This is my current favorite technique – Faux Mother of Pearl – have you tried it yet?  It is so super easy your going to say why haven’t I done that before.  You need some Frost White Shimmer Paint, Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock, plastic wrap, paper plate or tray, clothes pin, Stampin’ Sponge and Crumb Cake classic ink.  This technique was shown in a recent Stampin’ Success magazine (you know the one that all of us Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get each month).  They also showed it on colored card stock and used different colors of ink for the sponging part.   But this is the card I created so I’m going to tell you exactly what I did for mine.

Speaking of the card – the layout was inspired by another card that I found on a stamping website – I’m not sure who made it though.  Mine is a little different from that one and that person mentioned being inspired by a card shown at a regional I think in Australia.  So this idea I guess has been around the world…..

This is my card.  Another creation for my Last Chance class – the stamp set Sense of Time is retiring, along with the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper (one of my favorites from this catalog).   The clock is the Faux Mother of Pearl technique and this is how I made mine.

  1. Crumple up a piece of plastic wrap and then clip it with a clothes pin so you have a handle to hold it by – it’s just cleaner and keeps it off your fingers  – you don’t have to use the clothes pin if you don’t want.
  2. Put some drops of Frost White Shimmer paint on a paper plate.  Dab your plastic wrap into it and then dab some off – you want it thinner rather than thick globs.
  3. Dab the plastic with the paint on it all over your piece of card stock – I used Whisper White for this clock.  You just want splotches everywhere.  If it is a light layer it will dry pretty quickly.  Let it dry.
  4. Use a stampin’ sponge and Crumb Cake ink and sponge all over the card stock especially in between the shimmer paint.

That’s it.  Now you have the Faux Mother of Pearl created.  Next stamp your image over it.  I used Black StazOn ink for my clock.  I cut it out and the sponged the edges of the clock in Basic Gray ink. Here is a close up of the clock face – hopefully you can see the pearl on it –

I also used the shimmer paint on the top portion of the card background.  For this I used a sponge dauber to daub the paint onto my stamp and then stamped it on the card stock.  I also daubed a little with the plastic wrap too.  The center of the clock has an Antique Brad and I used some Crumb Cake Seam Binding on the card too.  The “happy birthday” is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I’ll be showing you this technique again next week on a scrapbook page and I’m using it on one of my convention swaps.  Which I’ll be showing later.  I hope you are having a great day!

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