First stamp your image and color it or add whatever detail you'd like. For this card, I used the roses image from Elements of Style stamp set stamped in StazOn Jet Black ink and colored with a variety of Stampin' Markers. Then use a wedge of Sponge, or crumpled up Saran Wrap (both have great blotchy texture) to add a bit of Shimmer Paint over your image. Add as much or as little Shimmer Paint as you'd like, but keep it uneven and splotchy. Set it aside to dry for a few minutes and when it's no longer tacky to your touch, add some color over the top with a Sponge Dauber or with a Brayer. Finally, use a tissue to wipe over the stamped, shimmered and inked image to wipe the extra ink off the Shimmer Paint areas.
For this card, I added Early Espresso ink with a Sponge Dauber. The Early Espresso gives it a nice dark, aged look. If it's too dark for your liking, try a softer color, such as Soft Suede or Crumb Cake. At Technique Club this month, a few of my stampers chose to leave off the added color step, leaving their image whiter and crisper looking, but still with that Mother of Pearl look to them - so beautiful!
Stamps: Elements of Style, Occasional Quotes
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Very Vanilla
Ink: Concord Crush, Frost White Shimmer PaintAccessories: Vintage Wallpaper Texture Impressions Folder, Oval Die, Modern Label Punch, Basic Jewels Pearls
Here is another example of the Mother of Pearl Technique, using Pretty in Pink ink applied with a Brayer to give a little different look to it. I stamped the line of trees image from that classic Stampin' Up! stamp set Lovely As A Tree. Then I added Frost White Shimmer Paint with crumpled up Saran Wrap and let it dry. Finally, I used my Brayer to add a layer of Pretty in Pink ink over the top. This is really a resist technique, using Shimmer Paint, instead of VersaMark or Embossing Powder, but it gives such a unique look!
Stamps: Tiny Tags, Lovely As A Tree
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Frost White Shimmer PaintAccessories: Jewelery Tag Punch, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
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Mary Rindal is an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Greenwood Village, Colorado.