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Old 06-24-2005, 05:32 PM   #1  
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I love the look of Pearl Ex, but I don't know how to use it. Thanks for any help.
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Thumbs up Great Ideas for Pearl Ex

After I asked my question, I found an abundance of information already posted from "imsteelefullofscrap". Thanks
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Here are ideas that I copied from other posts. A bit long, but it might help.

Yes it works great as snow!! Just apply with a paint brush or sponge. I like the sponge because it looks more snow like. I used some on the snow globe shaker card that is in my gallery (stillstampin.stampinup.net)

You can also use it with your snowflake stamps. Just create a stamp pad using a paper towel or linen and pour some on. Then place stamp snowflake into it and stamp on the night of navy card stock. This looks so awesome . . . kind of like snow falling at night time.

Don't forget you can use it as the base coat for the Porcelain ornaments and then stamp on top. It makes for very pretty ornaments that could be used for any season depending on your stamp choice.

I think we can also use it drizzled inside the ornaments like we do the glitter ornaments. I have to try this one out first though so hold that thought for now.

Also you can use it as a base coat for stamping on the Dominoes (cute with the little snowmen stamps!)

Oh and you can paint in onto Altoid tins to cover their paint and then stamp on those too!

Here is another idea. You can mix it with a drop or two of re-inker and then paint with it. Then you can have 49 colors of shimmery paint! (our 48, plus white) Actually depending upon how much re-inker you add you could have limitless shades of our 48 colors. You can paint inside of images with this or paint backgrounds. You can also apply it directly to your stamp with a stipple brush as though it were ink.

I have mixed it with Pearl-Ex and then painted all over whole sheets of different colored cardstock. This made beautiful background paper for cards or scrapbooks. It looks different on different colors of cardstock. You can vary your brush strokes to make very different designs. It was very pretty.

Pearl Ex Pigment Powders
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Powdered pigments are a lot of fun to play with. These are a dry powder that has sparkle in it. (Just so you know, there are several brands on the market that have various names but not all yield identical results.)


Let’s first deal with product specific information and then we will get to the product usage information.

PRODUCT SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Pearl Ex (PE): This product line has been on the market for many years, even before it crossed over into the rubber stamp market. PE comes in several colors which include metallic colors, duo colors, interference colors, and basic colors. PE also offers a "micro pearl" and "macro pearl" color, which are interesting to use.

Macro pearl will allow the largest amount of underlying color to show through, whereas Micro pearl allows less of the underlying color to show through. While I enjoy both the macro and micro pearl colors, I find that I seldom use them.

Duo colors:
These are ones which will look like two different colors, depending on how the light hits them. For instance: Blue-green will either look blue or green, depending on how the light hits it.

Interference colors:
These are ones which seem to have little to no color at all on light or white card stocks, but when you use them on dark or black card stocks, the color shows up. For instance: Red interference appears white on light colored cardstocks, but when used on dark or black cardstocks you see a red sheen. The darker surface brings out the hidden color sheen of the interference color of powdered pigment.

DESCRIPTION:
Pearl Ex Powdered pigments are simply a dry powdered form of color which has some sparkle to it. You can use it as a dry powder or mix it into something and apply it wet as a paint.

CONTAINER SIZE:
There are two sizes of Pearl-Ex powders on the market. The smaller one is 3 grams and the larger one is 21 grams, which is the equivalent of about 3/4 oz. in net weight. This is the one Stampin’ UP! has. (Note: the jar looks like it would hold about 4 oz., but Pearl-Ex is so light that it does not quite fill this size jar.

COLOR CHOICES:
There are 24 colors that are usually sold in sets in local stamp stores and then they offer another set of 8 Fashion Colors which is full of bright colors (bright yellow, flamingo pink, spring green, turquoise, true blue, misty lavender, blue-russet, sparkling copper.) These are also sold in a set. We of course are carrying only 21 colors and these colors have been chosen from the big set I mentioned. None of the colors we have are from the Fashion Color set (which in my opinion is a MUST have.)
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Here is the rest of it.

