VIDEO: Floral Pearl Backgrounds with Jenny Colacicco

Hello there everyone!  I hope you've been managing to get some fresh air during all the staying at home.   I managed to get some BBQing in at home in our garden on a nice weather day, and for once I didn't get bitten so that's a plus!    I also found some time to play with WOW's gorgeous array of Pearl embossing powders.  We have a pearl theme going on this month over on the fan page, and I had so much fun with them I created four cards!

All of the backgrounds were created with a different pearl powder.  If you aren't familiar with  these, they are white the pot but show up as a color on darker backgrounds when melted. Even on white they have a colored sheen.   I have a video showing you how I created these cards below or over on. the WOW!  YouTube channel:

All of my cards today feature background stamps from My Favorite Things from their latest floral  release.   Just perfect for adding some drama to a dark background with pearl powders or staying soft! 

For my first card, I used some dark grey cardstock and heat embossed the Floating Petals background in Blue Pearl. When melted it turns a beautiful electric blue!  I also heat embossed one of the MFT Stamps Magnolia Blossoms onto vellum in White Pearl and trimmed it out.   This powder is almost silver in the light. A gorgeous pearly color. 

I die cut the Hello from Altenew's Bold Greetings from white cardstock and dark blue craft foam and adhered them together, and then onto my fussy cut Magnolia Blossom.  I could then adhere the entire piece to my trimmed background by hiding the glue behind the die cut.    The sentiment is from Altenew's Hello & Hugs stamped in Catherine Pooler Juniper Mist to co-ordinate.  As a finishing touch for extra sparkle,  I coated the die cut in Star Dust stickles which has flecks of blue to reflect the pearl.

For my next card, I created my background using black cardstock and the Coral Flair background with Violet Pearl.  This one is SO so pretty!! I decided to create a fully die cut, no sentiment card. I first die cut the panel with MFT Stamps Stitched Scallop Rectangles and kept the frame which I popped up onto a white notecard with thin foam strips.

I then die cut the remaining panel again, with Studio Katia Dotted Scallop Oblong - the curved oblong and the heart circle at the same time.  I mounted it with foam also,  saving the little heart for the middle. I also used the circle holes cut as a guide for adhering flat backed pearls!

I thought it needed one more addition, so I inked up a panel of white cardstock with WOW! embossing ink and heat embossed with WOW! White Pearl.  I did it one more time and then die cut it with MFT Stamps Linked Chain Circle which I then adhered round the centre.  It breaks up the purple, and adds a nice pearly sheen which ties in perfectly with the pearls themselves.   I didn't think this would need a sentiment so left it at that.

I next tried a little ink blending. I took a panel of 80lb Neenah Solar White Classic Crest and blended Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg Distress Inks over the top.   I dried the panel fully with my WOW!  Dual Speed heat gun on setting 1, and then heat embossed the Flower Field background over the top,  this time in WOW! Green Pearl embossing powder.   It's amazing to see how it looks different over the darker ink than the light.   I then die cut the entire piece with a stitched rectangle die and mounted it on foam tape to a white note card.

The centre is from Altenew's Retro Plantines, stamped in Juniper Mist ink and die cut with the co-ordinating die.  I also heat embossed the sentiment in Green Pearl embossing powder onto a strip of black cardstock.  It appears super green on the darkest cardstock.  I finished with some iridescent bubbles to finish. 

My final card is probably my favorite of the bunch.  I really liked the soft colors on this one. It was created using Distress Oxides blended over gray cardstock.  As they're opaque, they don't show the gray through, but it does mute them a little.  I blended Picked Raspberry into Milled Lavender into Tumbled Glass which I then completely dried.  

I heat embossed the Harmonious Hibiscus background in Red Pearl over the top and it appeared almost cotton candy pink!

To add some texture, I die cut the Altenew Dotted Starburst Debossing Plate over the top, and it created this gorgeous background,  flattening the heat embossing somewhat.   

The Hello is from MFT Stamps, die cut from the White Pearl left over card panel, and some pink craft foam which I adhered together and popped into the centre of the card. My sentiment shows what the White Pearl looks like on black cardstock, and is from Altenew's Envelope Art.  A few pearls finished off this card. 

I do hope you give these Pearl powders a try.   They were overlooked in my stash and are simply stunning!



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  1. All beautifully crafted cards. My favourite is the last one. I know what I'm buying on my next trip out!
    Thank you for the inspiration xx

  2. Four gorgeous cards and I adore all the different background stamps and love all the looks using the pearl powders on lighter and darker coloured cardstock Jennie, and made into very pretty finished cards. x

    1. Sorry I spelt your name wrong Jenny. x


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