Tutorial Tuesday – PearlEx

Welcome to Sunflowers and Dragonflies Tutorial Tuesday. Ever wonder where I get ideas for my tutorials? I get my ideas from reading a lot of blogs–and I mean a lot. I also purchase numerous books, and borrow books from my girlfriend, Sharon, who can outdo any Barnes & Noble with her endless supplies of books. Today’s inspiration came from the blog, Pearlesq. The neat thing about this technique is that your finished piece does not have to be sprayed with a sealer. In this technique, the PearlEx is mixed with ink, and therefore is “set.” You will see that the stamp I used is an image of a violin. I purchased this because I played the violin from grade 4 through to 12, and was in the highschool orchestra. I used my grandfather’s violin, and passed it onto my daughter, who started lessons last year. Okay, pull out your PearlEx and let’s get started.


Embossing powder (dark)
brush and water
Variety of ink pads
Heat embosser
Non stick craft sheet

Place your stamp on the VersaMark pad, and ink it up well. Sprinkle embossing powder over the image and heat emboss.

Smoosh your ink pad onto the non stick craft sheet. Do this with a nice variety of colour.

Place your brush into water.

Place your wet brush into one of the PearlEx jars.

Mix your brush into the coordinating colour of ink and mix PearlEx well into the ink.

This photo shows that I used circular motion to blend the PearlEx into the ink

Paint your image.

Continue to paint, using different colours.

Here you see a variety of colours using this technique.

My card is now finished.

Posted on : May 20 2008
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10 People have left comments on this post

May 20, 2008 - 10:05:00
Jennifer E. said:

Wow Beth, What a stunning card! I love the colors and the black mat makes it pop!

May 20, 2008 - 10:05:00
Kim H. said:

WOW this is super stunning! I love the colors and what a FUN stamp! Am I the only one of earth that has not heard of the craft sheet? Chelsea had one this weekend! Loved it!

May 20, 2008 - 12:05:00
Heather Grow said:

Very pretty. I bet it is even more gorgeous in person with lots of shimmer.

May 20, 2008 - 02:05:00
Alexandra said:

Beautiful card Beth! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

May 21, 2008 - 07:05:00
irishchristine said:

Wow Beth this is really stunning!!!

May 21, 2008 - 11:05:00
malieta said:

The finished product looks great!!

May 21, 2008 - 01:05:00
Scrap Cris said:

soooo nice!!
love your ideas!!!

May 26, 2008 - 09:05:00
Joan B said:

Thanks for commenting on my blog. It made me realize that for some ridiculous reason, your blog wasn’t on my google reader. Well, I fixed that lickety split. Look at all the awesome stuff here. I love this pearl ex mix with ink tutorial. I have pearl ex and never use it. Now I will! Gorgeous violin card!!

May 27, 2008 - 03:05:00
Ila said:

Love this card Beth and the Pearl Ex tutorial….I love the look of the pearl ex.

May 28, 2008 - 06:05:00
Emilia said:

Great tutorial! I sometimes use the refill ink as the paint too.. 🙂

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