Poppin’ Pearls

by Beate Johns

Add shimmer to your stamped image with Perfect Pearls.


  • Stamps

  • Cardstock

  • Perfect Medium, Versamark™ or other embossing ink

  • Perfect Pearls® (Forever Green), or Pearl-Ex™

  • Small and wider Brush, or Swiffer® cloth


  1. Step 1

    Ink your image with Perfect Medium™.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp image on cardstock.

    You won't see the image.

  3. Step 3

    Start brushing Perfect Pearls over your image with a thin brush.

  4. Continue until you covered the entire image with Perfect Pearls.

  5. Step 4

    Use your wider brush to brush off the excess powder from your image.

    You can also swipe a Swiffers Cloth carefully over the image to pick up the extra powder.

  6. Step 5

    To set the powder spray with fine water mist.

    When using Pearl-Ex for this technique, you will have to set them with an Acrylic Sealer instead of water.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your card.



    More Dramatic
    Try the same technique on dark cardstock for a more dramatic look.

    Interference colors are fun. The powder looks different on light then on dark cardstock.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Poppin’ Pearls. 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.

I love this technique. Can this be set with hair spray?
Jana  |  Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM
I love the oval frame die cut from Spellbinders. Could you please tell me the name of it?
Thanks smile
Lou  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 5:57 AM
Thanks so much for sharing this technique. I've been wondering how you do it!!! Love your card.
Suz H  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 6:19 AM
Hi Lou,
The oval frame was cut with the largest Floral Oval Nestabilities die from Spellbinders. One of my favorite dies!
beate  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I've been using Perfect Pearls since forever since they first came out. I've never had to use Water to seal them. They already have a binding agent in them. Vs Pearl-Ex that doesn't have a binding agent in them. Go and surf on over to Ranger Ink and look up Perfect Pearls and on YouTube video, you'll see you don't need to spray Perfect Pearls with water. I just use an ordinary paper towel or even an old dryer sheet to wipe up excess Perfect Pearls.
Robin  |  Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM
Hi Robin,
I created the tutorial just like Tim Holtz taught this technique at Ranger University.
I think I mentioned in the video that Pearl-Ex has to be sealed with Acrylic Sealer since it doesn't have a binding agent in the powder, like Perfect Pearls does.
Beate  |  Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM

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