Fun with PearlEx Powder

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I figured out how to make my own shimmering mist which gives the same effect as Glimmer Mist. I went to Michaels to pick up some PearlEx powder needed for this project last night. So today I am going to show you how to use this fantastic technique on my blog so enjoy!!
U need a bottle of non-aerosol hairspray, a pump spray bottle you can get at any beauty supply or the travel section at Target and some PearlEx powder. I only found this multi color set below but look at all the colors!!! I apologize for the pictures, I did this project in my bathroom so the lighting was terrible.
Fill the spray bottle 1/2 way with the hairspray and then 3 1/4 tsp scoops of the powder in any color you choose and shake.
Make sure you layout newspaper around the area you are working. Place your template or chipboard pieces where you want to make your image. Chipboard and plastic templates work best because when you spray the mist on the item it becomes heavily saturated. You can see what I mean by the next picture. See how the newspaper is very wet.

Carefully pick up the chipboard and move it around your card stock and create as many designs as you choose.

I used my heating tool for embossing to dry the mist quicker. Your card stock will have some buckling and warping but you can smooth it out once it dries.

After you are done, the chipboard is heaving coated and can be dryed as well with the heating tool and used as a coordinating embellie on your project.

Here is my finished card stock. I decided to spray the mist over the areas that were covered by the chipboard lightly.

You can also mist your paper flowers to give them a beautiful shine. Simply spray the amount you want on the flower and then pick the corner up with tweezers and use your heat tool to dry.

See how the flower is saturated in the liquid. now just dry it with the heat tool.

Here are various embellies coated with the Pearl Ex
And here is my finished layout. I had to wait til this morning to take my pics and once again my printer fails me by misprinting my photos. One of the not so good aspects of late night scrapping. I am hoping I can replace them today when I pick up some more ink.
A close up of the misted flower and chipboard. You can see it really adds an amazing texture to your project.
I hope you enjoyed my experiment. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Have a great Saturday!


Kristi B. said...

I do this same thing with my PearlEx & water but I've never used hairspray. Does the hairspray have a special purpose? You can also do this with LuminArte powders. :o)

Danielle said...

Awsome!!! I love, love, love this lay out!!!

Heather said...

I have paerl ex, but never knew how to use it really ~ so it just sat on my counter. Thank you for the help and tips. I cant wait to play, now I jut need some hairspray :)

Denise said...

Shemaine, I'm just amazed at the stuff you come up with!! This is awesome, can't wait to try it! Your layout is stunning!

redmom said...

Ok this is way cool! Now I wish I had some of those, darn it!

Jessabells said...

I don't have Pearl-Ex but I'm going to run out and get this. What a fabulous idea!!!

BeccaRoo said...

This is really good to know I used this same idea on my brother in laws birthday card:

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