Pearlescent card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 12 Apr, 2017

Add a shimmer and a shake to your projects with Xcut's pearlised sheets, ideal for all kinds of makes and designs! Pearlised paper can be painted, distressed and embossed, making it the perfect companion for intricate dies such as this wild butterfly die. This die can be used in multiple ways, and you can even fussy cut components to create different patterns.

1. Make a landscape trifold card blank. To do so, trim two 8 x 8" card blanks down to 5¾ x 4¼" and overlap the back of one with the front of the other to create the bare structure. This is just bigger than the Xcut Wild Butterfly A5 Die Set. If you’re working with another die set, trim your card blanks to fit this.

2. Die cut three rectangular panels from white cardstock, and another three from Xcut Xtras A5 Adhesive Pearlised Textured Sheets. Stick the pearlised die-cut directly onto the cardstock, ensuring that they’re completely flat.

3. Draw around one of the rectangles on a sheet of acetate and turn the sheet over. This is your working area to create a marbled background. Using Artiste Pearl Frosted Mint Speciality Pearlescent Paint, make small random blobs within the rectangle on the acetate. Take another pearl paint and add splodges in the rest of the space. Stir the paint in a circular motion with a damp paintbrush until the rectangle is covered. Gently push your pearlised textured rectangle of card into the paint, making sure that the whole panel is covered. Remove and leave to dry.

4. Repeat this two more times. When dry, stick the panels to the card with Anita’s Tacky Glue. Cut one of each of the die-cut butterfly designs from white cardstock, and then again from white, green, pink and gold pearlescent paper. Fussy cut elements from each of the die-cuts and glue to the white panels, leaving the border white. Cut additional flowers and butterflies and add to both of the panels.

5. Stick the first two panels in place over two of the marbled backgrounds, using 3D foam pads. For the third panel, die cut the little butterfly and flowers and make your own scene to complement the first two. Trim a border from white cardstock and fix in place to match the others. Die cut ‘Mum’ and 'Best Wishes' twice from similar shades of cardstock, using mini sentiment dies. Slightly offset the matching die-cuts, and attach to different panels of the card with a Sailor 2 in 1 Glue Pen. Finish all three panels with a scattering of gems from the Anita’s Pearl Gemstone Wheel, adhering in clusters around each die-cut panel with small dabs of tacky glue.

Project and how-to instructions by Julie Wilson. Project originally published in the January issue (78) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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