WAYS TO APPLY PEARL EX

Pearl Ex powdered pigments can be used in a wide variety of ways. The key to understanding them is simply to experiment with them. I'll give you a few ideas to get your started. This is pretty much what I like to do and what I have found that works for me.

DRY APPLICATIONS:

1. DRY RUB: Take a tiny, tiny bit of the powdered pigment...rub it on cardstock using whatever tool you like. This is very similar to chalking. You can "rub" it with your finger, with a q-tip, with a brush, with a sponge, whatever you prefer. This creates a beautiful background, and you should spray it with a sealant when you finish. This method looks great to add color to toilet paper casting!

2. DRY APPLICATION (NOT RUB) USING VERSAMARK: There is a really cool way to use your powdered pigments for backgrounds or for the main image of a card. First, ink up your stamp with embossing ink (clear), Versamark watermark pad or some color of pigment ink. Stamp on colored matte cardstock. Now, take a small soft paint brush or a stipple brush, dip it gently into the powdered pigment and swish the powdered pigment over the area you just stamped. The powdered pigment will cling to the embossing/pigment ink. Try using different colors of powdered pigments over different colors of pigment inks, and on different colors of background cardstock. By changing ONE element...the color or powdered pigment, the color of the cardstock or the color of pigment ink used, you can change the entire feel of your artwork. Matte card stock is best used for this. Spray with a sealant when done.

3. VERSAMARK AND SPECTRUM PAD: Another way of using the VersaMark pad is to ink your stamp on the Versamark pad then onto a Spectrum pad (or even onto one of the 48 standard dye pads) and then stamp the image on your card stock. Now apply the Pearl Ex as I mentioned above (using the brush.) The addition of color underneath adds dimension and you can choose where you’d like to highlight your image and apply the Pearl Ex only to those areas. This looks so pretty.

4. HEAT AND STICK POWDER: If you want to work on glossy cardstock, then stamp/emboss your image using Heat & Stick powder. Brush the powdered pigment over the embossed image, it will stick to the embossed line. One thing to note here is that you should not overheat your sticky powder. Just heat it to the point that it melts and has a glossy look. Once you brush the Pearl Ex over your embossed image, let it sit and "cure" for a while. It will still feel tacky for a little bit afterwards, but the tackiness does go away. No sealant is necessary. You can also do this on any type of cardstock you choose - matte, glossy and even vellums.

5. STICKER SHEET APPLICATION: Pearl Ex can also be brushed onto the sticky side of cold laminate sheets, sticker sheets, labels or clear packing tape for a very unique look.

6. POLYMER CLAYS APPLICATION: Pearl Ex also looks wonderful when brushed over polymer clays prior to baking. A sealant is necessary after baking.

7. EMBOSSING POWDERS: Pearl Ex can also be mixed with embossing powders to create custom colors of embossing powders. This is a lot of fun to do. Just remember, it takes VERY LITTLE powdered pigment when mixing with embossing powders. Keep track of what colors you mix and in what quantities, just in case you create something you love and want to be able to mix it up again in the future. (Try a ratio of 1 Tbls embossing powder with 1/4 tsp. Pearl Ex and see what you think. The interference colors are a great choice for doing this.) You can also add ultra fine glitter to the mix for a unique effect.


WET APPLICATIONS:

5. WET APPLICATION: Since this product is a dry pigment powder, it can be added to just about any WATER BASED product and then used on your artwork. What you use depends on what look and what medium you wish to work in. You can paint, sponge, splatter, finger-paint, etc. You can add Pearl Ex to watercolors, acrylic paints (either craft acrylics or artist acrylic paints), gouache, etc.

6. POWDERED PIGMENTS AS AN ADD IN TO ARTIST PAINTS:
Watercolor: The tube variety of watercolors work best for this application. Just put a small amount of whatever color you want (of the watercolor paint) into a small dish or palette, thin it a bit with either water or gum arabic, then add in a dash of powdered pigment. Paint as you normally would. It adds sparkle and sheen. No sealant is necessary.

