Monday, December 15, 2014

Fantastic Pearlescents Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today, I wanted to share some fun ideas of different things you could do with the new Pearlescents. They are absolutely amazing - a thick, shimmery paint that keeps its shape and comes out of a tube. I LOVE them, which is why I'm always pulling them out and playing around with them. So you're in for a lot of pictures today and several cards I created using Pearlescents in various ways. If you want to see two more New Year's Cards I created using Pearlescents for accents, you can check out my blog HERE.

Fun with Pearlescents by Ilene Tell

1. Stencil
Pearlescents tutorial by Ilene Tell using BoBunny stencils

 Use a snippet of a makeup sponge. Add Pearlescents directly to sponge and dab on top of stencil. The result will be a shimmery image.

2. Dots Around Edges
Pearlescents tutorial by Ilene Tell using BoBunny stencils
Adding dots around the edge helps give the paper interest and the edges more definition. I love to use this technique on my cards and layouts! Simply express a tiny dot onto the page. In the image above, you can also see how the stenciled image came out - it reflects the light beautifully.

3. Cover Naked Chipboard
Merry Christmas card by Ilene Tell using Bo Bunny Christmas Collage with Pearlescents and Stencils

Here is the card using the stenciled doily and the dots around the edges. I used a Leaky Shed Studio laser-cut chipboard Christmas Tree and covered it with Pealescents in gold, and the stump in brown. Pearlscents is absolutely perfect for covering laser-cut chipboard and Bo Bunny wooden embellishments. It's very easy and since the paint is so thick, it stays put and creates a raised effect, giving the embellishment shine and even more dimension.

Merry Christmas card by Ilene Tell using Bo Bunny Christmas Collage with Pearlescents and Stencils

4. Painting

Since the Pearlescents are so thick, you could easily dilute them with water or your BoBunny Glimmer Sprays and paint using a paintbrush. Another option is to "paint" right from the tube, using the thickness to work for you. Here, I started by covering the Leaky Shed chipboard with the Pearlscents.

Jolly Holiday card by Ilene Tell using Bo Bunny Candy Cane Lane with Pearlescents

After letting the chipboard dry, I filled in the empty spaces with the Pearlescents.

Jolly Holiday card by Ilene Tell using Bo Bunny Candy Cane Lane with Pearlescents

As you can see in the detail image below, when used as paint and applied in a thick layer, you can see swirls of shimmer inside, which creates a stunning effect.

Jolly Holiday card by Ilene Tell using Bo Bunny Candy Cane Lane with Pearlescents

5. Stamping

Stamping and Pearlescents tutorial by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Altitude

For this technique, stamp your image first. I stamped a swirl design using Bo Bunny stamps and ink. Then, simply trace the design with the Pearlescents. You can see the example of the result below.

6. Icicles
Pearlescents are wonderful for creating a very realistic and beautiful icicle border. Simply add in a line, and create icicles by applying the Pearlescents downward at random intervals, making sure it's thicker at the top and thins out as it stretches down. Super easy!
Here is the completed card with icicles and the painted swirl from above.

Let It Snow card by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Altitude and Pearlescents

Let It Snow card by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Altitude and Pearlescents

7. Pearlescent Molding Paste

Molding Paste tutorial by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Pearlescents

Use the Pearlescents to color Molding Paste. This is a thick substance that is sold in arts and crafts stores, and comes in white. Keep adding and mixing in the Pealescents until you get the color you want. Then you can apply it to your project - it's easy to apply with a pallet knife or an old credit card, and can be applied directly to the page or over a stencil. Below is an example of using the Pearlescents mixed with molding paste, and applied over a Bo Bunny circles stencil. You can see the gorgeous, light blue, transparent effect that was created.

Tip: For mixing the paint, use discarded packaging.

Warmest Wishes card by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Altitude

Tip: Have a box of baby wipes handy where you scrapbook. When done with your stencil, simply wipe off the excess paint.

Warmest Wishes card by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Altitude

8. Paint Embellishments
In order to paint embellishments, first cover them completely with gesso (white primer found in arts and crafts store). Then color it with Pealescents using a paint brush. Easy!

Winter's Best card by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Altitude

Here, I painted the Bo Bunny flower with gesso, and then painted over it with Pealescents. You can see the shimmery result that you get - so perfect for this wintry card! I also used the Pearlescent molding paste technique on this card, combined with a BoBunny script stencil. Because the Pearlescents are so thick, I was able to add the faux pearl to the center and let the Pearlescents act as glue to hold it in place.

Winter's Best card by Ilene Tell using BoBunny Altitude

Well, I hope you liked some of the ideas I shared today on how to make the most out of your Pearlescents. These ideas are all very easy to execute and a lot of fun to try. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to share any Pearlescents ideas you have in the comments :)

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Altitude / Bundled, Flurry, Cozy, Candy Cane Lane / Jack Frost, Snowflake, Christmas Collage / Caroling, Glad Tidings
6 x 6 Paper Pad: Altitude
Pearlescents: Blush, Brilliant Blue, Island Mist, Butterscotch, Chocolate
Stamps: Curly Q, Holiday Wishes
Tools: New Stamp Block Set
Ink Pad: Blueberry
Double Dot Jewels: Mocha, Tuxedo, Blue Hues
Buttons: Candy Cane Lane
Jewel Flourishes: Glaze
Stickable Stencils: Bliss, Brocade
Blossoms: Blush Daisy
Other Supplies:
Leaky Shed Studio laser-cut chipboard, molding paste, pallet knife

Remember! It's Prize time! BoBunny & Leaky Shed Studio are having a product  swap on the blog, December 7th-31st! Here's the fun part! Stop by our Facebook page every day because the winner of this fabulous prize below will be chosen from a comment left on the post with the most likes during the Leaky Shed swap. So, be sure to 'like' your favorite post AND leave a comment on our Facebook page whenever you see the Leaky Shed/BoBunny logo below to enter! 






16 comments:

  1. Oh my Heavens! I think the Angels are singing a glorious song!! These are absolutely fantabuliscious!!! MUST HAVE THEM ALL! I don't know where I have been but I have never seen these before and am in total LOVE with them!!! They have moved to the top of my must have list and am hoping to add them to my crafting toolbox ASAP!!!! A M A Z I N G ! ! ! TFS and thanks for bringing these to my attention!!! <3

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    1. So glad it was helpful! Thank you for commenting :)

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  2. Just looked on BoBunny's website and couldn't find these magical Pearlescents!! Where, oh where can they be??? HELP PLEASE!

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    1. Barbara, here is a link for you, happy shopping! :)
      http://bobunny.com/pearlescents.html

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  3. These are some great techniques. Very versatile product. The Xmas tree is my fav.

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  4. Thanks for all the great techniques to use the Pearlescents.

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    1. They're great... enjoy playing with them!

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  5. Thank you so much for such a wonderful tutorial. Can't wait to get some of the items you used and try this.

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  6. Certainly fabulous ways to use the pearlescent paints...definitely going to try the modeling paste and paint together!!!

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  7. More please! I have to say that this post was really helpful and informative. I have been debating on purchasing these and now I have my answer. Versatility at its best! TFS!

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  8. Oh how pretty!
    They add so much
    to each project!
    Carla from Utah

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  9. Stunning cards! A new item to add to my must have list!

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  10. great projects for inspirational mojo

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