Monday, December 30, 2013

Wishing You All the Best…Today and Always

Getting close to wrapping up the year but just HAD to play with the latest colors from ColourQ:


If Virginia Lu and Dawn McVey’s cards had a love child – I’m pretty sure it would look something like this!

I had such fun trying to get the colors right, as I only have Baja Breeze by SU!.  I used Hero Arts’ Tide Pool and Navy in the place of Coastal Cabana and Midnight Muse.  The Baked Brown Sugar threw me for a loop – I tried so many browns until I reaching for my new Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie with a bit of Gold for the inner part of the leaves, and voila – perfect! 

Thanks for visiting me – I hope 2013 was a great year for you and 2014 to be an even better one!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Danke Schon

Interesting play from the CASE Study Challenge – I struggled with it at first but then just went with it!  Here’s the inspo image from Moxie Fab World:


While I was inspired from the embroidery from the first inspiration card, I don’t know how to do that so thought I would take a different approach.  I mimicked the beaded look by using Liquid Pearls for the middle panel.  The main background mimics the lace doily by using a Heidi Swapp stencil and Dylusions white spray mist.  I thought the entire image had a very central/eastern European feel (Poland?  Hungarian?) so I picked the closest sentiment – German – to say Thank You for some gifts I received this year for Christmas.

Thanks for visiting me Smile

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tag with a Feminine Twist

Today is Tag Thursday combining inspo from both Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist and Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2013 – December!




This tag started out with the layout and attempt at some of Tim’s techniques, but as you can see, I went the super girly route!  Maybe it’s the snowflake dies that catch your eye or the sentiment shines out to you, but for me it is this super layered background.  I started with streaking this tag with Distress Stains in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, and a smidgen of Tarnished Brass.  Instead of spraying with water, I used Perfect Pearls Mists in Interference Red, which is a super shimmery pink that actually more closely matches the shade of the Picked Raspberry. 

I pulled out a Heidi Swapp Moroccan tile stencil, and selectively sponged Picked Raspberry Distress Ink on it.  Tim does this all the time, it was hard to train myself that I don’t have to use the whole stencil!  I also lightly brushed the edges of the tag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I wanted a softer look – so Picked Fence Distress Stain was the perfect look to layer over everything.

The sentiment is by Avery Elle, embossed in gold Zing! powder.  The snowflake dies are Simon Says Stamp.  The larger one was coated using Antiquities Embossing powder in Frosted Crystal.  I heard of this stuff from Tim’s Creative Chemistry 102 class.  Very subtle and easy to color, which I did with some more Picked Raspberry DI.  The smaller flake was inked with Hero Arts Gold ink.  Both were placed over a half label die cut.  Gold and iridescent pink sequins with a pink glitter ribbon finish the accessorizing.

Doesn’t get more feminine than that, here’s her close-ups!



Thanks for the visit – look around, stay awhile – you can see past tags in the tab on the right sidebar.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Quick share, inspo thanks to Case this Sketch!


Easy sketch – perfect for this time of year, who has time to be complicated?  This paper is by Teresa Collins, and I was only half paying attention and managed to get a perfect cut with word placement.  Die cut envies are so cute with little hearts on top.  White embossed sentiment with another die cut for ‘you’.  ‘you’ and hearts have some Stickles glitter in Xmas red – a quick touch that ties it all together.  Thanks for visiting!

Oh Christmas Tree

Can’t believe today’s project doesn’t have any stamps but I am dazzling with how it turned out! 

Challenge #122


This card came about by me having enough gemstones to last through the apocalypse, particularly shades of green for some reason.  Perfect for a tree, no?  Got to work and yay it came out how I wanted it to!

Very rare for me to not use stamps on a project.  One gemstone means nothing, but by working together they create a meaningful picture.  Look at me, getting all philosophical with gemstones!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sketchbook Saturday #111

Happy Tuesday friends – we are so close to the Christmas holidays I can hardly stand it Red heart

Are you done with all of your Christmas cards (making/buying/sending)?  I am good in that department, just making for fun to send to friends on Twitter/blogland now – if you want me to send you one, follow me @PearlGateway and email me your address to send, so fun to send cards and make someone smile! Smile

Today I’m sharing a card I made from Chupa’s sketchbook saturday challenge – I don’t believe I participated before, but her card was so stunningly gorgeous I just had to play along – hopefully I don’t embarrass myself! Embarrassed smile


You may noticed I flipped the sketch on its side.  I found some random paint chip, so decided to use it a la Virginia Lu has been doing lately Winking smile Happy birthday by the way!  ETA:  I didn’t even know Virginia was doing a challenge incorporating paint chips, how serendipitous is that!  See that challenge here.  Some fun SSS snowflake die cuts, feather, epoxy stickers, red sequins all layered over some Mister Huey’s in White and Shine.

My husband said this was ‘different’ & ‘eclectic’ which I think is code for he doesn’t like it Sad smile What do you think?