Acrylic Paints/Gouache: Same directions as above for watercolors.

7. WATER COLOR WITH LUMIERE: This will create a watercolor paint similar to Radiant Pearls except it dries much, much faster. Use a ratio of 50/50 when diluting Lumiere with water (this becomes the consistency of water color paint.) This can then be stored. I like to store it in the clear 35 mm film canisters but anything with a tight lid will work fine. You just need to mix again before using. Then when you want to watercolor, dip the brush into the solution and then just the tip of the brush into the powder to apply. You can also try using an old dried up blender pen to apply that mixture to both embossed and non-embossed images. When using the Lumiere with the Pearl Ex you will not need to seal it when complete because the Lumiere acts as a bonding agent.

8. LUMIERE AND PEARL EX FOR FABRIC AND OTHER SURFACES: Nothing is prettier to add to your fabric painting than a bit of Pearl Ex. Just mix 1/4 tsp Pearl Ex to 1 tsp Lumiere. Then apply this mixture to your fabric using a sponge, spray bottle or brush depending on the desired background design you are wishing to achieve. Then allow to air dry or speed drying time up a bit by drying in the dryer. Then your surface is ready to stamp on using the new SU! Craft pads. My favorite choice for color when stamping onto these Pearl Ex painted fabrics is the black pad. It provides a very nice silhouette effect and helps to enhance the look of the Pearl Ex on the fabric. You can also use the Lumiere/Pearl-Ex mixture as a paint (no water added) on paper mache boxes, dominoes, and wooden boxes, then stamp with the Stazon ink and coloring that image with the blender pen method if you choose. It is beautiful!

9. USING GUM ARABIC: To use the powdered pigment itself as a paint, you have to mix it with something (a binder) first. One choice is to mix it with gum arabic (GA). GA is a binding agent which mixes with the powdered pigment and helps to BIND it to the surface. The ratio of GA to powdered pigment is 1 part GA to 4 parts powdered pigment. Using a small cup or palette, put a tiny bit of powdered pigment in the well of the palette, add in a bit of gum arabic. Mix it well. If it's too thick, you can thin it down with a TINY bit of water. Paint your artwork with this. Note here, that if you paint with the GA/powdered pigment mixture, you really need to stamp your image with a watercolor ink pad/semi permanent inkpad/permanent inkpad of some type. If you use a dye ink pad to stamp the image, when you "paint" with this powdered pigment/GA mixture it will smear your outlines. Spray with sealant when done.

10. DRY PALETTES OF PEARL EX: Dry palettes of PearlEx can be made by mixing the powder with PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive). You can get a bottle of it at any craft store. You can then create your own color palette using the Pearl Ex powders of your choosing. Just mix PPA with Pearl Ex, fill into the small, six well palettes you can buy in stores. Then let them air dry. When you are ready to use them, just use a wet brush dip into the color like you would if water coloringand paint.

11. STRAIGHT WATER: You can mix the PE with straight water. However, when it dries it "falls off" your artwork as there is no binding agent to hold it on. You can also mix up a larger portion of the GA/powdered pigment mixture and allow it to air dry in a palette. You essentially then have a "dry cake" watercolor paint. I do not have the exact measurements for GA to water to powdered pigment for this technique. However, I have tried it. I did not want to mix up a huge batch of each color, so I got a plastic 6 well palette...put about 1/8 teaspoon of powdered pigment into the palette well, added a "few drops" of liquid gum arabic and enough water to create a mixture the consistency of face cream. Let it dry in the plastic palette. To use it, swish a wet brush on the dry cake of color and paint.

