Liquid Pearls tutorial for SamanthaKGifts

 

Good Morning, the lovely Sam, SamanthaKGifts, is back on Hochanda today at 11am and 3pm I do hope you can pop on the kettle and watch or maybe catch up later…I posted a sneak peek on Facebook last week of Liquid Pearls on my work desk. At craft class before Christmas we chatted briefly about them and their usage. I decided to give mine an airing and tried a few things that I haven’t done before so this is what I am sharing here today.

One of Sam’s new products is the bottle shelf storage system, the large size I have decorated is pictured above. I chose to feature mine for the storage of mini bottles like Liquid Pearls and Stickles and thought it would be good to use these in the decoration process. A pretty and practical storage solution.

An old but favourite technique I like to use is with embossed card, it be can embossed purposely for the project or it’s a perfect way to use all the little scraps crafters hate to throw away! Just save them all up and use on projects like this. So out came the embossing folders too.

 

I used a couple of methods to colour the embossed card using the Liquid Pearls, the colouring can be done either on the smaller scraps or the larger embossed card sections.

For this project I used Centura Pearl card, for techniques like this using water or wet techniques, a mixed media or heavier weight card is needed. I’ve also used black card which gives a great effect. The Liquid Pearl colours I chose are Avocado, Flamingo and Blackberry and I started by squeezing some on to a craft mat or wipeable surface.

 

One method I used was to pounce the colour on to the card using a wet wipe, another idea I tried was pouncing with a piece of crumpled cling film, this also gives further texture to the background, I then added my second and third choice of colour.

Another method of adding the colour is to wipe the colour on with a wet wipe, this gives a smoother more blended finish pictured here on the left as opposed to the pouncing technique on the right.

     

The card below has been blended using a wet wipe for each colour then I used a crumpled piece of cling film to add further colour which highlighted areas similar to when applying a gilding wax. I really like the effect the highlighting gives.

Below left is colour pounced on again abut this time on Centura Pearl card that has not been embossed and to the right is blended with a wet wipe and then some areas pounced with colour and cling film.

There are some very varied results achieved simply by experimenting with these few ideas and techniques.

  

After the card is coloured I cut into various sections and pieces and began laying them out onto my project. I have overlapped pieces so the MDF is not visible.

A TIP worth remembering – It’s a good idea to take a photograph at this stage as a reminder of the layout, I then started to glue the various pieces into place.

 

Once finished I ended up with a panel looking like this

Once each side panel and the top were completed I then turned my attention to the inside of the unit. As there is a lot of detail outside I wanted to keep the inside simple and just a bit distressed looking. I simply dry brushed some white gesso on.

I then added some of the Liquid Pearls, I spritzed a little water and applied using a paint brush, yes you can water colour with them too.

I did this for each colour and achieved a distressed effect which I was happy with and this complimented the outside decoration well.

Below the technique is done on black card, I’ve used two colours and applied with a wet wipe then I’ve highlighted some of the embossed details using the colour. Simply water colour by squeezing some of the colour onto a craft mat add a little water and apply to the detail with a paint brush. I’ve also applied some Stickles with my finger to add some glitter. The last picture shows pouncing again and the texture it can bring.

 

Here’s the finished unit.

 

I do hope you enjoy Sam’s shows and have fun if you try this technique, it has so many possibilities.

Any questions please do ask…