Monday, December 2, 2013

How To: Make Faux Stained Glass for Cardmaking


This whole post came about as an experiment with making a stained glass look.  I had wanted to make a card with an angel on it – and come to discover, strangely I don’t have any!  (Feel free to make suggestions in the comments.)  So I wanted to create a stained glass look with an angel, and the idea took off from there, playing around with different mediums.  This is a very long and hopefully informative post, so grab a cuppa and enjoy, and please pin the above image to save! Smile

Experiments with the following mediums:

  • Copic Markers on paper
  • Twinkling H20 Watercolors on paper
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils on paper
  • Copic Markers on Sookwang tape paper with Glitter Ritz
  • Perfect Pearls on black paper
  • Smooch Ink on paper
  • Liquid Pearls on paper
  • Copic Markers on acetate (aka clear transparency)


Copic Markers on paper

For the initial card, I did a brief step-by-step:

Source:  Handmade Artistic Pendants

I googled ‘angel stained glass’ and this was on of the images that came up.  Perfect!


I sketched this out using a very light hand with pencil.  It is actually lighter in person but I wanted you all to be better able to see it.  Notice it doesn’t match exactly – it doesn’t have to!  Don’t panic, just take your time.  It’s pencil after all and you can always start over or adjust to make it work for you.


I chose several colors and filled them in, piece by piece.


Black Copic Marker outline really makes it look like stained glass!


Here’s the finished card, I did spray a bit of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl over top.

Twinkling H20s on paper

Here’s the inspo for this one:

Christmas Decorations Nativity Stained Glass Cling Image


And here’s what I did with it:


A much more intricate design, and more geometric.  Also more colors.  I again started with the border, then I did the star.  The manger shape with top hill outline came next, followed by the star’s rays, the sheep and shepherds, then Mary/Joseph/baby Jesus and the hills filled in.  It’s easiest to do this one color at a time.


Here’s a shot catching the ‘twinkling’ part.  Hard to see face on from the camera.  Note that the Copic used to outline shows the shimmer underneath.

Prismacolor pencils on paper

Source:  Hannahradenkova


This one is the most intricate of all of them.  The pencil did start to hurt my hand after awhile because I was using significant pressure to achieve these colors with no pastel look.  I like the star’s rays in this one.  I drew the arch shape first, then the star.  Wise men, red, green, blue then hills and rays to fill.

Copic Markers on Sookwang tape paper with Glitter Ritz


This one has no inspiration photo and is perhaps one of the least yet most stained glass like.  What I mean by that is those shapes are Elizabeth Craft Designs so the black part actually dictates the shape.  To make this one I started with a sheet of sookwang paper, it is basically a super sticky paper tape that I’ve trimmed down.  I poured Glitter Ritz in Warm Highlight over the tape, and burnished it in so no flaking.  Then placed the stickers and colored very gently with Copics.  To get the glitter off the Copic, just color on some scrap paper.

Perfect Pearls on black paper

Source:  Will Paint Nails for Food


At first glance this one looks really dull.  Where is the glitz and glam!?  This one isn’t a screamer, but it whispers pretty when the light hits it just right. 


Check out the transformation!  To do this, I drew my design in pencil.  The lead shines slightly but still difficult to see on black paper.  Using a Ranger Inkssentials Black Embossing Pen, I did sections of two to four at a time.  I brushed on the Perfect Pearls in the one color for all sections, and brushed away the excess.  Repeat until finished, outline with black Copic.  When doing these sections I tried not to fill in all the way so there would be less shine under the outline of the Copic if that makes sense.

Smooch Ink on paper

Source:  Kiki Quilts


This one was super easy.  The Smooch Ink has a nail polish style bottle, so it is easy to get in relatively small areas.  A great shimmer too, check out when the light hits it:


Liquid Pearls on Paper

Source:  Embroidery Library


The Liquid Pearls game out great.  I sketched design in with pencil, then filled in color at a time.  I waited until all was dry before doing the Onyx (black) Liquid Pearls on top.  The black really looks like the lead piping on real stained glass, so it’s a really cool look.  The paper will curl slightly, but with just be a little more generous with the foam dots on the back and it will be fine.


A straight on shot without the glare.

Copic Markers on acetate (aka clear transparency)

Source:  Quilts and Heirlooms

This may be my favorite:


The card is slightly open here, so you can see some light through the transparency.  This technique was done with Copics, although it could be done with an Alcohol Ink Pen + Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  They dry quickly, and black Copic was drawn on top.  The black paper at top and bottom is just to hide the acetate where it was adhered, as well as give some space to write under.


Outside of the shot I am pinning the card front down.  See how much darker the colors become?


A shot from the side so you can see the light go through.  It’s beautiful!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Pick a design that suits both your skill and your medium.  i.e., if you are comfortable with freehanding, or do you prefer using a ruler (I prefer freehand!)?  Are you using something with a fine tip like colored pencil or a bigger water brush?
  • Sticking with primary colors generally gives you a more true stained glass look.
  • Google images to give you inspiration.  That’s what I did and I ended up with so many ideas!
  • A black Copic Marker seems to be the best in general to outline.  Though I might try some Copic coloring with a black Liquid Pearl outline, that might be cool to do.
  • If you have arthritis/tendonitis issues, I’d recommend the Copics or Twinkling H20s (water coloring).  The Liquid Pearls and pencil coloring hurt after awhile (though admittedly I was crankin ‘em out!)
  • Experiment to see what you like, and feel free to use this post as explanation to your spouse of why you need to purchase more products to create the look you’re after! Winking smile


Please tell me in the comments what your favorite one is and why.

Please pin if you learned something or just enjoyed the post.  I’d so appreciate it!

Thank you for joining me today, Happy December everyone!