12. ANY DRIES CLEAR PRODUCT: Another way to use the Pearl Ex is to mix them with ANYTHING which dries clear and paint with it. I find it is much easier to dip my brush in something like Crystal Effects, then dip the brush in the Pearl Ex, then paint directly on my stamped piece. Much less "muss and fuss" for me, plus a lot less waste. I have used the method above with the following "dries clear products": Acrylic Gloss Varnish Medium; Crystal Effects; Liquid Laminate Medium; Color Extender (VERY pretty); Elmer's Glue; Clear Fingernail polish.

13. ANY COLORED CRAFT PAD (PIGMENT INK): Another way to use Pearl Ex powders is to use them to highlight images after you stamp first using the new Craft Pads (pigment ink.) Stamp image first (such as a pine branch) with the white craft ink on a dark blue card stock. (The blue card stock provides the feeling of night.) The Pearl Ex will stuck just like when you use the Versamark pad. Then highlight the branch by lightly stippling a hint of du blue/green or interference green onto the pine needles. Next stamp a pine cone using one of the brown craft pad inks and stipple a bit of macro pearl onto them (for snow) or use antique bronze to add a bit of brown shimmer. Then stamp some white snowflakes for the background and add macro pearl Pearl Ex to them. Quick and awesome look.
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14. SPARKLY SPRAY: This is a great way to use the Pearl Ex to create a bit of sparkle to the whole project without having to used large quantities on it. Make sure you have an empty fine mist spray bottle for this. The recipe is as follows:

3 teaspoons water
3/4 teaspoon liquid gum arabic
1/16 teaspoon powdered pigment (just eyeball about half of a 1/8 measuring teaspoon)

Mix the above thoroughly, pour into a fine mist spray bottle and spritz over artwork as desired. Don't spray the artwork directly, rather spray into the air and pull the cardstock thru the mist. It's cool.

15. WATER BRUSH: You could also put the above mixture into a water brush and use it to blend out watercolor pencil or watercolor crayon work. There are different size brushes on the market that hold the fluid from a very thin brush tip to one that is about an inch wide.

16. WATERBRUSH, DOVE BLENDER SOLUTION AND CLEAR EMBOSSING POWDER: If you want a quick and easy way to show the awesome design power of Pearl Ex there is no better way than with this method. This is a resist technique. Choose a dark card stock (my preference is black) for this technique. Use your Versamark pad and clear embossing ink to emboss a bold stamp onto the card stock. Next fill the chamber of a 1/2 inch bristled water brush (from the craft store) with Dove blender solution. (You could probably use our recipe for re-filling the SU! Blender pens to although I’ve never tried that.) Be sure to squirt the fluid so it dampens the bristles of the brush. Then select two or three coordinating colors of Pearl Ex. (I love to put the blues and greens together or the pinks and purples but really it is your choice . . . just have fun with it.) Using the edge of the brush, pick up a bit of the first color of Pearl Ex you have selected and then swipe it across your card stock and embossed image. DO NOT entirely paint on one color and then move to the next! I like to do a “pattern” of swipes. I work in swipes of threes or fives, using each color I have selected until my card stock is completely filled with the wonderful swipes of color! Let card stock dry completely before matting. You can speed up the drying time with the heat gun. You may also choose to use a clear acrylic spray to add a bit more shine to the finished piece.

17. WATERBRUSH AND GUM ARABIC: Another way to use Pearl Ex is to use them as a highlight to existing artwork. I filled the reservoir of my waterbrush with a water/gum arabic only mixture. I stamped and colored an image using both watercolor pencils and crayons...then I dipped the waterbrush (with the gum arabic/water in the reservoir) in a color of powdered pigment and brushed over my work. I found that a nice gold powdered pigment is very complimentary to green leaves. If you have purple flowers and green leaves...use a lavender powdered pigment on the flower petals and a gold powdered pigment on the green leaves. I didn't color over the entire petal or leaf, just brush the powdered pigment along the outer edges for a sparkly highlight. I keep one of my water brushes filled with the gum arabic/water mixture just for this use.

