Shiny Things

I like shiny things. I really and truly do. I mean, I don't go nuts with it or anything. You won't see me walking around in sequin pants. BUT, I do love shiny things. (And now I have a hilarious image of me in sequin pants. For reals, dude. That's amusing stuff.)

When Jennifer McGuire pulled out the Perfect Pearls and gave a few tips on setting them in one of the recent Online Card Classes lessons in Stretch Your Stamps 2 I knew that would be the first technique I would try from that day! I have had Perfect Pearls in my stash for a long time, but I rarely use them. This was a perfect chance to get those suckers out to play!

Elegant Thanks

I actually stuck surprisingly close to Jennifer's design, but I played with the colors a bit. I went with the Aztec Gold and the Pearl White powders. I tried using the water and heat gun setting method, but if I'm honest, that totally didn't work, so I ended up just spraying it with workable fixative. I use Krylon Workable Fixatif and I pretty much love that stuff! I die cut the sentiment and then heat embossed it repeatedly (three times) with a fabulously sparkly black powder from Stampendous! They have GREAT embossing powders for layering! They melt together so beautifully!

I chose a glossy white cardstock from Crafter's Companion for inside the heart window to add just a bit more shine. Because obviously the gold shimmer powder and the insanely sparkly embossing wasn't enough. Clearly. HA! A few black sequins ground out that large white space.

After creating this card I was left with the die cut hearts from creating the window. I decided to use mostly the same supplies to create a second card in a completely different style. While the first is an elegant look, the one is a modern, graphic design. I brought in some mint cardstock for this one in addition to the black, white, grey, and gold.

I had a lot of fun creating these cards using techniques I learned in class! You can find the supplies I used in the links below!

Have a Happy!


  1. LOVE your cards! Great sparkle! I need to get some perfect pearls now that I know how you use it. haha

  2. pretty cards.. love the background on the first

  3. Beautiful cards! Love the perfect pearls effect, so pretty!

  4. Dude! Awesome shiny cards!! Lol!! I love the first one with the perfect pearls background - wowza!! So so pretty! And the second one stole my heart with the gold, black and mint color combo! Swoon!! (Imagine me running in slow motion on the beach towards that color combo!)
    ps - sequin pants! It so crazy it just might work! Lol!!

  5. WOW! Both are AMAZING!!! Love!

  6. Gorgeous! I love the faded effect of gold !

  7. BEAUTIFUL pair of cards!!!
    I confess that I bought some Perfect Pearls a while ago and yes, they are still waiting to be put to work => THANK YOU for the inspiration :)


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