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Old 10-21-2019, 07:25 AM   #1
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I finally sat down at my craft table to start a new series of cards for the 2019 holiday season. Instead of buying new products I shopped my supplies on hand. One product I've revisited is Perfect Pearls and Perfect Mediums which have been stored away for far too long. Using the PP marker I highlighted my die cuts and gave them a dusting of the powder which gave them beautiful shimmering highlights. In my opinion, the effect is much better than what you would get with Wink of Stella.
I'm so glad I kept them (for years) and I will be using the powders more often.
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Old 10-21-2019, 05:30 PM   #2
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I'm going to shop my stash too this year. I've already used a few kits that I've had for a few years. Have fun!
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I don't have Perfect Pearls but I have Pearl Ex. I agree they are such gems they need to be revisited. The beautiful techniques we can create with them are timeless. I agree the shimmer is prettier than Wink of Stella. I always thought that Wink of Stella has mica powder in it.
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I have used Pearl Ex on Christmas cards for years, love the sparkle and shimmer and metallic effects! Shopping in your own stash always reveals some hidden treasures.
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(I've been shopping my stash this week - suddenly obsessed with making paper beads, and using up old ugly paper!)
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Thanks Dini for putting all the links together for Perfect pearls and Pearl Ex. I have a lot of Pearl ex and always forget what all you can do with it.
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(I've been shopping my stash this week - suddenly obsessed with making paper beads, and using up old ugly paper!)

Good for you! That thought crossed my mind as well. However, it's on the bottom of my list. Have fun.
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The faux sea glass and the heated pearls are my favourites, I nearly went with the heated pearls for the TLC challenge yesterday. I use my PPs on an ongoing basis and some will soon need replacing. I just wish it weren't so hard to take good photos of the shimmer!
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I have a few PPs, and they are beautiful but underused. One of my my most successful experiments with them has been with gold embossing powder on stamped or die cut leaves. I used my watermark “die”, put on the gold embossing powder, flicked on some dry, fall-like PP colors, and then heated the embossing powder. That was gorgeous. I also love the look of them brushed over a dry-embossed panel in medium to dark color cardstock.
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I recently have revisited my Twinkling H20s. They are beautiful!
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So many great ideas on this thread! I have four beautiful, neglected colors that I need to dig out and play with! Thank you, everyone!
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Companies are bombarding us daily with the latest, greatest product for our cardmaking projects. I'm thrilled of what I find in my long forgotten supplies and thanks to Youtube I can find videos on the product that spark new inspiration and saves me money.
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I finally sat down at my craft table to start a new series of cards for the 2019 holiday season. Instead of buying new products I shopped my supplies on hand. One product I've revisited is Perfect Pearls and Perfect Mediums which have been stored away for far too long. Using the PP marker I highlighted my die cuts and gave them a dusting of the powder which gave them beautiful shimmering highlights. In my opinion, the effect is much better than what you would get with Wink of Stella.
I'm so glad I kept them (for years) and I will be using the powders more often.
I love PP too though sometimes forget about it, so thanks! I'll always be a Wink of Stella addict though - for a super quick-n-easy subtle use and good for on the go. Just shake frequently for best coverage.

Question - I hadn't heard of the PP marker. Is it the same thing that they call a pen? If so, I'll definitely get a set. These? Ranger Perfect Medium Pens Set Of 2 - Clear Bullet & Brush Tips | MarkerPOP.com
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[Question - I hadn't heard of the PP marker. Is it the same thing that they call a pen? If so, I'll definitely get a set. These? Ranger Perfect Medium Pens Set Of 2 - Clear Bullet & Brush Tips | MarkerPOP.com[/QUOTE]


Yes, marker/pen is one in the same. I had an unopened package that I bought a couple of years ago. I recently opened it and the product is just as fresh.
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I finally sat down at my craft table to start a new series of cards for the 2019 holiday season. Instead of buying new products I shopped my supplies on hand. One product I've revisited is Perfect Pearls and Perfect Mediums which have been stored away for far too long. Using the PP marker I highlighted my die cuts and gave them a dusting of the powder which gave them beautiful shimmering highlights. In my opinion, the effect is much better than what you would get with Wink of Stella.
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What is a watermark "die"?
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I'm not the OP, but I think she meant "dye," as in ink. I could be wrong, though.
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Hmmm. I thought watermark ink was pigment ink, not dye ink. Maybe I'm missing out on something.
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Hmmm. I thought watermark ink was pigment ink, not dye ink. Maybe I'm missing out on something.
I don't think it's either. I think it's a separate category, but it behaves like a pigment ink in that it sits on top of the paper.
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I've never been clear what the difference is between Watermark and Embossing inks or if they are the same thing. I just looked at the Ranger site and it says watermark inks are made of a type of resin. Maybe that is why they work with the Perfect pearls. I've always heard embossing ink is basically glycerin.

gee.... did I just answer my own question....

Anyone more chemically knowledgeable want to chime in here? Oh Lylacfey, where are you...
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Versamark is oil-based, thick pigment ink used for heat embossing or watermarks.

Embossing ink really can be any ink that stays wet long enough to use for heat embossing. So Versamark, Versafine, Versafine Clair (especially!), pigment inks, Catherine Pooler (if quick), and other juicy or sticky inks. Some companies use the term for marketing purposes, like Ranger’s clear Emboss-It, which also comes in a pen and dabber. I’ve used the dabber in stencils and the pen to make lines.

Glycerin can be used for all kinds of stuff, and from the feel I’d guess some is in the Hero Arts/Stewart stamp cleaner though could be wrong. I haven’t spent time making homemade potions for embossing, cleaning or refreshing, but here’s a lot of info about it:
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It is a clear pigment ink used to make a “watermark” on your project. It works beautifully for embossing powders and perfect pearls. I use the metallic powders with a cotton ball over my stamped versa-mark image, them a clean brush or cotton ball to clear away left over powder.
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Thanks! That's what I thought. It was the word "die" that confused me.
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I, too, am 'shopping' in my own craft stash. I'm rediscovering techniques, embellishments, papers and ribbons. Wow...I have so much stuff! Christmas cards will be easy this year and no extra cost than what I invested initially. You gotta like that!!
Thanks for sharing the PP ideas. I just saw them the other day and it flitted through my mind that they're still amazing and still waiting to be used again
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I went on a 7 month buying freeze. I only used supplies I already had. It's a good way to use up your stash, and forces you to be creative (a challenge for me sometimes). It was had to resist all that new stuff, but it was a good experience for me, I will probably do it again next year.
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