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One of the techniques in Stretch Your Stamps 2 is using Perfect Pearls on a “Reverse” background stamp — one that has a lot of solid area.  Turns out I don’t have many stamps like that , but I did find this one that has some solid area, in a way —

 

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This background stamp is called “Gradation,” from Impression Obsession.  I love those Cover-a-Card stamps — they really do cover a card! 🙂   As you can see the dots go from more thickly clustered at the bottom to more spread out at the top.

I had to completely re-do this card from the get-go, because I had screwed up the measurements the first time, and the stamped and mounted panel wouldn’t fit on the card base!  I couldn’t figure out any way to cut it down and use it.  But it’s OK, because I think the stamping and the Perfect Pearling came out better this time.  Also I didn’t handle it as much, and I sprayed the Pearls with a fixative, so when I was done it wasn’t as smudgy as the first.

The Perfect Pearls colors I used are Perfect Gold, Perfect Copper, and Heirloom Gold.  The sentiment is a Dazzles peel-off sticker. It was originally silver but I colored it gold with Staz-On metallic gold ink.  I messed up the placement of the sticker a little, but I ended up liking the whimsical nature of it.

That little coin doo-dad is just a piece of swag from an ephemera pack from SEI, from their Mirelle line.  Fixed on with Glossy Accents.  The little gold dots are Hero Arts Metallic Decor.

Except for the black and copper foil cardstock and the Perfect Pearls, everything else on this card is NBUS.  Darnell would be proud of me!

I’m pretty pleased with this one.  I think it would make a good birthday card for a man who doesn’t like too much of a fuss on his birthday.

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4 responses »

  1. Love the rich look you achieved here Kirsten and layering it onto foiled paper was inspired! I just read your page on using up your stash and it reminded me of a challenge I gave myself a couple of years ago. I’ve just spent a month or so purging my craft stash and organising my stamps and dies etc. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now and am determined that if new things come in from now on – something old or redundant goes!!!
    Hugs
    Carol x

    • Thanks, Carol! That is a good idea too, replacing something old with something new. You could sell your old stock on Ebay, or donate it to places like women’s shelters or senior centers.

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