Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pearlescent Black Magic (and flutterby trails)

ETA: Hi Gals n Guys, Not feelin' well; taking a day off.
Hope you have a good Friday.
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This is a big one! A 4 2/8" by 8 1/2" card that has the acetate tags from yesterday's tutorial. It uses the Black Magic technique, but with with embossing & Pearlescent paints instead of pencils. It's really quick way to get a whole lotta shimmeriness goin' on.

Stuff in this post:
  1. Pearlescent Black Magic technique
  2. Stretching 6x6 paper packs for big cards
  3. 3D Butterflies & trails

1. Pearlescent Black Magic

Step 1) Emboss your image in white. I'm so glad I finally caved & got some fantastic white embossing powder that is so smooth! [This is the Victorian Single Flower. It's on the black paper from the Urban Prairie 6x6 paper pack which is distressed a lot.]

Step 2) Paint image with white Pearlescent paint

To use the Pearlescent paints just squirt some water in there (a waterbrush is great for that) & brush it around with the brush to get the pigments all nice & worked up into the water. It's neat because you can control the density of the colour by how much water you add, how much you work it up, and you can always add more water. You can mix colours in the palette lid too. :O)

Step 3)
Paint colours over top of the white.

2. Stretching 6x6 Cardstock packs:

This stripey paper is from the Putting on the Glitz paper pack (which rocks with Basic Grey's Urban Prairie papers.) I probably used too much on here considering I covered it up, but I worky without a plan. :O)

These bits are the the Basic Grey paper. They're cut to be mirrored so they look like a big piece of paper. A trick that might come in handy if you wanna make big cards with those 6x6 packs. Here's how they were stuck on.

Butterflies & Knotted Trails

To cut out teensy butterflies from the new Basic Grey papers, I paint the back of it with gesso and then it's stronger. This is the Ambrosia paper which has butterflies too:

Step 1) Paint the back of the paper with gesso & let it dry well

Step 2) Cut the butterflies out. A cutting tip: to cut teensy detailed bits start with the trickiest parts first (like the antennae on these.)

Step 3) Paint the butterfly with white pearlescent for shimmeriness.

To add the butterflies...

Step 4) Place the butterflies where you'd like them & Draw on lines for a trail (with a glitter pen or something that will give you a guide for piercing but won't show too much.)

Step 5) Pierce the trails for the butterflies and stitch them with knots of embroidery floss or any thread:
  1. Come up from the back with a needle & thread.
  2. Tie a knot
  3. Go back down the same hole with the needle & repeat it.
Knotting is really easy and addictive and you get an unusual 3D element on your card. It's super affordable too.

Affixing the butterflies:
  1. Glue them on (you know i loves me that Tombow.) Gluing just under their bodies means their wings can be raised up. You can stop there or add sewing...
  2. Pierce two holes in their body (ouch!)
  3. Stitch them on with one stitch:

and Ta Da! Black magic that's shiny with da flutterby trails.

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Elena said...

Mel!I love these Pearlescent paints! Beautiful! Great idea with stretching the paper!

Anonymous said...

WOW Mel this is just stunning! I love the colors and stretching the paper! YOU ROCK!

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful card and thanks for sharing.

Jessica Diedrich said...

Just FAB, Mel! I love it!

Erum Tasneem said...

love this flower! Here these paints are called pearl paints :o) they come in small bottles.
I like the papers that you have used Mel. It looks they have diff kind of stitching on it!
As always, beautiful!

Jodi said...

Beautiful card, I love it! You make it look so easy! =)

Maria said...

Wow, Mel. . .I love the shimmery colors against the black background and oh, that flower image is so pretty! I like the idea of using all those sentiments. . .the dp is beautiful too! As always, everything about your card is gorgeous!!


Unknown said...

Fabulous card sweetie!! Good for you to take a day off - hope you're feelin' better soon!!
hugs, Jami

Lorraine said...

Hope you are feeling well soon. I have been away awile with the new Grandson arriving too soon. Lots of catching up to do on my favorite cardmaker`s blog. Wow fabulous as usual. Take care.

Janine said...

Hope you feel better soon Mel!! Love this card!! Have a fabulous weekend.

Dawn said...

feel better soon!
beautiful card

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Black Magic card! I love the bling trail for the butterflies and the contrast of pretty papers.

Anthonette said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! What great details in your card. I've never used pearlescent paint over an embossed image or tried gesso.

Tonniece said...

What can I say but.............AWESOME as always.

Shirley said...

I love the Black Magic technique and hadn't thought of using these paints. I have them too! The knotting is a great embellishment idea. I am thinking I will use it a little differently, but so cool, Mel.