29 August 2017

Builder - watercolour pencil and Perfect Pearls "embossing"

Building a friendship or any other relationship takes a bit of hard work. It helps when you're cut out to be together and can always build each other up.

This build themed card features a digital stamp by Polkadoodles and rubber stamps from Stampin' Up, water colour pencil, and Perfect Pearls "embossing".


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Putting It Together

I was on vacation in the US visiting my in-laws and, since they lived in the perfect location for it, to watch the eclipse at totality. I brought along some printed and pre-stamped images with a pack of watercolour pencils and my waterbrushes. On the day of the eclipse, we were lounging in deck chairs on the edge of one of their fields, they have a farm, so we could have a great view of the event. We got out there before even the first nibble out so we had a bit of time to just lounge around and socialise. For me, that's a great time to keep my hands busy and do some colouring. 

I coloured up Handyman Dave while waiting for the eclipse to reach totality. Back at the hotel, I added some metallic highlights to the tools and fussy cut the image but didn't have time to put him in a card there. Since I had limited supplies on vacation with me, if I had put him in a card there, it would have been different.

Back home, I decided to pair him with a wood grain background. I decided to use the board motif from Stampin' Up. I stamped a kraft panel with VersaMark and then brushed Cappuccino Perfect Pearls over the stamping. The Perfect Pearls sticks to the VersaMark permanently, but I still do mist set it by spraying a Mister into the air and wafting the panel through it.

The completed panel has a hint of shine in the grain which is actually quite stunning in person. The Cappuccino and kraft look great with each other on this panel.

To finish the panel, I used a Distress ink mini, Ground Esspresso, to run along the edges.

In my stash, I had an octagon die cut from soft finish card stock, likely the middle out of frame I cut for some other project several weeks ago. I stamped wth VersaMark and brushed on the Perfect Pearls to tie in to the background. I like the subtle shine. Perfect Pearls is like embossing when used this way, but without any dimension. I dry fit them on my wood panel.

I decided to have them popped up for dimension so I added foam mounting tape to the backs of both.

After adhering them to a card base I made from Stampin' Up Natural White, I added a screw top embellishment from Stampin' Up.

 Inside, I used stamps from the Stampin' Up set "Nailed It" to carry the builder theme and give a bit of detail for fun. I like stamping something on the inside to make it as interesting to see as the front.


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Pictures from the eclipse!

Totality, picture taken by my brother-in-law.

Me watching the eclipse. I finished colouring Handyman Dave just a few minutes before the main event of totality. Such good timing.


  1. Rijacki, what an adorable card!!!! Your no line colorizing is fabulous and I love your attention to all the wonderful details! Thanks so much for being a part of our very first blog challenge at Createful Heart Digis and Design! Judy Markowitz-DT

  2. Rijacki, your card is fabulous and your blog is something to be proud of, the way you have set out this post is wonderful. Thank you for joining us for our first blog challenge, good luck and please come back for our next one. xx

  3. Completely stunning card!

    Thanks for joining us over at Creative Moments Challenges.
    Please join in with us again.
    We hope you will come back and play with us again.
    Good Luck with the challenge.

    Sollan, DT member of Creative Moments Challenges

  4. Fun card!! I love how you cut out the images!! Thank you for being part of our first challenge at Createful Hearts Digis and Designs Challenge Blog. Melissa Czapor - DT

  5. Rijacki, What a fun card and I never would have thought of using my perfect pearls with a wood grain stamp... awesome idea! Thank you for sharing it with us at Through the Craft Room Door this week.
    (hugs) Cara
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  6. Such a stunning work. xx
    Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Anything Goes.
    Hugs, Tina – DT
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  7. Super cute card, did you have a good view of the eclypse? Thank you for play with us at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Anything goes, xox


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