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Old 08-23-2004, 10:00 AM   #1  
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Default PearlEx vs Perfect Pearls - a ?

I have been trying to design this Christmas card for two years now and thought I'd try here for help!

I have some perfect pearl powders, the irriadescent colours. I want to use them on black paper with the SU Christmas set with the snowy tree (now retired. I want the perfect pearls to look like northern lights. I then want to put snowflake vellum over the top it all to make it look like it is snowing at night with the northern lights.

However, I can't get the perfect pearls to show through the snowflake vellum. Would pearlex powder show up better, or how can I do this to make it work. I saw this card once in a stamp shop that was going out of business and I loved it. I so want to create my own version of it and am getting frustrated that it's not working!

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Old 06-08-2006, 09:05 PM   #2  
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Default Gee Whiz, Beaver -- No help came in on this one!

Notice: Original Post is really old!
Actually, I just wanted to know if PearlEx and Perfect Pearls are the same thing under different brand names. This seemed like a good place to start, but only found the 1st question without any answers.
So, is there any difference? or are they the same thing?
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Perfect Pearls come with a binding agent included in the pigment, so when you apply PP with the Perfect Medium (or Versamark) or by mixing the PP in a little bit of water, they ain't coming off. I understand that with PearlEx you need to apply some kind of fixative to get it to stay put. I eagerly await being proved wrong!
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So, if I try it with the "Heated Pearls" technique it might work? I think I'll give it a try on a small piece of cardstock.

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Red face Yuck???

I guess the technique worked. But what am I going to do with a background that looks sort of like burnt and blistered skin. Maybe it will look better in the morning, when I'm not so tired. Or maybe "Plum" was not the perfect color to use?
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I hope it was a really small piece of cardstock! I've never done any fancy techniques with my PPs; just mixed with water to make some buckles for DH's shoes, and applied to versamark and perfect medium with a brush. None of those resembled damaged skin!
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I took another look... not any better. Maybe I should call a doctor? Oh My! I must be getting really dopey. Time to go to bed and get some sleep. G'night Melanie.
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GarnetJ,

So are you using the Perfect Pearls instead of the Pearl Ex for this technique? not sure if the binder would affect it or not, but I was looking at the Heated Pearls Gallery and a lot of them look pretty bumpy. I would maybe try it in a different color - maybe a lighter, pastelly color and see if it looks any better?

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Thanks Christine...
I'll try the blue and green ones next (I only have one little package of 4 colors). Maybe the plum just looks bad because I wathched a bunch of Star Trek show last weekend?!
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I guess the technique worked. But what am I going to do with a background that looks sort of like burnt and blistered skin. Maybe it will look better in the morning, when I'm not so tired. Or maybe "Plum" was not the perfect color to use?
GarnetJ - I used Perfect Pearls for my heated pearls card too. It took me several attempts to get the colors to look "OK". I found that the colored ones didn't look as nice as the metalics (I have 8 different perfect pearl colors.) I think the more the pearls get mixed into the glue, the more muddy the color tends to be. Just try a few times....hopefully you'll get something you like.

Here's my card with Perfect Pearls:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=38298
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