. So pretty! Oh and this Simon Says Stamp Royal Purple Cardstock is a great color.
Here is another example using a background stamp. I am crazy in love with the new Altenew Pinstripe Stamp Set (SSS | ALT)! Such a useful, subtle background. I first stamped and added Perfect Pearls. I then rotated the stamp again and stamped with Altenew Coral Berry Ink. I LOVE this look! And that Gina K Coral Reef Cardstock is a great summer color.
I added embossed vellum flowers from the Altenew Cherished Memories Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) and a sentiment made from the Altenew Majestic Bloom Dies (SSS | ALT) and Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). The die cut words are covered with Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens and Tonic Crystal Glaze so they stand out.
Here is another creative way to use Perfect Pearls. I first white heat embossed the outline leaf image from the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). on Gina K Jelly Bean Green Cardstock. I then stamped the matching solid leaf image on top with Versamark ink and added Perfect Pearls. Finally, I “stamped” the uninked Altenew Pinstripe Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) on top. This removed the Perfect Pearls in stripes from the leaves. SO cool!
Perfect Pearls are also fun to use with layered stamp sets. Here, I used them with the new Altenew Climbing Clematis Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) on Gina K Plum Punch Cardstock. Be sure to watch the video to see the steps I followed.
Another set I really like from this Altenew release is the Altenew Ditsy Print Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). This can be used to make colorful layered flowers! However, I decided to stick with a monochromatic look with Perfect Pearls.
This card has just a bit of Perfect Pearls, but it makes a big difference!
You can also use Perfect Pearls to create a shimmer paper. Here, I inked cardstock and then applied Perfect Pearls. I die cut the paper with the Altenew Mega Alphabet H Die (SSS | ALT) and Altenew Mega Alphabet I Die (SSS | ALT) – such pretty shine! The “hello” is from the Flower Arrangement Die Set (SSS | ALT) and the background features the Moroccan Mosaic Cover Die (SSS | ALT).
Check out that shine…
There are MANY ways to you can use Perfect Pearls. Here are a few more videos…
- Perfect Pearls and Water Video
- Perfect Pearls and Stamp Layering Video
- Faux Metallic Stamping Video
- Textured Paper and Perfect Pearls Video
Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from Altenew. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.