Photo Altering - Colored Photos

by Karin McMahon

Give your photos a unique look using Lumiere® and Pearl-Ex® to spruce them up!


  • Pearl-Ex™ in Interference Gold

  • Crystal Effects™

  • Stipple brush

  • Medium watercolor brush

  • Mixing Palate


  1. Step 1

    Print your picture in color on glossy cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Mix Interference Gold Pearl-Ex™ with Crystal Effects™ in one palate, pour plain Crystal Effects™ in the other.

  3. Step 3

    Using a stipple brush, "pounce" plain Crystal Effects™ all over the photo to give a canvas-like texture.

  4. Step 4

    Using a medium watercolor brush, paint PE-CE mix over main image (in this case, the flowers), making sure brush strokes are prominent (in other words, don't over-blend!).

  5. Step 5

    Layer onto cardstock. In this case, I used Sculpted Style to create an "Art Gallery" frame and matted it with Basic Black Cardstock.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Photo Altering - Colored Photos. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

How wonderful! I have so many pictures I want to try using this technique. Thank you so much for a great idea.
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 3:52 AM
where can you buy crystal effects?
Charlene  |  Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 10:59 AM
Crystal Effects are from Stampin' Up!.
Erin  |  Sun Nov 1, 2009 at 1:12 PM

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