18. BLENDER PEN: Another very popular way of using Pearl Ex to color stamped work is to use a blender pen with them. Just dip your blender pen into the powdered pigment and then color on the stamped artwork. Reload your blender pen with powdered pigment as often as needed. This works best on matte type cardstocks. Wipe the blender pen on a paper towel until it wipes clear to clean it before changing colors of powdered pigments. Use a sealant when using the blender pen to assure that the Pearl Ex won’t flake off after it is dry.

19. GLASSY GLAZE (ULTRA THICK EMBOSSING POWDER– UTEE): Make your own custom colors of UTEE by mixing in Pearl Ex with the powder. Add a bit of the Pearl Ex into a small container and then add the clear powder to it. This looks great on tiles.

20. PEARL EX AND POLY SHRINK CHARMS: Oh this is so fun . . . and easy too . . . my two favorite things, Pearl Ex and Poly Shrink. I just love 'em!! And it is very SIMPLE. Just use a large (or extra large) punch (snowflakes and leaves are my personal favorites). Punch right into the Poly Shrink. If you are going to use this to hang from a tag or card be sure to punch a hole in it before shrinking it. Use the standard hole punch or the 1/8" hole punch depending on the size you desire for the finished hole. Then press the punch shape into the VersaMark pad. Next, apply the Pearl Ex using a medium, soft bristled brush. Also, I like to use several colors so it adds a bit more dimension. Then just shrink it using the heat gun (use a wooden skewer stuck in the punched out hole to hold it on your work surface so it won't "fly" away as it is zapped with the gun.) Or if you are doing a lot at once just use the oven.

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* These shrunken snowflake charms are really adorable when hung from a punched out area on the front of the card. You can even use a circle punch to frame this Pearl Ex charm or use the same punch as you did to create the poly shrink charm and hang the shrunken version from the middle of it. Then this shrink charm is visible when you look at the front of the card but also when you open it up . . . way too cute!
* This is one of my all-time favorite ways to use the black poly shrink. It really makes a WOW look. Last year I made leaf charms to top off the milk carton boxes (which had been stamped with Autumn). I used a big leaf punch on the black poly shrink and then heated to shrink. Then pressed the leaf into the Versamark pad and brushed on my choices of metallic autumn colors. They looked fabulous.

21. INTERIOR DECORATING: You can paint them onto your walls too! Apply to a freshly painted wall with a sponge. Practice your stippling and sponging techniques as weel as color combinations on a large piece of cardboard that has been painted the same color as the wall. Pick shaes of the same color and neighbors on the color wheel (ex: blue/green or blue/purple). Works in pastels with on strong accent color (ex: a contrasting Pearl-Ex color.) You can also apply in a marble finish or a crackle finish. For that information contact me.

22. ORNAMENTS: There are four finishes (inside coatings) for glass ornaments. They are iridescent/transparent, speckled faux, marbled faux, and antique keepsake (for directions on doing these just contact me.) All styles (except iridescent/transparent) require an acrylic coating to change your finish from transparent to opaque. If you use a very dark color acrylic paint (Black especially) you both MIRRORIZE all the Pearl-Ex and CHANGE the Interference colors. White, gray, or pastel acrylic gives a polished stone look. Make sure you do this step only after the finishes are completely dry. These ornaments are so beautiful!!

23. LUMIERE AND PEARL EX PRESSURE BACKGROUND: (by Sherrifl Graff)
Card Stock Method: Take 2 pieces of the same size black gloss cardstock . Place a dollop of Lumiere on one of the pieces of card only and stipple it all over using the stipple brush. Tap on some pearl ex in 2 different colors and then stipple that into the Lumiere. Place the other cardstock over the top of the first one. Rub evenly over the back and then peel it off slowly...you have created 2 backgrounds in one! Allow to dry.

Sheet Protector Method: Another way to do this would be to cut a sheet protector down the side and across the bottom leaving left side intact.Put drops of lumiere and pearl x inside a cut sheet protector then smoosh around the colors. Open sheet protector and add 2 sheets back to back cardstock. Close and smoosh some more. Then carefully take them out and set to dry. Add more colors and do it again!

