Saturday, February 03, 2007

Ocean Inspired

This is the very first time I've tried this technique... It's called Heated Pearls, and SCS has a great tutorial on how to do it. I wanted to keep the design simplet because the background is so beautiful, it reminded me so much of the ocean that I needed to dig deep in my stamp pile for an aquatic kinda stamp. This retired Wonderful Woodcuts stamp used to be my favorite for "manly" cards.
For the background I started out with brocade blue cardstock and smeared white glue all over one side. I then sprinkled pearl ex in true blue, duo blue-green, turquoise, spring green and pearl white on top of the glue and dusted them around with a stipple brush. I didn't put alot of glue on my card, so I don't have much bubbling to the background, the more glue the more it will bubble when you heat it with a heat gun.
I stamped the image on white cardstock and painted the ocean waves with true blue and due blue-green pearl ex. I used a little future floor was as a binder to keep it in place. The main image is a little washed out, but there is a pretty light green in the happy birthday area and the sky is blue.
This technique was fun, and has really beautiful results, but it still isn't my favorite Pearl Ex technique.... I'm saving my favorites for later in the week and trying new ones for the first half.
This weekend is VSN on Splitcoast stampers.... check out the great challenges all day today!!
If you decide to try this technique, please send me a link or a picture.... I would love to post it here. Email me at


Denise said...

This caught my eye right away because of my husband's love for sailboats. Very beautiful!

Cindy Lou Who said...

Beautiful Michelle!! I can't wait to see what else the week has in store!! *rubbin my hands together*

doverdi said...

Another wonderful technique and card. I have tried this technique before and loved it. Can't wait to see what else you come up. I love your cards and tutorials.

DeniseLynn said...

Fabulous! I have got to try this out ... just got the babies in bed maybe I can actually get a little art project going before I collapse. Love the sail boat and the fact that it's a masculine card too (for me it seems to be a challenge to make cards for men).

irishstamper7 said...

What a pretty card, love the colors!

mjb coffee said...

This card looks like the blue-green ocean off the Hawaiian Islands. Beautiful! I have to try this technique. It looks so neat.

AnneMarie said...

what an awesome card! I love it!!
I learned to sail on Lake Michigan.. I love it so... and miss it.. when my kids are a little bigger I will take them and teach them..

shelley davis said...

I just found your blog. I love it. Your use of vibrant energetic colors is so wonderful to see. I expecially love all of your flower cards and the three d one.

Auntybarbara said...

GM Michelle! great card and great colors! i am still pouting that you did not do purple...(just kidding, kinda...) i am going to have to go to Michaels after work and get some supplies and learn this technique!

Charmaine said...

Very neat background! I'll have to try that! I love your work!

Anonymous said...

Very nice card-- the technique is just perfect for "water!" A perfect card for anyone!!!

Debbie, aka: DeborahLynneS

charmayne_tan said...

this is a great 'man' card! I've always have problem with 'man' cards as my work are all too girly-love floral, love pink... Thx for the inspiration!

ikkinlala said...

That's beautiful - & I love the sailboat image.

bethtrue said...

this background is beautiful!! love it.

Soozie4Him said...

SUCH a beautiful background - love the stamp too!



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