To create my stamped image, I started with a piece of plain card stock and distressed the edges lightly with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Next, I inked up my Old Letter Writing stamp with some brown ink and stamped the text background. Since the Background Poppy stamp highlights the negative part of the image, I inked it with Versa Mark ink and then used clear embossing powder. Now came the fun part! I just kept blending the blue and green distress ink onto the card until the flowers were the color I wanted. After wiping the image with a dry tissue to remove the ink from the embossed image, I sprayed the entire image with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water. This last step gave my image a nice pearlized shine. Here is a closer look:
See how the Perfect Pearls makes the card shimmer!
Jennifer McGuire has a great video tutorial on this technique posted her blog. You can see it here: http://jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/02/cool-links-for-ya-tonight--lovin-this-first-layout.html.
Card Stock: Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: K & Company (Brenda Walton)
Stamps: Hero Arts (Poppy Background; Old Letter Writing; Scroll Frames & Messages)
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink (Coffee); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw); Versa Mark
Tools: Stampin' Up! punch (Scapllop)
Embelishments: Cosmo Cricket ribbon (Fleuriste); Making Memories button (Vintage); Recollections Pearls
Misc.: Ranger Perfect Pearls; Stamp 'N Stuff Embossing Powder (Detail Clear)