24. PEARL EX AND SPACKLING PASTE: Try mixing a bit of Pearl Ex into spackling paste (try the Aztec Gold . . . it is a nice all-occasion color.) Then use this mixture to “spackle” into one of SU! Classy Brass stencils. Just spread a bit of the mixture over the stencil. Then lift off the stencil and allow it to dry. Now you have a raised design. This is a very elegant effect and is slightly flexible so it won't crack.

25. PEARL EX RESIST: (by Pat Deuschle) Emboss a line image stamp (one that is open and can be colored in) onto glossy card stock. (The metallic gold looks great but you may even want to just use clear EP.) Then color in the image using the Pearl Ex that has been mixed in with Lumiere. You can use either a brush to do this or try a Q-tip or make up applicator. Then brayer over the entire piece of card stock with the dye ink of your choice. Choose one that will coordinate with your EP and the overall design or theme of your project. The new SU! Spectrum pads are WONDERFUL!! Both the embossed outline as well as the Lumiere/Pearl-Ex will resist the color and your images will seem to pop off the page!

26. PEARL EX ON LEAVES: (by Lisa at lisastampsalot) This is a very pretty way to use Pearl Ex. Press a leaf onto the Versamark pad and then "paint" them with Pearl Ex using the dry application method. They are lovely! You may then wish to spray them with a Krylon matte or Krylon glossy finish. This will work for both Skeletan Leaves and leaves you just pick up from off of the ground.
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27. HEATED PEARLS TECHNIQUE: Next time you want a new way to use your Pearl Ex give this a try.
You'll need: Glossy Black paper (make your own by using StazOn DTP on white glossy), Tacky Glue, Pearl Ex (Two colors preferably), Stipple Brush, Heat Gun. Here's what you'll do: On Glossy Paper put a puddle of tacky glue about the size of a quarter. Use the stipple brush to move the glue over the entire surface of the paper (I only do this with a quarter sheet of paper at a time). Next sprinkle two different colors of Pearl Ex over the glue covered cardstock. Use the stipple brush to blend the colors into the glue. (After this step is done, place the stipple brush in some water to keep the glue from drying on it before you have a chance to clean it.) Next, heat the entire surface, the Pearl Ex combined with the glue will bubble and form a pebbly surface on the card. You are done! Wasn't that easy? Now use this as a background for your favorite set. I have tried this with Red Glossy (made with White Glossy and my red Staz On pad) and it works well also. I tried it with plain White glossy and was not impressed, could have something to do with the colors I used, but others I know don't like using the plain white either. Have fun with this, it is very simple and produces an elegant background.

28. PEARL EX AND CRYSTAL EFFECTS: (by Carol Marbach) Mix Pearl Ex with CE together on an old whipped topping lid or use a old 35 mm film container. Then sponge this mixture onto a paper mache or thin wood box. It creates a very regal finish! Or if you prefer you can allow the mixture to dry on the lid. Then it can be "popped" off the lid and punched for cool accents!

29-42. TWELVE OTHER USES FOR PEARL EX:
Paper Clay
Natural or Polymer Clay
Faux Finishing
Tole and Decorative Painting
Fine Art Painting
Candle Making
Soap Making
Calligraphy
Sculpture
Marbling
Papermaking
Printing
Stenciling


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To get rid of excess Pearl Ex from paper:
After brushing the Pearl Ex onto the Versamark, use a soft makeup brush to brush off the excess, then use a dry swifer cloth and rub it GENTLY all over the paper. It takes away the dust. Remember that the Versamark is wet, so it can smear if you rub to hard. You can let it sit for a few minutes and then rub GENTLY with the cloth. It will clean up the dust. You may still have a little of the shimmer, but the excess dust is gone.
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Thanks for taking the time to post this!! Being new to stamping I had the same question about pearl x and have refrained from buying it because I wasn't sure how to use it. It will now be on my next order with my demo in July!!!
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